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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

Commodore's Day features marauding and cake!

The Annual Commodore's Day is Saturday, July 31. Always a highlight for its fun activities on and off the water, this year will feature fancy dress on the pirating theme and lots of cake! The now traditional "pursuit race by distance" will start at 11am. The afternoon will feature fun challenges for young and young at heart (and did we mention cake?). The evening social will start at 6:00 pm. Looking forward More »

Published 16:20 on 14 Jul 2021

History of the Waterhead Race

South Windermere Sailing Club's Waterhead race has been run annually since 1965. It was only cancelled once - in 2020 due to COVID restrictions. Phil and Margaret Bissell prepared a fascinating look back at the history of the only sailing race going the full length of Windermere and back. All the winners, with snippets and photos from past races - from no wind to too much! More »

Published 17:09 on 20 Jun 2021

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

Upcoming events

Jul 31

10:00 - Commodores Day

Jul 31

18:00 - Commodores Day Social

Aug 1

10:30 - Flying 15 Day and Handicap Day…

Aug 2

10:00 - Family Week - Day 1

Aug 3

10:00 - Family Week - Day 2

Aug 4

10:00 - Family Week - Day 3

Aug 5

10:00 - Family Week - Day 4

Aug 6

10:00 - Family Week - Day 5

Aug 7

10:00 - Messing About in Boats

Aug 7

14:00 - Saturday D Series - Race 1

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