You will find Arnside, a great place to sail. We are a small friendly club. With sailing courses for adults and children, club boats and low membership fees, there has never been a better time to start sailing at Arnside. Sailing is a superb way of enjoying Arnside's outstanding natural environment and making new friends.

Our Estuary

Arnside is located on the Kent Estuary at the top of Morecambe Bay in an area of outstanding natural beauty with views to the Lakeland Fells. The Estuary faces south west and offers you a large sailing area. At high tide it is possible to sail out into the Bay towards Holme Island and Grange-over-Sands.

There is a tidal window of 2 hours or more at high tide where it is possible to sail. Winds tend to be more constant than on a lake. On summer afternoons, a light sea breeze can make for pleasant sailing conditions. Tide against wind can result in exciting sailing. The Estuary provides you with a chance to sail in the sea with the reassurance of land on either side.

Try Out Days - The club holds regular Try Out Days

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. .

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 Wayfarers, Hartley 10s and Hartley 12s, a Laser 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  single handed dinghy suitable for adults and older teenagers. A Laser has three sail sizes depending on your weight.  The largest sail  is suitable for people weighing more than 11.5 stones (72 kg), the medium sail for weights between 8.8 and 11.5 stones (55 kg to 72 kg)  and the smaller 4.7 sail for weights of 7.8 stones (50 kg) upwards. A Laser is an Olympic class for both men and women.

Wayfarer - A  stable family dinghy used extensively for training with room for up to 6 people.

Hartley 10 - A small stable boat used by small children with two in the boat or single handed by older children.  It can also be sailed by teenagers and small to medium sized adults.  The boats are ten feet long.

Hartley 12.2 - A doubled handed boat for teenagers and  adults with asymmetric spinnakers. The boats are twelve long and can also be sailed single handed with one sail up.

Topaz 12 – a twelve foot long child’s catamaran

Severn - A Rivers Class Yacht built by Crossfields of Arnside in 1912

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

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. We use Killington as it is not tidal and we can offer a longer day's sailing there.

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 high tide. Winds tend to be stronger but more constant than in a lake 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 in the estuary can be stronger than at the dinghy park which is sheltered. Waves can get bigger as the tide starts to go out especially if there is a westerly wind.

The depth of water at high tide varies by about 2 metres depending on whether it is a spring or neap tide. At spring tides, when the tide height is highest, the water comes in and goes out very quickly. Though the tide height is higher, you may get less sailing time than with a lower neap tide when currents are not as strong.

  • Always wear a buoyancy aid
  • Wait for the current to subside before going out.
  • Do not go out if the wind is too strong for you or conversely if it is too light.
  • When the tide is coming in you are better heading out away from the viaduct.
  • When the tide is going out you want to be above the dinghy park.
  • If there is an east wind do not go out too far as it will be harder to get back.
  • Keep away from fisherman on the shore. Their lines can be very long.

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 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.