News splash: Join Whaley’s sailing club

Ready to start first race of the season

People in Whaley Bridge and district are being invited to join a sailing club they may not have heard of. It is on our doorstep, with dinghies sailing on the Toddbrook Reservoir that towers over Memorial Park.  Toddbrook Sailing Club, which recently became a recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training centre, is running lots of learn to sail courses this year for adults, children and families. The club wants Whaley Bridge folk, youngsters and families to take advantage of the great facilities, tucked away off Reservoir Road, or a short walk over from the Macclesfield Road area.

Come and join us! In front, young club members, – brothers Lewis Coppinger, 17, who is qualified for training and Harry, 15, with Jake Murray, 16, both of whom are assistant instructors. Behind, Edward Washington, the club’s new 34 year old commodore and Jane Thorpe, training secretary

Training secretary Jane Thorpe says:  “The RYA recognition means we can now award RYA certificates. Learn to Sail Sundays start on Sunday 28 April 2013 at 2pm. The Junior Start sailing course begins on Friday 3 May 2013 at 6pm”.

Bringing dinghies back from the reservoir to the clubhouse

In ‘always look on the bright side’ mode, Jane added. “Last year’s wet summer was great for sailing – it’s something you can do when it’s pouring down, although it is great in the sunshine, too”.

Former special needs teacher Jane, who has just retired, has been drumming up interest at Whaley’s primary schools.  “Sailing is a great sport for families”, she says.

A warm welcome from Toddbrook Sailing Club


Contact Jane on 0161 427 1721 to discuss joining the club and the different ways of learning on offer or email .  Full details are also on the club website

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