Thank you for visiting the website of the Etherow Country Park Sailing Club, the only sailing club in Stockport. Feel free to browse our site and see what we have to offer.
Etherow is a friendly club (when racing we experience good-natured rivalry!) and we welcome everyone: from those who may never have put their foot in a dinghy before, to Olympic team coach. Membership is inexpensive and we have some club boats that can be used, for a nominal charge, during the early stages. There are plenty of boats for sale within the club and elsewhere for very little money.
Sailing Course follows Push the Boat Out
Our sailing course will start on Saturday May 16th with an all-day session. Registration will be from 9.10 and participants will also need to be changed and ready for the start of the formal instruction sessions at 10am prompt.All enquiries should be adddressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After that the sailing course will run on Sunday mornings, starting with May 17. Arrival will be 9.30 ready to be on the water at 10am and will be finished at 12 noon.
The other Sunday sessions will be on May 31, June 7, 14 and 21. This will avoid the Bank Holiday weekend.
Participants need to join the sailing club and the course is provided as part of their membership.
Raft Race planning under way
The annual raft race at Etherow will take place on Sunday June 28, 2015. Races will begin at 12 noon and there wil be lots of additional entertainment on hand.
This year the race is being organised by a team of volunteers from the Sailing Club and plans are currently been drawn up for a great day of entertainment.
The event has its own website - etherowraftrace.co.uk where you can find the entry form to sign up your own team.
Beechwood provide support to those suffering from cancer and other life-limiting conditions, as well as their familes and carers.
The centre provides one on one counselling, as well as group sessions, giving a chance to share questions and fears with people who understand the situation.
A range of complementary therapies are also provided at Beechwood.
Sailability Foundation Centre
Etherow Country Park Sailing Club has been approved as a Sailability Foundation Centre which means we are working to open up the sport of sailing to people with diabilities from Stockport and neighbouring areas.
We are affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association, the recognised national body for sailing.
Sailability is the RYA programme which each year introduces 40,000 adults and children with disabilities to the sport.
Sailing is one of the few sports in which able-bodied and disabled people can compete on equal terms. More information about the programme can be found on the RYA website.
This club has been checked for suitability for offering the programme as signified by the awarding of this status. As sailors we know the joys (and sometimes the frustrations) of enjoying the natural forces of wind and water.
Some people are unable to see the trees in our country park setting, or perhaps never hear the swish and gurgle of the water. They might not be able to move from one side of the boat to the other in a hurry. But there is still a lot they can get from the sport.
We want to work with local organisations to develop our contribution to Sailability and open up more opportunities for those with challenges to build on their abilities. If you are involved in such an organisation, please get in touch by emailing sailabilty at ecpsc.org.uk.
Great performance at 24 Hour Race
Well done Team Etherow: masses of combined effort resulted in a 17th position finish in the annual 24 Hour Dinghy Race at West Lancs Yacht Club in Southport (Sept 13-14 2014). This was a result the club can be really proud of because it was achieved with a real mix of abilities.
Our boat ended up ahead of many 'A' Teams from other clubs who had concentrated their best helms and crews to make a bid for glory.
Team Etherow had started with the number 39 and hopes of making up some ground. There was also a determination to give as many people as possible their first taste of the event even though they only learnt to sail on our 2014 Course. To have achieved both objectives is amazing and is a tribute to the attitudes of people within the club.
Top performing sailors lifted the boat up the order with no complaints when some of their hard-won places slipped as less experienced combinations took to the water.
There were a lot of 'nerves' among those doing the race for the first time - understandable when their first full-on roll tacks happend in the first 15 metres after leaving land. They did their best and thanks to good sailing conditions there were no capsizes (we think all clubs had a clean slate on that one).