Sailing & Dinghy Park

Arnside is a great place to sail. With adult and children’s sailing courses and club boats available for use by members, there has never been a better time to start sailing at Arnside. Sailing is great way of enjoying Arnside’s outstanding outdoor environment and making new friends.

Dinghy ParkDinghy Park Location

Our dinghy park is located on the beach at Arnside about 400 yards beyond the end of the promenade just past Beachwood Lane.

Facilities in the dinghy park include.
Changing hut.
Eco loo.
Launching slipway.
Garage for safety boat.
Secure open air storage for boats.
Canoe rack.

Sailing Program

The club sailing programme can be downloaded below.

Cadet Sailing Programme 2018

Sailing Programme 2018

On days in the programme, the club’s safety boat should be available to provide cover for anybody wanting to sail including those not wanting to race. Subject to demand races will take place on days in the programme. Generally the races will be pursuit races whereby the slowest boats set off first and the fastest boats have to catch them.

Cadets 6-18

The club has a thriving cadet programme
Cadet membership is free. For more details and application form contact

Club Boats:

Club boats include a Wayfarer, Laser, Hartley 10s and Hartley 12s and a Topaz 12 child’s catamaran. Club boats are available for use by members free of charge when not being used for training.

Laser – A Laser is a single handed dinghy suitable for adults and older teenagers. The Club’s Laser has a full rig and smaller radial and 4.7 sails making it suitable for a teenagers 14 years upwards. A Laser is an Olympic class for both men and women.

Wayfarer – A Wayfarer is a stable family dinghy used extensively for training. We keep one Wayfarer at Arnside and another at Killington for training.

Hartley 10 – Hartley 10 is stable training boat used for children. It can also accommodate an adult.

Hartley 12 – Hartley 12s can be sailed either single or doubled handed by teenagers and  adults.

Topaz 12 – a child’s catamaran




Club Moorings:

Club members have the right to lay moorings for yachts and large dinghies in the estuary from the Dinghy Park to Ashmeadow subject to a maximum number of 5 moorings in this section of the estuary

Sailing in the Estuary:

When the tide is in Arnside is one of the best places in the North West to sail. The estuary is between 0.5 and 1km wide so you have a big area in which to sail. The scenery is outstanding with excellent views to the Lake District Hills. Winds are more constant and stronger than on a lake. You are also never far away from land giving an extra feeling of safety

Arthur Ransome Connection:

Arthur Ransome’s Swallow and Coch-y-bonddhu were built in Arnside. Swallow was brought by a local teenager in 1935 and kept in the estuary. Coch-y-bonddhu was used to teach sailing at Earnseat School in the 1950s. The school was located on the front at Ashmeadow. Coch-y-bonddhu was the original for Scarab in Arthur Ransome’s Picts and Martyrs and is now in the collection of Windermere Jetties Museum.

Learn to Sail:

The Clubs offers adult, family and women’s sailing courses at Killington, near Sedbergh.

For more details and application form contact or download from here.

Adult / Family Course Details

Women’s Course Details

Course Booking Forms

Or choose from one of the local sailing schools below.

Glenridding, Ullswater |

Derwentwater Marina |

Leisure Lakes, Windermere |

Low Wood Marina, nr Ambleside |

Members of the Club may be willing to take you out on the water, though they are not qualified sailing instructors and it would be at your own risk.

New members without a boat can also use one of the club boats.


Arnside members are able to take part in Killington’s Tuesday evening improver sessions. (see their website for further details)

Sailing tips:

The estuary at Arnside is tidal. The tide comes in and goes out very quickly.

Generally depending on conditions you should be able to sail for around 2 hours at Arnside. Winds tend to be stronger but more constant than in the Lake District unless the wind is blowing round the Knott. A land breeze can also change to a sea breeze.

The further out you go towards Grange the stronger the winds and bigger the waves. The wind out in the estuary can be stronger than at the dinghy park which is moderately sheltered. Waves can get bigger as the tide starts to go out especially if there is a westerly wind.

1) Wait for the current to subside before going out.
2) Do not go out if the wind is too strong for you or conversely if it is too light.
3) When the tide is coming in you are better heading out away from the viaduct.
4) When the tide is going out you want to be above the dinghy park.
5) If there is an east wind do not go out too far as it will be harder to get back.
6) Always wear buoyancy aids.
7)  If caught by the tide head for the side. Check the depth of the water with a paddle or your centre board. You may able to walk back up the estuary with your boat in tow, though the depth of the water may vary suddenly from less may vary suddenly from less than one foot to more than six foot. If on the Grange side you need to be well above the dinghy park or almost at the viaduct before attempting to sail back. Alternatively carry an anchor.