Welcome to Kielder Yacht Club

Celebrating our
40th year in 2021 !

Kielder Yacht Club is located on the shores of Kielder Water in Northumberland, United Kingdom, and enjoys unrivalled views of the tranquil landscape of Kielder Forest. The Club Marina is based in the Whickhope Inlet, part of the 27 miles of shoreline. The lake provides both tranquil cruising and challenging sailing.

Congratulations from Sir Ben Ainslie CBE

Sir Ben Ainslie CBE, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, sends his best wishes to Kielder Yacht Club for our 40th Anniversary in 2021.

We are a friendly club in North East England, with a diverse membership coming from as far afield as Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Scotland and Cumbria. We are always looking to welcome new members to the pleasures of sailing or cruising on Kielder. Our policy is to encourage both cruising and sailing events, as well as organising a full social programme – but club members may also simply like to get away from it all and relax with a peaceful days sailing.

  • CLUB HOUSE - Toilets (including accessible), showers, galley, members room able to accommodate over 50 members, outside seating/eating area, stunning views and tranquillity.
  • CAR PARKING - Ample members parking, gated, key access. 
  • MARINA FACILITIES - Concrete launching slip, jetty, deep water swinging moorings, club tenders or member's dingy storage.
  • BOAT PARK - TRAILER PARK - TENDER PARK - All on location.
  • WINTER STORAGE - Over winter craft storage.
  • MOTOR CRUISERS WELCOME - Motor Cruisers are just as welcome as yachts.
  • AFFORDABLE MEMBERSHIP - Check out our very competitive membership rates.

Kielder Yacht Club is not just about cruising the lake, we operate an extensive sailing calendar with enough activities to keep the whole family involved. We include everything from a gentle sail to a secluded inlet, rafting up with friends enjoying a good bottle of wine, to full blown regatta weekends. Of course, no sailing calendar would be complete without a good old BBQ.

Our social calendar operates throughout the year. During the winter season we make the most of our club house facilities by hosting parties, hog roasts and winter walks.

The club is home to both motor cruisers and yachts where members can enjoy a full calendar of social and sailing events or simply get away get from it all on Europe’s largest manmade lake.

Kielder Yacht Club is a family friendly sailing club in the heart of Northumberland located on the banks of stunning Kielder Water, the largest man-made reservoir in the UK.  

We are based on the shores of Kielder Water in Northumberland surrounded by the quiet tranquillity of Kielder Forest, one of the few remaining Dark Sky locations in the UK and one that can boast its own public Observatory.

Learn something new and enjoy Sailing


Learn new skills

Read the wind, the clouds and even the ripples in the water. Sailing can be both peaceful and  relaxing as well as challenging. No sailing trip is ever the same. A sense of accomplishment by becoming the master of your own vessel is truly unique and extraordinarily pleasing.


Health Benefits

Sailing can help increase agility and flexibility and may help with the normal tensions of life whatever your age. Spending time with nature and the outdoors can improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress as well as have a positive impact on your self esteem.


Life Experiences

See new places from a different perspective, take in the tranquility of the lake, feel the breeze and leave the complications of life behind if only for just a few hours. Spending time with your family and friends on your craft sailing or socialising is true quality of life.  

Membership & Mooring Fees 2022

New members are very welcome at our club. We were founded in 1981 and have established our base in the beautiful surroundings of Kielder Water by our team of volunteers and committed members. Whether you wish to develop your sailing skills or simply cruise the tranquil waters of Kielder, the lake offers diversity for all levels of experience and a place where long lasting memories can be made and treasured.

Initial Joining Fee: £70
Full Membership: £260
Associate Membership: £130
Student Membership: £10

Full Membership - £260.00 . Two named adults and all of their children under 18 years of age operating one boat afloat Any children between 18 and 24 and still in full time education should be added as student members.

Associate Membership - £130.00 Covers individuals or families who do not own a boat, but wish to use the Club's facilities or sail on a boat belonging to another member whilst they are in attendance.

