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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...

NO INCREASE IN PRICES FOR 2018. For details and prices of sailing courses and taster sessions and to book click on the link below:

Sailing courses and taster session prices/ booking form and terms & conditions 

To find out more, contact our Sailing Development Officer Edmund Clarke, tel 07826382612,
email sdo@ullswateryachtclub.org


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Sail Camp 2018

Thirty-seven budding young sailing ‘Superheroes’ had five days of fun on and off the water at Ullswater Yacht Club’s annual sail camp from July 30 - August 3. Sail camp has been held at the award-winning club every year for more than 30 years and has become a ‘must-do’ event for the club’s youngsters and this year’s theme was Superheroes.

They spent the week taking part in the Royal Yachting Association course relevant to their age and ability – from beginners to assistant instructors and were taught by fully qualified RYA instructors, most of them ex-sail campers themselves who have learned at the club and gone on to teach others. “Whilst it wasn't sunny, we had perfect winds to get the kids out on the water,” said organiser Steve Potter.

“All the sail campers were given Superhero names with wristbands to show their various talents. We had our inaugural water netball session with the stage 1 groups, and water pistol superhero training sessions led by Ben. The older groups did stage 4 training and start racing. Congratulations go to Josh and Annabel who are UYC's newest assistant instructors.”

As usual, cake was in abundance with the instructors and helpers developing ever- increasing waistlines. There was the traditional trip to Pooley Bridge for ice cream, and a Friday Regatta and sail camp picnic

“I think it’s a credit to the young kids and helpers who managed to stay smiling despite a deluge of rain on our way down to the picnic, but thankfully it brightened up for the food,” said Steve.

“Our thanks go to all the volunteers who made the week run so smoothly - from Tracey in the kitchen with her amazing team, to Sue leading front of house, Jackie for the cleaning, Jane and Joanne at the campsite and our thanks to all the instructors and Edmund for once again agreeing to take charge of them.”

The annual sail camp is run entirely by volunteers and the instruction was led by UYC Sailing Development Officer, 23-year-old Edmund Clarke who grew up at the club, attending sail camp, qualifying as an instructor, then a senior instructor and making a career out of teaching sailing. - Steve Potter

To see an album of great pictures from the week click here: Sail Camp 2018




Push The Boat Out, May 19

Click on this link to see an album of pictures from our Push The Boat Out Day:
Push The Boat Out Album


Family Learn to Sail Week, August 6 - 10 2018

The ethos of the week is family fun for everybody based around the wonderful facilities and location of Ullswater Yacht Club. There will be a mixture of leisure sailing, semi-serious racing, family activities, water-based youth clubs and on-shore family fun, together with a range of Ullswater Sailing School lessons available at a discounted price. Non-sailors will be welcome to join in as they wish or use the club as a base and enjoy everything the Lake District has to offer. We welcome members and non-members, those wishing to camp and those who want to join us on a daily basis.

Full details and the programme are on the UYC website or the in this link:

Family Learn to Sail Week

To register your interest in Family Learn to Sail Week at UYC, please contact:  Andrew Bailey 07801 606 082. 01228 523 299 (work). 01228 561 115 (home). Email Rotary@balchins.co.uk

Ullswater Sailing School at Family Learn to Sail Week

Sailing Development Officer Edmund Clarke will be on hand all week looking after the Sailing School and ensuring everybody has a great experience. We would encourage you to book any courses you would like in advance so he can plan. Private lessons for adults can also be arranged, subject to advance booking.

Costs for RYA courses

·         RYA Level One - £250 for a non-member for three days’ tuition, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Aug 6-8.

·         RYA Level Two - £200 for a non-member for two days’ tuition, Thursday and Friday, Aug 9 & 10.

·         RYA Level One and Two -  £350 for a non-member for all five days’ tuition, Aug 6 – 10.

If you book more than one person on the course there is a 10% discount. Club members get a 20% discount on all courses.

A Kids Club for young sailors will be held all week - 9.30am till noon Monday to Friday at £100 for the full week or £25 per session. Club members get a 20% discount.

