Etherow Country Park Sailing Club
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Today is 27 Apr 2015
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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.

Push the Boat Out with Us

CoPush the Boat Out Logome 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 9 from 9.30am - 3.30pm.

You could turn up on the day on spec but your best plan is to book in advance so your slot is reserved. Use our Contact page to express your interest and tell us a bit about yourself.

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 3:  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 16.

There will be a Sunday morning session on May 17 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.


Raft Race planning under way

There is sometimes a sinking feeling for teamsThe 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 - where you can find the entry form to sign up your own team.

Beechwood Cancer Care logoThe money raised will be in aid of the Beechwood Cancer Care Centre in Stockport. 

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.



Music and food at club

Play area logoThe Friends of the Childrens’ Play Area Compstall are holding a music and food night at the Clubhouse on Friday May 8 and members of the sailing club are invited as well.

The Friends Group will provide a hot pot supper and a mediterranean chicken dish prepared by an authentic Turkish Chef.  The type of food provided may be found on Facebook – Turkish Kitchen Secrets.  There will also be a vegetarian option.

US2 + 1 groupA local rock blues and ballads band called US2+1 will provide the music

Doors open at 7.30 and the event kicks off properly at 8pm.

It is an advanced ticket event only costing £7 and these may be obtained from Alan or Hilda Darnell on 426 0418.

More details about the Friends can be found at


Sailability Foundation Centre

RYA Sailability Foundation Centre PlaqueEtherow 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



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. Phil Howarth and crew Kay Daniels cross the finish line in 17th position

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).