Student Membership - £10.00 Covers those between 18 and 24 years of age whose parents or guardians are members of the Club and who can satisfy the Committee that they are in full time education.

The following fees are also payable to Northumbrian Water for the season if you own a boat and wish to sail on Kielder Water:

Registration - Boat only £28.50
Registration - Boat and Tender £41
Mooring fee – £436

1. Request a Membership Pack, either by using the contact form on the website or by emailing us directly at kielderyachtclub@email.com .
2. A Membership Application form will be emailed to you along with links to the Member's Handbook, Club Constitution, Grievance & Disciplinary and Northumbrian Water Rules. Ensure you read these documents before applying, as there may be restrictions or conditions that could make the club unsuitable for your needs. They can also be reviewed now in the Documentation section on the main website page.
3. Complete the Membership Form and return it to the email address stated on the document.
4. The Membership Secretary will review your application and contact you to make payment.
5. Pay the fees to the account stated on the Invoice provided.
6. The membership secretary will confirm your membership once funds are received and a site key(s) will be posted to your home address. Contact details will be provided for any Northumbrian Water Ltd payable fees if applicable. Once any NWL fees are paid, you will receive a sticker(s) for your craft which must be placed in view and in accordance with NWL instructions.
7. If you intend launching a boat with our assistance, your launch date will be agreed with the launch crew and carried out with you in attendance observing all handbook guidance and safety instructions.

* Please note, as the application process is quite involved with more than one individual, the process will take several working days to complete.

What's the maximum boat size you can accommodate?
In simple terms, our limit is of 9m in length (30ft) and less than 5,000kg (5 tonne) for us to be able to launch the craft and for you to moor in the marina. You must also have a suitable trailer that is satisfactory and safe for your vessel. If you are near these limits and wish to inquire about membership, please contact us for verification as moorings are limited for the largest of craft.

Can I launch and haul out my own boat at my own convenience?
Whilst we do offer a launch and haul out service, which is part of your membership fee for seasonal scheduled dates, yes, in general you may use your own suitable vehicle to launch or haul out (see next question for exceptions). All club, NWL rules and safety procedures must be followed and the club tractor may only be operated by designated individuals.

Do you offer Slip and Retrieve facilities?
No. Slip and Retrieve is a process where a member may launch their boat, sail for the day, then remove the boat from the water. 
Unfortunately, our Club Rules and Leasing Agreement with Northumbrian Water Ltd do not permit Slip and Retrieve. Boats launched must remain on the water for the season. 

Can I use the club for a 'staycation' instead of going abroad for my holidays this year?
We have received a number of requests asking if a 2 or 3 week stay at the club along with use of the lake is possible rather than joining as an annual member. Unfortunately this is not permitted with the agreement we have with Northumbrian Water Ltd. Please direct all casual boating queries to Kielder Waterside. Tel: 01434 251000 

Can you sleep overnight at Kielder Yacht Club?
Yes of course! You may sleep on your yacht or cruiser overnight. You can moor on the jetty or on overnight moorings around the lake. Our leasing arrangements with Northumbrian Water Ltd does not allow sleeping in caravans, tents, campervans or motorhomes overnight at the club premises.

May I bring visitors to the club?
We very much welcome visitors to our club. Of course, they must follow our rules and should be briefed by the invitee before visiting the site. Remember, you will need enough life jackets to accommodate your guests if they are to use the jetties and take to the water. There are some club life jackets available on a first come first served basis that may be also be borrowed for the day. We do request that individual guests may only attend for a maximum of 6 times in a season, we trust you'll understand a form of membership would be required for anyone attending regularly.

Can Associate Members sail at the club?
Yes. Associate Membership is for those who don't own a boat but wish to be a member of the club, use club facilities, and sail with other members on their boats. Boat owners must always be present onboard when associate members are guests on their vessels. 

Can we hire a boat at Kielder Yacht Club?
Unfortunately we are unable to hire boats or provide formal lessons at the club.

