Otley Sailing Club


  • 13 Jun 2014 9:32 AM | Anonymous
    Our very own Norman Stephens carried the Queen's Baton into Leeds Civic Hall last night to conclude the Queen's Baton Relay event in Leeds.  Norman said it had been a wonderful day and he had been inspired to see the next generation of Leeds sporting young people at events throughout the city.  Well Done Norman. Your 60 years of sporting commitment is an inspiration for all of us.
  • 19 May 2014 12:41 AM | Anonymous
    Otley Sailing Club at Otley Show 2014
    18th May
        Sailing experiences for the public  

    17th of May 2014 saw our first invitation to the Otley Show, we were invited by the organisers to sail some of our boats on the first lake of the estate. Our group of volunteers brought the boats 2 comet trios, 2 Laser Picos, 2 Access boats and the Pioneer rescue boat, all had to me made ready and trailered to the lake then re-rigged, all we launched in to the lake and moored overnight ready for the next day.

    we made a 16ft x 8ft jetty out to the water so the boats could sail up and let people on and off the boats without getting their feet wet, a spectacular construction that stood up to the challenge of up to 6 people at one time.

    The marquee was erected and kitted out with tables and chairs, a changing room and then fencing to usher our guests to the right area. New banners were made by Becky Davison. Becky also had bunting and flyers made, telling the public all about our sailing club and what we do. Christine Hodgson created the official disclaimer documents for signing people in.

    All ready to go - the show opened and what a fantastic day was had by all sun heat and wind made for excellent sailing, people from all ages had a go, I had a number of small children with mums and dads sailing with me - the children were sometimes a little apprehensive but by the time it was ready to return they were loving the experience and wanting to go back for more. Everyone enjoyed the rides and were very polite saying "thank you we really enjoyed the sail", another comment was " I have learned more about sailing in the last 5 minutes than I ever knew, it was great"

    There are some excellent photos from Becky on our face book site, please take a look.

    I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who contributed no matter how big or small to making this event such a success, initial figures are at over 130 people took up the offer of a sailing experience on the day we will update the total later.

    Looking forward to next year if we are invited, I have booked the weather already.

    Paul Karran


    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.

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