A warm welcome awaits you at Hollowell, whether you are a seasoned club racer, or a complete novice we have the resources and experience to fill your sailing ambitions.
The family friendly nature of the club, and our success in developing junior and youth sailors is recognised by our British Youth Sailing ‘Recognised Club’ status. Club members are able to enjoy access to our wide range of hire boats. There’s a busy programme of sailing and social activities for most of the year. Racing takes place on Thursday evening, Saturday afternoons and all day Sundays.
We are also an RYA Teaching Establishment, and have a wide range of dinghy and powerboat related courses on offer.
The Reservoir. We have sole access to the 140 acre reservoir. This owned by Anglian Water and is a peaceful location not just for sailing but also for walkers, fishing or bird watching. We have a 'members only' car park with combination locks allowing access to all members out of hours.
The Clubhouse. We have over the years added to and improved our facilities mostly with our own efforts but acknowledge grant assistance from Sports England and Daventry District Council. Our facilities are modern and well maintained. Our Galley/Tea Bar is run by volunteers and we serve simple lunches when there is Sunday sailing.
Boat Hire and Parking. We have a small fleet of modern boats as well as buoyancy aids for hire. Our boat parking is more than sufficient and well controlled. If you do own your own boat you can keep and use it at the club for an annual craft fee.
In 2015 we implemented a system called WebCollect which is an internet based membership system. The main benefit for the Club is that it will considerably reduce the administration overheads by enabling new membership applications and membership renewals to be performed on-line by members in much the same way as they would purchase products from on-line retailers such as Amazon.
The system also allows members to update their details e.g. address, contact numbers etc. on-line, and will delivers cost savings to the Club by reducing the amount of paperwork and postage incurred every year at renewal time. The system is also be used to collect booking fees for Training Courses, Social Events and booking our hire boats.
View our current subscriptions list.
We have a FAQ's about Webcollect should you want more information.
What does membership entail? We charge fees of course, but importantly we place great value on the contribution of time. Each member is asked to contribute a minimum of two full days ‘duty’ each year to enable us to deliver a very full programme of activities. On a typical race day Sunday for example, there are usually 5 duty jobs to fill: Duty Officer, Assist Duty Officer, Boat Officer and Assist Boat Officer. The Galley is manned by one person on normal Sundays and two or more if it is Youth Training or an Open Meeting. Many of our members also give their time freely to operating the club, as Committee Members, or providing instruction and training on our courses and to the upkeep of the buildings and grounds.
You can discover more about what we expect from you by following this link
Hollowell Reservoir is set in an attractive valley in the north of Northamptonshire just off the A5199. Leicester is approximately 20 miles north, and Northampton 10 miles south. When approaching from the north you will need to go through the village of Guilsborough. From Northampton turn-off at Creaton and after going through Hollowell village turn right at the top off the hill. Watch out! - club entrance is hidden by the bend.
Sorry, but the club is NOT open to the public. The grounds and the water are restricted to current members and their guests. We do however, encourage those who are looking for membership to visit us and to have a chat. Please check with the sailing programme as to our opening hours.