Draycote Water Sailing Club

Jim Saltonstall gives the lowdown on this West Midlands reservoir
Draycote Water Sailing Club is one of our most popular inland waters strategically positioned in the Midlands, with relatively easy access from all points of the compass. The club is situated on the south side of the M45, south-west of Rugby. Take the A426 for access to the reservoir. Club facilities are superb, with quite a large clubhouse at the water’s edge, overlooking a great piece of water, suitable for hosting any major open meeting, or even a national championship. The lounge is quite large, overlooking the water, and there are good catering facilities at the club, as well as changing rooms adequate for hosting the larger events. In the past the club has been an excellent host to the GB youth programme winter training, with great hospitality from the members. There is a large car parking area, as well as boat parking - especially when the 'tide' is out. Numerous slipways give easy access to the water, which are relatively shallow shelving, so not too much of a struggle for launching and recovery. The club hosts events for small keelboats as well as dinghies and cats, and it is looking to attract more 49ers and 18 foot skiffs. Accommodation in the area is widespread. Dunchurch is the nearest small village with hotels and B&Bs available. The club secretary will be able to provide you with an accommodation list in the surrounding area, and remember that Rugby and Coventry are also not far away. The water itself lies predominantly in a north-east/south-west line, and measures approximately 1.5 miles long and half a mile wide. The land around it is relatively high in places, offering testing conditions as far as wind shifts are concerned. The clearest wind direction, giving the longest beats, are from the south-west or north-east. Winds from the