Sunday 16 April PURSUIT RACES
Two fixed-length races, each less than 1 hour where the slowest boats start first and the others follow later at a time pre-calculated so everyone should finish together after the predetermined time.
For instance, the Toppers will start about 10 minutes before the Lasers so they may be able to get a crafty lap in before the others start.
Saturday 13 May PUSH THE BOAT OUT
Supported by the RYA this is a National event involving clubs from all over the UK. We will give visitors a chance to sail a dinghy and find out about our sailing club. They will also have the opportunity to sign up for our Learn to Sail Course. We have been praised in the past for the way that we organise this event. Turnouts for the last few years have been excellent and we anticipate this continuing in 2017. (We will also need loads of help)
Saturday 3 June WINDOW RACE
Back by popular demand, 5 timed laps around a fixed course between 14.30 and 16.30. You decide when to go out. Will the wind build or is it going to drop? Will it change direction? Will it rain? Is the bar open yet? Is my burger ready? So there is a lot to think about.
A fun event and there will be lots of categories for competitors like Junior Helm/Crew, Double Hander, Single Hander, Novice, Dressed as a Pirate, (We had thought about ‘Just Wearing a Grin’ but then realised you have to wear a life-jacket)
Saturday 24 June 50 CHALLENGE SAILING EVENT
This is the BIG ONE! We are hoping to get 50 members and friends of the club on the water all at the same time. There will be a sail- by with lots of hype and cheering from the spectators followed by a mass start for a short race round all of our buoys (not necessarily in numerical order).
We want lots of photos and hope to attract publicity from local press and radio. Put this one in your diary and get your friends, relatives, lovers, neighbours, work mates, and anyone else you may know down the club for what should be a memorable day.
Saturday 2 September 4 HOUR DOUBLE HANDER TEAM RACE
For both experts and novices followed by a Bar B Q and quiz. This was a fantastic event last time we ran it with about 30 sailors in two teams and an incredibly close finish. It is also great preparation for the 24 hour race that takes place the following week.
We are a hardy lot at Etherow well maybe not everybody, and we generally keep sailing while the water is still a liquid (though we have been known to break the ice with a safety boat even then).
Sunday races are brought forward to 1pm and the two races are back-to-back (i.e.no return to the jetty in between) so we can be finished (off the water) by 3.30 at the latest and hopefully get all the boats put to bed before the dark descends.
Friday afternoon racing is another feature for those who are retired or have flexible work schedules. Come along and enjoy the fun.
Thursday nights see opening times of 8 till 9.30. As well as a social chat we hope to put on some presentations / workshops. Suggestion of topics people would like covered will be welcome.
Now you can catch the action both on our own water and across the oceans of the world thanks to a new page on this site.
Our Videos page (find it under Our Club) features the latest action in top flight sailing events across the globe thanks to World On Water. Episodes change on Friday each week but you can wind back to 2014 using a button in the top left of the video area. You can also expand the video to full screen in HD with the button at the bottom right.
We did have videos on the old website and we will soon have some of that archive available but we need new material . Members are invited to submit their own footage - bearing in mind that it must have the right clearances (eg parental permission where youngsters are featured).
Thank you for visiting the website of the Etherow Country Park Sailing Club, the only sailing club in Stockport. Feel free to browse our site and see what we have to offer.
Etherow is a friendly club (when racing we experience good-natured rivalry!) and we welcome everyone: from those who may never have put their foot in a dinghy before, to Olympic team coach. Membership is inexpensive and we have some club boats that can be used, for a nominal charge, during the early stages. There are plenty of boats for sale within the club and elsewhere for very little money.