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Welcome to South Windermere Sailing Club

Our family friendly club has been on the shore of Windermere since 1961. In 2021 we will celebrate our 60th anniversary.


We are based at the National Trust’s Active Base at Fell Foot Park on the southern tip of the lake.


Our aim is to provide a friendly club that encourages both adults and juniors to have fun on the water. We offer competitive racing in a variety of formats, plus opportunities for informal training and sailing with safety cover on Saturday mornings. We also offer junior training sessions on specific Saturdays.


The sailing program is complemented by a number of social events that take place in our outstanding setting.


We are looking forward to a great 2021 sailing season!


Latest news

Anniversary Waterhead Race Enjoyed by All

2021 is the 60 th anniversary year of South Windermere Sailing Club, and June 13 th was the 55 th year of the running of the Waterhead race a long distance race from Fell Foot at the south end of Lake Windermere all the way to the Waterhead buoy off Ambleside in the north, and back. The race includes racing through crowded Bowness Bay with its many ferries and tourist hire More »

Published 17:07 on 17 Jun 2021

Waterhead Race is Back!

South Windermere Sailing Club can confirm the running of the 2021 Waterhead Race, on Sunday 13th June, at 11am. There is another long distance race in the Lake District that quite few people attend, but this is longer, and probably trickier. It involves racing through crowded Bowness Bay and navigating the chain ferry at Ferry Nab. It sets off from South Windermere Sailing Club at Fell Foot park, and goes north to More »

Published 15:25 on 30 May 2021

SWSC to celebrate 60 years

On 13 May 1961, 20 keen sailors met in a room at Fell Foot to form the South Windermere Sailing Club. After an initial 10/- donation the fees were set at 1 guinea, and the club burgee (still in the SWSC logo) was designed. At the age of 17, the first Secretary, Bernard Rhodes, proposed they should purchase "Rope for racing buoys, whistle, yachtsman timer, loud hailer or megaphone, and one lot of 25 copies More »

Published 15:59 on 14 Apr 2021

Before SWSC: My First Waterhead

I was one of four engineering apprentices who hired Myosotis - a 30 foot ex broads yacht from Holidays Afloat at Bowness in June 1960. Dave 1 managed to convince the owner that he knew all about boats as he worked part time on Fairhaven lake. He failed to mention that this was in the cash office, but two of us were Merchant Navy apprentices. I think that this helped. After a short lesson More »

Published 10:40 on 2 Apr 2021

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