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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Club Championship – Sunday 24th September

Next Sunday it’s our annual Club Championship and it would be great to have a big turnout for this year’s event.  Competitors who enter for the Championship will be divided, by the Sailing Committee, into 3 sub-fleets, (gold, silver and bronze), based on their overall performance to date in that season.


The event is planned to be a three race series with the overall finishing positions in each race determined on handicap using the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme.  Overall Championship results will be calculated separately for the boats in each of the 3 sub-fleets (gold, silver & bronze) based on the series scores.

We hope you can make it!  The first race starts at 1pm.


Solo Open Meeting – Saturday 7th October


Our Open Meeting is part of the Solo Northern Travellers Series.  First race due to start at 11.00am.

The link to the Notice Of Race will appear here nearer the event.

Please note that we have had to move the Open Meeting forward by 24 hours from our original planned date due to various road closures all around Hollingworth Lake on the Sunday morning.


Silver Tiller


Race Reports

Sunday 17th September 2017
Report by Steve Caladine
It was a frustrating afternoon on Sunday 17th September with gusts, lulls and plenty of wind shifts. In fact just the opposite of a steady wind. Whilst the usual suspects were lurking around the top of the leader board in the second race there were four Toppers racing who sailed one lap compared to the other classes sailing three laps. Jacob Din in a Topper 4.2 dealt with the tricky conditions best and won the second race by 25 seconds on corrected time. Well done Jacob.
So overall there were three different race winners from three different classes: RS200, Topper & Solo.

Sunday 17 September


Wednesday 6th September 2017
Report by Graham Knox
The final evening race of the year found 16 boats out to compete. It was a dull evening and the last few finishers might have needed navigation lights! With a light breeze off the Lake Bank shore, it would be no surprise that Chris Massey shot away in the RS300, followed by Richard and Lauren Marsh (RS200) going to extremes downwind to keep the gennaker filling. The Merlin Rocket of Bruce Mager and Craig Jowett might have been expected to join the fray but suffered from weed early on and never recovered.
When the handicaps are applied to change from elapsed to corrected time, Chris Massey’s 3 minute lead was changed to 3 seconds, enough to take the win. Next, Richard Marsh’s 3 minute lead over Martin Brennan and Steve Caladine in the leading GP14 was corrected down to 2 seconds, showing just how close the handicap racing is. Ste Mason decided to show his skill (with others from Holwac) in a RS Feva and creditably finished 5th.
So Richard and Lauren Marsh win the Wednesday Series overall.

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


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.