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Learn to sail with us on beautiful Ullswater. Ullswater Sailing School, which is part of Ullswater Yacht Club, runs a full range of courses to suit all ages and experiences -  whether you are a complete novice or an accomplished sailor who wishes to polish your skills. We have a superb fleet of boats (16) to suit all ages and experience levels including Toppers, Picos, Comets, Fevas, Bahias and Laser Stratos. Our programme runs from May until October with something available most weeks. There are great clubhouse facilities, including changing rooms, and ample parking. Please contact our Sailing Development Officer to book your course or learn more about the courses and experiences available. Powerboat experiences and training are available too.

Are you a pupil, parent, teacher or governor at a local school? Do you think pupils at your school would be interested in sailing at UYC, during the day as a school activity, and/or on a weekday evening? If so we’d like to talk to you. Ullswater Sailing School is delighted to be part  of the RYA's OnBoard programme which aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing in the UK over a ten year period. We can tailor a sailing experience to the needs of your school or group, all run by fully qualified instructors, just get in touch...

To find out more, contact our Sailing Development Officer, Charley Steel, 07900855812, email sdo@ullswateryachtclub.org

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FREE sailing taster sessions, August 27, 10am-3pm, with special provision for disabled visitors

Ullswater Yacht Club is taking part in ‘the nation’s biggest ever sports day’ on Saturday, August 27, and is delighted to have been chosen to host the Flagship ITV/Border regional event. The I am Team GB day is promoted by ITV and the National Lottery as a celebration of the Olympics and to encourage everyone in the country to take part in a sporting activity.

The club’s Ullswater Sailing School is running free sailing taster sessions from 10am-3pm, with special sessions for disabled visitors, as well as other I am Team GB watersports activities. A range of other sports will also be taking place all day on the club site from 10am-4pm.

As part of the day, RYA Sailability, which supports people with disability to take up the sport, have arranged for two fully accessible dinghies and a mobile hoist to be available for use. This will enable anybody, regardless of their ability, an opportunity to sail, showing that sailing is a totally inclusive sport. Staff from RYA Sailability will be present to support the event and provide information and advice on the day.

To encourage people to get active, ITV will also be switching off their transmission for an hour from 9.30am across all its seven channels to get the nation to get moving. UYC is thrilled to have been selected to host the Flagship event. It is the only event in the North-west and the only sailing venue across the country.

The taster sessions are completely free and there will be lots of I am Team GB goodies on offer. The club will provide buoyancy aids and helmets - all you need is warm clothing, waterproofs and shoes you don’t mind getting wet. The sessions are for all, from eight to 80+, or younger with parents or guardians, and family groups are welcome. It is essential to pre-book for your free taster session on August 27. Contact 07900 855 812, email sdo@ullswateryachtclub.org  Participants must also register with the national website www.iamteamgb.com (Sue Giles 26.7.16)


Time to Splash Out in August

August is the time to Splash Out for 7-16 year olds at Ullswater Yacht Club. Our Ullswater Sailing School is running a special summer holiday scheme for a month, Monday to Wednesday, with sessions for younger sailors, aged 7-12 Little Splash Out, on a morning and for 9-16 year olds, Big Splash Out, in the afternoons. Sessions must be booked, see details below:


GO SAILING - Special Learn to Sail sessions for adults

Why should the kids have all the fun? 

If you have ever fancied the idea of sailing, now could be the time to give it a go. Learn to sail under the friendly expert guidance of a qualified Royal Yachting Association sailing instructor from Ullswater Sailing School. Ullswater Sailing School runs a range of RYA courses with something for everyone – all ages and all levels of ability. Now our Go Sailing Project is offering special sessions for anyone over 14 who wants to find out what it is like to sail on our beautiful lake.


* Thirty-minute Go Sailing free taster sessions

* Go Sailing Project Learn to Sail sessions: 

10am – noon, Saturdays in September & October 2016 and April to August 2017.  Cost of session £10 per person, instruction, kit, boats all included. This is funded by UYC and Sport England. The offer is specific and if participants cannot make the project days/ times we may be able to offer an alternative but they will not be part of the project and so will cost more.  Following this, if Go Sailing participants would like to join as members they will have 50% of the cost of up to 6 sessions deducted from their membership (Up to a maximum of £30).  Membership from August to 2016 season end is half price as well.  

