Wigan Sailing Club

The Friendly Sailing Club In The Heart Of Wigan

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Bill and Liz take first place in the Ladies Day Trophy.

Perfect conditions led to some interesting racing with several new members taking to the water.

John Sykes and Jimmy were pipped at the post by less than a second on corrected time!

Well done to all those who took part. 

Public flock to the club for the Open Day

At this year's first open day we had a really strong performance with just under 100 people attending on the day and many signing up to join the club on the day.

Thanks to all those volunteers for helping out!

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Getting wet can be fun! 

New members Jack and Ste' first capsize

Light winds for Tankard Trophy!

The sailing year got off to a good start on Sunday 22nd March with the the first trophy day of the new season. Winds were light as competitors took to the water and it never really got going. A good day for light people and light boats!

Well done to Liam Reece and Connor Philbin who took 1st place in the Club Enterprise. Joe Hitchen who took 2nd place in his Laser and Graham Crabtree who came 3rd in his Solo.

Big thanks to the Charlie Hitchen the Officer of the Day, the other competitors and special shout out also to Tony McKone taking part in his first race at the club.

LOW BANK GROUND, CONISTON WEEKEND. 11,12,13 September 2015.
Low Bank Ground has been provisionally booked for the 11th, 12th and 13th of September but has been a fantastic, social and sailing weekend on the club calendar for the previous five years. If you haven't been before, Low Bank Ground is an outdoor centre, situated on the shore of Coniston Water. Dinghies can be launched from the centre jetty to allow excellent sailing on the lake. The weekend begins on Friday evening with a fire/DIY BBQ and drinks by the lake shore. The accommodation is in various sizes of bunk bedded type rooms, (some en-suite) there is a large lounge and kitchen. On Saturday, sailing on the lake, often with a trip and picnic on Peel Island. Saturday evening features an evening meal in the centre, the cost of which is included in the price. Further sailing on Sunday rounds the trip off. If you don't want to sail there are plenty of other activities and fantastic scenery to take in. £65 per person £35 for under 18s. (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). Self-catering accommodation Boat launching Saturday evening meal. No camping is allowed at the centre. Wind and sunshine! Bring your own booze. 

Please see Bernie or phone 01942 236107 (mob 07759959305) for further details or pay at the galley ASAP to ensure a place. (Full amount is needed within 3 weeks to confirm the weekend booking).


This year we are offering boat advisors to help members with any issues they might have with their boats. If you have a new boat and are unsure how to rig it or if it has been a while and you would like a little help, please email Charlie Hitchen at Charlie@wigansailingclub.org.uk or Mark Hardy Membership@wigansailingclub.org.uk. They will either be able to help you or put you into contact with someone who would be glad to help.

On Wednesday 11th of February, the club held a very productive Development Planning meeting. The purpose of this was to begin the process of deciding what the club needs to be doing to help its members enjoy their sailing. At the meeting members, working in small groups, were asked to discuss their suggestions for improvement in relation to the following aspects of club life: facilities; activities; communication; training. What resulted was a very long list of suggestions, pet hates and inspirational ideas. Over the next few weeks, this list will be shaped into the first draft of the Development Plan. Members will receive a copy of this with their March Newsletter. In the meantime, if you could not attend the meeting and want to be part of this process, please feel free to contribute by e-mail to Charlie@wigansailingclub.org.uk. 
Are there any aspects of the club you feel need improving? We would love to hear from you! In addition, the committee are considering how the facilities at Scotman's Flash can be developed over the longer term. Currently, they are considering a phased building programme which would replace the clubhouse over the next few years. Watch this space!
ABERSOCH WEEKEND. Mike Harrington is once again organising a sailing trip to Abersoch. Over to the man himself: "I am once again organising a trip to Abersoch on the Llyn peninsular in North Wales on the weekend of June 19th to 21st 2015. The cost per head will be £30. For those who have not been to this charming venue, Abersoch is right by the sea. Launching is off the beach from a broad concrete ramp or hard sand and suitable for dinghies up to about 16ft. Sleeping is in bunk beds in three rooms in a house in the centre of the village, with kitchen, dining room, lounge, bathroom and shower room, and its own car parking area (and it is next to the pub!). I would ask that anyone wishing to go should contact me a.s.a.p. as places are limited." Please email Mike on Mike@wigansailingclub.org.uk