What is your role at Kielder Water?
We often get mistaken for the custodians of Kielder Water and regularly get questions about the lake, fishing, staycations, camping etc. Please be aware we are a Yacht Club, we are permitted to use the lake but have no other role in the area. For leisure activities or questions about the area, please contact Leaplish Waterside Park on 01434 251000.  

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New members are always very welcome. Please email us directly or complete the following form if you would like someone to contact you about membership, to request a membership joining pack, or if you have any other questions.

Please may we request reading the FAQ's above before contacting us as we commonly get the same questions which are covered in that section.

We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but we would welcome your patience as this mailbox is not monitored 24 hours.

Early History of Kielder Yacht Club

by Judith Robinson, Michael Money and Bill Holden

Charles McPhail, the second Commodore, and his wife May were walking at Whickhope one day and there below them on the hillside, men were working, putting in the moorings…. before the lake was completely flooded.

The inaugural meeting of the Sailing Cruiser Section of Kielder Water Club was held at the Duke of Wellington, Kenton Lane. Newcastle upon Tyne, on Tuesday, 7th April 1981

The mooring buoys were the pink ones, similar to those around the lake now. Tenders were pulled up on the shore just above the water line. There was a jetty. That was all there was.

The clubhouse, at this time, was still a green hut at Leaplish, shared by all sections of Kielder Water Club, who were the Sailing Club, based in the bay at Leaplish, the Yacht and Motor Cruiser Clubs, who sailed out of Whickhope, and the Ski Club. Their area was the large bay east of the Leaplish headland. It was 1981.

The shed, a cricket pavilion from Annfield Plain, costing £300, brought over and put up by members, had not yet come to Whickhope. This was finally put up and declared fit for use by a Works Officer in October 1983. 

‘Resolution’ (lain Mungall) and ‘Fable’ (Charles and May McPhail) were the largest yachts, most members sailing in 15 to 22 feet size, not in the comfort experienced today. Racing was popular, members were keen, but all the races were friendly. There must have been some bad weather, but those days seemed to be sunshine and racing winds.

Membership had increased to 63 by 1987. The Motor Cruising section was still separate. After many years, in 1985, because both sections sailed at Whickhope, it was suggested it made sense to amalgamate the Motor Cruiser Club with the Yacht Club. This finally happened on January lst 1993 under the Yacht Club name.

Two mooring buoys, bow and stern, and laid north / south against the prevailing winds caused much discomfort for the boats and eventually, in 1983, they were re-laid east to west. Much later, in 1989, these were changed to the swinging moorings we have today. It cost £150 per mooring plus diver costs of £300 a day to install the swing moorings. This was paid for by the £6,000 per year paid through Kielder Water Club to Northumbrian Water for maintaining the moorings.

The clubhouse at Leaplish, the green hut, was formerly the construction site laboratory which was re-erected about where the Leaplish conference centre and swimming pool is now. Everyone had to take a turn at galley duty, which became more controversial and a nuisance as some good sailing weather was missed. In the beginning, the building was also shared by the Reivers of Tarset who ran a boat hire/sailing school from it before they got their own building at the head of the west slipway. Their building is now the Bunkbarn.

Caroline Waitt was the first “Water Sports Officer” and she dealt with registration, not only for club members but also for the large number of day visitors who brought their own boats to Kielder in the early years. Caroline served for the I982-84 seasons and she was strict. Yachts and owners had to conform to Northumbrian Water Rules, for example, flares on board were checked and all boats had to pass an engine noise test before Caroline allowed them to stay on the water.

Alan Hetherington came after Caroline for the next two seasons. He lived on site in a caravan when on duty and did much to reduce the theft and vandalism prevalent at Leaplish at that time. One of his reports included the following incident which occurred on 30th July 1987:

“Six youths aged 16 – 18 tried to use the Reivers rescue boat, but had no petrol. They then broke into the petrol store, filled milk bottles for petrol bombs and threw them behind Reivers’ building. Later an attempt was made to start a dumper truck The next morning the police collected them from their tents and they were charged.”

