Model Yachters share in the action.
Welcome to West Pennine Windsurfing Club, possibly the best windsurfing club in the North West of England. Our club is also suitable for wing foiling and lighter wind activities such as stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing/kayaking. We're located in the Pennines above Rochdale, Lancashire, so we're convenient for both Manchester and West Yorkshire. We offer clean wind, cleaner water and a great clubhouse with hot showers. Annual membership is great value with opportunities for board storage and we offer temporary day membership for prospective new members. So if you're learning, still trying to crack that carve gybe or need somewhere to practice your flakas, get in touch and come for a sail!
Booking System - Please use the booking system button above to book your visit. This works best if you load the google sheets app on your phone.
Pre-Christmas - while it was party time for some, 3 brave/crazily ambitious members gave 20 to 50mph wind a go on Friday 22nd! Another 3 sensible members watched on and decided against.
Storm Elin, 9th December - here's a short acount and a few photos ...
Working Party 5th Nov - quite a bit got done even though only 7 members helped. Vegetation around car park & shoreline trimmed & mowed, most potholes in the road filled, slipway cleared, gents c/r cleaned inc toilets & showers, clubhouse swept, boat pumped up, padlocks lubed ...!
Fanatic becomes Duotone - Austrian group Boards and More will now market all its windsurfing and foiling kit under the Duotone name. It owns Ion too.
A busy weekend to end July - see how it went here
Our changing rooms and foyer - have had the 'Changing Rooms' treatment! Well just paint and hard work actually; no Laurence LLewelyn-Bowen, MDF or curtains with tassels! Much smarter all the same. A big thanks to John and Fred for all their time and graft, with occasional assistance from Sedge, 2 Daves & Andy.
Live Weather Data - thanks to Ian and Andy the anemometer and temperature sensor are working again. Click the 'WPWC Wind' button above to see the graphs.
15/16th July Social Weekend - here's a short account of how it went and looked (see separate gallery views for days 1 & 2) - click.
July got off to a great start with a full weekend of Force 5 westerly wind and 12 to 20 people on the water. Take a look here.
Inland Sea, June - see a short write-up and photos here.
Great June watersports conditions - we've been blessed with sunshine and strong Easterly winds for 3 consecutive days. See some of the action here.
Paddleboarding green light - United Utilities have confirmed they are satisfied and we can SUP indefinitely.
May Back to the Water weekend - 7 members camped Sat and Sunday, while some also stayed on late for a BBQ, drinks, table football & watching foiling on YouTube on Sat night. On the water there was a healthy mix of windsurfing, wingfoiling & paddleboarding in mostly light winds for Saturday. With less wind Sunday, attention shifted to canoeing & kayaking. Not the windiest weekend, but a successful and very sociable event anyway!
RYA Tracker app - for improved safety while sailing at sea with a mobile phone you can use this app to alert friends/family and provide your location.
'For Sale' - Members can post adverts on this new online spreadsheet to advertise any kit they want to sell.
Happy New Year! No surprises that the reservoir is full! We just need some wind and milder temperatures to enjoy it. Make the most of your time on the water in 2024 and please stay safe.
See our new membership payment system online at How to Join . Full year membership runs from 1st April, but new members can join anytime and we reduce subs by 25% every 3 months.
Beware - just before Christmas a member injured his foot on glass while doing a beach start near the rigging area. This is the first time I can recall this happening, but please be careful.
Summer 2024 - is there a better way of spending dark Winter nights than planning where to go on club windsurfing weekend trips next Summer ...? We'll investigate details and think of dates, but we're currently fancying Bala and Ullswater. The Pwllheli site (direct beach access) we were proposing is now charging a rather unreasonable £55/night, so we'll have a think about an alternative.
Rules of the Road - ever been unsure who should give way on the water?
Is it safe to go in the sea? After heavy rain sewers may spill into rivers, which then discharge into the sea. You can get live updates to see if this may impact on your coastal sailing - check here.
YouTube Channel - the Club now has its very own YouTube Channel, all thanks to Graham Snowdon. The channel can be found here. Don't be shy, upload videos to Google Drive here or to iCloud from apple devices here and send Graham an
Wing & Wind Foiling insurance - RYA now offers members free 3rd party insurance for both of these sports, as well as windsurfing. Please make sure you contact the RYA to activate cover if you intend to wing and / or foil, or you won’t be covered. See more.
Saturday mornings - please try to avoid arriving 8.45 to 9.10, or you may have to wait a few minutes while the parkrun gets started.
Shoutbox - To register for the shoutbox, if you're new to the club, or a prospective new member, or maybe you've just forgotten your password, then please
Video - Check out this short video from United Utilities, made in 2019 or 2020, which promotes recreational activities around Watergrove reservoir. The windsurfer is Jennie Roberts, who is now competing in IQ Foil at World Championship level!
Video - watch this short video of the club made by talented media student, and new member, Zac Harbour!
Many of our members use Facebook to stay in touch. You can see our Facebook group here and there's space to chat and share photos. You will need to join Facebook though. These photos were uploaded to Facebook by Chris Peartree and Andy Whale. We have lots of photos of events and recreational sailing on our Gallery pages too. Send us some of yours, or tell us when you upload them to Facebook and we may copy some from there.
In addition to windsurfing at Watergrove, you can also take part in these sports:
- Wing Surfing & Wing Foiling
- Stand Up Paddleboarding
- Canoeing & Kayaking
- Mountain Biking
- Remote Control Model Yachting
- parkrun nearby
Our SUP, Wingfoiling, Windfoiling and Canoeing/Kayaking pages emphasise these sports are welcome, so we've been sure to include photos of them on our homepage to reinforce that message. It's particularly good to see more use being made of the reservoir, club and its facilities in light winds. We're gaining new members by diversifying in this way and it's generating a really nice atmosphere around the club generally. You can invite visitors to join you at the Club - those venturing on the water should pay £10 for a Day Ticket. You're also encouraged to join the Club's Facebook group, where you can post photos and videos of your visits and promote what we offer. And of course you can always
Members tick all watersports they're interested in on their membership form. Our
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