For more details, please contact Edmund on sdo@ullswateryachtclub.org  Mobile 07826382612.


The perfect present - a Sailing School Gift Voucher

Give someone you love the chance to experience sailing on our beautiful lake in 2018.
Choose how much you would like to give towards a session or buy a learn-to-sail course or a taster sail.
Contact Sailing Development Officer Edmund Clarke on sdo@ullswateryachtclub.org to find out more.
Once you have made the arrangements, Edmund will post you our specially designed voucher card, see left, to give as a gift, as well as a pack containing all the information needed to go sailing with us.
For details of courses and prices click on this link:


'Another awesome week' - Sail Camp 2017

Sailing courses and taster session prices/ booking form and terms & conditions 

Sail Camp 2017. Picture by Phil Burrage

‘Another awesome week’ – that was the verdict of 39 budding young sailors who had five days of fun on and off the water at Ullswater Yacht Club’s annual sail camp (July 30 – Aug 4)

Sail camp has been held at the award-winning club every year for more than 30 years and has become a ‘must-do’ event for the club’s youngsters. They spent the week taking part in the Royal Yachting Association course relevant to their age and ability – from beginners to assistant instructors and were taught by fully qualified RYA instructors, most of them ex-sail campers themselves who have learned at the club and gone on to teach others. This year most of the young sailors were relatively new to sailing.

“With average wind speeds of 18.4 knots and gusts just shy of a force 7 on day one, this did not deter any of them, all the groups were out sailing, doing amazingly well “said organiser Steve Potter. “This was set to continue for the week - both weather and amazing sailing from our youngsters.”

This year’s theme was pirates, and there were treasure hunts, water pistols and pirate games. The traditional ice cream trip to Pooley Bridge was a windy session and everyone joined in for picnic down the lake on the Friday. “The sail campers coped very well with the conditions but it did mean some didn't achieve the levels they hoped for,” said Steve. But he added that many did graduate the week as first class pirates with swords and bandanas to prove it.

This year yet again we had excellent food from Tracey and her team, and many thanks to her and all the shore based parents who made it all possible. For those who are not in the know, there are more cakes made and eaten at sail camp than at Mr Kiplings. Huge thanks go to Edmund Clarke and all of our fabulous instructors who gave their time free to teach the children. Special mentions go to Kirsty Burton who for the first time in 10 years DIDN'T have an injury at sail camp, and Joss Noble who taught the kids how to fall out of a static rib whilst eating cake! See you all next year.
- Steve and Kathryn Potter



Pictures by Phil Burrage  Click on this link to see more pictures from Sail Camp 2017

                                                                       Try Sailing, Saturday, July 29, 2017

“Cold, wet and fun,” that was the verdict of a young visitor at a day of special sailing taster sessions at Ullswater Yacht Club on Saturday, July 29.

The award-winning club was taking part in the Royal Yachting Association’s Try Sailing Campaign to encourage more people to take to the water. Almost 90 visitors of all ages from throughout 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 Alan Jones and Dave Woodhead of the North-west RYA and UYC instructors Sam Smith and Phil Brooks in boats from Ullswater Sailing School’s training fleet.

The offer of a taster sail for just £5 per person proved to be so popular that registration for the event was oversubscribed and online booking was closed a few days before. Despite the forecast of rain, there was a steady stream of visitors all day with the family groups able to sail together in the Sailing School’s larger boats, two Stratos and a Bahia. The wannabe sailors had an exciting ride on the lake in the fresh wind and there were certainly lots of wet bottoms! The visitors were given information about Ullswater Yacht Club and Ullswater Sailing School’s programme which include three full weeks of ‘learn to sail’ RYA courses which start on Monday, August 7.

“We were really pleased that so many visitors turned up and enjoyed themselves at the club. We had a very busy day and there was lots of interest in what we have to offer here,” said the club’s Sailing Development Officer Edmund Clarke, who co-ordinated the event.

