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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Training Courses at DSC

Places are available on the RYA Dinghy Level 1 and 2 at Dovestone Sailing Club Summer 2015. More details see out training page. If you are interested then contact Mal Hartland -

Instructor Courses at DSC

Places 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 -


Ian does it again

Dovestone 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 here

He 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.