Otley Sailing Club


  • 12 May 2014 10:37 PM | Anonymous

    We were pleased to accept a donation of £2000 from B&ES- http://www.b-es.org/ (Building and Engineering Services Association) today at the club.

    The money was raised in January at the B&ES Yorkshire Regional Ball held at Cedar Court Bradford.

    B&ES have kindly sponsored Sailfree at Otley for over 8 years.

    The cheque was presented to our Commodore, Paul Karran by Daniel Ball the Yorkshire Regional Chair accompanied by Neil Ashford the Yorkshire Regional Manager.

    This generous donation once again enables the club to offer over 1000 sailing sessions a year to people with a range of needs. Our work is only possible by the hard work of all our volunteers and club members.

    Pictured is Paul Karran OSC, James Hollybank Trust and Daniel Ball B&ES.

  • 24 Apr 2014 9:55 PM | Anonymous
    Following approval from the club membership last year and legal help from Schofielld Sweeney Solicitors the club is one step closer to becoming a charity. A limited company has been formed which was necessary prior to application for charitable status from the Charity Commission which is the next stage. The club is now a company limited by guarantee.

  • 15 Apr 2014 10:28 PM | Anonymous
    The club has been successful in securing a significant grant from Sport England for Sailfree:  

    The value of the award is £38,246 towards a total project cost of £48,246 for the development of the club house, grounds and other refurbishments.

    The developments will make the club more accessible for disabled users.

    "The award is fantastic news for the club," said Peter Fox, Otley Sailing Club's RYA Sailability Co-ordinator. "We will be creating better disabled facilities and integrating them into the entire clubhouse. We are already an RYA Sailability "Centre of Excellence" and we plan to build upon our 25 years of experience to make our sailing centre as inclusive as possible."

    "I am extremely pleased that Otley Sailing Club is going to benefit from Olympic legacy funding," said local MP, Greg Mulholland. "The award is great news for the inclusivity of the sport of sailing and the improved facilities will build on the club's successful "Sail Free" programme and will maintain the proud history of the Club."

    Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in West Yorkshire.”

    “With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the region who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”

    "I am delighted to see that Otley Sailing Club has been successful with the Inspired Facilities application," said David Staniforth, Chairman of the RYA Yorkshire and Humberside Region. "These new and refurbished facilities will be great for sailing in the region and will allow many more people to take part in the sport."

    "I would also like to congratulate all the volunteers on their hard work and success in making this happen."

  • 12 Apr 2014 9:16 PM | Anonymous
    The club has been successful in securing a grant of £940 from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) for the purchase of new sails and clothing for use by disabled people. The club will match the funding with donations from other organsations. The total project expenditure is £1880.00.
  • 01 Apr 2014 8:25 PM | Anonymous
    Visit the junior section of the website and reserve your place now! Places are limited so it's first come, first served.
  • 14 Mar 2014 6:33 AM | Anonymous

    We had it all today, warm sunshine, hail, and challenging wind which lead to some interesting sailing.

    Race results available to members in the forum section of the members area:

    Check the photos on the club facebook page: 


  • 11 Mar 2014 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    We will be running a number of evening sailing refresher/improver sessions in May/June.

    These sessions will last around one and a half hours and are aimed at adult sailors who wish to refresh their level 2 skills or work towards level 3 or one of the advanced modules such as "Sailing with Spinnakers" or "Seamanship"

    There will be a small cost (T.B.A.)


    Keep an eye out on the website for more details!



  • 02 Mar 2014 7:15 PM | Anonymous
    Space available on the clubs RYA level 1 and 2 dinghy sailing course running from 24 April 2014.

  • 28 Feb 2014 7:32 AM | Anonymous
    A massive congratulations to our very own Norman Stephens who has won the Sports Volunteer Award in the Special Contribution section of the Leeds Sports Awards 2014 event held on the evening of Thursday   We are all immensely proud of him. Well done Norman!

  • 26 Feb 2014 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    bartThe Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is planning a monster sized attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for 'The Largest Sailing Event in the World', which they are calling 'Bart's Bash'!

    The idea is to have a mass participation club race across the UK and the whole World. Pretty much every club has a race on Sunday morning, with all kinds of boats taking part and the goal is to get everyone participating together to create one big event race. OSC intends to join the hundreds of clubs taking part.  With just their normal sailors racing on the water, the event will generate thousands of Guinness World Record Holders in Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's name. Watch our website for regular  updates of how OSC is getting involved. In the meantime go to:


    for lots more information about the event. We anticipate a £5.00 entry fee payable through the OSC website with proceeds going to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation so start saving your pennies now!

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