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Rishton Reservoir, Rishton, Lancashire, BB1 4ET

East Lancashire Rishton Reservoir


ELSC is situated on Rishton's 37 acre reservoir, near Blackburn with fast access from the motorway (see map). The clubhouse has changing facilities, showers, kitchen, lounge and training areas. The dinghy park is secured and we have slipways and jetties making launching quick and simple.

Crusing & Racing for all ages

Cruising & Racing

We welcome anyone who enjoys sailing. Some have a preference for cruising others for racing but most enjoy both. The club runs a full season racing calendar with races every Sunday afternoon. We also have Social sailing on Wednesday evenings.

Family friendly sailing in a safe environment


ELSC is a great place for families. All children are encouraged to sail in different types of dinghy as crew or solo. Dinghy sailing literally provides a breath of fresh air while engaged in an activity that is adventurous and physically challenging. It provides that much needed break from everyday stress and switches off the 'digital' for a short time.

Women's sailing group and women only events

Ladies Who Launch

Ladies Who Launch will not be running in the 2024/25 season but we're hoping to start up again in 2025/26. This a group run by women for women which meets on Fridays, once a month, during the sailing season. The group's aim is to provide an environment where women can grow in sailing confidence and have a great time in the process.

Sailability dinghy to meet specific access needs


ELSC is an RYA Sailability Centre and a number of our members make use of our Hansa 303 access dinghy. This remarkably safe dinghy has been specifically designed for those who may find a conventional dinghy design unsuitable for their specific access needs.

Junior sailing with Optimists & Toppers


Junior sailors take part in all sailing and social activities. New Junior Members have free use of the club Optimists and Toppers for the first year and throughout the sailing season. Informal sailing sessions for juniors are held as demand arises.

The Club Members

It's the members that make any club and East Lancashire Sailing Club has an enthusiastic, friendly, good natured bunch who are always keen to welcome like-minded new members. They have diverse backgrounds, ages and levels of ability. Some like racing, some like cruising and some just like sitting and watching. Most importantly they all want to have an enjoyable and safe time sailing, hopefully in the sunshine!

The Dinghy Park

The dinghy park has space for more than 100 dinghies. Access to the water is by three concrete slipways and purpose built jetties. So, with no more wading into the water up to your waist you can at least start the day dry. Best of all the layout of the dinghy park ensures that no one is more than a few boat lengths from the water which makes launching less strenuous, faster and safer.

The Clubhouse

The clubhouse has a comfortable dry-lounge with views across the reservoir and a spacious wet-area where sailors can relax inbetween activities. There are changing facilities, showers and a well equipped kitchen (galley).


Safety at the Club is a priority at all times and we operate high speed ribs as safety boats on sailing, training and race days. On all days anyone sailing or moving near the water's edge will be wearing buoyancy aids.

Learning to Sail

ELSC is a RYA Recognised Training Centre and offers certified training in sailing craft and powerboats.

Beginning to learn to sail for all ages


You may have never sailed before, or perhaps you've sailed other types of boats and now you're thinking about dinghy sailing. Perhaps you're not sure what to do next. The frequently asked questions is a good place to start and then email us - - so we can have a longer conversation about how we can help. We can talk about any previous experience you may have, the RYA courses that we offer and most importantly get you out on the water to give you the experience you need to help you make the right choice about your next steps.

Improving your sailing with East Lancashire RYA Sailing School


Perhaps you're already a dinghy sailor and looking for your next level of RYA qualifications or perhaps you've been an active sailor for a long time but have never formalised your learning. In any case we'd be more than pleased to hear from you to talk about your ambitions and if RYA qualifications would help you achieve them. It may be worth having a look at our frequently asked questions document and then contact us by email - - and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

East Lancashire advanced RYA sailing courses


Perhaps you wouldn't call yourself an expert, but ... dinghy sailing is your main interest, you've already progressed through the RYA certificates and now you're interested in gaining experience for your instructor or senior instructor qualifications. We're always interested in developing the club and its members and so would like to meet you and talk about your skills and the opportunities you would have at the club. Contact us by email - - and we'll be happy to get back to you.

You can find out more about the RYA courses and Dinghy Sailing we offer in the Library Section


Applying for Club Membership

  • Adult joining East Lancashire Sailing Club

    Individual £95 (2024/2025)

    For one adult who would like to take part in Club sailing and other Club activities. You can find more details about applying for Club membership in the ELSC Membership area of the Library.

  • Two adults joining East Lancashire Sailing Club

    Duo £120 (2024/2025)

    For two adults living at the same address. You can find more details about applying for Club membership in the ELSC Membership area of the Library.

  • Dinghy sailing for all the family in East Lancashire

    Family £140 (2024/2025)

    For families consisting of up to two parents and their children. Family members are defined as parents with their children who are under 21 on 1st January. You can find more details about applying for Club membership in the ELSC Membership area of the Library.

  • Lancashire junior sailing at ELSC Rishton

    Junior £35(2024/2024)

    Members up to 18 years on 1st January who are not already part of a family membership. A parent must be present when a junior member is sailing. Junior members have free use of the Optimist and Topper fleets for the first year of their membership. You can find more details about applying for Club membership in the ELSC Membership area of the Library.

  • Joining East Lancashire Sailing Club as a student member across the Summer

    Student £56 (2024/2025)

    Membership for those under 21 on the 1st January and runs for 10 weeks starting 1st July and includes the use of club boats during this period. You can find more details about applying for Club membership in the ELSC Membership area of the Library.

  • Becoming a non sailing member of the RYA East Lancashire Sailing Club

    Social £28 (2024/2025)

    For those who don't want to sail but would still like to take part in other club activities. You can find more details about applying for Club membership in the ELSC Membership area of the Library.

  • Joining as a temporary or visiting member of East Lancashire Sailing Club

    Visitor or Temporary £20 (2024/2025)

    Membership for a day for both Juniors and Adults. This membership includes the use of the club house facilities, slipways, jetties and parking space for your launch trolley and trailer. You can find more details about applying for Club membership in the ELSC Membership area of the Library.

  • Access to sailing in Lancashire for Youth Groups and Business


    Available for groups such as: Schools, Scouts, Sea Cadets, Youth Forums, Businesses etc. The details of this type of membership vary according to the size and needs of the group. Contact us for more details.

The Library

The library contains a number of areas to provide you with more details of the Club and its activities


ELSC Membership

Members Handbook, Club Rules

Ladies Who Launch

Ladies Who Launch

Details & Events

ELSC Racing

ELSC Racing

Calendar, Instructions & Course

ELSC Training

RYA Training

Courses & Notes


RYA Sailability

Sailing for all

RYA OnBoarding

RYA OnBoard

Introducing sailing to young people

Contact Us

East Lancashire Sailing Club Racing Cruising RYA Training Sailability

You can contact us by...

...coming down to the Club and meeting us. You'll be made most welcome and it's the best way to get all your questions answered in one go. The sailing season is roughly March through to October and we're there Sunday afternoons and most Wednesday evenings.

...checking out our YouTube or Facebook page where you can have a look through our recent events and activities and send your questions though a Facebook message.

... using 'good-old' trusty email - - just let us know your questions or if you'd prefer you can send us a contact phone number and we'll call you back.

Whichever way you decide to contact us we look forward to meeting you at some time in the future. All the best until then.

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