For more details about courses visit www.ullswatersailingschool.org or contact Edmund Clarke on 07900855812, email sdo@ullswateryachtclub.org

ABOVE:  SDO Edmund Clarke, left, Richard Gregg, right, Gemma Chatterton, second right, Cameron, ten, and Bethany, seven. The family, who live near Appleby, are all ready to go for a sail in a Laser Stratos

To see an album of pictures click on this link:  Try Sailing Taster Day

                                               Learn to sail with us this summer

Ullswater Sailing School is holding a series of special Royal Yachting Association courses for all ages over three weeks in August. Learn to sail under the friendly expert guidance of a qualified RYA Sailing Instructor. Choose a three-day basic Level 1 course or come for five days and take Level 1 & 2.  

Introduction to Sailing RYA Level 1, a three-day course 

The first step, providing a good introduction, getting you on the water, understanding boat handling techniques and safely enjoying the thrills of sailing.

Course dates: Monday to Wednesday, August 7 – 9; August 14 – 16; August 21 - 23

The Next Step RYA Level 2, a two-day course

These two days take you to a level where you can sail competently and safely on your own in reasonable weather conditions.

Course dates: Thursday and Friday, August 10 & 11; August 17 & 18; August 24 & 25

There will be two groups for all courses, children (aged up to 16) and adults. It will cost from £270 per person for 5 days, depending on the number of places booked.

All equipment, clothing, buoyancy aids and helmets will be provided and the Sailing School has a superb fleet of boats to suit all ages and levels of experience. The club is on the eastern shore of the lake around three miles from Pooley Bridge. It has stunning views of the lake, excellent changing facilities and ample parking.

To find out more and to book, contact Sailing Development Officer Edmund Clarke, tel 07826382612,
email sdo@ullswateryachtclub.org



Push The Boat Out, May 20, 2017

Ullswater Yacht Club really ‘pushed the boat’ out on Saturday, May 20, with a busy afternoon of free taster sessions. The award-winning club was taking part in the Royal Yachting Association’s Push The Boat Out Campaign to encourage more people to take to the water.

 A total of 54 visitors of all ages from throughout 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 Sam Smith and Olivia Simpson in boats from Ullswater Sailing School’s training fleet.

First on the water were Howard Bousfield and his daughters Hollie and Eve, 11 and 10, from near Penrith, who enjoyed a trip on the water in blustery conditions in a Laser Stratos with Sam Smith. They were followed by a steady stream of visitors with the family groups able to sail together in the Sailing School’s larger boats.
 - (Sue Giles 24.5.17)

Pictured: The Troughton family, Martin and Heather and their daughters Matilda and Ella go sailing with Olivia Simpson.

To see a full gallery of PTBO pictures click on this link: PTBO at UYC


Welcome to our new Sailing Development Officer

Edmund Clarke has been appointed as Ullswater Yacht Club’s Sailing Development Officer, taking up the role at the end of April/ early May.

Edmund, 21, has been a UYC member all his life, learning to sail at the club and becoming a sailing instructor. He is a valued and popular volunteer and a keen racer.

Along with his passion for the club, he is also very well qualified for the role as a RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor, a Keelboat Sailing Instructor, a Level 2 Racing Coach and a Powerboat Instructor and has qualifications in kayaking/ canoeing, caving and mountain biking.

He is currently working at an Outdoor Education Centre in North Yorkshire.

To give him an opportunity to continue to enjoy his sailing, Sunday will be his day off plus one other day, except when we have a major event. If members are not sure - please look at what he is wearing, if in uniform he is working.

Club training gets under way on May 6 & 7 and  the application form for Courses A & B is now on the UYC website under Training.

Edmund takes over from Charley Steel who resigned as SDO over the winter for health reasons. The club wishes Charley a speedy recovery and thanks her for her contribution in 2016.


UYC wins RYA Club of the Year 2017

We did it again – on Saturday, March 4, we were named Club of the Year 2017 for the second time. We were crowned RYA Club of the Year 2017 at the Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace, less than two months after we won Yachts and Yachting magazine’s Club of the Year 2017 Award.

