Enviably located within an area of renowned natural beauty; the beautiful rolling hills of the South Shropshire countryside. Chelmarsh prides itself on being a friendly family club, and indeed, since our founding in 1965 when South Staffordshire Waterworks Company acquired its new reservoir, we can boast of family memberships spanning 3 generations. With access to 110 acres of sailing water on the reservoir, a modern clubhouse and training centre, as well as a host of events, we have something for everyone.
Initially, back in 1965, members were restricted to sailing one of only three ‘adopted’ classes of dinghy, the GP14, the Scorpion and the Solo. At one time the club’s fleet of one hundred and forty GP14s was reputed to be the largest fleet of such boats in any club anywhere in the world.
We now have active fleets in Solo, Laser, Fireball, Aero and GP14 classes, with many other types of sailing dinghies also represented in our menagerie fleet: our water is a packed and lively place to be, whether you are taking part in racing, joining our Cruisers or attending an Open Meeting or other event.
For the first five years the club operated from a number of caravans and portable buildings situated at the water side. These Spartan facilities remained in use until 1970 when the club built its first club house on raised ground, with commanding views over the entire sailing area. This building was later subject to extensive renovation and reconfiguration, with the new clubhouse being officially opened by HRH Princess Anne in April 2004. The current clubhouse comprises a fabulous large galley with separate function room and fully stocked bar (including the local Hobson’s Brewery beers and bottled ciders), a BBQ area and modern showering and changing facilities, and a separate training room.
There are walks in the woods and around the reservoir, as well as maintained grassed spaces for children to play safely outside. We also cater for children inside the club house. We truly are a family friendly club.
It isn’t all about being on the water - with a host of varied social events throughout the year, we cater for the more social sailors and their families as well as those serious about racing! Our cruising group organise various ‘away days’ around the country as well as regular Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday leisure sailing at the club. With approximately 170 members, Chelmarsh Sailing Club is one of the largest and most active sailing clubs in the region, with sailors ranging in experience and ability from novice to world class and of all ages. Join us and experience this seemingly exclusive sport, which is open to all.
The club has enjoyed a long history of innovation, modernisation and development which continues to the present time. In 2012 the club was granted Olympic Games legacy funding which has enabled us to refurbish our three pontoons. The new pontoons provide a very stable, clean and convenient platform from which members can launch their dinghies.
The club continues to invest in its facilities and social events for members both on the water and at the clubhouse. The committee consults with and ensure that members have a voice and participate in decisions for the long term growth of the club.