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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Dave & Oli Winder win the Founders Plate

Last Sunday (25th June) was our Founders Plate with 20 boats taking part.  After three qualifying races it was Dave & Oli Winder in a Merlin Rocket who won the final pursuit race; second were Nick & Lucy Heginbotham in their Merlin Rocket and third was Martin Brennan in a Solo.  Great racing in tricky conditions.

The three qualifying races on Sunday also counted to the Spring Series and, in fact, they were the last three races in this season’s Spring Series which has been won by Nick Brook’s Solo followed by the Merlin Rockets of Andrew Hilton and Bruce Mager.  Here are the overall results for the Spring Series:

Spring Series - Final Series Results



RYA OnBoard 6 Hour Race: A great day in the sun  

Our 6 Hour team winnersThe winning HLSC Laser Radial team of Evan Parry, Adam Din & Will Smith. 

HLSC OnBoard 6 Hour Race team 2017The HLSC team who between the seven of them sailed single-handed in the Laser Radial and double-handed in the RS Feva.

On Saturday 17th June 89 youngsters in 14 teams from 8 clubs around the North West participated in this year’s RYA OnBoard 6 Hour Race.  Well done to all who took part.  We hope you all had a great day in the sun.

Congratulations to our winners:
Overall – Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club
OnBoard – Debdale Activity Centre

6 Hour Race results

Report by Graham Knox 

On Saturday, 89 young sailors took part in a 6 hour relay race. They were part of 14 teams from neighbouring Clubs within the RYA OnBoard scheme. The wind was variable and some struggled to keep their boats moving as they found ‘flat’ spots. In the end, the local Club team of Will Smith, Adam Din and Evan Parry were the winners, while a second Club team finished third overall.


Race report for  Sunday 18th June 2017 by Graham Knox
Club racing on Sunday also had similar wind conditions, variable in strength and direction. The Solos won the first race led by Martin Brennan with Nick Brook in second. The Merlin Rockets took control of the second race with a battle for the lead between Steve Crook with Sally Townend, Julian and Evan Parry and Stuart Bates with Andrew Hilton finishing in that order. For the third race, Chris Massey in his RS300 was able to get in front, but finished third on handicap while Martin Brennan again won, with Julian and Evan Parry runners up.



Race report for Wednesday 14th June by Graham Knox
With 21 boats out to enjoy a southerly wind that held, more or less, for 2 races, this was an excellent evening. However, it would be little surprise that Richard and Lauren Marsh, (RS200) again took the wins. Otherwise the spoils were split between the Merlins and GP14s. The Lasers were led by a visiting Laser staff member, John Leach.
The start of the second race, smartly arranged, caught out a few boats never to recover their first race places!
Adam McGovern, in his new GP14, with Steve Mason came second in the second race, but third overall as the Merlins, led by Steve Crook and Sally Townend had the better first race results. Martin Brennan and Sophia Miles upheld the GP14s in the first race with a fourth place and later said farewell to Sophia as she moves south to Dorset.

…and here are the results for the Wednesday Evening Series after 14th June:

Wednesdays after 14 June

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.