Derbyshire Sailing Clubs
Carsington Sailing Club is a large friendly, Derbyshire based sailing club, providing racing for both adults and youth sailors. Club also has an extensive RYA training programme for both adults and juniors. In addition to this we also have an active sailability section. The Club is Open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 until Dusk, February until December. The Club is Closed in January.
The club has the privilege of being located in the picturesque Goyt Valley in the Peak District National Park between Buxton in Derbyshire and Macclesfield in Cheshire.
Racing takes place on a boat for boat basis within the established classes and on a handicap system. With the exception of January and February there is racing on most Sundays of the year.
Most classes of dinghy may be sailed at Errwood. Classes currently sailed include: Enterprise, GP14, Laser, Laser Pico, ISO, Mirror, Topper, Lark, Wayfarer and Scorpion. Windsurfers are also sailed.
Ogston Sailing Club is based on Ogston Reservoir, Derbyshire, UK. Founded in 1960, we continue to welcome all those with an interest in dinghy racing, whether young or old, experienced or novice. The reservoir is situated in beautiful countryside between the low-lying hills of the Amber Valley and has an area of 220 acres of open water. The club facilities consist of extensive grounds with a waterside dinghy park and ample car parking. There is a spacious club house with hot showers and changing rooms and a new boat shed. We have a bar with a steward, wet and dry lounges, a large club room and separate games room, kitchen, and B.B.Q. facilities outside. Recent additions to our facilities are changing and toilet amenities for disabled sailors, a new boat / storage / training facility, improved foreshore facilities for the Challengers and an improved race management hut.
We have an extensive racing program, with racing on most weekends of the year and on Wednesday nights during the summer. For newer members who have learnt the basics of sailing, the club runs introduction to racing sessions on Friday evenings during the summer and a novice sailors race series on Saturdays. Racing is a mixture of Class racing, Handicap racing and Pursuit racing, additionally we hold open meetings for the adopted club classes, and on certain times throughout the year hold special regatta weekends for our members. The club welcomes disabled sailors and is the base for the Challenger Disabled Sailing Group. The Challenger has all controls in front of the helm, who sits in a forward facing position, making the boat ideal for those with limited mobility. Outriggers on either side of the hull remove the risk of capsize, and Challengers race and compete with the other fleets at the club. Aware of its responsibility to the community at large, the club takes great pride in helping all those interested in sailing. We can guarantee not just beautiful surroundings and access a large area of clean sailing water but a friendly family atmosphere for our members and their guests.
The club is affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association and is an accredited RYA Training Centre, catering for all those who wish to learn to sail (see ‘Training’ section). We are an RYA/Volvo Champion Club – awarded for our expertise in training junior and youth sailors to national level. As a new sailor you will be able to take advantage of our Learn to Sail course and during the summer months we have informal race training on a Friday evening which you are encouraged to attend once you have purchased your own dinghy. We provide power boat familiarisation sessions for new members so that you can handle one of the clubs patrol boats with safety and confidence, and advanced training is available is you wish. During the first year you are encouraged to attend a Duty Officer Training course which will equip you to assist a Race Officer run the days racing and offer an alternative to sitting in a safety boat, and in your second year you are encouraged to attend a Race Management course. From time to time the club offers Dinghy and Power Boat Instructors courses.
The Midlands leading dinghy sailing club, RYA affiliated traning courses open to members and non members. Sailing open 12 months per year for racing and cruising. The craft sailed at Staunton Harold Sailing Club vary much in appearance and performance. The youngest members tend to start out in small, stable, single-handed boats such as Toppers or Optimists, and progress into the larger and faster boats as they gain confidence. The adults sail a wide range of boats from Toppers to 29ers. Boats are either single or double handed, whilst some, such as the club’s Laser13s are suitable to take whole families. Sail plans also vary between 1, 2 and 3 sail arrangements, with some boats having traditional symmetrical spinnakers or the latest asymmetric spinnakers. Whilst most boats are monohulls, multihulls such as the Challenger trimaran used by disabled sailors can also be sailed at the Club.
Windsurfers are also often seen on the water. The only restriction on boat types are that boats with fixed keels and with Portsmouth Yardstick numbers of less than 900 cannot be sailed on our water. All boats can take part in cruising on any day in the sailing season (March – December) provided that rescue cover is available. For those who want to race, any boat type can compete in the handicap series provided that it has a recognised Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap number. When several boats of the same type race regularly, they are given fleet status and during the summer / autumn series these race separately from the handicap fleet.
80 acres of former gravel pit situated just 5 miles from Derby provide a family friendly, convenient club. We mainly sail the more traditional classes of dinghy (Laser, Ent, Grad, GP, Mirror, Wineglass, Comet, Solo, etc). We have a particularly strong Sailability section and thriving junior/youth section. We race from end March to end December, and the water is available year around.
Toddbrook Sailing Club is a non-profit-making organisation run by its members. We are a small but friendly and enthusiastic sailing club with an active social scene and are situated in the High Peak with fantastic views from our boats on the water over the Peak National Park.
Club racing takes place on Sundays from February to November and Wednesday evenings during the summer months.
Throughout the season we will host several Open events, which will attract sailors from around the country. Events we host on a regular basis are, Derbyshire Youth Sailing, Enterprise Training Day, Enterprise Open (North West Circuit), High Peak regatta and Graduate Open.
We sail most of our races on a handicap system and so can accommodate different boats but our largest fleet are the Enterprises. There are also GP14s, Picos, Toppers, Graduates, Larks, Mirrors, Topaz and a couple of Windsurfers.