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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More opportunities now we have opened up our club racing

Our club racing programme started back at the beginning of March and we sail all the way through to mid-December.

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


Enthusiastic dinghy racers, whether you own a single or double handed boat, can readily join our club racing as we race in a variety of different classes, in open handicap racing.

We use the well-established handicap system (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.


Race Report for Wednesday 12th July

A full car-park on a Wednesday evening indicates a pleasant warm evening, but would there be any wind. Crook Hill turbines were stationary. At the scheduled start time, there was the feeling of a slight air drifting across the Lake, but no sign of it on the water. When the flags started to flutter, a race could be on, but the wind direction could change. Three laps were set of a simple course and 11 boats ventured out. As might now be expected, Richard and Lauren Marsh (RS200) led everyone round the course and the race team wondered whether the Solos might have the handicap advantage. In the end, it was the slowest boats that gained most from the handicaps with Andy Carter (Topper) winning the shortened race, followed by John Mellor in a Mirror. The Marshs took the third spot beating Mike Smith’s Solo by 10 seconds on corrected time.

Here are the updated results of the Wednesday Evening Series after 19th July (i.e. after 23 races sailed):

Wednesdays after 19 July


Race Report for Sunday 9th July

The main focus of race competition on Sunday was again between Nick Brook and Martin Brennan sailing Solos. Both are expert at the tactics on the water and, with a fickle wind for the first race, Martin Brennan took the win. As the wind strengthened and steadied, Nick Brook took the other two races, though Mike Smith (also Solo) held the lead for 2 laps in the third race. Tom Daniel and Andy Hilton in a Merlin Rocket always led the fleet around the course but the handicap was against them. Steve Mason borrowed Chris Massey’s RS300 and showed that he could handle this beast of a dinghy but was unable to take full advantage of its speed to figure well in the results.

Here are the updated results of the Summer Series after 23rd July (i.e. after 12 races sailed):

Summer after 23 July


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 please see Members Area – Sailing Results or click here results