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Thornton Steward Sailing Club…

Based at Thornton Steward Reservoir, 5 miles west of Bedale, North Yorkshire, at the entrance to Wensleydale.

At 35 acres, it is large enough to give good tactical racing, yet small enough to feel safe for the nervous or newcomer as all areas of the water are visible from the clubhouse.


A small family club of about 80 memberships, a wide range of dinghies are sailed and supported by safety boat services.

The main season runs from April to October, although members can sail all year during during daylight hours.

Want to join us? Download an application form here

The Club

Our heated Clubhouse was built by members and has changing rooms with showers and toilets and a main room with lounge and kitchen area, fully double glazed the cozy viewing area has clear sight of the entire reservoir.

The patio area to the front of the clubhouse has steps which double as seats which go down to an enclosed grass area in which small children can play….. A distinctly pleasant place to watch the world go by!

The attractive scenery, together with the footpath network in the local area make it a good place for those who do not wish to sail.   Younger sailors are particularly welcome with special junior courses available throughout the season and the club runs a regular Junior Club.

The Club is fortunate in owning a number of dinghies for members without boats to sail.

Safety Boat

We currently own 2 new Wanderers, a number of Toppers and have access to various other craft to sail and to offer training.

During the season a safety boat is scheduled for most Wednesday evenings and Saturdays during May to September, Sundays between May and October.

It is manned by members on a rosta system and gives an excellent opportunity to support the Club and learn about another aspect of the sport.

The Programme for the season has a mix of informal sailing, racing events and training.   A full calendar of events is available from April to October.

Click here for Mini Event Guide

There are also social events and these are enhanced by the availability for members to Camp/Caravan on site during selected weekends and holiday periods.

For a full programme of events,visit our Event Calendar page here.

As a certified R.Y.A. Training Centre, the Club offers courses and training for both dinghy sailing and powerboat handling.

Courses for 2018

RYA Level 1, Level 2 and advanced courses are scheduled to run throughout the season, subject to demand.   Our Junior Courses are also a popular choice. Visit Junior Club Page here.

Check the Event Calendar for latest course list here.

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Exciting sailing at Thornton Steward reservoir

TSSC - Powerboat Familiarisation course.

1st Course scheduled for 12th May 2018.

Are you familiar with TSSC safety boat procedures and the operation of the rescue boat?   Need to make sure you’re able to fulfil your safety boat duties in the case of emergencies?   

Designed for any member who feels they would benefit from additional powerboat/rescue training, Free to join the course, but please book your place here.

2nd Course scheduled for Sat 26th May.   These courses will be a useful course to attend, whether as a newbie or a more experienced powerboat user!……….More here

Safety Boat Rosta is now published, check your duty dates here.

Rescue Boat Familiarisation Training

Two training sessions are to take place at the Club on Saturday 12 May and 26 May.

Each session is stand alone, will last 3 to 4 hours starting at 9.30 am, there is no cost.

The intention is to introduce new members to what Safety Boat Duty means. We will cover everything you need to know from beginning to end of the duty and a bit more as well, including some basic boat handling.

The training is open to any Club member who wants to know what the Duty is about or confirm what they thought they knew!

If you are interested please contact

John Knopp on snapeknopps@outlook.com

or 01677 470204.