Shotwick Lake Sailing is pleased to be taking part in the RYA Push The Boat Out initiative for 2017 with our Open Day on 20th May.

Try dinghy sailing or windsurfing & receive a free introduction to the club facilities, with no obligation & no prior experience needed. Light refreshments available at a small cost. We do also have adapted dinghies and a hoist to allow less abled persons to have a go. The event is open to everyone on Saturday 20th May 2017 from 11am to 4pm at:
Shotwick Lake
Weighbridge Road (Off Zone 4)
Deeside Industrial Park
CH5 2LL (Warning – Do not use this post code for sat-nav)
For more information:
e-mail: openday@shotwicksailing.org
or call: 07712 583853 or, on the day itself, 01244 280822

Follow the signs from Zone 4 on Deeside Industrial Park.

Open to everyone from 11.00am to 4pm.

Please bring a change of clothes and towel just in case you do get wet, together with soft soled shoes which you don’t mind getting wet. If you have one bring a wet-suit.

Full directions to the lake:

SHOTWICK LAKE SAILING, Deeside, North Wales, uses SHOTWICK LAKE which is on the Dee marshes close to the new bridge over the River Dee,  the Tata Steel plant and UPM Kymmene Shotton Paper.

From the A550, take the exit  signposted to Flint (A548) and the Industrial Park. Carry on straight on this road (dual carriageway) to the third traffic island (the last before the new Flintshire Bridge) where you bear left   (signposted Sealand Ranges and  Zone 4). (If approaching from the Flint direction on the A548, cross the new Flintshire Bridge then at the first roundabout turn right, signposted Sealand Ranges and  Zone 4). After about 100 yards turn left which takes you in front of the UPM Kymmene Shotton Paper Mill . Pass the entrance for the Shotton Paper Mill and continue to a  small ‘T’ junction.

Turn left and in about 100 yards you will see a yellow barrier. Continue on under the A548 flyover then bear right under a low railway bridge (11’6″) and then follow the lane to the left to reach the sailing club compound.

We very much look forward to seeing you on 20th May.

Tony Forster

As a founder member of the then British Steel Shotton Sailing Club in 1983 I took part in the first beginners sailing course, in an Optimist believe it or not (quite a feat for someone 6' 4" tall!) and then began to help with further courses. My first dinghy was an Enterprise and much sailing in this and coaching by our first RYA Principal, John Swift, resulted in me gaining the RYA Dinghy Instructor award in 1984. In 1985 I joined the committee and over the years moved through the roles of Club Captain, Vice Commodore and then Commodore a position in which I proudly served for about 25 years. During my tenure as Commodore I saw the club become Corus Colors Sailing Club and then starting around 2004 I helped to steer the club towards independence from the Steelworks Sports & Social Club, the formation of the company and charity Shotwick Lake Sailing and the purchase of the lake and buildings. Although I have frequently raced at the club my main interest has been in the development of the club and ,of course, in the training section. In the early years John Swift, Alan Sourbutts and myself managed to get the club recognised as an RYA Training Centre. Then, some years later, on passing my RYA Senior Instructor qualification I was appointed as the RYA Training Principal, a role which I still perform to this day. Over the years I have sailed Toppers, Mirrors, GP14s, Herons, Lasers, Wayfarers, Wanderers and many others and my seafaring has included sailing a Sailfish 18 and a Leisure 17SL which I still own. Over the years I have witnessed massive changes and developments at the club and have cared passionately about its success and future. I have been truly blessed to have been able to serve such a fantastic organisation and to have made so many friends along the way.