Many UYC members do not take part in organised racing but prefer to take to the water and enjoy the lake in their own way. They are represented by the Leisure Sailing Rep who is member of the UYC Board. The lake is open to everyone at all times but the club only provides safety cover during organised events or activities. Members are free to use the clubhouse and site facilities at any time from the start of the season at the end of March to the end of the season at the end of October. You may need your fob to get into the clubhouse at quiet times.
.Charlie Thornton, new UYC Leisure Sailing Rep:
"I am really looking forward to working in my new role of representing the interests of leisure sailors at UYC. Naomi, myself and our two boys, Joshua and Caleb, have been a part of UYC for more than 2 years and have been made to feel very welcome by everyone despite being very new to sailing. Whilst the boys love all the fun activities that UYC offers young people, Naomi and I love just getting out on the water and enjoying the sheer beauty and peacefulness that Ullswater offers - a great respite from normal day to day life!
"Living and working in Penrith for nearly 20 years, I have developed a great fondness for Cumbria and especially the Eden and Ullswater valleys. I truly believe sailing is a pastime that everyone can enjoy and look forward to working with UYC members to develop leisure-related activities on and off the water."
UYC Cruising Guide
There are many delightful anchorages along the length of Ullswater. The useful UYC Cruising Guide 2020, which is available to download below, and under 'Members Documents', explains how to make the most of your time on the lake, with details of the best places to moor up. The Cruising Guide has been updated for 2020 from the original version written by John Easterby in 2011 and put together with the help of Liz Amos, Judith & Bryan Lindley (photographing every site) and Neil Thompson (map). John spent some time interviewing a group of long-established cruiser members who knew the lake anchorages well. Some of these members are no longer with us and the excellent Cruising Guide is a fitting tribute to them.
John said; "I have reviewed the content and as far I can see the information is still accurate - the unfortunate thing is that there are still many parts of the shore which remain in private hands and landing is not encouraged. There is still a great deal of pleasure to be gained by cruising on the lake and long may it continue."
Pictured: A leisure sail to Silver Bay for a picnic during Family Week 2020
Last updated 08:30 on 19 January 2021