Why not join Rossendale Valley Sailing Club?

Click to join or renew online using our secure WebCollect system.

We offer Junior and Adult membership as well as family and Individual options.

There are also options for Non-sailers.

To find out more, you are welcome to visit the club on weekends–Sunday afternoons are generally the best times to see the sailing and have a look around the facilities.

If you have any further questions please contact me at

We look forward to welcoming you to the club.
Andy Ratcliffe
Membership Secretary


All members should make themselves aware of club bye-laws.

Benefits of Membership

  • Access to the water 365 days a year.
  • Hire of Club fleet of boards and boats.
  • Access to clubhouse.
  • Children can learn to sail and progress through Ops N Tops .
  • Racing Program (Wednesday Evenings and Sundays).
  • Friday Social Sail.
  • Club House hire for events.
  • Subsidised RYA Courses.

Why Join Us?

Rossendale Valley Sailing Club is:

  • An Accredited RYA Training Centre
  • Run by its members for its members.
  • Committed to training and developing skills.
  • Excellent open water sailing in a moorland setting.
  • Open to Dinghy Sailing and Windsurfing.


The Club

Rossendale Valley Sailing Club sails on Clowbridge Reservoir, which covers about 90 acres. The reservoir is owned by United Utilities and supplies drinking water to Loveclough and Crawshawbooth.

Clowbridge Reservoir is situated to the east of the A682 between Burnley and Rawtenstall, adjacent to an area of the Burnley Millennium Forest, known as Dunnockshaw Community Woodland.


The Club House

Formed in 1965, the first club house was a wooden hut. Benefitting from a significant grant from Sport England and the Lottery Fund, the club is now housed in a stylish and modern building which provides a good atmosphere and superb facilities to club members.

  • Open all year
  • Equipment Hire
  • RYA Courses
  • Large Lounge and Galley
  • Training classroom
  • Heated showers and changing rooms
  • Step free access to our clubroom, changing areas
  • Key access to changing facilities outside club operating times.
RVSC, Clubhouse, Rossendale Valley, Lancashire


Club Boats

The club owns a number of boats (Wayfarer, Firefly, Qbas, Topper and Optimists) which are available for hire to members. The club has also a range of windsurf boards and rigs available for member s use. These boats have been purchased, to allow us to run various training courses, but also to give our members who are new to sailing the opportunity to progress skills without having to first purchase their own boat.


Training and Development

RVSC offers a range of opportunities to members in order to develop their skills. As an Accredited RYA Training Centre, all courses are maintained to a high standard. Training courses offered include Windsurfing, RYA Youth Sailing Scheme and for Adults RYA Dinghy levels 1, 2 & 3.

The club also offers Powerboat training Level 2 and Safety. First Aid courses and Dinghy Instructor courses are facilitated through utilising Instructors and Coaches from outside the club.

From May to September the club runs a Youth programme to encourage both dinghy sailing and windsurfing.


During all races and training sessions a patrol boat is on the water. Within the club are first aid facilities and a defibrillator is located in the main entrance hall.


Dinghy Park

  • Hard standing for Mast Up dinghies.
  • Mast Down dinghy’s stored in grassed area to the left of the club house.
  • Large grassed windsurf rigging areas.
  • Boat cleaning area within the bund that forms the car park.
  • Tractor available (for a nominal fee) to assist in recovery of heavier dinghies.
  • Boat storage area expanding in 2017, to accommodate growth in memberships.


New Sailors

At RVSC we offer opportunities to develop your skills, through encouragement and support in activities throughout the year. You can choose to sail whenever you want, and on Friday Evenings we offer a Social Sail, an ideal opportunity for any club member to go out and have a sail.


Experienced Sailors

Here the focus is on Sunday and Wednesday Club racing. Members race many dinghy classes, we offer Handicap and Pursuit racing.


Due to its height above sea level (900ft) and open aspect, Windsurfing is a very popular activity at RVSC. The reservoir is open 12 months of the year.



Coarse fishing is by yearly ticket, available on line, or at the club house. Please see web site for details.


Club Membership

Membership is made on line via the Web Collect links from the club web site. Membership year runs from 1st of January through to 31st December.

Membership Fees and Subscriptions (2018):

Joining Fee £35
Adult £144
Family £195
Senior £96
Student £75
Junior £30
Senior Group £350
Junior Group £150
Guest £15 / £20
Boat Park Fees £40
Social £30


Countryside Access

Located high on the East Lancashire Moors, close to the Pennine Bridleway, providing an ideal access point for Horse Riding, Hiking and Mountain Biking.

The hillsides above Clowbridge Reservoir, at Dunnockshaw, form part of the Burnley Forest project.

As well as the 2.37Km Clowbridge circuit, a path around the Reservoir suitable for both able and disabled people. There are also a range of Orienteering courses starting from the footpath adjacent to the clubhouse.