Tata Steel Sailing Club

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Sailing

The reservoir is over one mile long by approximately half a mile wide, where cruising can be enjoyed under the safe visibility of the on-duty safety boat crews

Tuesday evenings through the Spring and Summer months provide a safe environment for casual sailing as well as the opportunity to practice skills in a non-raciing environment.

Windsurfing

Whatever your ability, the Lake is ideal for windsurfing in most wind directions, with a spacious grassy area for rigging, and an easy launching area.

You don’t have to worry about tides and you can enjoy the luxury of hot showers, hot drinks and the chance to have a chat with other members.

Racing

We have racing all year round at the club, as the resevior is warm enough to sail in without too much discomfort even in the winter months. During the warmer months we have racing three days a week as well as various class and club regattas

You will find club racing competitive and friendly at the same time in both the General Handicap Fleet as well as the well established Solo Class Fleet

News

2018 Membership

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2018 Membership books now open

The 2018 Membership forms are now available from the membership page of this website. There is a form there for you to fill in and submit. Once you do that, you will receive an email to confirm details. Before filling out the form, please check that your insurance is up to date, choose your OD duty dates and choose a payment method

If you prefer, you can download the Microsoft word version of the form, fill it in and save it to your PC and attach it to an email to the Membership Secretary or even send it directly from Word.

If you need to change your OD duties, let the Vice Commodore know and he'll be happy to help. You can email him at vice-commodore@tatasteelsailing.org.uk

There are direct banking and cheque payment options available. Please contact the Membership Secretary by email at membership@tatasteelsailing.org.uk for advice if needed

As per the AGM vote, the membership starts on January 1st, so your current membership will expire at the end of the year

TATA STEEL SAILING CLUB Traveller's Series 2018

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2017 Traveller's winners Gordon and Ruth

Draft Traveller's Series Dates announced

The successful Traveller's Series from last season is to run again in 2018. 2017 saw 12 boats travel to 5 venues with the winners travelling to 4 of the venues

2018 will see the introduction of Towy boat club and the re-introduction of the popular 3-rivers race, a first visit to Cardiff Bay, and to Dale Yacht Club as well as visits to perennial favorites Saundersfoot, Tenby and Mumbles

The schedule currently looks like this:

  • Saundersfoot May 28th to June 2nd
  • Tenby June 30th and July 1st
  • Mumbles July 7th and 8th
  • Towy (Llansteffan) Regatta July 21st and 22nd
  • Dale Date August 19th
  • Cardiff Bay September 15th and 16th
  • If you need any more information, please email vice-commodore@tatasteelsailing.org.uk

    Meet the new Commodore - Linda Ingram

    Linda Ingram Commodore Linda Ingram

    Linda has been involved in sailing at various levels since she started sailing with this club in its first years. She has gained national honours in:

      1972/74/76 – Minisail National Champion
      1973 UK Ladies Champion – the first ever championships to be organised by the RYA which resulted in her being invited to represent the UK at the Women’s Europeans in Quiberon, France
      1974/76 BSC Sports Personality of the Year
      1977 Ladies Laser National Champion
      1978 Ladies Laser National Champion
      1979 - 84 Winner of the British Ladies Trials in the 420
      1985 Winner of the British Ladies Trials in the 470

    Over a 12-year period she was a member of the British Women’s Team that resulted in world travel and also qualified for the 420 mixed worlds on 4 occasions.

    1974/75 Nominated for the Welsh Sports Personality of the Year when the awesome Gareth Edwards and his Welsh Team of the time took line honours.

    1983 President of the British 420 Association

    Linda says:

    I am honoured to have been asked to become Commodore of a club with which I have had a long association.

    In 1961, being a member of The Steel Company of Wales Ladies Hockey Section, I then joined the Sailing Section which soon became my first love. The Steel Company of Wales Sailing Club was then based at Llewellyn’s Quay in Port Talbot. I have seen many changes, but the first and, arguably, the most significant change was when, in 1963, we moved from the docks to Eglwys Nunnydd Reservoir. Driving forces “back in the day” were Mr Clem Hulme, Commodore and Mr Raymond Jones (Engineer in charge of the reservoir project who, fortunately for us, owned and sailed an Enterprise with his two sons Christopher and Anthony). The Commodore had the honour to be the first to sail on the reservoir (an Albacore) followed by Ray Jones in his Enterprise. And there the story begins…….

    During my time at the Club, and as a family, over the years we owned and sailed an Enterprise (my first taste of sailing), Osprey (Stuart, my husband, bringing the first one into the club), Fireball, Minisail, Laser, Mirror and 420

    I was involved in a sailing career that took me across the globe from the early seventies to the late 80s

    1988 it was Pastures new with me joining the golf club. I held office of Secretary for many years together with being Lady Captain in 1996 and 2008. Awarded the Coates Merit Shield for services to the Club responsible for resurrecting the Summer Ball, and organising ladies Open meetings and dinners.

    As well as my sailing and golfing backgrounds, my working experience included all commercial aspects of industry i.e. marketing, customer service, purchasing etc as Commercial Superintendent at BOC Longlands Lane. I have undertaken PA duties to the Chairman and Board of Directors of Capper & Co and became Operations Director at the then Bridgend Rugby Club that included the running of the Club and overseeing the hospitality side. All these skills I feel can be utilised in my position as Commodore.

    Going forward with my first love of sailing, I should like to make our club more inviting to both existing members and their families and potential new members. In that respect, I welcome ideas and feedback from members as I would like to do everything possible to get more people on the water and to grow our membership. It would be quite an achievement to see us being able to buck the trend of declining membership at sailing clubs and I look forward to taking on the challenge.

    Best regards to you all.

    Linda

    Commodore Tata Steel

    Frequently Asked Questions

    No, anyone can join the club - not just Tata Steel employees! Associate Members make up the bulk of the club's membership
    You can download an application form from this website or pick one up from the club. You are welcome to the club at any time we are open. Please look at the calendar to see when we are there
    Times and dates vary through the seasons, check the calendar for planned activities. Might be an idea to contact a member first and arrange a visit, although you are very welcome to just turn up at any time we're there
    Membership fees vary depending on your circumstances. Download the application form, it details the various offers. The Membership Secretary can help you choose the best option for you if you need help
    We've had sailing members from 8 years old to 85. Physical fitness is more important than age. Sailing is one of those hobbies that suites all. You just need to pick the boat that suites you.