Try sailing at Rudyard – 4th and 9th May

After the success of Britain’s sailors at London 2012, the sport is experiencing a boost in popularity. It’s never been easier to start sailing in Staffordshire & Cheshire. Rudyard Lake, situated in glorious rolling countryside between Macclesfield and Leek is home to Rudyard Lake Sailing Club which is holding an Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May from 11am to 3pm.

panoramabig (2)07-IMG-006112-IMG-0056The day guarantees to offer something for everyone, whether you are a novice or are looking to get back into the sport after a break away. Enjoy your first taste of sailing with an experienced club member or simply sample the social side of what your local sailing club has to offer. We cater for all ages and levels of experience.

Who knows how far you might get. Rudyard Lake has produced some world class sailors including John Gimson who is currently part of our British Olympic squad for Rio 2016. John said “The open day is a fantastic opportunity to try out sailing at a really friendly club with great facilities. I still love to return there when I have a gap in my  schedule”


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe doors are open to welcome everyone regardless of experience. Just bring a change of clothes, soft-soled shoes and waterproofs and the club will supply everything else you need.  Refreshments will be available.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the 4th, the club will also be open to vistors on 9th May as part of a country wide RYA event – “Push the Boat Out”.

For more information click on this video link to see more or take a look around our website.For directions please click here.


Welcome to the New Sailing Season

2014-09-21 09.02.112014-09-21 09.04.30Welcome to the new 2015 sailing season at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club. We welcome back existing members and if you are new to the club we hope you find us friendly and fun. If you have found this site and are looking to learn to sail or join, then take a look at our membership and training details. If you are looking to book the clubhouse for a wedding or event, click here.

This year we will have  mix of new and old. We retain many of the things that have made the club successful including Sunday and Wednesday racing, our youth Jybaz section, Go Sailing sessions for novices, a warm welcoming club, social events and our fantastic venue which is regularly booked for weddings.

Many people work fantastically hard behind the scenes to keep things running. For a quick who’s who, click here. Here is a quick guide on what you need to know and who to go to if you have any queries

  1. Open Day – this will be on 4th May. If you are interested in joining the club, click here
  2. Membership – Jane Andrews – remember that to sail you need to be a member so if you have not renewed, please fill in the membership form and send off your cheque.
  3. Sailing – Our sailing secretary is Paul Gimson who organises all sailing matters. He is aided by our class captains (Christian Little – Albacore, Mike Raine – Handicap and Dave Ernest – Solo). Alan Evans does a fab job ensuring all the resuce boats are available and running, Geoff Holmes runs our Race officer team and we also have a group of Coxes to ensure the rescue boats are on the water.
  4. Training – Larry Muir organises our courses and other training, working alongside Tom Powers and Trish Ordsmith (our President). We have a wide range of training available, take a look here.
  5. Site matters including boat slots – Mike Scott and Tom Powers look after the site, with a fantastic team working to support them. We have had an outstanding turn- out for the working parties this year, the club is looking fabulous – thank you to all. If you have been helping you have first choice of boat park slots, so there is one more weekend left to come down, do some work at the club and bag a good slot. Steve Sutton is coordinating boat park slots for 2015.
  6. Youth Sailing (Jybaz) and Development – Chris Smith (Vice Commodore) is the go to man, again backed up by an incredibly enthusiastic and hard working team. Here are more details on Jybaz, our youth section.
  7. Race HutDuties – I (Mark Jacot – Commodore) have organised these. There is no easy way of getting this right, if the slots don’t work for you, please arrange a swap, here is how to do it.
  8. Year Book – plenty of information in here about the club and sailing – click here to open it - this is password protected, so email me for the password.
  9. Racing – if you are new to racing and want to have a go, here are a few blogs I wrote last year to get you started.
    1. Introduction to the rules
    2. Race Formats at Rudyard
    3. port-starboardThe commodore’s top tips 
  10. Boat Types Jybaz focus on recognised RYA development boats including Optimists, Picos, Toppers, Lasers and also have a very competitive club Enterprise. Sunday sailing is general handicap sailing, with the main boats being Solos for single handers and Albacores. We also have a number of K1s, Enterprises, Streakers and other boats. If you are thinking about a boat, then contact any of the experienced sailors for advice and help.
  11. Food. We provide food on all main sailing dates. Diane Gruber coordinates the Galley for Jybaz and Neil Walker is looking after the food on Sundays this season. I look forward to sampling the delights they produce. We are still looking for volunteers to coordinate food on WDSC05051ednesday night sailing, this was an important part of the evening and it would be a shame if that stops.
  12. Drinks. An important part of the club takes place after sailing and Janey Hill and her team make sure there are drinks and people to serve you.
  13. Social Events – these are still being planned for the year, anyone with an idea for a one off event please let any of the committee know. Here is a list of the key socials.
  14. Weddings and lettings. A key source of income is lettings from weddings and other events, which are organised by Mary Wilson. Click here for more details. If you have never seen the club at its finest for a wedding, have a look at these pictures.

I think that just about covers it, if I have missed anything important, please let me know here.