About Us

View of and from the club house, old and new.


Video by Dave Heron additional photos Riggy & Zoe

The Royal Windermere Yacht Club was founded in 1860 to promote sailing on Windermere.

The club is in an idyllic position in Bowness Bay on the shores of England’s largest Lake. A large clubhouse with easy level access and a lift.  The bar is in a comfortable lounge and has a dining room above. Outside seating on the decking and terrace all with a view of the bay. For the more active we have shower and changing facilities. Secure car parking and boat park, from where the boats can dry sail on our slipways and jetties.

The club welcomes juniors and adults. Sailing is enjoyed by all ages and abilities range from beginners to world champions.

The club is an RYA recognised Training Centre and runs courses with its own instructors and boats April to October. The Youth Sailing Club meets on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings and open to members and non-members alike for a small fee. Details on in our Training section. Many of our juniors have gone on to become champions.

Fleet racing is from April to October at weekends, and on Monday and Thursday evenings. Excellent on the water facilities with a committee boat, bosun, and safety RIB’s to provide assistance.

The four racing fleets are:

  1. The Windermere 17ft Yacht this restricted class is unique to the club, the first of which was built in 1904 and about 30 are still regularly sailed.
  2. Flying Fifteen
  3. Dinghy fleet comprising GP14s, RS400s, RS100s, Lasers and Solos.
  4. Cruisers of which we have an increasing number

Although the focus is on sailing there is an active social programme. We have an excellent stewardess and chef who will welcome you to enjoy a meal or a drink with friends.