Welcome to Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

hlsc-letterhead-logoHLSC welcomes complete beginners to experienced sailors. Dinghy sailing takes place on a 117 acre reservoir set in the foothills of the Pennines in Littleborough near Rochdale and is easily accessible; just 7 minutes from the M62, junction 21.

HLSC is run by its members for its members with a great family atmosphere, has good fleet racing, is committed to training & developing sailing skills and is an accredited RYA Training Centre.


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71st Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given of the 71st Annual General Meeting to be held in the Clubhouse on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 8.00pm.

The agenda for the Annual General Meeting is as follows:

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting
  3. Any matters arising
  4. Commodore’s report
  5. Secretary’s report
  6. Proposed Rule Change: deletion of Rule 25
    Currently this rule refers to members deeming to consent to the holding of their relevant personal data. The Data Protection Act is being replaced next year by the General Data Protection Regulations and, going forward, members will now need to positively consent to allow other members to see their contact details.  Rule 25 is therefore no longer applicable and hence why it is proposed to delete it.
  7. Sailing Secretary’s report
  8. Training Committee report
  9. Membership Secretary’s report
  10. Treasurer’s report
  11. Agreement of subscriptions for 2018
  12. Election of the Club Accountant for 2018
  13. Bar Secretary’s report
  14. Galley Committee report
  15. Election of our Honorary Members for 2018
  16. Agreement of payments to Charitable Organisations
  17. Election of Officers and Committees for 2018
  18. Any Other Business
    Any matters raised under this item cannot form part of the official business of the meeting and thus cannot be proposed as formal motions. This item is included purely to afford members an opportunity for informal discussion.
  19. Presentation of prizes not distributed at our Annual Dinner Dance and Prize Giving.


Stuart Bithell: The year in the life of a full-time sailor

Stu Bithell in his 49er

On Wednesday 20th December starting at 8pm HLSC member Stuart Bithell has volunteered to come along and give us an illustrated talk about his successful last twelve months sailing with Dylan Fletcher as a full-time 49er crew including back to back wins at the 49er European and World Championships.

To keep us in the spirit of Christmas we still intend providing some festive minced pies and mulled wine during the evening.


Race Reports

Sunday 19th November 2017 by Graham Knox
Adam McGovern, sailing a GP14 and crewed by his father Tim, won 2 of the 3 races at the Lake on Sunday. The very light wind conditions tested racers to find the best chances to get clear ahead. In the third race, as the wind all but disappeared, the McGoverns wisely retired. This left Martin and Rene Watts, in a Merlin Rocket, out ahead winning and unchallenged on handicap, after a runner-up spot in the second race. The GP14 fleet were once again the most numerous participants. It was also good to see several of the Club’s junior sailors out in Topper dinghies, persevering in the light airs.

Sundayy 19 November


For previous race reports please see Sailing News – 2017 Sailing News or click here 2017 

To see all the club’s racing results and trophy winners (including the various Class winners) please go to the Members Area – Sailing Results page or just click here