Come and see what sailing is all about. Discover the fun of getting afloat and using the wind to move you across the water. Meet the friendly and helpful people who belong to our club and will help you share the fun they get.
Etherow Country Park Sailing club is taking part in the RYA's Push the Boat Out incentive to introduce more people to our fantastic sport on Saturday May 13 from 9.30am - 3.30pm.
There are slots available throughout the day. You can book now by using our contact us page. If you want to ask anything, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The day is open to children and adults and if you have any questions about suitability, please ask because so much depends on circumstances. We are a Sailability Centre and welcome all abilities - advance notice of particular needs will assist our planning
To help you, we have divided up the time as follows:
Session 1: 09.30 – 11.00
Session 2: 10.30 – 12.00
Session 3: 12.30 – 14.00
Session 4: 13.30 – 15.00
You should wear garments that you don't mind getting wet (just a precaution), and bring a towel and change of clothes. You should have shoes that you can get wet plus a dry pair. We provide buoyancy aids and there will be safety boat cover on duty throughout the day.
If you like the experience you won't have long to wait for the opportunity to take it further. This year our Sailing Course will kick off with a full day of training on Saturday May 20
There will be a Sunday morning session on May 20 and we will continue the course on Sunday mornings after that (though missing out the Bank Holiday weekend). We follow the RYA Level 1 and Level 2 Syllabus.
The accent is on practical sessions on the water with some land-based drills and a few short theory briefings.
Anyone who fancies a return to sailing is also welcome on the Push The Boat Out day. If you want to go out on your own, that can be arranged, or you might try a double hander with someone who will be there to help you blow away the cobwebs.
Sunday 16 April PURSUIT RACES
Two fixed-length races, each less than 1 hour where the slowest boats start first and the others follow later at a time pre-calculated so everyone should finish together after the predetermined time.
For instance, the Toppers will start about 10 minutes before the Lasers so they may be able to get a crafty lap in before the others start.
Saturday 3 June WINDOW RACE
Back by popular demand, 5 timed laps around a fixed course between 14.30 and 16.30. You decide when to go out. Will the wind build or is it going to drop? Will it change direction? Will it rain? Is the bar open yet? Is my burger ready? So there is a lot to think about.
A fun event and there will be lots of categories for competitors like Junior Helm/Crew, Double Hander, Single Hander, Novice, Dressed as a Pirate, (We had thought about ‘Just Wearing a Grin’ but then realised you have to wear a life-jacket)
Saturday 24 June 50 CHALLENGE SAILING EVENT
This is the BIG ONE! We are hoping to get 50 members and friends of the club on the water all at the same time. There will be a sail- by with lots of hype and cheering from the spectators followed by a mass start for a short race round all of our buoys (not necessarily in numerical order).
We want lots of photos and hope to attract publicity from local press and radio. Put this one in your diary and get your friends, relatives, lovers, neighbours, work mates, and anyone else you may know down the club for what should be a memorable day.
Saturday 2 September 4 HOUR DOUBLE HANDER TEAM RACE
For both experts and novices followed by a Bar B Q and quiz. This was a fantastic event last time we ran it with about 30 sailors in two teams and an incredibly close finish. It is also great preparation for the 24 hour race that takes place the following week.
Now you can catch the action both on our own water and across the oceans of the world thanks to a new page on this site.
Our Videos page (find it under Our Club) features the latest action in top flight sailing events across the globe thanks to World On Water. Episodes change on Friday each week but you can wind back to 2014 using a button in the top left of the video area. You can also expand the video to full screen in HD with the button at the bottom right.
We did have videos on the old website and we will soon have some of that archive available but we need new material . Members are invited to submit their own footage - bearing in mind that it must have the right clearances (eg parental permission where youngsters are featured).
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.