Boats on moorings at Whickhope did not escape, on one night 20 were broken into. Following this many members avoided using strong padlocks on the cabin door, better to have a broken padlock than a smashed door.

After many negotiations, Northumbrian Water (before privatisation), built a magnificent new clubhouse, at an estimated cost of £300,000, which is now the Boat Inn at Leaplish (This is much changed from the original building). Grants were applied for from the English Tourist Board, who wanted the toilets to be made public. The clubhouse was opened by David Scott Cowper on Monday, 6th June 1988.

David Scott Cowper, who practised as a Newcastle Solicitor, is renowned for sailing round the world and is / was frequently away sailing (or trapped in ice) in northern waters. Sadly, the plaque which commemorated the event of the opening and the organisations who had funded the clubhouse, has disappeared.

Les and Pat Ferguson were appointed as wardens for the 1988-89 season and they lived in the upstairs flat in the clubhouse. Pat ran the galley. Evenings and socials were held in the clubhouse as the clubs continue to do in their own premises, but again, it was for all three sections.

Les and Pat left to become stewards at the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club at Blyth. Gordon and May Greensill came shortly after Pat and Les. May followed on from Pat with more excellent cooking for hungry sailors. They stayed until 1991. Rumours had begun that Northumbrian Water wanted the building for themselves…. or to share it.

Launching and retrieving was at Leaplish. Easy enough to launch with cars, but Yacht Club members then had to sail or motor to Whickhope to their moorings. Ferrying cars between the two places caused some headaches, one family member / friend, had to be available to collect the car and return it to where it was needed. Sometimes this involved walking from Leaplish to Whickhope or vice versa. Many people were certainly very fit in those days!

At the end of the season, most yachts were stored over the winter at Leaplish, in the car park, which was not as large as it is now. Some boats went to the scouts at Hawkhirst and some were taken home. It was a full day. Again, members had to sail / motor to Leaplish and then help each other to haul out using cars.

Later on, for well over ten years, John Richardson was helping at launch / haul out with his tractor. Umpteen members in the club have John to thank for sorting out their trailer / boat problems as he, frequently, was waist high, or above, in the water. Nothing was too much trouble for John and members owe a huge debt of gratitude to him before their own ‘ tractor crew’ came on the scene when John decided he could no longer continue with this demanding work.

More negotiations and finally, in 1991. Northumbrian Water approved the plan for each section to have their own clubhouse and their own area. The Sailing Club chose Tower Knowe and the Yacht Club stayed at Whickhope, as the Ski Club did in their own bay. The other two sections’ clubhouses were made of whole log construction. The Yacht Club’s was half log.

Originally, it was intended that the cabin Northumbrian Water had used at the Gateshead Garden Festival would become the clubhouse, but that never materialised and what is there now was built. Not in the original agreed position however. The main windows should have been facing down the inlet. Members began using the clubhouse from April 1993.

The official opening of the new clubhouse was on the Sunday of the August Regatta 1993, by Sir Michael Straker, who was given Honorarv Membership of the club and he remained interested in us until his early death a few years later.

There was a marquee in the car park and invitations went to the other sections, and many visitors were invited to the splendid buffet lunch. Celebrations went on well into night time. The midges joined the company then as they do now.

Once the sections split up, and became totally centred in their own areas, each club began to grow and get more and more facilities. The marina built at Leaplish in 1988, which Kielder Water Club had offered £2000 towards, was towed to Whickhope and moored where it is now by October 1993. When the marina was first put in at Leaplish it was deemed to be a great success provided the wind blew from the south or west only. 

The shed (or store) at East Wickhope was kept for a few more years. It was finally demolished sometime in 1999. It had served the club well, progressing from nothing to porta-loos and parties. Trailers stayed where they had always been stored. The jetty at Whickhope remained, since refurbished by members.

