Days Out: Hornsea Sailing Club

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Take the plunge and learn to sail at a great location - Hornsea Sailing Club at Yorkshire’s largest freshwater lake.

The club has been at its home of Hornsea Mere on Yorkshire’s East Coast for over 70 years and with a maximum depth of only 2.5 metres it is an ideal lake for beginner sailors.

Set in the beautiful grounds of Wassand Hall and the final remnant of a huge wetland that once featured many smaller meres and marshy areas, the lake has over 250 acres of navigable water.

It’s a site of special scientific interest and a special protection area - and it’s internationally important for birds and there are large numbers of over-wintering wildfowl and roosting gulls.

Hornsea Sailing Club

Due to its closeness to the North Sea, the lake attracts a variety of wintering birds including gadwalls, goldeneyes and tufted ducks.

The mere’s reedbeds provide breeding sites for hundreds of pairs of reed warblers, and the reedswamps are of special interest with a number of scarce craneflies, dance-flies, snail-killing flies and moths. It’s also an important site for little gulls which congregate in large numbers in autumn.

So if that whets your appetite, why not try your hand at sailing – membership stars at just £30.

The club welcomes everyone, regardless of their ability, and offers courses for both children and adults - making it a great activity for those looking for a new hobby, or something for the family to take up together.

For those experienced sailors who know their port from their starboard, the club provides the perfect base for boat storage with low fees and access to a boat house.

And if you prefer to remain on dry land, the Hornsea Sailing Club hosts exciting races and events all year round which you can enjoy as you relax on the shore.


Admission: Prices start from £30 for membership

Opening times: 10am-6pm seven days a week

Address: Hornsea Mere, Hornsea, East Yorkshire, HU18 1AX

Phone: 01482 811952