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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

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

2020 Trophies and Awards

While our sailing season was shortened and all the races rescheduled, we still managed to celebrate racing and sailing achievements! Congratulations to all our 2020 trophy winners! The racing awards: Winner 2020 Trophy Series Mark Fearnley Anniversary Regatta Cup Anniversary Regatta More »

Published 15:41 on 22 Nov 2020

2021 SWSC Officers and Committee Elected

At its Annual General Meeting on October 24, the South Windermere Sailing Club thanked James Woolgrove for his two years of service as Commodore, and welcomed Angela O'Donnell as Commodore for the upcoming 60th Anniversary year in 2021. In his report, James noted the developments and accomplishments over an extraordinarily strange and difficult year. "I am pleased that we did get on the water this year," he said, "as at one point I More »

Published 11:03 on 25 Oct 2020

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