Each year since has seen more progress to comfort. Larger yachts and motor cruisers appeared, sadly, the enthusiasm for racing lapsed and members began to stay overnight on their boats. Social evenings continued, from meals served by Doreen and Sadie from Bellingham, to the ‘special’ evenings now and the Pie and Pea suppers. The ferry was also booked for the club some years for an evening tour of the lake with supper on board and sometimes with themed fancy dress such as ‘pirates’, and ‘millionaires’.

The Yacht Club membership is good and constant, always determined by the number of moorings available. Several Sailing Club members moved from dinghies to yachts, some so they could sail together with their families, others just wanted something larger with a little comfort. The Yacht Club and Sailing Club continue to share sailing events with each other, such as the Yacht Club Regattas, and yachts are always welcome in the Round the Lake races. Contact with the Ski Club is less easy because of having to avoid sailing into their bay, but friendships made when members were one club at Leaplish have continued and are as strong today as they were then.

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Member's Area

Storm Arwen Causes Club Closure

Warning: Tens of thousands of trees have been blown down in Kielder Forest causing damage to infrastructure as well as paths and roads. The road to our clubhouse is currently completely blocked and it will be some time before it can be cleared.

There are major safety issues due to damaged power lines, along with the precarious state of trees uprooted by the storm, therefore NWL have closed the park to all public access until further notice.

Please be patient and do not contact NWL with regards to the re-opening, let them concentrate their workforce on their massive task to clear up the area. As soon as there is any news we will pass it on to you.



Message: 2021 AGM 
Thank you to all who attended the 2021 AGM. It was a great turn out, great hospitality and with many of our new members attending. Details of the newly elected committee will be distributed to the membership soon for those who were unable to attend. In the run up to the meeting, defibrillator training was provided to 26 members and was warmly welcomed by all, better preparing us in case of an emergency. A further training session will be provided next season for those that missed out.


Message: Christmas Walk Cancelled
Unfortunately, due to the damage caused in Kielder Forest by storm Arwen, we have made the decision to cancel the 'Christmas Amble' planned for Mon 27th Dec. 


Message: Committee Meeting now by ZOOM 
Due to the closure of the club, our 4th December committee meeting will be held by Zoom. Committee members have now been supplied with details of the meeting so please check your spam/junk/trash folder if you have not received it.


Message: News in Brief entering hibernation
News in Brief will soon disappear from the members area until next year. Any news that the membership needs to know will be communicated by email until then. Items may still be placed on the noticeboard during out of season so check out the website regularly.



'Data Protection' and our club

Popups, GDPR, Data Protection... it can be very frustrating at times.
Protecting you as a member is of course extremely important and takes form in a variety of ways, but one area of confusion can often be protecting your personal information like email address, phone number and even your name! Data security is one of the areas the club is responsible for. We regularly get very innocent requests for member's contact information and this is something we can not simply give out, it requires a little patience from your side. Should you require another members details, our process is to ask that member if they are willing to divulge their information to you. Therefore, please understand we are not being awkward, the Data Protection Act is law and it may take a little time to get you the details you require. 


Email woes

We have noted from more than one member that they have not received certain emails from the club recently.
Have you changed your email address and not notified the club or membership  secretary?
Are the emails in your 'spam' folder?
Is KYC on your 'whitelist'?
What on earth are we talking about!!!?
A document has been created with some useful information surrounding these issues that will hopefully help. Open the Document... 


Defibrillator Training

Whilst defibrillators are simple to operate and can be used by anyone with no prior training, learning how use a defibrillator will make sure you are familiar with the device. Defibrillator training, including basic life support, will give you the confidence to act quickly and effectively if someone has a cardiac arrest. Following the in-house training at our AGM by a Paramedic from North East Ambulance Service, here you'll find a short animated instructional video on how to use our own club defibrillator.

If you were unable to attend this time, don't worry, a further session will be scheduled in 2022.  

Here, we retain a selection of the more important posts that you may have missed since the last time you visited us. These will be withdrawn when they are no longer pertinent, so visit the noticeboard regularly to catch noteworthy news, information or announcements that may affect you.

