Ullswater Yacht Club is one of the premier racing clubs in the North with several members from different classes at the top nationally and internationally. The busy club weekend racing programme runs from March until the end of October followed by a Sunday only winter series and there is something for all levels of ability. A series of Saturday races is aimed at newcomers and youngsters with extra coaching on offer and there are two groups, Ladies Who Launch and Blokes in Boats which encourage the less experienced on to the water in a friendly and informal way. Training, through Ullswater Sailing School, is available to all club members. UYC also hosts national level open events, welcoming racers from all over the country.
Some classes of boats raced at UYC:
One of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. The Laser, Laser Radial and 4.7 is a choice for many keen racers at Ullswater. The racing is simple, with no crew to find, and the boats are truly one-design.
The ever-popular 'indestructible' 11 foot single-hander is a great favourite at Ullswater and is ideal for sail training.
A 22-foot 2-person keelboat, which is perfectly suited to sailing on Ullswater. The Flying Fifteen can be raced in all conditions by a wide range of crew weights, abilities and ages - and you will never capsize! There is an active racing fleet at the club and members are keen to welcome others to join them having a great time on the water. There is a busy racing schedule and the 'veterans' are always on hand to offer help and advice to newcomers. Find out more about the Flying Fifteen class on the BIFFA Website: http://www.flying15.org.uk/
A 2 to 3 person keelboat with a light, easily-driven hull and an efficient sail plan set on a full carbon rig. The boat has an asymmetric spinnaker and can be launched simply-dinghy-style off a trolley.
The two person one-design skiff which has transformed competitive dinghy sailing offering performance, excitement and spectacle. Designed by skiff supremo Julian Bethwaite, the ultra light, slender hull offers minimal resistance with no noticeable speed hump. This means the 49er smoothly accelerates onto the plane and the speed just goes on rising. The most remarkable feature of the 49er at first sight is its solid wings which make the boat safe and a joy to sail. Trapezing from these wide wings, the crew members generate a massive righting moment to control the power from the huge sail area, and continue accelerating the boat.
A high performance single handed trapeze dinghy. The lightweight hull is easily driven and powered by a laminate mainsail and asymmetric spinnaker. The wide racks provide plenty of leverage and give a wide competitive sailor weight range. It can achieve speeds of over 20 knots making it one of the fastest single-handers. So if it's speed and good racing you are after, join the keen and competitive Musto Skiffers at UYC.
A keelboat designed by Ian Proctor. The Tempest has an unusual aspect in that it is a keelboat but also has a trapeze. As a result the Tempest is just as exciting to sail as fast dinghies,but is much more forgiving and is unable to be capsized.
At Ullswater Yacht Club we sail a great variety of yachts which are used both for racing and cruising. Cruisers regularly take part in the club racing programme on weekends and as part of the POETS (Push Off Early Tomorrow's Saturday) series. For more details on moorings etc go to the Cruiser Fleet tab.
Last updated 14:05 on 28 June 2021