UYC was a finalist in the prestigious RYA Awards in the ‘Increasing Participation’ category. Club officials, Sailing Secretary Julie Archer, Ullswater Sailing School Principal David Clarke and Membership Secretary Clare Clarke were invited to the Dinghy Show and were presented with the ‘Increasing Participation’ award by Ben Saxton of the British Sailing Team. Then along with the other four final clubs they had to wait to see whether we had won the big one, the enormous Club of the Year Trophy. To the cheers and delight of other club members who had gone along to lend support, UYC was announced RYA Club of the Year 2017.

The awards were split into five categories: Innovation, Inclusivity, Facility Development. Increasing Participation and Communications. The RYA Honours and Awards Panel selected five finalist clubs, one from each of the categories.

Sailing Secretary Julie Archer put in all the hard work on the club submission. Julie’s winning submission highlighted the efforts that have gone on over the past year into getting newcomers to sailing on the water and encouraging new members to join the club including:

Penrith Show:  200 people (68 families) to the stand, to try shore sailing, find out about the club and give their contact details.
I am Team GB Day: In August in celebration of the Rio Olympics we delivered more than 500 half hour taster sessions. Over 1,000 people visited the site; one family joined on the day and approximately 70 people signed up to the Go Sailing project.
Go Sailing sessions for adults: Started in September 2016, by the end of week one it was fully booked and at the end of the first 8 scheduled sessions 54 people had attended once, 34 people have completed 6 x 2 hour sessions and the next six sessions for 2017 are almost fully booked.

The RYA award announcement said: “Beating off stiff competition, the Lake District club were selected as the overall winner by the RYA Awards Panel and were specifically recognised for their efforts in increasing participation. Having started 2016 deep in flood water, the club members rallied together making a huge effort to get up and running for the start of the season. Successful marketing and publicity made sure the club was more visible than ever, attracting new members and novice sailors to a taster sessions, sailing courses and children’s summer clubs and activities. Ullswater YC also ran an ‘I am Team GB’ event which saw over 500 people get out on the water.”

David Clarke, said: “It’s just fantastic. All the work that our volunteers have done from the clubhouse being restored, to the taster sessions and so many visitors at the ‘I am Team GB’ event - this is the icing on the cake!”

Commodore Peter Lewis added: “The Club of the Year award is a tremendous accolade won against tough opposition and reflects  the tremendous efforts of our volunteers and members over the last few years  to make UYC the Top Club in the Country. Our volunteering spirit built on a family friendly atmosphere, are what make UYC so special and it is great that this has been recognised by the awards panel.”

Other finalists were:

The Innovation Award was presented to the Heart of England Offshore Cruising Association which enables people in the Midlands who love sailing offshore, to stay connected to their passion despite living so far from the sea.

Rudyard Lake Sailing Club was recognised for achievements in Communications. The club has excelled in embracing digital and more traditional media to better connect and communicate with people, while introducing new activities to create a powerful support network for novices to improve their skills.

Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club, won the Inclusivity Category, having worked effectively with their local authority to raise awareness of sailing and to provide accessible opportunities for all. The club has ensured that anyone, from any walk of life is able to experience the joys of sailing.

Whitefriars Sailing Club, in Gloucestershire, won the Facility Development Category for their project to build a brand new training barn.

UYC was voted Yachts and Yachting magazine’s Club of the Year 2017 in January and the trophy was presented at the London Boat Show.


David Clarke - Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award winner

Ullswater Sailing School Principal and longstanding UYC member David Clarke has been honoured as winner of the nationwide nautical initiative – the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Awards.

Devoted sailing club member David Clarke has been hailed the UK’s most impressive ‘maritime hero’ after scooping the top prize. David (55) was nominated by friends and colleagues at Ullswater Yacht Club, who paid tribute to the decades of service, hard work and enthusiasm he has contributed to build the success of the Club and the enjoyment of sailing for others, with all of his time and effort being offered on a voluntary basis.

His story won over the competition’s panel of judges, which included the editor of Yachting Life Magazine and the Old Pulteney brand team, who unanimously picked David as the overall 2016 winner from a strong field of deserving entries and finalists from around the UK.

