From the start to the end of the sailing calendar Wanlip provides sailing and social events all year round for our members to enjoy!
Founded in the 1970's, Wanlip Sailing Club is set within farmland on an 11 acre lake, a safe place for family sailing and also for learning how to sail, since you are never too far from land. The clubhouse has a large seating area, kitchen/bar, male and female changing rooms and finally a workshop. Access to the water is via three slipways, and there are two secure compounds for boats.
The racing season starts in March, and continues throughout the summer and autumn, with some hardy souls still sailing in early December. During the summer, trips are frequently organised to other venues such as Attenborough Sailing Club and Ferry Meadows whilst some members arrange taking boats as far afield as Caldey Island in Wales and Levington near Ipswich. Children are welcome to take part in all club activities, and they also have their own section: Wanlip Wet & Wild which meets regularly through the summer.
However the club is not exclusively for the sailing members of the family: non-sailors are involved in running social evenings, and can help with duties on race days. There is always a good audience watching the racing who enjoy tea and cake in the clubhouse.
Club fees are kept as low as possible to allow families to enjoy their membership. To this end, members undertake the maintenance of the premises themselves, chiefly during winter work-parties, and deal with running the racing, and manning the rescue boat and tea bar on a rota basis which the committee organise and support.
Members are able to sail at any time, however social sailing and training sessions usually take place on Saturdays. Sunday afternoons are usually devoted to organised racing, including some Novice races for newcomers to the sport. Social events start with a Commodore's evening to launch the season, and this is followed by quizzes, games evenings, treasure hunts, and various bike rides, walks, and barbeques. Christmas and New Year festivities include a cakes and carols evening, punch and pies on the last racing day, and a multi-course New Year's Eve dinner.