Introduction to the Club

Llangorse Lake, from Mynydd Llangorse

A Club of about 200 members, Llangorse Sailing Club is easily accessed from the village of Llangorse, 6 miles east of Brecon. The Lake is Wales’ second largest inland water-body, at around 400 acres it provides a perfect safe and picturesque site for dinghy sailing. The Club has developed into an accessible asset for the sport of sailing for the community since its founding in 1952.

We’re a dinghy sailing club commanding high standards of racing, training, coaching and recreational sailing – at low cost to attract all parts of our community – south Wales and neighbouring parts of England. Each year, we plan a programme of activity including Club racing, instruction for beginners and further coaching for others – above all, we look forward to seeing more young people on the water.

For further general information about the Club, you can contact us here

Our Executive Committee team can be found here

You can find out about Membership of the Club here – including parent or guardianship membership for adults who may not wish to sail – to enable young people to be active members.

Our credentials

Training by qualified instructors using well-ordered kit

Llangorse Sailing Club is affiliated to our sport’s National Governing Body, the RYA (Royal Yachting Association). We are an RYA Recognised Training Centre – which means we provide instruction in sailing and power-boat handling meeting the RYA’s high standards. Training achieved is delivered by RYA fully-qualified instructors from the club; the qualifications gained here are valid worldwide. You can find out more about training at Llangorse Sailing Club here . Including ACTIVITY DAYS& TRAINING WEEK.

In 2015 we won a RYA Cymru Club of the Year award – and we were a runner-up in the UK-wide equivalent.

We are a non-profit making community sports club. The Club owns its site and sailing facilities. Llangorse sailing Club is managed by a team of committed volunteers including the Training Principal and instruction team. We work together with SportsWales and via several grants this arm of the Welsh Government has joined us in investing in improvements in our site and facilities.

The Club has hosted racing events for various sailing fleets – and we welcome visiting competitors. This includes events for young people such as the RYA Welsh National Youth Championships. We look forward to recommencing this programme according to Welsh Government Covid 19 guidelines.

Competition can be intense – and hones our skills!

Organised sailing for children is managed using suitable sailing craft meeting RYA standards under qualified supervision at an appropriate ratio of safety-cover. The Club team includes a Safety Policy officer and a (separate) Welfare Officer.

Many of our members are recreational sailors and we are fortunate that under the terms of our arrangement with the Lake owner, sailors can launch at any time within our active season (normally March to November). Balanced with this freedom lies the responsibility for their own and others’ safety and, of course, responsibility for the environment.

Sited within the Brecon Beacons National Park, our Club site is adjacent to a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Club is committed to sustaining our special environment, we value and enjoy our environment and play an active part in the immediate and long-term sustainability of the lake as a vital natural resource.

Site, Clubhouse and our Facilities

The Club site is large enough for berthing members’ boats in proscribed spaces. Members can park their car on-site – although space can be limited when popular events take place. Members can access the site and buildings at any time during our annual sailing system.

Our new clubhouse opened in 2015.

Our clubhouse was renewed in 2015. It consists a large indoor meeting / hospitality area, a galley accessible to all and a training room. Adjacent to the clubhouse are our changing rooms. Members can access these at any time. Our buildings also include storage facilities for training boats, safety-boats and other equipment.

The Club manages a fleet of safety boats, a large event management boat, a fleet of Comet Trio training sailboats, and a fleet of small sailing boats suitable for training and coaching young people. The Club does enable recent-trainees to consolidate their learning in our training boats. Members sail their own boats for racing and recreational sailing.

Access to the Lake is made via two launch-and-recovery areas into a safe creek, and a substantial jetty projecting into the main part of the Lake. A manual winch is available for recovering heavy boats on our slipway.

Safety boat cover is always provided when organised children’s sailing is taking place and during organised racing.

Membership and playing an active part in the Club

Everything we do is carried out by committed and enthusiastic volunteers. For this reason we make our membership fees as low as possible – but we do ask members to offer some time in helping us man safety-boats, run racing or other events. This is fun, of course! It’s what we do – it helps new members feel welcomed and valued and – above-all – it makes us gel!