Sunday 12th May 2019
This year Daneshill Sailing Club again took part in the RYA Push The Boat Out event in which clubs and centres across the country played host to both seasoned sailors and beginners at over 375 locations across the UK. The event has been running for a number of years and last year, nationally, saw over 39,000 people attend events with around 29,000 people taking to the water, some for the very first time. This year at Daneshill Sailing club we are pleased to have played host to 158 guests, of which 115 went out on the water.
If you missed this year’s push the boat out, the good news is you don’t have to wait until next year. Whether you’re completely new to the sport, looking to get back on the water or sail regularly, Daneshill Sailing Club invites you and your family to enjoy a (free) experience of sailing with club members and Instructors available to take you out on the water to experience dinghy sailing first hand and see what the club has to offer, who knows if you visit you might just get hooked!
The club is situated within Daneshill Lakes Nature Reserve, between Torworth and Lound. The club sails on the main lake, and although sailing activities began at Daneshill in 1973, the sailing club, as it now exists, was formed in 1988 to provide the development of outdoor activities for schools in the Retford area. The lake was originally excavated as part of the amenities development of the nature reserve in the eighties and now has a number of scenic walks, and picnic friendly areas, all within easy reach of the lakeside. The site is owned by Nottinghamshire County Council and managed on their behalf by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, who have made great efforts to improve the site in recent years. The number of visitors to the Nature Reserves continues to increase, especially as it is very close to the Idle Valley Centre, which caters for all manner of wildlife enthusiasts.
The club has always promoted sailing as a social activity, with emphasis on introducing people of all ages, and particularly children, into sailing dinghies as an active sporting pastime. Sailing takes place most Sundays during the season, which runs from 1st March to the 31st October. Club members sail an assortment of dinghies and are always happy to take potential sailors out on the water for a taster-session. Just bring a towel and a change of clothes just in case, as it is possible that you may get a bit wet.
The club has a fleet of eight Toppers and five GP14 dinghies used for training purposes and two Laser II’s for the use of the more experienced club members. There are also three Laser Pico’s and two Laser Bugs to extend the range of boats available for the development of Junior Sailing.
For further details or information please feel free to contact us.