HLSC COVID Guidelines

Guide Dates are subject to change:

These guidelines have been put in place by the COVID Committee, based on Government Guidelines, RYA advice and consideration of the size and layout of the Club and Grounds.

No earlier than March 8th

The first part of the easing is to allow for recreational activities to take place, along with exercise.  Whilst this is a degree of easing, the restriction on movement and other restrictions on access remaining in place, this still means that the club will not be able to allow sailing to re-start.

Allowed :

  • Access to the Dinghy Park is allowed, subject to local travel only.

Social Distancing is still in place, so close contact is to be avoided.

Not Allowed :

  • Sailing
  • Access to the Clubhouse and inside facilities.
  • Bar and Galley remain closed.

Note :

There will be ongoing work taking place on the Clubhouse Roof, which will require vehicular access to the building throughout this time.  Internal remedial work is also required to the building so there will be people accessing the building for this purpose only.

No earlier than March 29th

This is the second part of easing and it is this point where we can start the sailing.  Two Households/ groups of 6 is permissible.

Allowed :

  • Sailing
  • Race Box Access
  • Downstairs Toilet only
  • COVID Safe sailing with one other person
  • Groups of 6, or two households
  • Minimised Travel
  • Emergency Access to the Changing Rooms

Not Allowed :

  • Access to the Clubhouse except where mentioned above.
  • Bar and Galley remain closed.

No earlier than April 12th

There is a further easing of restrictions, Outside Hospitality is allowed with restrictions.  Whilst travel is again eased the restrictions of the Dinghy Park size and Club Frontage to the water it has been decided to keep the club COVID safe that Open Meetings will not be held within this period.

Allowed :

  • Bar may open outside only, with restrictions
  • Sailing
  • Race Box
  • COVID Safe sailing with one other person
  • Limited Access to the Changing Rooms, after sailing only if required.
  • Groups of 6, or two households
  • Travel outside your local area
  • Self Contained Holiday Accomodation

Not Allowed :

  • Access to the Clubhouse lounge and Bar Area

Latest Changing Room guidance

No earlier than May 17th

 This is where the restrictions are eased enough to allow larger groups to meet outside, along with restricted indoor access, so from this point the club will consider hosting open meetings under COVID safe guidelines.

Allowed :

  • Bar may open inside and outside, with restrictions
  • Sailing
  • Race Box
  • COVID Safe sailing with one other person
  • Limited Access to the Changing Rooms, after sailing only if required.
  • Groups of 6, or two households
  • Travel outside your local area
  • Internal Access to the building with COVID safe restrictions in place

Not Allowed :

  • Seating Restrictions

No earlier than June 21st

This is the final stage of the easing where all restrictions are removed

Allowed :

  • Everything within the Law!

Not Allowed :

  • Everything Illegal!

Please note these Guidelines is that they are subject to change with any National/Local updates, thus they will be updated as often as possible to keep them in line with the current situation.  If you have any queries please contact any Senior member of the Management Committee for the latest information.

Further details can be found on the RYA website




Stay Safe everyone.

HLSC Committee

Club Racing: Duty Team guidelines

The attached guidelines apply to formally organised club racing and are intended to give members of the duty team a clear understanding of what is required to run safe, quality racing.

The guidelines are divided into four sections:

  1. Patrol Boat crew (RIB crew)
  2. Race Team
  3. Officer Of The Day
  4. Starters Box

If you are on duty in the near future, please review these guidelines to help ensure we provide our fellow members with safe, quality club sailing and racing.

Please click here: Duty Team Guidelines


Sailing Improvers

Whilst arrangements can be made to have some improver training/instruction on any Friday evening (by contacting training@hlsc.org.uk)  on the first Friday of every  month, starting at 6.30pm, we will be offering improver training which is open to all members and will be delivered by one of our training team. Dates for the 2018 improver sessions are:

  • 6th April
  • 4th May
  • 1st June
  • 6th July
  • 3rd August
  • 7th September

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Adult Beginners

Whilst these courses are for those who are new to the sport we ask that you first have a Taster Session with us so that you know that sailing is something you are going to enjoy.  As well as being for our own club members, these courses are open to those seriously considering taking up sailing and becoming club members.

The dates for our adult courses are:
RYA Start Sailing – Friday Evenings 6:30pm to 8:30pm
11th May, 18th May, 1st June & 8th June

RYA Start Sailing – Friday Evenings 6:30pm to 8:30pm
22nd June, 29th June, 6th July & 13th July

For more information or to book a taster session or place on one of the courses please e-mail training@hlsc.org.uk.

We can provide you with much more information about this course when you come along for your Taster Session.

Our Start Sailing course covers how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering.  Hopefully, by the end of the course, you should, all being well, be able to sail independently in light to medium winds under supervision.  In other words completing the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Level 1 Start Sailing course.

