Rudyard Lake Sailing Club Social sailing Social, Friendly Sailing Club RYA Recognised Training Centre Challenging Racing Jybaz Youth Sailing Club Boats for Hire

Rudyard Lake Sailing Club

Welcoming sailing club in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside

Social sailing

relax, unwind and improve your sailing skills in our fun social sailing afternoons

Social, Friendly Sailing Club

great social atmosphere with a fantastic clubhouse and regular social events

RYA Recognised Training Centre

learn to sail with our RYA approved courses

Challenging Racing

active racing groups to test yourself in a range of challenging conditions

Jybaz Youth Sailing

helping younger members build skills and confidence with fortnightly Jybaz training

Club Boats for Hire

try out the variety of club boats we have to see what works for you

Thinking about learning to sail? Rudyard Lake Sailing Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre, running both RYA approved courses and junior training sessions throughout the season for all ages and ability levels.

Jybaz offers young children the chance to gain confidence in the water and have fun at a new hobby whilst staying safe. Children of all skill levels are welcome. You don’t need to have your own boat to join in the fun as the Club has a range of boats that are used for training on the Jybaz days. We welcome all age ranges from 6 to 18 to join the team. You are never too young to start.

There is an active racing scene at the club, with a number of racing series throughout the year for all levels of experience.

These are informal sessions where members can sail, SUP or windsurf knowing that there is safety boat cover available. There is usually coaching and support available if you want or need it.

These sessions are an ideal opportunity to practice any of your skills and build your confidence, knowing there is support available of you want it. They also provide an opportunity to socially sail with family and friends.

Members can sail their own boats or hire a club boat (currently £5 per person). Help will be available if you require assistance with rigging or just want a last check over before you go on the water.

These sessions are usually run in the afternoons after Jybaz sessions, on Wednesday evenings from approx. 4pm and on alternative Sunday mornings in June and July. Please check the calendar for Social Sailing.

Two people enjoying paddleboarding on Rudyard Lake

Rudyard Lake is a superb location for stand-up paddleboarding. At over 2.5 miles long, it has some of the most dramatic scenery in Staffordshire Moorlands and a hugely varied shore with open farmland at one end, inlets to explore, the railway down one side and the earth dam where the lake feeds the local canal system for which the lake was built.

Busy clubhouse and bar following a day on the water

We have a superb clubhouse with fully licensed bar, commercial kitchen, spacious ladies', men's and family shower rooms and central heating throughout.

Club News

COVID-19 Response

COVID 19 virus with "COVID-19 Response" superimposed

All on water activities are currently permitted and use of the clubhouse is permitted with restrictions and social distancing.

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2020 Calendar

The new 2020 calendar is now available. Please see the Events Calendar to view it and pop all the dates in your diary.

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8 out of 10 Jybaz do Southport

The RLSC Jybaz team at Southport

Saturday 24th June saw the annual 12 hour race on the marine lake in Southport, hosted by Southport Sailing Club.

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Rudyard Ruminations

Rudyard Ruminations 22nd September 2020

Hi all,
There's rather a lot to get through this week, with lots of good stuff happening at our club, so here goes

Covid Update

The updated guidelines still allow us to contine sailing, SUPing and training.  We may end up closing the clubhouse (indoors) depending on the rule changes coming into effect, but as of Tuesday 22nd @ 22:49 the situation remains unchanged.

We do have to start mandatory "checking in" at the club, preferably using the new NHS app if possible.  Posters will be put on all entrances and the galley and bar.  Just point the app at the QR code and that's it!

Covid App

Boat Mover

Every sailor dreads the long haul up the slipway of a heavy boat, especially in the summer months when the water level is at its lowest. With the help of Mark Bayliss we have identified a heavy duty boat mover that will assist members to launch and recovery their boats. The multi-mover does not come cheap at nearly £5,000, but the gradient of the club’s slipway preclude all other candidates. Covid-19 has both increased the need for a boat mover but severely restricted the club's ability to purchase one out of club funds. However, Sports England are currently offering to match any funding a club raised by crowdfunding. Therefore, in reality we only need to raise £2,500 over a minimum of 25 supporters.

So please go to our crowd funding page, read the appeal, watch the video of the boat mover in action and please dig deep into your pockets and donate. 

We have four weeks, so lets get donating.

One note.  The crowdfunding website do not take a cut but automatically fill in a 15% donation on the right hand side of the donation screens.  You can remove this if you like.

Mea Culpa (Duties)

I have a confessions to make and an apology.  I missed my bar duty on Sunday!.  Luckily, Janey was there to rescue the situation, but it was inexcusable on my part.  I let members down, I let the club down, and most of all I let myself down.  Thank you Janey for coming to the rescue of the thirsty!

It just goes to show that it can happen to anyone, BUT without people doing their assigned duties the club cannot function.  We do have some unallocated duties in the coming week that I would normally cover but I am on holiday in sunny (hopefully) Anglesey.  They are cox and HRO, so they do need a level of training.  If you can help, please do so:


Southport Virtual 24hr race

Last weekend the elite e-sailing team put together by Mark Jacot competed in the inaugural (and hopefully last) virtual Southport 24hr race.  The elite team consisted of:

  • Mark Jacot
  • Chris Else
  • Kirsten Else
  • Janet Shields

The full info can be found on our Facebook page but suffice to say we cames a VERY good 6th place overall.  Well done to the team.  Hopefully I can pursuade Mark to put a complete report on here very soon, but in the meantime here's the finish order


SUP News

Our newest cohort are continuing to grow and continue to go SUPing at various ungodly hours of the morning!!  Some came down to SUP on a club Sunday and we're all welcomed with open arms.  The conversations that ensued between sailors and SUPers was great to hear.  They also have a Facebook group, but if you want access to this closed group you'll just need to drop John Harrison a line.



The club is laid out for its first social distanced yoga session tonight (fully booked).


Yoga will happen every Tuesday 7-8pm at the club. Spaces limited to 10 due to Cover-19 restrictions. 

Book your mat space now on line for next weeks class 29th September 2020 at

All I can say is I will hurt in the morning, but it was good for me....apparently :-)


RYA Membership

As well as being the governing body for sailing across the UK, the RYA have been instrumental in getting RLSC back on the water during the Covid pandemic.  Their help and resources have been a real help to me during 2020.  You are already a member of an affiliated club but you can join the RYA as a member in your own right.

Here are our top 5 reasons to join…

  1. Peace of mind with free boating related legal, regulatory and technical advice
  2. Combine your voice with over 100,000 members ensuring your boating interests are represented
  3. Free quarterly RYA Magazine packed with the latest news and features in-depth articles
  4. Over 80 reward partners working with us to cut the cost of your boating
  5. Membership fees are reinvested into RYA programmes to support RLSC

If you wish to join the RYA you can join online by visiting: 

You will need to select ‘Joining Point’ as the reason for joining and input the Joining Point code for RLSC, which is 008111167.  The club will aslo receive a commission for anyone joining using this code.

Alternatively new members can also sign up by calling 023 80 60 4159 and quoting 008111167.




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RYA LogoThinking of joining the RYA? Mention RLSC and raise money for the club. The RYA will donate a portion of your membership fee back to us if you give "Joining Point" as the reason for joining and quote our code: 008111167.

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