Cambridgeshire Sailing Clubs
If you’ve seen the River Cam in Cambridge, you may find it hard to believe there’s a sailing club on such a narrow river. It’s a little wider where we sail and we have a good stretch of water that’s clear of trees. The CSC has thrived on the Cam since 1899.
The club owns several dinghies, which belong to these classes:
* Optimist (suitable for small children)
* Topper (for larger children or small adults)
* Mirror (for adults and/or children)
* Enterprise (mainly an adult boat)
* Laser (mainly an adult boat).
Members can sail these club boats free of charge, but most members have their own boats, which they keep at the club. Some are in the classes mentioned above, but they also include (or have recently included) these classes:
* British Moth
* Merlin Rocket
* numerous other types.
We have over 30 sailing cruisers in the club, all owned by members. They range from traditional Broads style wooden boats (one with a topsail) to new fibreglass boats. Cruisers have access to the waters of the Great Ouse System.
A number of recognized classes are represented, notably the Jaguar 21 and Sailfish 18 classes. We have 12 Sailfish boats and we hold an annual open meeting for them, when we are joined by Sailfish owners from near and far. See photo of 13 Sailfish moored at Upware.
Founded in 1946 on the banks of a disused clay pit, Ely Sailing Club is and friendly and welcoming place to enjoy dinghy sailing. The water and islands cover an area of approximately 40 acres and are surrounded by banks and trees which although scenic, make for interesting winds on occasions. The club has an extensive racing program, much of which is run from the race office adjacent to the main clubhouse. Anyone interested in starting racing will receive plenty of advice and encouragement from existing members.
Although racing has been an active part of club life for many years, there is also an active group of sailors who prefer to cruise around the waters in a variety of boats. The cruising group are active mostly on Saturdays during the sailing season while the racing predominantly takes place on Sunday afternoons. During the Summer months there is organised club sailing on Thursday evenings. As a fully recognised RYA Training Centre we offer introductory and beginners courses run by our own club instructors. Please see our “Training” section for more details.
Grafham Water provides the ideal venue for sailors of all ages and abilities. There are over 1500 acres of water, with several slip-ways making access very easy.
The Clubhouse itself is well-equipped to make your visit pleasant and memorable!
Paxton Lakes Sailing Club is a very friendly, family oriented sailing club situated on a secluded 32 acre lake formed from the old gravel workingsat Little Paxton near St. Neots in Cambridgeshire. The lake is an oasis of tranquillity yet large enough to allow good sailing in all wind conditions.
The club has a large fleet of boats for use by members. Currently the fleet consists of 2 Kestrels, 2 Mirrors, an Enterprise and a GP14 all of which are available at any time. There is also a selection of Toppers and Oppies that can be used by prior arrangement.