Ullswater Yacht Club is a fantastic place for young families to grow into the sport of sailing. Many of our members have grown up at Ullswater, first coming to the club as babies and now sailing as adults, many of them also become instructors at the club.
The unique shore frontage allows our children to play on the lawn in front of the clubhouse under the shade of a large oak tree. As they progress to toddling they can dip their feet into the lake learning to feel comfortable in the water. They can play in shallow waters, in area of shore frontage not used by the main fleets of dinghies. Feeling confident in the water they can progress on to sailing and learn to love Ullswater and be part of the ‘club family’.
UYC is certainly part of the Priestley family. Laia and Agnes Priestley, aged four and two, are the fourth generation of club members from the Priestley/Richardson family. Their dad Graham grew up at the club, learned to sail there and became a national and international Topper and Laser sailor. He now sails a Musto Skiff and is a regular visitor with his wife Selina. Laia has already got the sailing bug, enjoying trips out in her Optimist Rascal with her dad. Graham’s parents Pat and Ian are also active club members, sailing a cruiser. In the 1970s they raced a Fireball. Pat’s late mum and dad Bert and Nora Richardson, Laia and Agnes's great grandparents, were members in the early 1970s, sailing a Mirror, then a cruiser. (2015)
Above: Baby Laia on the front lawn and sailing in her Optimist with her dad Graham. She now sails a Topper and was sixth out of 12 boats in the Ladies Race in June 2016
Below: When you're four and you want an ice cream from Pooley Bridge what do you do? If you are Laia Priestley you jump in your gran and grandad's cruiser with your dad and sister and sail there for one. Picture June 2016