If you take to the sport, then for those who have commenced the process of applying for membership of Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club we would be proposing that following the Start Sailing course you come along to our Friendly Friday sessions which are held every Friday evening during the summer months.

Welcome to Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

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Hollingworth Lake Sailing club is a family friendly club and RYA Approved Training Centre for beginners and experienced sailors of all ages. Conveniently located in the foothills of the Pennines this 117 acre lake less is than 3 miles from the M62 and boasts fantastic views as well as a great sailing area ideal for training, recreational sailing and racing.

We have active fleets in GP14s, Solos, Toppers, Laser and Merlin Rockets with many other classes represented in our handicap racing and general sailing. Our Sailing programme runs from March to December with a active social programme all year round.


2021 Sailing Programme & Start Times

Open Meetings

  • Solo Class Open Meeting : Sunday 27th June
  • Multi-Class Handicap Open Meeting : Sunday 18th July
  • Merlin-Rocket Class Open Meeting : Saturday 16th October – Sunday 17th October

Special Club Events

  • Club Championships : Sunday 6th June  12:30pm Start
  • Founders Plate : Saturday 18th September  12:30pm Start
  • Spring Pursuit Race : Sunday 16th May  1pm Start
  • Summer Pursuit Race : Sunday 4th July  1pm Start
  • Autumn Pursuit Race : Sunday 26th September  1pm Start
  • Winter Pursuit Race : Sunday 21st November  1pm Start

Sundays : Club Racing

Sundays 4th April to 24th October 2021:

Slow Handicap fleet & Fast Handicap fleet                                                            1.00pm
Mass start

Sundays 31st October to 12th December 2021:

Slow Handicap fleet & Fast Handicap fleet                                                            12.30pm
Mass start

Three points races are scheduled to be sailed each Sunday. This is the start time of the first race.

  • Start Up Series : 4th April – 25th April
  • Late Spring Series : 2nd May – 30th May
  • Summer Series : 13th June – 25th July
  • August Series : 1st August – 29th August
  • Autumn Series : 5th September – 31st October
  • Winter Series : 7th November – 12th December

Wednesdays : Club Racing

Wednesday evenings 7th April to 1st September 2021:

Slow Handicap fleet & Fast Handicap fleet                                                            7.00pm
Mass start

This is the start time of the first race.

On Wednesdays in early April, late August and early September one race is scheduled to be sailed. 

On Wednesdays between 28th April and 18th August two races will be sailed ‘back to back’ provided the OOD considers conditions to be suitable. 

Please note that the sequence of the fleet starts for the second race may vary from that which was used in the first race.

  • Equinox Series: 7th April – 16th June
  • Solstice Series : 23rd June – 1st September

Friendly Fridays

Friendly Fridays are currently suspended, due to COVID restrictions. Once the club feels that it is in a position to safely run these then the dates will be published and communicated to members.

Amending the Starting Sequence

For a particular series, the Sailing Committee may choose to introduce separate starts for different fleets.

This decision will be displayed both on the Sailing Committee noticeboard in the main clubroom and here on our website before the first race of any given series and, will apply to the whole series.

Starting for any subsequent series will revert to one Mass Start unless a further notification is posted.

The notification will include which Fleet board will be used to indicate that particular fleet’s start.


All races will be dually scored to give both Class results and Handicap results with the Handicap results being the combined results from the Slow Handicap fleet and the Fast Handicap fleet.  Trophies will be awarded to the All Classes’ winner (i.e. the overall series winner as calculated using the PY Handicap system) in each of the club’s various series.

Please note that our Sailing Instructions (SI 14.10) state that the club trophies for the various classes (Merlin Rocket, GP14, Solo & Laser) will only be awarded if, at the end of each series, at least three boats have participated in at least one third of the races run in the series (rounded down).

Duty Rotas

Sailing Rotas

Please find the latest Sailing Rota here :

Bar Rota

Please find the current Bar Rota here : 2021 Bar Rota

If you need to Swap any duty, or would like to volunteer then contact Nick Hornsby (Sailing Secretary) or John Walker (Bar Secretary) to inform them of the change.

Sailing outside of normal club hours

If you decide that you would like to sail outside our normal club racing times (i.e. when there are no club patrol boats on the water) it is important that you are comfortable with the prevailing weather conditions and that you and your crew are fit for those conditions and competent to sail in them.  If someone has very little experience we would strongly recommend that their sailing takes place when the safety cover is there.

So, if you consider that you may need safety cover outside our normal club racing hours, it would be prudent of you to purchase a Day or Season Permit from HOLWAC.  Please see their website for all the details and prices: http://www.link4life.org/centres/hollingworth-lake-activity-centre/prices

Our club events

To view all the details of our club events and duty rotas please go to the Calendar page i.e. click on ‘Calendar’ in the dropdown menu which is in the blue banner at the top of the page.