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History of Notts County Sailing Club

The Notts County Officers Sailing Club was formed in 1955 and sailed on the River Trent at West Bridgford. The membership was restricted to employees of Notts County Council.

In February 1961 the present club was founded, renamed Nottinghamshire County Sailing Club, and moved to limited facilities at Stoke Bardolph. Four nights a week were allocated to instruction and the fleet consisted of a dozen boats, three belonging to the club.

In June 1962 the club sought recognition from the RYA, various schools were affiliated and racing was introduced for Heron, GP14, Graduate and Enterprise classes. Later other classes, including Fireball, Merlin, Laser and Scorpion, were adopted.

The club's next major change was the move to Hoveringham Water in April 1986. The increased expanse of water led to many Windsurfers joining. In 1989 the clubhouse was opened, after a major building programme involving many club members. In 1993/4 the lake was emptied, Tarmac removed the remainder of the gravel and enlarged the lake to its present size. A further development of the clubhouse occurred in 1996, when the clubroom and changing rooms were enlarged, disabled access and facilities were provided and a new race office was built. The Sports Council Lottery fund contributed well over half the funds, the rest being raised from the club. Sir Michael Attiyah, the Master of Trinity College opened the clubroom on the 29th June 1996.

The club has been recognised as a RYA approved training establishment since 1975. The club achieved Volvo Champion Club status in 1999 in recognition of its commitment to training of junior members. This status was awarded to clubs that had consistently high standards of coaching, competition, social activities and environmental awareness, for youth sailors. In 2000 the ability to provide courses and training was enhanced by a lottery grant, which enabled the Club to replace its training fleet with 6 Toppers, 6 Laser Stratos and a 405. The club has a number of youngsters on National training squads, both dinghy & windsurfing.

The club was runner up in the 2008 & 2013 RYA Club of the Year national awards and won the Facilities Category in the 2018 awards.


The club's objective is to promote sailing, in the form of cruising, racing and training. This involves introducing new members to sailing, providing them with training at an introductory level and encouraging them to participate in all activities of the club. A programme of race training is available, from learning to race to national competition level, and there are regular opportunities for racing from March to December. Cruising is encouraged throughout the season and an area of the large lake has been set aside for cruising while racing is taking place.

The Club is run by elected, unpaid members. The Executive Committee is responsible for the administration of the club, allocation of financial resources, maintenance and development of club facilities and policies and procedures. The Sailing Committee is responsible for arranging the racing programme, ensuring equitable use of the water and liaison with club members through the Fleet Captains. The Training Committee is responsible for sailing instruction and race training, maintenance of club boats and training in the use of safety boats. Any member can put themselves up for election of any post at the AGM, however if you are interested in helping out please contact a flag officer.


The 140-acre lake, situated in the Trent Valley, provides superb sailing. There is a small sheltered lake, which is used for training and cruising by less experienced members. There is a large clubhouse with bar, balcony, catering facilities, changing rooms with showers and a race office. It is accessible by wheelchair users and there is a disabled toilet. Outside there is the boat park, car park, stores for club equipment and a children's play area, with swings and slide. Link to our new extension works

E-News: There is also an email newsletter which generally comes out monthly, but if required more frequently. If you wish to subscribe or publish some news please let us know by emailing website. Note: e mail addresses are taken off the database if it is incorrect or your provider blocks mass e mails you will not receive the news. We do try and repeat as much as possible on the website.

E Mail: see the website for the latest links, due to problems with spam it gets routed through

Web: - this is kept up-to-date with photos, news and contacts. We always welcome club related news which other members will be interested in, please send them to the email above. There is also a webcam and weather station which updates every minute or so on the website (unless there is an occasional technical problem).


We use out Facebook page for comments, thoughts and events, but welcome feedback, and of course likes etc!. You can of course feedback to the Committee via email and letter, or talking to a flag officer, however a formal letter to the Hon Sec will be reviewed by the Exec Committee (as will relevant emails).

Last updated 14:32 on 2 August 2021

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