* RYA Level 1 & 2 Courses

It is essential to pre-book, contact tel 07900 855 812, sdo@ullswateryachtclub.org


Blue and yellow at Penrith Show

Our blue and yellow themed stand at Penrith Show on July 23 attracted loads of interest and everywhere you looked were children with our yellow balloons. The weather stayed fine and we were able to leave the Bahia and Pico sails up all day, you could see the Bahia sail from all over the showground. A great attraction was getting the children to climb in the boats and pretend they were sailing while their parents took photographs. The instructors really did us proud. (Sue Giles 26.7.16)


New Youth Club success

Ullswater Sailing School's new venture for 9-16-year olds - a Friday night Youth Club, held its first session on Friday, July 22. The weather was perfect and the youngsters,club members and visitors, had a great night on and off the water. Our sailing instructors also enjoyed themselves and loved having such an enthusiastic group. They would like to thank all the parents who helped out during the session.Youth Club is on again this Friday, July 29, 6-8.30pm.

Come and have a go at sailing on our beautiful lake. All equipment is provided and the cost is just £8 per night or £6 if you book three or more and the sessions are for all, beginners or advanced sailors. Bring your friends and enjoy learning to sail with our fully-qualified instructors and having fun on and off the water. Booking is essential, contact sdo@ullswateryachtclub.org tel 07900855812. (Sue Giles  25.7.16)

Violet helps out with Penrith Show goodies

Eleven-year-old dinghy sailor Violet Simpson, pictured above, is helping Ullswater Yacht Club launch its first ever trade stand at Penrith Show. Violet, who lives near Penrith, is the club’s ‘cover girl’ appearing on the front of the newly-published brochure for Ullswater Sailing School which will be distributed from the UYC stand at Penrith Show on July 23.

Violet also helped with promotional material by working on handwritten lettering and drawings for balloons, pens and postcards which will be given out on the day.

“We have never had a stand at Penrith Show before but we thought it was an ideal way to reach the local community and let people know what we can offer at Ullswater Yacht Club,” said UYC Commodore Peter Lewis. “We are grateful to Violet for helping with the designs.”

Visitors to the stand will be able to find out about the range of courses on offer at the club’s Ullswater Sailing School, including a day of free sailing taster sessions on August 27 and special discounted sailing lessons for adults as well as a new Friday night Youth Club for 9-16 year olds and Splash Out, a summer holiday sailing school being held throughout August.

Topper sailor Violet is a regular at the club with her older sister Olivia and brother Louis, mum Sue and dad Mark. The delightful shot of her enjoying sailing her Topper with her friend, which is also Ullswater Sailing School's website profile picture, was taken at the club’s annual Sail Camp by club member Rebecca Bairstow. Visit UYC at trade stand SM69 at Penrith Show. (Sue Giles 12.7.16)


'Charley is an enormous asset to the club'

UYC member Andrew Bailey, left, is a relative newcomer to sailing so he had a private training session with our Sailing Development Officer Charley Steel. He and his friend Ian were so impressed with the session that they contacted Ullswater Sailing School principal David Clarke to let him know:

“Just a note to express my delight at last week’s private training session with Charley through UYC and the Sailing School. Both Ian and I were extremely impressed and I would like to make the following comments: 
* Charley made booking very easy and FLEXIBLE! We put the session off twice owing to a lack of wind, and that really was not a problem to her.
* She spent time before the session and at the start of the session checking exactly what we wanted from the time we had.
* She followed appropriate health and safety procedures and also started with a quick safety briefing
* The delivery of the training, and methods were fantastic. I wish we had had more time.
* Her communication skills were fantastic.

 “But what shone through most was her enthusiasm for both the job, the club, the sailing school and her love of sailing. She really is an enormous asset to the club and I personally hope she will be around for years to come. Both Ian and I have said we would like to do more training, sometime later in the summer once we have had time to practice just some of what she taught us.”


Push the Boat Out Day, May 14

Andy Featherstone, of Church Brough, near Brough, and his daughters Sarah, 10, front right, and Eleanor, 8, front left, get ready to go for a sail with Jayne Golden, left, helped by Sailing Development Officer Charley Steel.

Ullswater Yacht Club really ‘pushed the boat’ out on Saturday, May 14, with a busy day of free taster sessions. The club was taking part in the Royal Yachting Association’s Push The Boat Out Campaign to encourage more people to take to the water. More than 40 people from all over the area went afloat at the club to have a taste of what it is like to sail on Cumbria’s most beautiful lake.

