Otley Sailing Club


  • 30 Sep 2018 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    The Autumn Season is now well underway, with sailing Monday to Thursday every week.

    If you have some spare time and would like to help out, volunteers are very welcome. No experience necessary as full training is given.

  • 26 Feb 2018 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    The sad news has reached us that David Grimshaw has passed away. David was a past Commodore of our club and one of the members behind the formation of Sailability.

    Our condolences go out to David’s family and friends.

  • 26 Feb 2018 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Don't forget the AGM on Wednesday 21st March @ 19.30

    Proposals at this years meeting will affect the club for many years to come.

    It is important that as many members as possible attend and take part in the in the discussions. It is a perfect opportunity to meet and speak with the people who run and provide all the activities at the club. Without your input the management committee can only guess what you want.

  • 07 Dec 2016 10:24 AM | Deleted user


    I hereby give notice that the Annual General Meeting of Otley Sailing Club will be held at The Sailing Club on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at 7.30pm.

    Nominations are requested for the Officers listed below and should be in the possession of the Hon Secretary by 31st December 2016. Any full member of the club [other than a junior member] is entitled to propose or be proposed for any of the positions.

    Any member who would be interested in undertaking the duties of Sailing Secretary for the 2017 season should be prepared to submit a proposed racing programme to the Committee by 31st December 2016.

    Any proposals for amending the constitution should be sent to the Hon Secretary in writing, duly proposed and seconded by 31st December 2016.

    All further details for the Annual General Meeting will be placed on the sailing club website.

    Gill Walton

    Honorary Secretary

    Nominations for Officers and Committee 2017



    Proposed By

    Seconded By


    Vice Commodore



    Sailing Secretary

    Membership Secretary

    Flag Officer Training

    Club Boats

    Facilities Management

    General Committee

    (up to 10 members)

     Please return your nominations duly proposed and seconded  by 31 December 2016 to:

    Gill Walton, Honorary Secretary

    4 Lisker Avenue, Otley, LS21 1DG or by e-mail to gilliannewalton@outlook.com

  • 19 Nov 2016 4:35 PM | Deleted user

    We're pleased to announce that Otley Sailing Club Junior Week 2017 will run from Sunday 13th August to Friday 18th August.  Save the date!  More details to follow.

  • 14 May 2016 11:09 AM | Deleted user

    We were asked a while ago if we would host an evening for the RYA Chief Executive, Sarah Treseder to come and visit us as she would be in the area for a couple of days.  We said yes, so on Tuesday evening Sarah came for an informal chat to some of our members.  We also had along for the evening Steve Gibbon, who is the Chairman for the RYA North East region and Sam Usher, the Regional Development Officer.  They learned all about what we do and how we do it!  Sarah then very kindly started the evenings racing and finished everyone over the line.

    Here's a link to some of the photos from the evening:- https://www.facebook.com/OtleySailingClub/posts/813587062104502

  • 02 Feb 2016 10:26 PM | Anonymous


    Flood Repairs Working Party



     The club grounds sustained a lot of damage on the second flood, where the river level reached a record high and filled the lake up to the flag pole.

    There is a lot of damage to the pontoons and dinghy park and car park

    Work to do:

    ·         Road to repair - holes filling

    ·         Car park to re-surface complete

    ·         New Pico dinghy park to repair

    ·         gravel to retrieve from shore line - dredging

    ·         pontoons to repair

    ·         Water pump to refurbish

    A lot of work to do before the new season starts

    I plan to have Sunday as working days from next Sunday onwards until complete

    If anyone can join in and help please come down 9:30 - 4:0 ish.

    If you have not checked your dinghy and dinghy park area for damage then I do suggest you go down and check, as boats were found in fields and in trees (no kidding)


    Best regards

    Paul Karran

    Commodore Otley Sailing Club

    Senior instructor

    Powerboat Instructor

  • 13 Nov 2015 8:51 PM | Deleted user

    Stella Murdoch, 86 has recently announced she is hanging up her lifejacket and retiring from sailing.  She has been a fiercely competitive racer over many years and has turned out in all weathers – at times beating her much younger counterparts.  She has regularly taken away various trophies at our annual prize giving event held in March each year. 

    Stella joined Otley Sailing Club in the late 1970’s and has served time on the committee as well as holding the office of Commodore between 2002-2004.

