Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club

Saltonstall shares his wisdom on this northern racing water
Derwent has hosted many top dinghy and small keelboat events over the years. Recently it was nominated to receive Lottery money as a National Sailing Institute, this will enable the club to expand and improve its facilities for the racing public both ashore and afloat. Over the years we have had some excellent events there, hosted by really great people, whose approach to the sport has been highly professional, and all in a very friendly atmosphere. Hospitality at the club is great, with plenty of emphasis placed upon everyone having a great time socially, as well as on the water. The club is geared up for running open meetings, national championships and training camps. The sailing club is situated to the west of Consett, off the A68. After you pass through Caterway Heads, fork left towards Barley Hill, at the T junction turn left, then take the first left, follow your nose down to the water and the entrance to the club is on your left on the north side of the reservoir. Accommodation in the area is well spread amongst hotels and Bed and Breakfasts within a ten mile radius of the club. There are also many camp sites and caravan parks in the area, so check with the club for details. Restaurants and pub grub are also within striking distance of the club, we've never had to travel more than ten miles to find something good. Race Areas There are three main race areas, which the club can use at any time; at the western end, centrally off the clubhouse, and the eastern end. The surrounding land mass is relatively high, both to the north and the south, with the clearest wind direction being from either south-west or south-east. Each of the race areas is large enough to run a