Welcome to Dovestone Sailing Club
We are a sailing club, affiliated to the RYA, that welcomes families and individuals new to sailing or experienced. We provide training and coaching for adults and young people, to develop skills towards taking part in the club racing programme and beyond.
Dovestone Sailing Club has sole use of the almost 100 acre reservoir at Greenfield near Oldham. It is set amid dramatic scenery in the PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK off the A635 Greenfield to Holmfirth Road, via Banks Lane. It is approximately half a mile from the Clarence Hotel at the junction of Chew Valley Road and Manchester Road, Greenfield.
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DSC Open Day - May 9thDovestone Sailing Club are holding an Open Day on 9th May. The club is open to all to have a try at sailing. If you are interested then it is essential that you book a slot by calling Jim Carrigan, the club commodore, on 0779 623 3774 or by email . The club is a RYA training site and all visitors will be joined by a fully qualified instructor for their time on the water. The Open Day is part of the RYA Push the Boat Out initiative, to get more people on the water. Whether you’re a regular sailor, new to the sport or simply want a day out with the family, Push the Boat Out provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to get out on the water and have a great day out. The UK is a world leader in the sport of sailing and most sailors start in a small dinghy on a lake. The reservoir is a local beauty spot on the edge of the Peak District national park use OL3 7NE if using sat nav. Please wear clothing suitable for the day, a buoyancy aid will be provided. The minimum age for children is 7, but all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Instructor Courses at DSCPlaces are available on the Dinghy Instructors course at Dovestone Sailing Club early 2015. The cost for 5 days of instruction, including books and certification is just £100. The five day course covers all aspects of teaching beginners and improvers to sail. During the course you will be taught the RYA's teaching framework known as 'The Method' which encompasses single and double handed sailing. If you are interested then contact Mal Hartland - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian does it againDovestone sailor - Ian Jones - took gold in the Laser Masters European Championships. He was 7 points clear of his nearest rival for the Masters trophy.
The full results table is hereHe also went on to take the gold position at the UK Masters in Pwllheli. Just 6 points from 5 races made him the clear victor.
The full results table is here
Laser Masters World Championships 2013 - Dovestones sailor is clear winner!
Dovestone sailor - Ian Jones - is the clear winner in the Laser Masters World Championships in Oman. 18pts from 10 races saw him 9pts clear of his nearest rival Joao Ramos, from Brazil
The full results table is here
Absent from racing on the final day Ian had won the Radial Apprentice class on Friday with a day to spare. He was relaxing by the pool when the final races were completed and feeling elated.
"I do OK at these things but this is the first one I have won," said the 45 year old Manchester based sailor who is a member of Dovestone Sailing Club, racing on Dovestone Reservoir in the Peak District.
"It feels really good because the conditions have been difficult and stressful though back home I sail on a pond rather than the sea so I'm used to the lighter conditions. This is my first year in this class – previously I was in the Apprentices and kept being beaten by Scott Leith so it feels good to have won."
Back home in Manchester, Jones is a toolmaker making parts for cars. He also makes carbon fibre tillers and tiller extensions for Lasers and was pleased to see half of the entire Laser Masters fleet using equipment he had crafted himself.
What we do
From March to mid December there is sailing at the Club on a Sunday. This takes the form of a series of races and Open meetings. There is regular sailing on Saturdays and Wednesday evening sailing from April until the end of August. The club is a recognised RYA training centre and as such is host to sail and power training.
Where we are
We are located on the North East edge of the Peak District National Park in a spectacular setting.
The Club House
The club house has a galley (a kitchen for you landlubbers), a large communal room, changing rooms with hot showers and a licensed bar. Underneath the club house there is room for the club's three safety boats and for storage of the club Optimists.
There are regular social events at the Club House including the ever popular summer bbq.
How to join
It's easy to join -
if you have a copy of Microsoft Word just download this form - fill it in and send it to the address on the form.
Alternatively download a pdf, print it out and fill it in.
You don't need a boat straightaway. Borrow a club boat, or crew for another member. When you are ready to buy a boat it doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg, there are lots of second-hand bargains to be had .
If you've walked around the lake and often fancied yourself bobbing about in one of the boats then what are you waiting for - join today and you'll be sailing by the weekend.