We like to think we have the ideal location for a club like ours. We are based on the River Dee about 1 mile from the City Centre, at the top of Sandy Lane. We can be a little hard to find- look for a grey gate set back from the road at the top of Sandy Lane with a small sign shortly after the Mount Inn.
We have our own club-house with bar, boat storage, changing rooms, showers and a number of adjustable slalom gates for our Canoeists.
The river is deep & wide here and you can sail for 2 miles upstream through picturesque countryside with no obstacles. The river gradually narrows and becomes more twisty but is still suitable for sailing with the wind in the right direction. Another plus is that upstream of the club there is very little boat traffic - with the exception of the rowers!
The river itself does occasionally get high enough to flow over the weir dowstream causing a current but this rarely causes a problem for sailing, but on the other hand it almost never freezes, so we can't complain.
Further upstream is our Dinghy Park. Located on an ideal stretch of the river opposite the Meadows it provides all the facilities needed for you to sail in an idealic setting
Our Training room is equipped to aid training to RYA standards. Also housed here are the ladies changing room, toilets and showers while facing the river our race office provides commanding views both up and down river. A separate block houses the gents changing room, toilets and showers
We have storage for several dinghy's in the park for members and berth fees are minimal. Two slipways and a gently sloping foreshore.
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For those using satellite navigation set your route to go to post code CH3 5UL. This will take you to the Chester City end of Sandy Lane by the Mount Pub. Simply carry on along Sandy lane until you see the dinghy park on your right as described below.
If the electronics fail and for those using OS maps our co-ordinates are :-
Grid ref: SJ419662
Lat: 53:11:23N (53.18982)
Lon: 2:52:11W (-2.86975)
or if all else fails
From the North - M56/M53
Leave the M56 at junction 15 (signposted Chester, Wrexham), then join the M53 motorway
Continue forward onto the A55 (signposted North Wales, Wrexham)
Take the A51 exit (signposted A41 Whitchurch, Chester) At the roundabout at top of slip road take third exit (signposted Town Center)
Follow directions for both routes below
From the South - A55
Head north on A55 towards M53 (Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead) Take the A51 exit (signposted A41 Whitchurch, Chester) At the roundabout at top of slip road take first exit (signposted Town Center) Follow directions for both routes below
Both of above routes continued. Go straight on at traffic lights after roundabout.
Continue on past the Shell garage on right. Turn left at traffic lights into one way system. (Opposite motorcycle shop and keep in middle lane) Turn immediately right at next set of traffic lights and keep in left left lane. In a few yards turn first left into Sandy Lane (signposted Huntington & Saighton Camp. You will see "The Mount" pub on right) Go past Sandy lane car park on your right hand side and the dinghy park is then visible ahead.
Social activity is inextricably mixed with sailing. The beginning of the season is marked by a party to encourage sailors to put their boats in the water early. Later there is a mid-summer Regatta, followed by a barbecue in aid of the RNLI and an Autumn Regatta which is open to other Clubs. At the end of the season there is the Annual Dinner Dance where part of the evening is devoted to prize-giving for the successful sailors.
During the Festive Season the Club house is opened up after the Boxing Day sailing for punch and hot mince pies. As part of the Millennium festivities there was a Millennium Race on the first Sunday in January 2000 with special T-shirts for all participants. This last tradition might be continued to see in the New Year in future years.
Club racing is always a social event. During Sunday racing a short interval for a lifesaving cup of tea or coffee, and discussion of success or otherwise, separate the two races. The exception is the Frostbite Series when only one race is held so as to avoid the competitors developing hyperthermia in the interval between two races. On Tuesday evening, the bar of the Clubhouse is opened up after the racing to allow members to relax over a pint, or two.
At the end of the season is our annual Dinner Dance and prize giving gala event. This black tie event is our grandest evening with a meal followed by dancing but its also a time to let your hair down and enjoy a superb evening in congenial company.