Old Pulteney presented him with a prize cheque for £1,000, a personalised crystal whisky decanter, and a bottle of Old Pulteney 21 Year Old, which was voted ‘World Whisky of the Year’ in 2012. As a finalist, David has already received a club prize of £1,000 to give to Ullswater Yacht Club, and a commemorative trophy.

This announcement concludes the fifth year of the annual Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Awards, which were founded by ‘The Maritime Malt’ Old Pulteney to reward outstanding passion, commitment and achievement within Britain’s sailing communities. Clubs were invited to nominate any members they felt deserved recognition within one of the following three categories: Club Service, Bravery or Sailing Achievement. David was nominated in the Club Service category for his role as Centre Principal & Director of Ullswater Yacht Club, and for the outstanding level of commitment he has given to the Club throughout his life, particularly for his work in setting up the thriving Ullswater Sailing School.

Ullswater Yacht Club was founded in 1958 and has established itself as one of the premier sailing clubs in the region, attracting members from all over the North of England. David, who lives near Darlington, first visited Ullswater Yacht Club as a child with his parents during holidays in the early 1970s, before joining as a teenager in 1975. He became a keen sailor, sailing all over the UK and competing regularly in events, as well as volunteering at both the 2011 Test Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympics. 

He first became involved with training at Ullswater Yacht Club in 2001, and organised courses for members for the next 11 years. In 2013 David led a team which developed a sailing school facility, where he serves as Principal, overseeing the training of more than 1,200 people of all ages from local schools, scouts and community organisations, providing a tailored sailing experience from qualified instructors through the Royal Yachting Association scheme.

David continued to show his dedication to Ullswater Yacht Club in August last year, when 1,000 visitors took part in an event at the Club to celebrate Team GB's Olympic success in Rio, as part of the nation’s biggest ever sports day. Throughout the day, David led a team of 21 volunteer instructors and helpers to provide free sailing taster sessions to more than 500 aspiring sailors.

David’s history with the club is not only professional but personal too, as he met his wife Clare there whilst sailing when they were both teenagers. All three of their children, Alex, Edmund and Freya, grew up at Ullswater Yacht Club, and are now sailing instructors, continuing the volunteering tradition, just like their father. 

David commented: ‘I am thrilled to win the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Awards. It is an honour, although the win is really in recognition of all our member volunteers who have worked so hard to make the Sailing School so successful, and Ullswater Yacht Club such a great club.’

Ullswater Yacht Club Commodore Peter Lewis said: ‘As Ullswater Yacht Club enters a challenging time we are very proud that David has received this award for all his work to establish and develop Ullswater Sailing School. We are looking forward to an exciting future for the Club and I am sure that the school will go from strength to strength with the leadership of our own ‘maritime hero.’’ (Sue Giles 27.2.17)

Above: David Clarke (white T-shirt) on taking newcomers for a sail on one of Ullswater Sailing School's fleet of training boats.


Go Sailing picture album

See an album of pictures by Paul O'Hara from one of our September Go Sailing sessions on the Ullswater Yacht Club website. This is the link:


Dozens of wannabe sailors Go Sailing 

Instructor Anne Noble,left, explains rigging a Laser Bahia at Ullswater Yacht Club watched by Go Sailing participants

Dozens of wannabe adult dinghy sailors have taken up Ullswater Yacht Club’s offer to ‘Go Sailing’ at special discounted Saturday morning learn-to-sail sessions at the club. The sessions are part of UYC’s Go Sailing Project for anyone over 14 who wants to find out what it is like to sail on Ullswater. The project, funded by UYC and Sport England and run by the club’s Ullswater Sailing School, is being held on Saturdays, 10am-noon, in September and October costing just £10 per person with instruction, kit, and boats all included.

“Ullswater Sailing School is always very busy running sessions for children but we are very keen to offer the chance to sail on our beautiful lake to adults as well. Why should the kids have all the fun?” said Sailing School principal David Clarke. “The success of the project, with more than 50 people taking part already, shows that adults are just as keen to learn,” he added. “And there’s the benefit of a discount in membership fees for Go Sailing participants if they decide to join the club.”

