Chew Valley Lake is the biggest inland waterway in the south-west of England and a great place to sail. The lake is situated on the northern edge of the beautiful Mendip hills, eight miles south of Bristol.


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The picturesque surroundings make the lake a popular destination for walkers, picnickers, bird watchers and anglers as well as sailors.

On the water, the Club can easily cater for fleets of over one hundred boats and we have in the past been called upon to host many large events. Five separate slipways enable easy launching. Off the water, the clubhouse facilities include large changing rooms, hot showers, galley run by professional caterer (serving hot and cold lunches, light refreshments and drinks) at the weekends, a fully licensed bar and terrace overlooking the lake.

We also cater for disabled people with facilities on both floors and a lift.

The Club is open for sailing on Wednesday, Thursday (limited hours)  and every weekend with racing held on Wednesday evenings and Sundays. Various sailing courses are held at the club including RYA training, various youth training, powerboat training, race officer training as well as more informal training run within each fleet. A selection of dinghies is also available for members to try. Please refer to New Members Information for more details.

If you are interested in joining the club then why not come down on a Saturday or Sunday, have a chat with one of our friendly members and have a look at what we have to offer. In the meantime please view more membership information or this FAQ.

Covid-19 update 27-Jul-20, Return to sailing phase 2

Phase 2 started a few weeks ago with Saturday sailing, club boats available, some limited youth training and racing on Sunday mornings

Sailing is permitted via a pre-booking system only, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Look out for the emails inviting you to book for each session.

Fellow members, we are not back to normal. We continue to have a shared responsibility to keep each other safe from the virus and the elements, on site as well as on the water. The Instructions to Members and the OOD / Rescue Guidance is updated very regularly. It is essential that you check them and all the linked documents carefully to ensure you are aware of the latest information and procedures, available on the website here

The whole clubhouse and undercover boat store remain closed. Members are requested to look out for club emails- we endeavour to keep you as well informed as possible.

Helen Martin. Commodore

Sailing and Social Report 28-Jul-20

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Sailing Club News – Tuesday 28-Jul-20

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