Welcome to Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club
|Covid-19 update Monday 17th May 2021|
England enters Step 3 of the roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown today, with new government guidance
issued over recent days. There is an emphasis on our individual responsibility to use common sense.
The requirement to register using the Covid App now applies to everyone over-16 and not just “party leaders”.
Those without the Covid App can register via WebCollect or by using the form provided at the entrance to the
The RYA’s guidance to clubs was updated today and can be found at https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Club_Zone/10_Covid19_Legal_Guidance/Covid%20FAQs%
Government guidance on the use of changing rooms during Step 3 is that “Changing rooms can open but their
use should be discouraged. You should inform customers that these are areas of increased risk, that they should shower and change at home where possible”.
UNCHANGED Club house access for toilets – unchanged from Step 1.
i.e. one way system in place, no crossing in the corridor and face coverings required (unless exempt).
NEW Changing rooms and showers – changed from Step 2.
if you can change at home or outdoors please continue to do so.
The changing rooms are now available for use but numbers need to be restricted to comply with guidance to:
8 people within the Gents changing room;
4 people in the Ladies changing room
1 person (plus carer if appropriate) in the Disabled changing room.
Bags etc. should be removed from the changing room when you are not in the process of changing.
NEW Catering – changed from Step 2.
Orders to be made and food collected from the counter. Food and drink may be consumed indoors or outdoors so long as the current limits on numbers are observed and social distancing maintained. No loitering at the counter – order, collect and go.
NEW Bar – changed from Step 2.
To comply with current guidance, the bar and galley will not be open at the same time.
Table service only for drinks from the bar. Bar staff must use appropriate PPE and stand behind the screen provided. No loitering in the bar – collect and go.
NEW Camping – only self-contained overnight stays which enable compliance with step 3 guidance are permitted. i.e. camper vans, caravans or tents.
The LLSC toilets can now be open – a change from Step 2.
As always, thanks for your patience and cooperation in adhering to these rules.
Dave Kelsall – Commodore – on behalf of the Management Committee
17th May 2021
A training schedule for 2021 will be published as soon as possible in light of the evolving RYA guidance.
MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT, FROM 29TH MARCH , IN THE ABSENCE OF SAFETY COVER, THEY SHOULD NOT LAUNCH IN WINDS ABOVE 15 KNOTS TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF THE RESCUE SERVICES BEING CALLED OUT, FRONT LINE STAFF BEING PLACED AT RISK OF COVID-19 INFECTION AND THE CLUB’S REPUTATION BEING DAMAGED FOR BREACHING RYA GUIDANCE “do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI or emergency services”
So, why join Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club?
Great opportunities to either start to learn, to improve or to test advanced sailing skills.
Good value annual Membership structure with staggered payments available and No joining fees!
At 160 Acres/64.5 Ha – the Largest inland sailing area in the Cheshire/Lancashire/Greater Manchester/Merseyside areas. Soft shorelines surround the race areas and the water is largely unaffected by tree induced wind shadow.
Fast road links from all directions
Suitable for a wide variety of monohull sailing dinghies from Optimist to 49’er
Wide shoreline launching facilities
Friendly members who are always happy to help or advise.
Heated changing rooms with hot showers available daily all year round.
Comfortable heated clubhouse facilities with large wetroom/galley/bar and separate lounge area for viewing the sailing action through panoramic windows – includes TV and free fast wifi.
The Galley is widely regarded by local sailors and national visitors to be one of our greatest assets, fabulous food available.
Huge, organised, secure and flood lit dinghy park.
Tarmac car parking – means clean boat packing areas
On site camping facilities for open meetings.
Simple computerised race control.
Organised Sunday racing all year round (no winter closure), Saturday afternoon and Wednesday evening racing during summer months. Friday evening training for Junior fleets – Parental enjoyment of the spectacle whilst BBQ’s are used to prepare dinner is highly recommended!
Regular Open Meeting and Class Championship hosts
Best attended winter dinghy racing series in the North of England
Informal general sailing (without rescue) available at all times.
Modern fleet of rescue ribs.
Comprehensive fleet of well maintained training boats – some available for hire.
Deep water launch ramp for disability boats
RYA High Performance Centre
Also RYA Sailability, RYA Onboard & RYA Training centre – Helping to promote sailing for all
Training Classroom separate from the clubhouse for privacy
3.42 mile circular walk on footpaths around the Flash – for the non-sailing visitors
…………… don’t just take our word for it:
“Thank you for your help over the weekend. We had a great time.”
Joanna Crabtree RYA Optimist Zone Squad Training – December 2017
“Thanks for accommodating us last weekend. All went well and everyone was raving about the galley food on Sunday!”
Cathy Rastrick Feva Training – January 2016
“Thank you for a wonderful if windy weekend. The kids had a ball and showed just what a great squad they are. We had 23 on Saturday and 22 on Sunday. Our thanks for making us so welcome again, we love coming to your club!”
Jennie Clark RS Tera Northern Rep – November 2015
Video to show what happens at the club from a training point of view