What we have to offer –
- Active and friendly club.
- Open all year round, no closed season, dawn to dusk.
- Ideal location close to Nottingham, Derby and Loughborough.
- Free training for members.
- Trips to other windsurfing locations and events.
- Active social scene.
- Club equipment for all members to use and learn on.
- Equipment hire for more ambitious members.
Trent Windsurfing Club is based in Long Eaton Country Park, in close proximity to both Nottingham and Derby. Being within easy reach of the M1 & M42, the Club is in an ideal location for East Midlands’ windsurfers. We have access to two very safe lakes and are open all year round, sailing from dawn to dusk. We do not close down over winter .
Thanks to a Sport England grant in 2012 the club has 8 beginner boards and rigs of various sizes along with a junior 3.5m rig, available for all members to use, so for the first time it is now possible to join and get into windsurfing without owning any kit. Experienced club members wishing to get their partners or kids out on the water, it couldn’t be easier and when they get a little more proficient you could take them out on one of our two Starboard Gemini tandems.
Many of the more advanced windsurfers like the big open expanses of Carsington and Rutland and as its always much more fun to go with a bunch of mates, the club works hard to get new people included in any trips we plan. However if you just need a short fix after work, you will surely find others have the same idea whenever it is windy.
The club also organise a number of trips each year. In the past we have been to Weymouth to sail in Portland harbour using GPS gear to find out who is the fastest, to the National Windsurfing Festival at Hayling Island, to Tiree for fantastic conditions, to Club Vass in Greece,to El Tur in Egypt and to Demo days around the country. The club also now own a number of GT31 GPS units along with waterproof bags. We are still working on the details but after the success of the Weymouth trip in 2012 we will be running more trips to places like Weymouth and West Kirby for anyone interested in flat water blasting. The GPS units will allow us to create a ‘speed ladder’ for anyone in the club, whatever ability level.
The club also run a number of social nights including our Christmas dinner in 2014 attended by 28, informal curry nights and of course our annual campovers at our water and at Rutland. Our AGM in February is now quite a social occasion as well with 35 members attending last time round. During the summer season, from about May onwards, we run our regular Club Nights. These are on alternate Thursday evenings and we have a variety of activities depending on the weather, please check the website for dates.
We are now able to offer beginner training courses with RYA trained instructors, details of which you can find under the Training menu. These are free for members. We run taster sessions for members of the public, lasting about 3 hours, long enough to learn the basics and to get out on the water to give it a try. These are free for everyone.
A now regular calendar entry is our Jim Collis training weekend at Rutland water where we run one day for beginners/intermediates and the other for intermediate/advanced windsurfers, along with a campover and BBQ. The value of this excellent training is worth the the cost of membership alone.
Annual membership fees at £80 for adult membership, £100 for family membership, including third party insurance cover, are very reasonable indeed compared with similar clubs. Full details are available here
Our Hire Scheme has been running for a number of years now and thanks to a Sport England grant we have been able to expand the fleet to 6 beginner boards and rigs and 4 intermediate boards. The beginner sets come with all the necessary accessories to get you onto the water quickly and easily, all you will need to provide is a wetsuit, a roofrack and a buoyancy aid. The cost is very attractive at only £40 per month, just over £1 a day. Fully comprehensive insurance is included free as part of the club new membership package. There are no restrictions on where you use the gear.