He said that the sessions for this year are full and bookings are now being taken for the start of the sailing season next year.  The same cut-price Saturday morning sessions will be held in 2017 from April until August. See story below for details - Sue Giles (27.9.16)


The day the world came to sail with us

Hundreds of visitors helped Ullswater Yacht Club celebrate Team GB’s Olympic success in Rio as part of the nation’s biggest ever sports day on Saturday, August 27. At the club’s I Am Team GB Day, they had a go at a range of different sports on and off the water and got to meet Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Philip Hindes as well as two young sailors who are tipped for Olympic success in Tokyo in 2020, Anna Carpenter and Jack Wetherell.

The I Am Team GB Day was 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. Sports clubs all over the country ran free taster activities and ITV channels were turned off for an hour from 9.30am to encourage everyone to get off the sofa. The UYC day was the Flagship event for the North-west and the only sailing venue in the country and the club was thrilled to be able to celebrate Team GB as the top sailing country.

The club’s Ullswater Sailing School ran free sailing taster sessions and instructors were kept busy all day taking visitors out for a sail in the club’s fleet of training boats. In the bright sunshine, the wannabe sailors just kept on coming and by the end of the day a total of 490 people had been out sailing. Also 17 visitors with limited mobility were taken for a sail in two special Royal Yachting Association Sailability boats.

“The response was amazing. We think that this is a record in this country for the number of people taken out for taster sailing sessions in one day,” said David Clarke, who is Ullswater Sailing School Principal. “Our instructors and their helpers were terrific and just kept on going.” He said he was proud that all the instructors and their helpers, pictured above,  were ‘home grown’. They are all club members and most of them learned to sail at the club as children and have gone on to get RYA qualifications and are now totally committed to passing their love of sailing on Ullswater to others. The fleet of 17 boats being used for the sessions were all from Ullswater Sailing School, an RYA Training Centre and part of the OnBoard Scheme, which was set up just over three years ago.

And he was full of praise for the two members of the British Sailing Team, 470 sailor Anna Carpenter and Laser sailor Jack Wetherell who came to support the event and helped by helming boats for taster session visitors as well as taking gold medal cyclist Philip Hindes out for a sail.

Also on offer on the water was SUP (stand up paddleboarding) with Ullswater Paddleboarding, a canoe polo demonstration and taster sessions from the Penrith Canoe Polo Club and a foiling catamaran from Outlaw Sailing. On land, British Canoeing’s high-tech ergo canoe paddling machine attracted lots of attention and touch rugby taster sessions and challenge games were run by Cumbria Rugby Union.

Many visitors spent the whole day at the club enjoying the sun in their free I Am Team GB T-shirts. They sampled the delicious home made cakes baked by the club’s own ‘Mary Berry’ Lilian Adams and her team, had their pictures taken with modest Philip Hindes who has two gold medals for the cycling team sprint (one from London 2012 as well) and visited the RNLI stall set up by the Penrith Ladies Lifeboat Guild. They also had the chance to watch UYC sailors in action in a series of races.

Ullswater Yacht Club Commodore Peter Lewis said that he was delighted with the turn-out. “It was great to see so many visitors at the club and so many taking the opportunity to see what it is like to sail on our lake. We hope that they will come back and learn to sail here.” He added: “We couldn’t have done it without the help of the dozens of club members who volunteered their time to make it all run smoothly. Our thanks go to all of them for making the event such a success.” He added that the success of the event was even more remarkable because the club was severely affected by the December 2015 floods in which the level of the lake rose by nine feet. The UYC clubhouse was badly damaged and unusable and only re-opened in June after being restored by a team of volunteer club members.

Ullswater Sailing School is currently running special offers on ’learn to sail’ sessions, see the story below. (Sue Giles 31.8.16)


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, selected Saturdays  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). 

* RYA Level 1 & 2 Courses

* PLEASE NOTE: This offer has been so popular that sessions for 2016 are now fully booked. Please contact us if you are interested in next year's sessions. 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