HLSC 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 10 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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Having completed a major clubhouse upgrade, HLSC now has modern and smart facilities thanks to generous support from the Sport England Inspired Facilities fund and a number of our club members.
Solo Open Meeting – Saturday 9th July
On Saturday 9th July we will be holding our Solo Opening Meeting
The event, which is part of the Solo Northern Travellers Series, is planned to be a three race series with the first race not starting before 11.00 am. For all the details about the event please click here to read and/or download the Notice Of Race: Notice of Race – Solo Open 2016
Fancy having a go?
If you want to find out what sailing is all about then the perfect way is to arrange to come along to the club and go out on the water with one of our club members for a Taster Session (which normally lasts for about 1½ hours) for which there is a charge of £15.
If you wish to arrange to come for a Taster Session please e-mail your contact details (ideally including your mobile phone number) off to us at email@example.com. As we normally organise these sessions as part of one of our ‘Friendly Friday’ sessions, please could you provide us with the dates of a couple of Fridays when you would be available.
Following on from having had a Taster Session you can then come on one of our Introduction To Sailing courses. With our club members on hand to get you up and sailing, you’re sure to have a great time and, by the end of these sessions, you will have had a go at helming, crewing, sailing upwind and sailing downwind.
Of course, if you really take to the sport you can seamlessly progress to an RYA Dinghy Start Sailing (Level 1) and Dinghy Basic Skills (Level 2) course which usually follows on from our Introduction To Sailing course and/or you could confidently join our club racing by crewing for one of our club members.
Please go to the Training at HLSC page of the website for more details.
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Another sunny evening with 14 boats out to race in a light southerly wind. For the second race, the wind soon started to fade and the race was shortened. Then a black cloud came along bringing fresh wind, but it was too late. The Laser results has a change to the usual pecking order with Steve Crook trying his hand and winning the second race.
Race1: 1.N & L Heginbotham 2.L Bithell/J Macneil 3.G Whitehead/D Thompson
Race 2:1.L Bithell/J Macneil 2.N & L Heginbotham 3.G Whitehead/D Thompson
Races:1 & 2 1.J Mellor/R Hodgson
Race 1: 1.N Brook 2.C Massey 3.D Hughes
Race 2: 1.C Massey 2. G Booth 3.D Hughes
Race 1: 1.G Butler 2.R Whitehill 3.S Crook
Race 2: 1 S Crook 2.G Butler 3.R Whitehill
Sunday 19th June 2016
Before the rain came on Sunday afternoon, sailors were having some close racing at the Lake in good wind conditions. Despite the closeness of racing the Merlin Rockets showed consistent results in all 3 races, with Steve Crook and Andrew Hilton always coming out on top. At the other end of the scale, Peter Bramwell was introducing his children to sailing in a Mirror.
On Saturday, 4 of the Club’s young sailors were at Southport racing in a Junior Travellers Series. Adam Din finished 4th, ahead of Will Smith (5th) in their Laser Radial boats, while William Rowland (10th) and Evan Parry (18th) sailed the smaller 4.7 rig boats. William and Adam are currently leaders in the series.
All Races: 1.S Crook/A Hilton 2.N & L Heginbotham 3.J & E Parry
Races 1 & 2: 1.M Butler/S Caladine 2.A McGovern/S Barker
Race 3: 1.M Butler/S Caladine 2.D Hughes/E Turner (Enterprise)
Race 1: 1.N Davey 2.G Booth
Race 2: 1.N Davey
Race 1: 1.P & J Bramwell
Race 2: 1.P & A Bramwell
Wednesday 15th June
17 boats were out to race in the north-easterly wind with enough strength to provide some occasional excitement. The two race back-to-back format is giving closer racing which seems popular. Chris Massey and Oliver Whitehead were ‘nip and tuck’ in the first race but the second race saw Chris Massey over the line at the start and having to fight his way back to get near to Oliver. In the Merlins, Steve Crook and Sally Townend were able to withstand the challenge of Nick and Holly Heginbotham in the first race, and Stuart Bates and Andy Hilton in the second both keeping the winner on his mettle.
