Windsurfing & SUP

Windsurfing & SUP2020-11-23T19:05:43+01:00
Grant AitkenWindsurf & SUP Captain
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Bough Beech Reservoir is a great place to windsurf or stand-up paddle board (SUP).   A prevailing South West wind direction is good for blasting off on a windsurf from the beach at the Club House; and it has an approximate sailing area of one mile by half a mile which is ideal for fast reaches. Light wind days are fine for beginners and those wanting to practice freestyle or SUP; and windier days offer the chance for some exhilarating sailing. Windsurfers have full use of all the Club House facilities and galley, as well as rescue boat cover at weekends and bank holidays. We share this beautiful lake with a nature reserve (white markers) and fishing enthusiasts (50m clearance keeps everyone happy).

We are always pleased to welcome new members and families.

Windsurfers can normally be found at the Club most weekends and Bank Holidays from March through to the end of October; and if the wind proves irresistible, then the occasional hardy souls also venture out during the winter months. If the wind is good you can windsurf any day with permitted sailing and in accordance with the buddy sailing bylaw (see club opening times).

Most members have their own kit; however, the Club has some Starboard Rio’s which are great for beginners with both children and adults with 3.5m and 4.5m Tushingham sails with lightweight masts, also deal for beginners which can be hired for minimal cost, as a guide minimum age from a practical point of view is about 10 but it depends on motivation! As SUP was only introduced recently there are no club SUP boards yet but we are working on this!

Latest News

Windsurfing and SUP through the ages

Over the years windsurfing kit has changed considerable and we are sure our members and others have fond memories of driving to the beach or to Bough Beech, rigging up and getting on the water.  As a new person rediscovering the joy of windsurfing I am amazed at how easy the modern kit makes for learning and advancing.  I have some good memories of me cutting down dagger boards, cutting up booms and rolling sails around the mast just so I could go out in stronger winds. I also remember wooden paddle boards from the 70's!  But then again, this was in New Zealand and we liked to innovate! Sadly, the photos don't exist! We want to get loads of photos of members windsurfing and paddle boarding, now and in the past, so I can put them into a video. If nothing else, it will [...]

26 October 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Windsurfing and SUP through the ages

Windsurfing and SUPing Interest Grows

One of the unforeseen benefits of the current pandemic (there haven’t been many!) is that all summer we have been able to use the lake during daytime under buddy rules.  This has enabled many to enjoy the lake and discover the fun of simply sailing, more so with the growing number of windsurf members. There has even been a member out on a windsurf foil board which has raised a bit of a chat with the local fishermen.   We are trying to keep people interested in the sport and through our WhatsApp group there is active chat about technique, wind conditions, buying and selling kit and the inevitable string of funny posts.  In particular, the chat has meant that many have been able to sail at short notice, whenever the wind looks good.  We have regularly had as many as eight boards on the [...]

7 October 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Windsurfing and SUPing Interest Grows
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