|Cotswold Sailing Club||About Us|
The Cotswold Sailing Club is located at Lake 9 (Spinnaker Lake) in the Cotswold Water Park. The club owns the lake and land surrounding it, allowing us great freedom in the way we use it. Club members have access to the lake 24-7 365 days a year, giving time and space for cruising and novice sailors without the pressure of being in the way of racing on a Sunday.
The club has a full race calendar that runs throughout the year, including Chiller (Dec/Jan) and Icebreaker (Jan/Feb) series for the hardy. The racing is friendly but competitive, novice and experienced sailors rubbing shoulders (mainly when being lapped). During the summer there can be three race series running concurrently, including Junior series encouraging younger sailors to take part in racing (a great way to improve sailing abilities). The keen sailors are always available for advice and a helping hand. At the front of the fleet, sailing is to a high standard with several members competing nationally and some internationally. The club also hosts a number of open events including Lightning, Supernova, Phantom and Topper. Club racing is for handicap classes (there is no fleet racing apart from open meetings) although the juniors are mainly Toppers and Optimists.
The juniors are very active during the summer with their own series and social events. The age range is from 6 to 16, with a mixture of abilities, all equally encouraged to get out on the water and sail. These young sailors are supported by willing and friendly instructors, giving training sessions throughout the summer covering everything from basic boat handing to improving race skills.
The club encourages everyone to sail; from the young to the old, from the novice to the racer. Training and talks are organised throughout the year, aimed at everyone, not just the racers who want to go even faster. The club also runs courses to get novice adults on the water as well, not just the kids (why should they have all the fun).
The club facilities include a Cotswold stone clubhouse and a locked boat park with tie down points for each berth. The clubhouse has toilets, changing areas, hot showers (very useful during the Chiller series), kitchen and a dry area with table and chairs. At the front of the clubhouse is a patio area that overlooks the lake and a large grass area running down to the water, ideal for picnics during the summer. There is a manned gallery on a Sunday (except winter time) serving hot and cold drinks and even cakes if you get there fast enough.
The lake side is beautifully kept giving access to the water all the way round the lake. The club works with the Cotswold Water Park to improve the habitat and encourage wild life. There are varied wild fowl that nest at the lake including coots, crested grebes, terns, cormorants and swans.
Regatta week is the BIG event of the year, with some form of racing every day (not necessary sailing). For the non-competitive (or non-energetic) there are plenty of other activities to join in with, and plenty of time to natter, drink tea, go for a gently sail round the lake to watch the wild life or a just a cooling swim. Kids can join in with the short shots without taking part in the racing or even the sailing.
The club has something for everyone.
To join in the fun have a look at the membership page then maybe contact the membership secretary.