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62nd Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy

Ullswater Yacht Club’s biggest event of the year, the iconic long-distance Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Magic Marine, is on July 6 & 7, 2024. The quest for the ‘Holy Grail’ of a Birkett win attracts keen sailors from national champions to novices in a huge range of different boats. More than just a race, it has become a festival of sailing, popular with racers from all over the country. Entries are now open on the dedicated Birkett website, where more information about the event is available. Birkett Website * Birkett 2022 picture by Tim Olin

Welcome to Ullswater Yacht Club

If you want to learn to sail, improve your racing or simply want to cruise Cumbria’s ‘loveliest of lakes’, UYC offers an unrivalled scenic location and a very warm welcome. We are a friendly, family-orientated club welcoming anyone with an interest in sailing. Whether it’s an introduction to sailing, RYA training, or competitive racing you’re after, we have it all. Perhaps some days you don’t want to sail or members of the family want to do something different. Beautiful fells surround our club, with good access for walking and mountain biking. We have a busy club programme with something for everyone, run national sailing events, an annual sail camp for youngsters, have junior fleets, there’s a super kitchen and bar facilities, we could go on…

The perfect choice

One thing that the pandemic has done is made people appreciate the great outdoors. So if you are considering learning a new outdoor sport that is ideal for all the family, where you can camp on site and take advantage of the expert tuition and great clubhouse and its facilities, UYC is the perfect choice. Ullswater Yacht Club offers such a wide range of facilities not only the great sailing and teaching but so much more. Our membership covers people of all ages and abilities and offers a great opportunity to meet like-minded families/individuals who may decide to sail during the day then go mountain biking on the fell behind the club. It’s the perfect lifestyle choice for you and the family! For more details please look at the ‘Joining Us’ section, link here: Joining Us If you would like to know more, contact: [email protected] We look forward to welcoming you.

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Great North Air Ambulance Boat Wash

Sunday saw a pop up boat wash at the club in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance, which is our charity of the year. The junior Preistlys and Shellys kindly offered to give members boats a pre season wash for donations. They raised a fantastic £120 (more donations came in just after the total was announced) and many thanks to everyone who got involved. More »

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UYC Welcomes the RYA RTG Optimist Fleet

Ullswater Yacht Club welcomed the RYA RTG Optimist fleet over the 02&03 March 24. The Optimist sailors braved the snowy conditions and took to the calm water of Ullswater. Thanks to volunteers and staff for hosting the event. More »

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Youth & Juniors in 2024 - Read all about it

Everything you need to know about Youth & Junior Sailing in 2024 is in a newsletter produced by Y&J rep Andrew Bailey. It's packed full of details about what is on offer in 2024 for our young sailors. The 2024 Y&J Activity Newsletter is available to download below. More »

28 Feb 2024

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Daffodil Regatta, 27 & 28 April 2024

This year's Daffodil Regatta is sponsored by Magic Marine and Triggernaut Sunglasses who are offering all entrants 15% discounts on their products. The event will include the Musto Skiff Northern Champs. and RS 200 Northern Champs. as well as class racing for VX Ones and OK's and all class handicap starts for other dinghies, keelboats and cruisers. Enter at the UYC website Daffodil Regatta 2024 More »

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Ullswater Yacht Club

By Sue Giles

How it all began

Sailing conditions on Ullswater were excellent with a fresh breeze from the North-west when seven boats and their crews launched themselves into history on Sunday, July 13, 1958.

Five boats eventually crossed the finishing line off Howtown in the first yacht club race ever held on the lake.

It had all started earlier that year when friends Harold Couzens and Joe Harrison were in conversation at the bar in the Edenhall Hotel, Edenhall. They both loved to spend their spare time pottering around on the lake in boats and decided to form a club.

They placed an advert in the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, on March 4, 1958, inviting anyone interested in forming a club to write to them. They were delighted with the response and eighty people, motorboat owners and sailors, turned up at the Queen’s Head, Tirril, on April 10, 1958, to officially form the Ullswater Motor Boat and Yacht Club (UMBYC).

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A temporary committee was formed and the search began for a suitable lakeside site for the club. The Howtown Hotel offered to rent some land next to the landing stage for £30.

