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.
- Free training for members.
- Trips to other windsurfing locations and events.
- Active social scene.
- Club equipment for all members to use and learn on.
- Equipment hire for more ambitious members.
Trent Windsurfing Club is based in Long Eaton Country Park, in close proximity to both Nottingham and Derby. Being within easy reach of the M1 & M42, the Club is in an ideal location for East Midlands’ windsurfers. 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 grant, the club has 8 beginner boards and rigs of various sizes along with several junior rigs, available for all members to use, so for the first time it is now possible to join and get into windsurfing 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.
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. We all communicate with each other using a shared email account.
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. For 2018 we are going to Alacati.
We are now able to offer beginner training courses with RYA 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 about 3 hours, long 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.
Additional 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, 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
Our Hire Scheme has been running for a number of years now and thanks to a Sport England grant we have been able to expand the fleet to 6 beginner boards and rigs and 4 intermediate boards. The beginner sets come with all the necessary accessories to get you onto the water quickly and easily, all you will need to provide is a wetsuit, a roof rack and a buoyancy aid. The cost is very attractive at only £40 per month, just over £1 a day. Fully comprehensive insurance is included free as part of the club new membership package. There are no restrictions on where you use the gear.