It is surprising how few local people know that there is a sailing club just south of Worksop.
In 1947 the late Duke of Portland and his friends established the club, which uses the Great Lake, in the grounds of Welbeck Estate.
In the beginning the club used a small wooden hut as its clubhouse and, if any sailors had the misfortune to capsize, the Duke would insist that they have a bath in his house.
Over time, the club and its facilities developed, providing many happy hours of sailing to members. Many have learned to sail and hone their skills on the lake. At present, sailing club members and sea cadets use the lake, and now there is now a fully functioning clubhouse.
Sailing takes place on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Sunday is usually a racing day, but other sailing also takes place. The club is an RYA accredited training centre, running training courses and is a small friendly, club where individuals or families can join. Sailing is not necessarily expensive. You will be surprised at how competitive the membership fees are. There are club sailing boats, which can be used, and there are reasonably priced second-hand boats on the market. If you are a sailor, or are interested in sailing, you can Google ‘Welbeck Sailing Club’, where you will find more details about the club, or you can call the secretary, John, on 01909 720458, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.