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Welcome to South Windermere Sailing Club

Our family friendly club has been on the shore of Windermere since 1961. In 2022 we moved to our new location at YMCA North Camp on the west shore of Windermere.


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 as well as social sailing events. In partnership with YMCA Lakeside, the club can organise RYA accredited sailing and powerboat training courses.


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




Latest news

Community asset designation lost on appeal

South Windermere Sailing Club (SWSC) was disappointed to learn on 23 February that YMCA Fylde Coast has successfully appealed the recent designation of the SWSC area of YMCA North Camp as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). The whole of the North Camp is now designated as an "unsuccessful nomination" of an ACV by the Westmorland & Furness Council. SWSC has sought from the outset to work with YMCA to find a solution which More »

2 Mar 2024

Winter walks keep members active!

Fourteen of us enjoyed a dry, if overcast, seven mile wander around the Lune Gorge and Borrowdale on the 28 th January, looking at possible and probable roman roads, 'by appointment' fell ponies, and the influence of railways and motorway on the layout of Tebay and its roads. A walk up the Borrowdale valley and a crossing of the Low Borrowdale Farm moat were followed by a climb and brisk walk along the ridge More »

30 Jan 2024

SWSC area of YMCA North Camp designated Asset of Community Value

The area leased and used by South Windermere Sailing Club (SWSC) has been successfully designated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) by the Westmorland & Furness Council. SWSC had nominated YMCA North Camp to underscore the importance of maintaining the site's community value and access to the Windermere lakefront for community purposes, in light of the prospective sale of the land. SWSC Commodore Sara Speicher stated, "We are very pleased that the More »

22 Nov 2023

Club celebrates achievements at Annual Prizegiving

Forty-eight awards were handed out to SWSC members at the club's annual dinner and prizegiving, held on October 21 at the Old School Kitchen, YMCA North Camp. The awards reflected success in races, improvement in sailing, and commitment and support to the club. In the racing awards, Mark Fearnley led the way with ten trophies, with Wyn Roberts collecting six, and Bret Matthews and Bob Eastwood both winning five. Jack Thompson collected four and More »

5 Nov 2023

Upcoming events

Mar 10

10:30 - Winter Walk

A walk encompassing three rivers and two viaducts. The walk
Mar 16

10:00 - Working Party

Mar 23

Settling your Dinghy into the…

Mar 23

11:00 - Officer of the Day and Safety… Provisional

Mar 24

11:00 - Sunday A Series - Race 1 & B S…

Mar 30

10:00 - Messing About in Boats

Mar 30

13:30 - Saturday A Series - Race 1 / E…

Mar 31

11:00 - Easter Weekend Meeting

Apr 6

10:00 - Messing About in Boats / Junio…

Apr 6

13:30 - Saturday A Series - Race 2 / J…

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