The visitors, mostly family groups, were taken for a sail by RYA qualified instructors Jayne Golden, Phil Brooks and Matt Smith in boats from Ullswater Sailing School’s training fleet. The visitors included the Featherstone family of Church Brough, near Brough. Andy and two of his daughters Sarah, 10, and Eleanor, 8, enjoyed a sail in a Laser Stratos with instructor Jayne Golden. Mum Jackie and six-year-old Grace, who said she was looking forward to being old enough to have a go, watched from the shore.

“We had a really busy day and it was a great success. The weather was ideal, sunshine and just enough wind for our guests to experience what it is like to sail on Ullswater. It was good to see so many visitors enjoying themselves at the club,” said the club’s Sailing Development Officer Charley Steel, who co-ordinated the event. (Sue Giles 16.5.16)

 They’re off – from left, sailing instructor Jayne Golden, Sarah, Eleanor and Andy Featherstone


Meet our new Sailing Development Officer

When 28-year-old sailing instructor Charlotte Steel visited Ullswater Yacht Club to take part in competitions as a young Topper sailor, she never dreamed that one day she would be working there.

But now she is…Charlotte, or Charley as she likes to be known, has just been appointed Sailing Development Officer, teaching at the club’s Ullswater Sailing School. She is a senior RYA instructor and a race coach and just can’t wait to encourage more budding sailors to get on the water at Ullswater.

Charley, of Rochdale, was encouraged to sail from the age of 11 by her late father, Graham who was a keen dinghy sailor. A member of Elton and Hollingworth Lake Sailing Clubs, both near her home, she became a competitive sailor herself, racing a Topper, a Laser and then several different two-handers. She raced in boats in Europe and America, enjoyed coaching, and as a senior sailing instructor worked in Greece and Turkey.

Now her ‘office’ is UYC, based on the Eastern shore of the lake about two miles from Pooley Bridge and her work involves teaching on the lake she enjoyed racing on as a youngster. She will be developing the scope of the Sailing School which is already used by schools, youth and community groups and individuals wanting to learn to sail or improve their skills.

“I took part in Topper Open meetings at Ullswater and have been to Holiday Week twice. I have always liked sailing here and it is wonderful to be back now and to be able to work here,” she said.

Ullswater Sailing School has a fleet of dinghies, to suit all ages and all levels of experience, three Toppers, six Picos, two Fevas, two Bahias, and two Laser Stratos and runs a range of different RYA-approved courses. For instruction, Charley is joined by a team of fully-qualified RYA instructors, mostly club members who themselves learned to sail on the lake.

Ullswater Sailing School Principal David Clarke said: “We are delighted that Charley has joined us. Her enthusiasm and commitment shines through and we are sure she will be a great asset to the Sailing School and UYC.”
(Sue Giles 5.4.16)

Charley Steel with Club Secretary Marion Marshall and Ullswater Sailing School Principal David Clarke

Lovers of Ullswater learn to sail

Robert and Shireen Gale spent a weekend in October 2015 learning the basics of sailing on an Ullswater Sailing School RYA Introduction to Sailing Course. The couple, from South Shields, are newcomers to sailing and joined UYC just last year. Robert explained:

“The reason Shireen and I joined was because we have been regular visitors to Ullswater for many years with our motorhome and often considered buying a boat. In fact, we liked Ullswater so much that we were married in St Peters Church, Martindale in October 2014. We chartered the Ullswater Steamer ‘Raven’ to get the guests from The Sun Inn at Pooley Bridge to Howtown for the service and back to the Sun Inn for the reception.

 “We have both been scuba divers from many years but recently gave this up as we felt the need to move on to a new hobby. Initially, we bought a kayak and while paddling near the yacht club, we thought we might give sailing a go.

“We had a great weekend learning the basics with Wendy but we are aware of the need for practical experience and more extensive training before buying a boat of our own. We would hope to develop our skills during the coming season. I am bound to say that, during the few visits near the end of last season, we were made most welcome by members and officials and we look forward to getting over to Ullswater regularly during the current year.”

Above: Robert and Shireen Gale get to know the Laser Stratos with the help of senior instructor Wendy Lewis


Ullswater Sailing School receives RYA OnBoard award

The presentation of the OnBoard award by Alan Jones, RYA Sailing Development Officer, left, to David Clarke, Principal, Ullswater Sailing School, right, watched by, from left, instructors Edmund Clarke, Rick Boyce and Julie Archer