And on Sunday, July 13, the historic first yacht club race was held with a 3pm start. Competitors changed in their cars, wet suits for dinghy sailors were unknown at that time and lifejackets were optional.

With a fresh breeze and the notoriously fickle winds around the Howtown area of the lake, there were several capsizes during the race and the winner on handicap was a GP14. Tea was provided on the foreshore after the race.

All the five races held by the club that year were from Howtown and officials soon realised the limitations of the site. Car parking was bad and there was nowhere to erect facilities.

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Thwaitehill Bay - an ideal site

Secretary Harold Couzens was driving home from Howtown one night when he saw Mr Allen bailing hay in his lakeside field at Thwaitehill Bay.

He thought it would be an ideal place for a club, so he stopped and asked the farmer straight away. Negotiations were successful and working parties started on Boxing Day to prepare the new site for the 1959 season.

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The club burgee

The club burgee had been specially chosen to reflect the range of craft in the club, a golden winged horse on a blue background. The horse represented the motor section, the wings, sailing, and blue, the water.

But in January 1959, after a heated debate, the committee decided to accept no-one to the club with a boat that could exceed 10 knots.

At the first annual general meeting in March 1959, the emphasis was switched entirely to sail and motorboat was dropped from the name, leaving simply Ullswater Yacht Club.

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The first club race of 1959 was held in March from the new Thwaitehill Bay site with nothing there but members’ cars – a car was often used as the race office – and a few benches bought from a village hall.

In early summer, a wooden toilet building was erected for £120. Despite the lack of facilities, membership was up to 119 in July. Members enjoyed the personal and friendly atmosphere and racing was so keen that often there wasn’t a single boat on the shore - they were all on the water .

A club house - built largely by members

During that summer, planning permission was granted for a Lakeland stone and wood clubhouse. It cost around £3,000, most of the money given by members in interest-free loans. Outside contractors erected the new building, but all the other work on site was done by members including laying the foundations, putting in roads, slipways and jetties.

When the sailing season started in 1960, the new clubhouse was ready. It was much admired and is still basically the same today with additions and alterations - and UYC was on the way to becoming a hugely successful sailing club, winner of two national Club of the Year awards.

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by Sue Giles

Marketing Officer, Ullswater Yacht Club.

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Ullswater Yacht Club original minutes

Old photographs donated to the UYC archive

Interviews by Sue Giles with original club members in the 1970s

Research in the archives of the C&W Herald

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There is a fantastic range of events that take place in and around Ullswater each year that celebrate the rich diversity, local history, culture and beauty of the area. Highlights include the world famous Marmalade Festival, the popular Winter Droving, Ullswater Walking Festival or Ullswater’s very own Daff Fest. Or perhaps one of the many sporting events, such as the Ullswater Triathlon or the Epic Lakes Swim is more your cup of tea?

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Try Sailing Taster Day

29th july 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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If you have ever fancied the idea of sailing, now could be the time to give it a go. Award-winning Ullswater Yacht Club is holding special taster sessions for all on Saturday, July 29, as part of the Royal Yachting Association’s national Try Sailing campaign. You will be welcome to try your hand at sailing a dinghy under the friendly expert guidance of a qualified RYA sailing instructor from the club’s Ullswater Sailing School between10am and 4pm. The sessions cost just £5 per person, the club will provide buoyancy aids and helmets – all you need is warm clothing, waterproofs and shoes you don’t mind getting wet. The taster sessions are for all ages, from eight to 80+, or younger with parents or guardians, family groups are most welcome. Ullswater Yacht Club is the winner of two ‘Club of the Year 2017’ awards – named the best in the country by readers of Yachts & Yachting magazine and also honoured as RYA Club of the Year at the Dinghy Show in London in March. The club is on the eastern shore of the lake around three miles from Pooley Bridge. It has stunning views of the lake, changing facilities and a clubhouse with galley for hot meals and refreshments. Please pre-book, for details contact Sailing Development Officer Edmund Clarke tel 07826 382612, email [email protected] • UYC, Howtown Road, Pooley Bridge, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2NA, www.ullswateryachtclub.org

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