Come join the sailors at Dovestone

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 25 February 2024

Dovestone Sailing Club is hosting its annual Open Day on April 27 from 10am to 4:30pm.

The open day will offer the perfect chance to try out dinghy sailing at the idyllic setting of Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield.

The event is run as part of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Discover Sailing initiative.

You can book a timed slot using the link here 

Make sure you come in clothes to suit the day, while buoyancy aids are provided. 

You will be on the water with experienced sailors, so you are in safe hands.

If you decide to take it further then you can sign-up for one of the clubs training courses, hosted this year on May 18, June 15 and August 10.

One family at a previous event included three generations (see picture above). 

Mary Dunkerley had been a club member during the club's first year, back in 1967, when the reservoir was filled for the first time.

She hadn't been sailing for over 50 years and loved sharing the experience with her son Chris Dunkerley and Grandson, Hugo Dunkerley. 

If you've walked around the lake, seen the boats on the water and thought: "I'd like to do that", then this is your chance. 

Do you have a story for us? Want to tell us about something going on in and around Oldham? Let us know by emailing , calling our Oldham-based newsroom on 0161 633 2121 , tweeting us @oldhamchronicle or messaging us through our Facebook page. All contact will be treated in confidence.