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.
- 10 minutes from J24 on the M1.
- Free training for members.
- Trips to other windsurfing locations and events.
- Active social scene.
- Club equipment for all members to use and learn on.
- For 2019 the club will be introducing SUPing
Trent Windsurfing Club is based in Long Eaton Country Park, between Nottingham and Derby and within easy reach of the M1 & M42. The Club is in an ideal location for East Midlands’ windsurfers and stand up paddleboarders.
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 grants, the club has 8 beginner and a number of intermediate windsurf boards. There are rigs of various sizes along with several junior rigs. We also have 8 Red Paddle Ride SUPs and 2 Hatha Ninos for smaller members and a WindSUP.
The equipment is available for all members to use, so for the first time it is now possible to join and get into windsurfing or SUPing 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.
Whether you are a windsurfer or SUPer or both, the club strives to support your progression in the sports. 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. On calm days SUPers are on the water either getting their exercise or simply taking in the nature. For SUPing we’ll be introducing more activities like racing, polo etc. and will be entering teams in the Trent 100.
We all communicate with each other using a WhatsApp account – click on the menu link above to get yourself included.
The club also organises 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 and a group heads off to the National Windsurfing Festival most years. Every few years we hold a trip to Tiree and we organise an annual club holiday to such locations as Club Vass in Greece, and in 2016 and 2017 to Fuerteventura. In 2018 we went to Alacati and this will be repeated for 2019.
The club also run a number of social nights and during the summer season, from about May through to September we have a number of ‘Club Days’ where we will have a presence down the lake. Please check the website for dates.
We are now able to offer beginner training courses with RYA and WSA 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 1.5 hours (SUP) to about 3 hours (windsurfing), enough to learn the basics and to get out on the water to give it a try. These are £10 person, which is refundable when you join.
Additionally for windsurfing we get outside instructors and gurus, like Jim Collis for a training weekend either at our lake or at Rutland water. This offers training targeted either at beginners/intermediates or intermediate/advanced windsurfers, along with a campover and BBQ. The value of this excellent training is worth the the cost of membership alone.
To join the club, the membership fees are £120 for adult membership or £145 for family membership. The membership fee includes third party insurance for all activity on our lakes, free training courses and use of the club kit at our lake which are very reasonable indeed compared with similar clubs. Full details are available here.
Red Paddle demo day
Due to Storm Hannah in April, we had to cancel the demo day with Red Paddle one of the top SUP board companies. They will come to run the event but it will now probably be in the autumn or spring of next year. So make sure if you are interested in SUPing to get to the lake when we fix the new date..
There’s more information on the News page about how we’re introducing SUPing to the club as a new activity and about the Sport England funding bid.