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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GP14 / Scorpion Open Meeting report 

We had a great day’s racing at the combined GP14 and Scorpion Open on Sunday 14th May.  In the GP14 fleet Adam McGovern and Chris Robinson teamed up after 8 years of sailing apart to take the Open Meeting with 3 race wins.  In the Scorpion fleet the team of Andy McKee and Chris Massey sailed well in the mixed conditions to win with 2 race wins and a second.  Well done to all who took part.

GP Open Meeting


Scorpion Open Meeting


Race report for Wednesday 24th May by Graham Knox
There was a bit more wind than might have been expected off the Lake Bank shore and 2 races were scheduled. 17 boats out made for a competitive start line and those that got away round the first mark would get well away. Chris Massey in his RS300 looked to have a good early lead but was unable to hold off Steve Crook and Sally Townend in the Merlin, or Richard and Lauren Marsh (RS200) who won on handicap, with the Merlin second. Evan Parry, in his Laser 4.7 came in third on hadicap ahead of Chris Massey, in the 2 lap race. A quick turnaround and the second race again depended on getting round the first mark clear ahead. The wind decided to cease as the first lap progressed and the course was shortened at a mark. This produced some strange results as the Merlins were all unfinished and the Marshs again won with Chris Massey now second, and Gary Butler (Laser) in third ahead of Andrew Wake in fourth. Some others struggled to finish as any wind evaporated.


Race report for Sunday 21st May 2017 by Graham Knox
It was another active day at the Lake with members giving visitors a taste of sailing under the Royal Yachting Association’s Push the Boat Out initiative, in the morning. Conditions were excellent with sunshine and a good breeze.
In the afternoon, the usual racing was held with 6 Merlin Rockets dominating the racing results. They had particularly close tactical racing. Steve Crook and Sally Townend were the overall winners for the day taking the first and third race wins. David Winder, and son Oliver, took the second race and then changed crew to other son, Joseph, for the third race. Nick Brook, in a Solo, was always challenging but the speed of the Merlins with spinnakers flying downwind gave them an advantage. A couple of GP14s were also out, filling the lower places with Kevin Parry in his Topaz enjoying the day too.

 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.