follow link At Leigh & Lowton we pride ourselves in the strength and depth of sailing experience that we provide to our members and visiting sailors.
Our main sailing day is Sunday where we hold 3 races per day during the summer months and 2 races per day during the winter months. The winter sailing is open to visitors from other clubs and this often brings in quite large fleets of strongly competitive helms. The Galley is open for breakfast & lunches and the bar is open after racing to allow for post race discussions. The 1st race is held at 12:00 noon.
In addition to the various Sunday series throughout the year, there are also a number of Trophy Days at the end of a series to remember influential past members of the club- the Taylor Trophy(end of Spring Series), the Henderson Trophy(end of the Early Summer Series), the Presidents Rose Bowl (late Summer) and the Harry Budd Memorial Trophy (Autumn Series). In 2016 we have launch Asymmetric Sundays, in which the Asymmetric results from a number of Sundays from May to October are used to form a parallel series.
On Saturdays during the summer months there are 2 races held per day with the first starting at 14:00. There are no galley or bar service for normal Saturday racing.
From May to early September the club holds a race each Wednesday evening with a 19:15 start time. The galley is open for a meal after racing and the bar is open for the usual post race informal discussion. In 2016 a Buddy Wednesday series started, grouping sailors into teams, with a team prize, to encourage the top flight sailors to pass on some hints and tips to the club sailors.
Friday Nights during the summer months are another busy time at the club. The club is opened up for regular Junior Training sailing with courses for sailors with a wide range of experience from early learning to advanced racing. There is an opportunity for parental socialisation whilst the kids enjoy the sailing & barbecues are often lit for after sailing meals.
Sailing at Other Times
The facilities of the club are open to all members on every day of the year, it is up to the individual sailor to decide if the conditions are safe for them to sail at times when organised rescue is not present.
Members are unable to sail whilst the swimming club – My Open Swimming – are using the facililties on Monday evening, Thursday evenings and Saturday morning until about 10:00am.
Additionally, Open Meetings and Class/Area Championships are sometimes held at the club, details of which are shown in the Club’s Calendar. These include the our regular entry into the global Barts Bash race, the popular Guy Fawkes pursuit race which is held in November & precedes the commencement of the Tipsy Icicle Winter Series, the ever popular New Years Day pursuit which blows away the cobwebs of the festive period and the RNLI pursuit which marks the end of the winter series.
The clubhouse & water are used as coaching facilities from time to time including use by a variety of RYA squads.
There are very infrequent Flash Closure days. These are kept to a minimum and enable larger open events to take place undisturbed. There are no organised club races on these days and Members are not allowed to sail whilst these events are taking place – they are encouraged to take part in the event if they are so inclined.
To host your open meeting at the club contact the Sailing Manager via email.