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Welcome to Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club

Covid-19 Update 26th February 2021
On 22nd February 2021, the Prime Minister announced a roadmap to take the UK out of the Covid-19 restrictions. On 25th February, the RYA started to release details of their response to that roadmap. In summary, nothing really changes until 29th March.


Updated RYA guidance* is that “Outdoor sports facilities including sailing clubs can reopen, subject to the Rule of 6/two households. Formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s – will also restart and where compliant with guidance issued by the national governing bodies (the RYA) will not be subject to the gatherings limits. Indoor facilities, such as changing rooms, should not be used at this time, although toilet facilities can be accessed.”

So far as LLSC is concerned, this means that from 29th March we will revert to the situation as it was in December, a 50 boat restriction, no bar, takeaway meals and only the toilets open. Unfortunately lockdown restrictions remain in force until 29th March meaning we cannot lawfully open the club for any activities until that date.

The Management Committee is currently working up a schedule of events which we will publish as soon as possible with the first race pencilled in for the evening of Wednesday 31st March followed by activities over the Easter weekend.

Other key milestone dates are 12th April, 17th May and 21st June but the guidance around those dates is tentative as the government’s roadmap is subject to review based on the data available at the time of those dates.

Thank you for your continued support.
Dave Kelsall
Commodore on behalf of the LLSC Management Committee
26th February 2021

* Details of the RYA guidance can be found at https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/clubs/Covid%20FAQs%20in%20England%20from%205%20Jan%202021.pdf

LLSC Training 
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”

Revett 18th NovemberKenneth Grahame 1000


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.Gate Sign

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