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The Club



Welcome to Spinnaker Sailing Club's website.

We are an inland water sailing club based at Blashford Lake near Ringwood in Hampshire on the western edge of the New Forest. Our lake was originally a gravel pit and then a Wessex Water reservoir. It has now become an area of great natural beauty and part of the 189 hectare Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve.

Spinnaker is well known as a Team Racing club, but also has an active dinghy racing scene and is an RYA recognised training centre. The lake is particularly suited for teaching children and beginners the dark art of sailing. As well as dinghy racing our beatiful lake is a great place for dinghy cruising, windsurfing, kyaking and paddleboarding.

We also host many affiliated groups including University sailing clubs, schools. cadet and scout groups and of course New Forest Sailability.

Being inland means that we have a very safe and convenient environment for sailing, with no tides or commercial shipping and where you can sail all year round. Our comfortable clubhouse looks out over the sailing area and is very close to the slipways. All this makes Spinnaker a great place to learn sailing and a wonderful location for children to sail.

Despite our beautiful rural position we are conveniently located not far from the A31 and A338 and in easy driving distance of Southhampton, Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Salisbury and Winchester.

Please explore the website and if our club appeals to you get in touch or come and visit us.

With time being short these days, Spinnaker is a great place for watersports. At any time and in any conditions, you can be on the water with minimal delay.


If you are interested in becoming a member, find out more by clicking the link at the top.

For more details about RYA training, please click the link at the top


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Youth Training and/or Adult Training

Team Racing- want to know more about what the club has to offer? Then we're the club for that. Please click the link to read more. TEAM RACING!

Sailing on the Lake

The lake is there for all of our Members to enjoy. By and large there are very few conflicts in sailing activity, but the co-operation of all members is requested to keep the club running smoothly. Before setting out, please check the Sailing Program on our calendars as there are occasions when access to the lake will, or maybe restricted. If, when you arrive, an organised activity is taking place, please check with the person in charge to see which parts of the lake are available for use.

If racing is taking place on a day when the lake is open for general use you must let the Race Officer know when you intend to launch. The course will be displayed on the blackboard in the Race Hut and in addition to not interfering with the boats that are racing you must keep clear of the buoys that are being used as race marks during the race.

We also share the lake with Christchurch Angling Club. We have a good relationship with the angling club. Please be courteous at all times should you see someone on the banks.

Last updated 17:58 on 7 July 2020

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