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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North West Junior Traveller Series: Next Saturday (29th April) 

Next Saturday (29th April) Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club is hosting the second in the series of this season’s 10 events to be held at clubs in the North West.  The best five results from ten will be counted for the series.

Each event comprises three races with a briefing at 10.30 and the first start at 11.00.  Normally there is one race in the morning and two in the afternoon after lunch, although this may vary to suit conditions.


GP14 / Scorpion Open Meeting: Sunday 14th May  

On Sunday 14th May we are again hosting a GP14 /Scorpion Open Meeting which is planned to be a three race series with the first race not before 11.00 hrs and each fleet having its own start.

Hollingworth Lake SC will be open for entry forms and registration from 09.30 on Sunday 14th May and entries close before the start of the first race.  There will be a briefing at approx. 10.30 hrs.

For full details please click here to view / download the Notice Of Race.


Frostbite Trophy update after Sunday 23rd April

 First up last Sunday (23rd April) was the Spring Pursuit Race that was won by Rene & Martin Watts whose Merlin held off a late challenge from Chris Massey in his RS300.
The two Frostbite Trophy races that followed were closely fought for with only about 10 seconds in both of the races between first and second place. The GP14 of Martin Brennan & Steve Caladine just managed to win both races.
Frostbite after 23 races
Sunday 16th April report
It was a miserable drizzly day with a light wind that would not encourage sailors. In the first race, 7 boats set out to race with Martin Brennan in a Solo the comfortable winner, ahead of Chris Massey’s RS300. In third place was Adam Din, with Rana crewing, in a Club GP14. Graham Booth (Solo) came fourth and decided it was too cold to do any more races. Jasper Bramwell (Topper 4.2) tried, but did not manage to finish. The second race results were similar, except that Kevin Parry in his Topaz finished fourth and Jasper Bramwell did well to collect a fifth place in the single lap race (for the slower boats).
Four boats raced in the last one and again Martin Brennan beat Chris Massey on handicap, by a smaller margin after a better windward leg. Dave Smith (Solo) came in ahead of Kevin Parry.
So, overall it was again Martin Brennan winner for the day, ahead of Chris Massey, followed by Adam and Rana Din. The tie between Dave Smith and Kevin Parry (on points) went in Dave’s favour.


Race report for Wednesday, 12th April by Graham Knox

The late afternoon sunshine brought a good breeze off the Lake Bank. Chris Massey went out and enjoyed some exciting reaches in the RS300 before the race start. However, the wind had some flat spots and some found them after the start. There were narrow streaks of wind too. Of course the lead was fought between the RS200 of Richard and Heather Marsh and the RS300, with Martin Brennan and Sophia Miles in the GP14 ready to take advantage. On the second lap, Adam McGovern and Steve Mason closed up on Martin Brennan but were never able to break through. So, despite a run-away lead on the water by the RS300 and the RS200 not far behind, the winner again was Martin Brennan with Adam McGovern in runner-up place. Richard and Heather Marsh held third place on handicap. Other boats suffered the usual dieing breeze of a Wednesday evening.

and here’s the latest update with the results after the first five Wednesdays:

Wednesdays after 5 weeks


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

To see all the Clubs racing results and trophy winners please see Members Area – Sailing Results or click here results


More opportunities as we ‘open up’ our club racing

Our club racing programme started on the first Sunday of March and we sail all the way through to mid-December.  So our sailing season is now underway!

For 2017 we have made some key changes to our club racing programme.  The main one being that we have decided to adopt handicap racing and so we will be sailing a variety of classes in open handicap racing


Enthusiastic dinghy racers, whether you own a single or double handed boat, will be able to readily join our club racing as, because of the differences in speed across the range of boats, the various classes will start together in either the Slow Handicap fleet or Fast Handicap fleet.  This means that members who have different boats will be able to race against the established classes on a handicap basis.  If several new boats from the same class come along and race regularly they will be able to form into a fleet of their own and, if they wish, have a separate start of their own.

As we use the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick (PY), which enables boats of different types to race against one another, then any dinghy with a PY between that of an Optimist and an RS400 can be raced.  However, we would you encourage you to consider sailing in one of the classes that we currently race, especially if you are new to the sport.  These are boats which are especially suitable for our lake and are capable of being sailed well to their handicaps.  Prizes are also awarded to the winners of various series in the classes that we currently race as their results are awarded both in the handicap races as well as by individual class.

The club has always enjoyed some excellent open water sailing on its 117 acre reservoir set in the foothills of the Pennines and it also has a good reputation for organising decent club racing.

Now we have ‘opened up’ our club racing to all classes then why now come along and give it a try?  For more information please contact us on membership@hlsc.org.uk.

If you want to find out more about the main boats that we currently race i.e. the classes which we know have a proven pedigree on Hollingworth Lake, please click here.