Ops and Tops youth sailing

Starts Saturday 1st June at 9.30am . Every Saturday until the end of August
to sign up please follow this link to web collect

Ops ‘n’ Tops is a parent supervised kids group that is facilitated by some of our finest sailors. These sessions are specifically aimed at helping the kids to gain confidence and also to have fun whilst sailing, this helps bring the club together as well as teaching the kids to sail. The children are a variety of ages, the younger kids go in small stable boats called Optimists until their confidence and their ability grows, the older children sail in Toppers, Topaz’s and RS Quba’s. for older youths we also have two Firefly (2 person) racing dinghys which are favoured in many university boat clubs . These sessions have been proved a success as we have had some of the children joining in with our Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon race series’. Others have progressed to sailing at a National level within the NSSA.

A quick guide and a few basics to get kids going, useful to print out, and refer too –

General information

Operating manual (for those interested in H&S)

OT – JW Operating Manual

And agreement for Parents or Guardians to sign, prior to any Child starting Ops ‘n’ Tops in 2018- Please print and sign up at the bottom, this will save time at the start of the year –

Agreement for parents

There are many books to help learn the basics of sailing, but don’t forget the internet – You Tube is a great source of learn to sail shorts.

Sailing TipsTackingGybingSailing an OptimistCapsize Recovery.

RYA Level 2 Dinghy Course

RYA Level 2 Dinghy course. 11-12th May 2019 ***Cancelled***

RESCHEDULED FOR 1st & 2nd June

Level 2 content – Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge

It is recomended that you get some sailing practice in before joining this course 

To Sign up click HERE

RYA Powerboat level 2

Course for members

RYA Powerboat level 2 for members  

20th & 21st April 2019

RYA level 2 Powerboat Course (2days)

for RVSC members 

Assumed knowledgeNone. May be preceded by Level 1 Start Powerboating
2 days 
Minimum age16. Candidates may be considered under the age of 16 but will be issued with an endorsed certificate 

Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard,
after the course
Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft 

Location: RVSC

Sign up Here

Super Sundays

Super Sunday race series

Dinghy Racing, RVSC, Rossendale Valley Sailing Club
Race is on

If you have enjoyed the buzz around the place during our winter sailing events, then it is essential to get the Super Sunday race series in your sailing diary. The series runs over 12 ’rounds’, starting in April and running every three weeks until the end of November. Hopefully there will be a few social events after sailing as well, particularly in summer!

Three races per day, giving 36 races in total. You need to sail 20 races to qualify for the overall series. 

It is hoped to run a junior race at lunchtime – a short 20 to 30 minute race on a simple course.  This will be ideal for those who sail at Ops and Tops to get an introduction into club racing.
Sailors will be categorised into gold, silver and bronze fleet based on their experience and previous race results. So whilst all boats will race together at the same time, there will be smaller races happening within the race between people in the three fleets. So all abilities stand a chance of bagging points.

First race at each round starts at 11:30am

Super Sunday round 1 – Sun 7th April
Super Sunday round 2 – Sun 28th April
Super Sunday round 3 – Sun 19th May
Super Sunday round 4 – Sun 9th June
Super Sunday round 5 – Sun 30th June
Super Sunday round 6 – Sun 21st July
Super Sunday round 7 – Sun 11th August 
Super Sunday round 8 – Sun 1st September
Super Sunday round 9 – Sun 22nd September
Super Sunday round 10 – Sun 13th October
Super Sunday round 11 – Sun 3rd November
Super Sunday round 12 – Sun 24th November

Volunteers required at each round for Race Officer, safety boat driver and crew. Also volunteers for galley would be nice. Each sailor will be awarded average points for each duty they do (eg do a duty for a full day… 3 races per day, so you are awarded 3 average results which count towards your qualifying races). You must sail more races than you do duties for!

**Important** To ensure the success of the series and to encourage as many new comers to race as possible, no racing will go ahead unless we have a crewed safety boat on the water which is separate to the race officer boat. To spread the load between members, all sailors over the age of 15 must do a duty to qualify for the series.

6th January – 1st race of the New Year

6th JANUARY -1st Race of the NEW YEAR.

Starting off our Super Sunday Race Days  – Cost £5 per person.

1030 Clubhouse open

1130 Hot soup and roll

1200  2 races back to back

1500  Tea served. Pie and peas or beans plus pickles and mugs of tea and cakes.

1600  Videos

1630   Quiz and games

1730   Prize giving

Annual General Meeting 2018


Dear Member,

In accordance with the constitution i am writing to inform you that the Annual General Meeting of Rossendale Valley Sailing Club will take place on the 4th November 2018 (2PM) at the Clubhouse, Clowbridge Reservoir. Notice of this meeting has been placed in the clubhouse since 13th September and has also been emailed out previously to all members on the club database.

The Agenda for the AGM 4th November will be as follows:

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes of the last AGM
  4. Commodore’s Report
  5. Hon. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Membership Secretary’s Report
  7. Election of Flag Officers
    • Mark Girven – Commodore
    • David Hudson – Vice Commodore
    • Gill Garner – Secretary
    • Steve Booth – Treasurer
  8. Election of Council Members
    • N.Girven, D.Forbes, M.Green, R.Glowa, S.Booth, M. Ashby-Smith, M.Morgan, G.Stones, J. Blackburn, E.Davis
  9. Proposal of Council – to offer, based on continued and past support to the club, the category of Life Membership to Doug Forbes. Also based on past support to the club the category of Honorary membership to Joan Forbes.
  10. Proposal of Council – adoption of working document on Increased Participation by Club Members. With agreement on recommended proposals.
  11. Closure of meeting, followed by Race Prize Giving and refreshments.