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Arnside Sailing Club

Sailing on the Estuary

Arnside Sailing Club offer sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking on the estuary at Arnside. The Club is a charity promoting water sports and the village’s maritime heritage, and have twice been short-listed for ‘Sailing Club of the Year’. Joining the club is a great way of making new friends. They hold a ‘Try Sailing Day’ annually, generally in late May, so keep a look out for details on the ‘Events’ page

The Club run sailing, paddle boarding and kayak lessons for both adults and children. Sailing courses for beginners- adults and children, are run at their RYA Training Centre at Killington near Sedbergh, with follow-up ‘improver sessions’ at Arnside. Kayaking and paddle board lessons take place at low tide at Arnside, when the water is shallow enough to stand up. The Club has an Adventure Activities licence so can also put on activities for schools and youth groups. Just get in touch to find out more.

Paddle boarding lesson

There is a thriving Youth Programme for children aged 8-16. For more details, click here.

A programme of organised watersports including races, cruises out into the Bay, social paddle boarding and trips to lakes are also on offer. Watersports are based in the Boat Park which is located about 10 -15 minutes walk from the end of the Promenade along the beach. Club nights are held at Killington on Thursday evenings during the summer.

Boats Setting off From the Albion

The season runs from the beginning of March to the end of October. In the winter, there are indoor theory workshops. Members, depending on their competency, are free to go out at other times.

Club craft are available for use by members. The Club has over 20 sailing dinghies, 11 paddle boards and 7 sit-on-top kayaks, including doubles.

The Club aim to keep membership affordable and offer family, individual and low-income membership.

Social Events
A programme of social events, including food nights, barbecues, talks and live music a programme of social events, including food nights, barbecues, talks and live music is held at the Clubhouse, an old customs bonded warehouse on the Promenade. The building offers an intimate venue, popular with both the audience and performers. Past concerts have included leading folk singers such as Martin Simpson and Martin Carthy, the Chameleons a post punk band from Manchester who influenced Oasis, Simon Armitage, the Poet Laureate and many up-and-coming bands. In winter there is a monthly folk club. The music programme is available on

Thieving Magpies

Arnside’s Maritime Heritage
Arnside has a long maritime heritage, the estuary was the port for Kendal. From the 1840’s to 1940’s, local boat builders Crossfields were leading builders of Morecambe Bay Prawners and yachts – Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallow’ was one of the boats built by them. There are also boats built by them in the Mediterranean and on the West Coast of America. The Victorians held regattas here and the village’s first sailing club was set up in 1852. The Sailing Club owns ‘Severn’, a yacht built by Crossfields in 1912. The Club also organises a classic boat regatta in the summer.

Setting Off

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