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Welcome to Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club

Covid-19 update Monday 12th April 2021
England enters Step 2 of the roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown today.
Government guidance on the use of changing rooms during Step 2 was clarified yesterday. This now reads “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”.
As RYA advice is that we should strictly adhere to government guidance, the following rules apply at LLSC from today until further notice.
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).
UNCHANGED Changing rooms and showers – unchanged from Step 1.
i.e. Closed (except for emergency use).
UNCHANGED Catering – unchanged from Step 1.
i.e. takeaway only – eat and drink outdoors only. No loitering in the dining area – collect and go.
NEW Bar – takeaway only – eat and drink outdoors only.
Orders to be made outside the bar. Customer can put the order on a tray using a paper slip or make a verbal request and the customer can collect and pay at 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 are permitted.
i.e. camper vans, caravans or tents with a chemical type toilet. The LLSC toilets must remain locked overnight to comply with Step 2 legislation.

Please remember that many Covid-19 restrictions are still in force. At a national level these are summarised on the RYA website.
Locally please: –
– use face coverings indoors, observe hand hygiene and maintain a 2m social distance at all time with anyone from outside your household or social bubble 
–  remember not to launch if there is no safety cover and the wind is over 15 knots
– don’t handle other people’s launching trollies, these should be left in place as there is plenty of room along the foreshore to place all trollies booked via WebCollect
– use the club’s track and trace QR code if you have the NHS tracker on your mobile
– stay away from the club if you have symptoms of Covid-19 
– don’t bring spectators
– be aware that the webcams are working (in the past we’ve had issues with members of the public complaining about perceived breaches of lockdown restrictions because they were unaware that people sharing a picnic bench on the webcam were from the same household)
– book sailing sessions via WebCollect 
– don’t book visits for boat maintenance, canoeing, kayaking or SUPing via Webcollect – just turn up 
– don’t hang around inside the club house when visiting the toilets or collecting take away food – observe the one way system 
– don’t shoot the messenger or get too exasperated about all the seemingly petty Covid rules – collectively we simply can’t afford a £10,000 fine 
– DO have fun!  

See you all on or in the water!  
Dave😎  

Dave Kelsall Commodore  – on behalf of the Management Committee
12th April 2021  

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