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    On the best inland water in the North East
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    For adults & children on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays
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    while sailing in beautiful countryside surroundings
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    with experienced RYA instructors & coaches
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    with professional safety cover for peace of mind
  • Great Turn-out for Bart's Bash

    Over 50 boats turned out at Derwent to compete in Barts Bash as part of the World Record Breaking Largest Sailing Event in the World. Read More
  • Nigel Ruffle Obituary 30/01/2015

              Nigel Ruffle sadly passed away last Monday aged 89 years.   Nigel Ruffle was a Rear Commodore of Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club but more importantly was a member of the original working group who set up the club in 1967.    In the 1960s Nigel was employed by Sunderland & South Shields Water Board as one of their engineers involved in the design and construction of the dam and the reservoir. He later worked for Northumbrian Water and rose to the top position of Chief Engineer before retiring in 1987 but continued his positive influence for many more years after that when negotiations were necessary.    Nigel began sailing a GP14 in 1967 and was a fun helm to crew for. He followed that in 1980 by sailing a Flying Fifteen and remained a regular competitive member of the fleet until 2003, when he was aged 77. He was crewed for many of the later years by Robin Jefferson.    Nigel was Commodore in 1990/91/92. The club’s Silver (25th) Anniversary was in 1992. At that time another of our Rear Commodores, George Dodds, was Chairman of RYA North East and also on the RYA National Council chaired by HRH The Princess Royal. George was therefore able to pass on an invitation from Nigel and the club was honoured to receive a visit from HRH The Princess Royal, as President of the RYA, in June 1992 to celebrate our Anniversary.   Nigel’s commitment to DRSC is without parallel over almost fifty years. The thoughts of DRSC members will be with Peta his wife, also aged 89 years, and his extended family. He was a lovely man who loved his sailing. Nigel’s funeral will take place on Friday 6th February at 12.30pm at Durham City Crematorium.                           Read More
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Set in a beautiful Pennine valley on the border between Northumberland and Durham and bounded by moorland and conifers, Derwent Reservoir is perfectly located and is within easy reach of Newcastle Upon Tyne. The reservoir is 3.5 miles long and has a thousand acres of beautiful clean and open water devoted entirely to windsurfing & sailing. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced competitor, Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club provides a fantastic environment in which to enjoy and improve your sailing.

The two storey clubhouse, built in 1965, is situated on the north shore of the reservoir and is well equipped with showers, changing rooms, a large club room, galley, bar, roof top patio and indoor workshop. Five generous slipways provide for easy launching and the boat park has tarmac access to over 400 berths.

Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club is registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club with the Inland Revenue and welcomes people from all walks of life and all abilities. With an active social scene, modern facilities for individual and family members, and the best inland sailing in the North East of England, Derwent really does provide a safe and secure environment for all levels of ability and all age groups. Why not come yourself or bring your family and see what you've been missing out on!

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