Race1: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.N & H Heginbotham 3.S Bates/A Hilton
Race 2: 1.S Crook/S Townend 2.S Bates/A Hilton 3.N & H Heginbotham
Races:1 & 2 1.M Butler/S Caladine
Race 1: 1.C Massey 2.O Whitehead 3.G Booth
Race 2: 1.O Whitehead 2.C Massey 3.R Simpson
Race 1: 1.G Butler 2.S Mason 3.J Maguire
Race 2: 1 G Butler 2.S Mason 3.R Whitehill
Sunday 12th June 2016 – Laser Open Meeting
On Sunday, Laser sailors competed for their Open event. 20 sailors entered with a strong contingent from Dovestones, who dominated the results. Best placed local was Gary Butler in 7th place. Of the Club’s young sailors William Rowland (12) came 9th, Evan Parry (13) just behind in 10th, while Adam Din (14) sailing a smaller Radial sail was 12th. Conditions were particularly difficult in the rain and very light fluky wind.
Overall results are here: Laser Open Metting results – 12 June 2016
Saturday 11th June 2016 – OnBoard 8 hour race
On Saturday, the Club hosted an 8-Hour relay race for local OnBoard Clubs, with teams of junior sailors. 11 teams competed, bringing 63 young sailors in all. The winners were from Burwain as the host Club team suffered misfortune in the lead, finishing third.
Wednesday 8th June 2016
In a contrast from the previous week, there was sunshine after a thundery afternoon and some heavy rain locally. The easterly wind had returned and promised good sailing at 19.00, but became very patchy and shifty with occasional stronger ‘cat’s paws’. The first race was shortened to 1 lap, but the second was held for 3 laps on a triangular course. Ste Mason, in his RS400, showed the Merlins interesting downwind manoeuvres while leading. The Solos and Lasers started together with Chris Massey comfortably leading the Solos, while a battle ensued behind between David Hughes and Ron Simpson. Despite sometimes leading the Lasers, Richard Whitehill took second place to Gary Butler and Will Rowland, on handicap, led his father in the first race.
Race 1: 1.R & J Mee 2: 1.G Whitehead/D Thompson
Race 2: 1.R & J Mee
Races:1 & 2 1.M Butler/S Caladine 2.J Mellor/R Hodgson
Race 1: 1.C Massey 2.D Hughes 3.R Simpson
Race 2: 1.C Massey 2.R Simpson 3.D Hughes
Race 1: 1.G Butler 2.R Whitehill 3.W Rowland
Race 2: 1 G Butler 2.R Whitehill
Sunday 5th June 2016
Hollingworth Lake was the place to be at on Sunday with sunshine and a light wind. From the perspective of sailors, the wind varied in direction and strength but always coming from the east. Racers seemed to take their time setting out to race, so Kevin Parry had a chance to lead the Solos for the first race. David Hughes had found an Enterprise dinghy with its distinctive blue sails and asked Martin Brennan to take the helm, mixing it with the GP14 fleet. After a win in the first race, they had to settle for third place in the other races, lacking the spinnaker that gave the GP14s an advantage.
On Saturday, 3 of the club’s young sailors were at Bolton for a Junior event where Will Smith finished 2nd, Adam Din 8th and Will Rowland 9th. Overall, after 5 events, Will Rowland is leading the series with Adam Din in runner-up slot.
Race 1: 1.R & J Mee
Race 2: 1.J & E Parry 2.R & J Mee 3.T Daniel/S Miles
Race 3: 1.J & E Parry 2.T Daniel/S Miles
Race 1: 1.M Brennan/D Hughes (Enterprise) 2.C Knott/R Long
Races 2 & 3: 1.A & E Carter 2.C Knott/R Long 3.M Brennan/D Hughes (Ent)
Race 1: 1.K Parry 2.J Walker 3.D Smith
Race 2: 1.D Smith 2.K Parry 3.J Walker
Race 3: 1.G Booth 2.D Smith
Race 3: 1.P & A Bramwell
Wednesday 1st June 2016
It may now be June but, with a cold and strong north-easterly blowing, there were few takers. The most numerous were out in Lasers who enjoyed close racing in the first one where Chris Massey beat Adam McGovern. For the second race, the leadership was reversed. Otherwise there was just the single Merlin and GP14.
Races1 & 2: 1.G Whitehead/D Thompson
Races:1 & 2 1.R Mason/N Thomason
Race 1: 1.C Massey 2.A McGovern 3.R Whitehill
Race 2: 1 A McGovern 2.C Massey 3.J Maguire