Southport Sailing club now centres round a large and spacious clubhouse featuring all the amenities you would expect. There are changing rooms with toilets and showers, a well equipped galley and a large lounge and bar in which you can relax after sailing. Outside the club there’s a raised patio stepping down to a large flagged area stretching to the waters edge.
Behind the clubhouse is ample car parking and to the right a large hard standing where licensed boats can be kept. Security is provided by a locked gate onto the grounds and combination lock to the clubhouse. There is also full disabled access using a recently constructed ramp leading up to the clubhouse door. As with most clubs today there is no real restriction on what type of boat is sailed on the lake. However one thing to take into account is that in the height of summer (he he) the depth can be as little as 5 foot, so therefore turning up with your brand new Flying Fifteen or 18ft Skiff will only lead to bitter disappointment. On the other hand the very fact the water is relatively shallow all year round can be a big bonus. There’s nothing builds confidence quicker than knowing whatever trouble you get in, you’re never more than a short walk from the side. On the subject of confidence building full RYA training is provided by the club with one of our experienced instructors. So whether its basic level 2 or honing your racing skills, powerboat training or coarse setting, the choice is yours.
Today the fleet is a far more mixed affair than it was in the early days, it ranges from traditional kit built Mirrors, through GP’s and Streakers to fast handicap boats such as RS 300’s, 400’s and all can be seen racing on a regular basis.
As well as an active racing scene there are lots of social events run throughout the year such as quiz nights, disco’s and of course the Commodores Reception. A particular favourite is the end of season prize giving evening or ‘Ted’s Night’ as we like to call it. As well as social events at the club we also try to get away to other venues, and the yearly trip to Bassenthwaite Sailing club is always a popular event. Add to this a camping weekend in Ullswater and as you can see the club is as active today as it’s always been.