The Rossendale Valley Sailing Club has been in existence since 1968. Its location at Clowbridge Reservoir near Burnley, high up on the East Lancashire Moors, provides an excellent sailing location. The 90 acre lake situated at a height of over 700ft above sea level provides a first class high wind venue.
The club was originally constituted as a dinghy club, supporting fleets of enterprise, laser and fireball dinghies. Following the introduction of windsurfing in the early eighties it was quickly recognised as an ideal inland water to develop the sport. The popularity of windsurfing was embraced by the club and a strong windsurfing membership was established. Increasing club membership and the launch of the National Lottery provided the club with an opportunity to develop. An application to the Sport England Lottery fund was made in 1997.