    She has been an inspiration to anyone who knew her at the club and put a lot of the younger members to shame!

    We would like to wish Stella all the very best and hope that we will still see her at our many social events throughout the year.  She will certainly be sorely missed on the start line.

  • 22 Sep 2015 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    Many thanks to everyone who made Barts Bash 2015 so special!

    We had some fantastic racing throughout the day and a total of 26 boats on the water for the Barts race.

    We raised £175 from the donations box and galley - if you missed this you can still donate to the Barts foundation on our just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/bartsbash2015-otley-sailing-club

    Here are the results - well done Mr Horrocks!

    Skipper Sail Number Boat Name Boat Class Crew Lady Helm Bart Speed

    1 Jon Horrocks 130147
    LASER Standard


    2 David Waterhouse 4693 Last Chance SOLO


    3 Sam Paechter
    Sam's GP GP14


    4 Paul Karran 694 My Boat Laser Vago Pelle Langli

    5 Matt Thomas 437 Krowdos Topper Sport 14 Lindsay Thomas

    6 Rhys Yarde 37914
    LASER Standard


    7 Rebecca Clarke 494 Liberty COMET
    Lady Helm 0.88355

    8 Heather Thomas 65028 Flo LASER Standard
    Lady Helm 0.86225

    9 Josephine Grogan
    Mrs J Grogan LASER RADIAL
    Lady Helm 0.77138

    10 Andy Yarde 489 Hermes COMET


    11 Chris Oxlade 16904 Skyfog ENTERPRISE Jovan Oxlade, Kiran Oxlade 0.69216

    12 Ellie Benn 152484
    Lady Helm 0.68911

    13 Angie Hulley

    Lady Helm 0.68453

    14 Laura Hulley 492 Freedom Won COMET
    Lady Helm 0.6484

    15 Nick Barton



    16 Hannah Davison
    Pico Laser Pico s/h single sail
    Lady Helm 0.63145

    17 William Fawcett


    18 Ellie Young 21209 My Boat 2000 / Laser 2000 Graham Young Lady Helm 0.61019

    19 David  Tomlin

    WAYFARER Bill Tomlin

    20 Simon Pennells 3188 Yorkshire Pud Topper Topaz


    21 Ben Rawson
    OSC Feva RS FEVA


    22 Richard Tassell 0 No name LARK


    23 Jacob Rawson


    24 Ben  Pennells
    Clementine TOPPER


    25 mike Fawcett 8068 My Boat GP14


    26 Paul Hammond
    Access dinghy 303

  • 30 May 2015 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    Double Gold for Otley Sailing Club Junior Powerboaters!


    The whole team with 4 winners! 


    (left to right:  Olivier Greaves, Oliver Scott-Caro, Ben Rawson, Hannah Davison, Olivia Walker, Rebecca Clarke)

    Weeks of practice paid off for the youngsters of Otley Sailing Club on Saturday 30th May when they won double Gold medals at the Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Regional Final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship. Otley Sailing Club sent a team of 6 youngsters to compete.

    The Honda Championship is divided into two age groups; 8-12 years and 13-16 years. Each competitor completes a slalom course driving a powerful RIB (rigid inflatable boat) and the fastest time with no penalties wins in each section. The winners qualify for the National Finals at the Southampton Boat Show in September.

    30 young powerboaters from clubs around the region took part in the competition which was hosted by Welton Waters Adventure Centre near Hull.  The youngsters from Otley Sailing Club showed the benefit of training as they left many of their fellow competitors in their wake, achieving some fast times even in the blustery, breezy conditions. Some fast times were set and 1st to 4th places were only separated by 4 seconds!

    First place in the junior class for 8-12 year olds went to Otley Sailing Club and this group was won by 12 year old Oliver Scott-Caro from Ilkley. Oliver attends Ilkley Grammar School and his time was 1min 35secs.

    At 1min 26secs, the best time of the day was set by 14 year old Ben Rawson from Rawdon, winning the 13-16 year old groupBen attends Benton Park School in Rawdon and began sailing at Otley Sailing Club a year ago.

    Otley Sailing Club swept the board in the 13-16 year old class, winning all the top three slots. Rebecca Clarke from Ilkley was second (Guiseley School), with Hannah Davison from Silsden third (Woodhouse Grove School).

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