Kielder Water Sailing Club

Jim Saltonstall gives his insight into racing at this northern club
Situated in the heart of Northumberland, towards the head of the North Tyne valley, Kielder is the largest man-made lake in Europe. Kielder is a great venue to have good racing, testing all aspects of the sport, especially the use of windshifts. The clubhouse itself like the surrounding area is of log type construction, with ample parking space for cars/boats and trailers. There are good facilities for changing, eating and they have an excellent bar licence, a must for any open meeting or National Championship. Launching facilities are good with a large concrete slipway. The club can offer good race management, with rescue boats and can lay on any course configuration required for any class association. The club enjoys hosting open meetings, also national events as and when they are booked in good time, so if you would like to have your Nationals there in the future, book early, to save disappointment. The clubs sailing season is normally March through to December, although they can make use of the water all year round if requested to do so. The club, like many, offers RYA training courses, attracting people from all over the North and Scotland. Recently the club has hosted events for the Solings, as well as the BT RYA Match Racing 'Q' series, along with events for the Ospreys and Flying Fifteens, other classes are welcome. HOW TO GET THERE Access to the club is off the A68, North or South bound, unless you are approaching it from the west, then you will come in off the A7 north of Carlisle, making your way to the SE corner of the lake, the first land mark you are looking for is Tower Knowe. If you are looking for a venue, steeped in scenery and away from the maddening crowd, this is