Membership Records Update
The Hon. Membership Secretary is requesting by email any changes to your club membership records. It's important we keep our records up-to-date for any club communications.

Overnight Moorings
We are delighted that Northumbrian Water have invested a lot of time and expense replacing the overnight moorings that will greatly benefit our membership and give us confidence when mooring . Thank you, we really appreciate it.
View the locations map...

Remember... "Trip out? Trip in."
There have been some memorable slogans conceived by advertisers and government campaigns over the years. Of course, you know their purpose is to get us to remember goods and services or to get over an important message, so why not have one of our own?
“Trip out? Trip in.” - So if you have a Trip out for a sail or a cruise, remember to always complete and deploy your Trip Slip in the rack, even for the shortest of journeys.
Okay, it's not as catchy as 'Clunk Click Every Trip' but hopefully it can serve as a reminder to post your Trip Slip for every voyage. Just as important, remember to remove your Trip Slip on your return so everyone knows you have arrived back safely.

Important Information Regarding Fraudulent Emails.
Recently, it has been reported that some members are getting emails from last seasons commodore requesting financial help. These emails are fraudulent and are not from anyone connected to the club. The more observant will note that the email address they are sent from is similar to our previous commodore's, but not exactly the same. Regardless of this, it is very important you do not reply or click on any links or attachments, simply delete the email. On a side note, it is always advisable to keep your device software along with virus and malware applications fully up to date.

2021 Calendar


27th - 28th Working Party Weekend (Cancelled)
29th Club Re-Opening


17th - 18th Launch Days 1 & 2
24th  Launch Day 3


2nd    Leaplish Trot Series – Race 1
8th    Belling Belle Trophy
22nd Cruising in Company
            & Final Assisted Launch (PM) 
23rd  Leaplish Trot Series – Race 2


5th   Leaplish Trot Series – Race 3
19th RYA Discover Sailing Open Day & Solstice Barbeque
20th Leaplish Trot Series – Race 4


4th   Mystery Social Event
10th BBQ - bring your own food and drink
11th  Leaplish Trot Series – Race 5
17th 70's & 80's bring & eat (40th Celebrations Night)
23rd – 26th Cape Cutter Association Race
31st  Commodores Picnic on the Lake (Cancelled)


1st    Commodores Chase Trophy
15th Leaplish Trot Trophy Race – 6
27th Start of 40th Anniversary Celebrations
28th Regatta Weekend and Barbeque + Entertainment
29th Round The Lake Race + Auction


11th   Working Morning Event
12th  Leaplish Trot Series – Race 7
18th Dam Tower Visit
26th Leaplish Trot Series – Race 8 


13th - 14th Haul Out 
16th - 17th Haul Out  
23rd - 24th Haul Out


13th Defibrillator Training
13th Annual General Meeting


27th Christmas Walk (Cancelled)

27th & 28th Working Party Weekend (Cancelled due to Government Restrictions)
29th Club re-opening

17th & 18th Launch Days 
24th Launch Day

2nd Leaplish Trot Series – Race 1
11.00am start on Sunday. 10.00am briefing in the clubhouse

8th Belling Belle Trophy
Saturday race starting at 2pm.
The race will be followed by a bring your own barbecue at the clubhouse.

22nd Cruising in Company
Participating yachts will set off from the jetties at approximately 11.00am and sail to an agreed location for a raft up before sailing back to the club.

23rd Leaplish Trot Series – Race 2
11.00am start on Sunday. 10.00am briefing in the clubhouse

5th Leaplish Trot Series – Race 3
Saturday afternoon race. Start at 4.00pm with briefing in the clubhouse at 3.00pm. We propose that there will be a raft up on the lake after the race with a view to staying out overnight.

19th RYA Discover Sailing Open Day & Solstice Barbecue
Club BBQs will be lit at 5.00pm. Bring your own food & refreshments.

20th Leaplish Trot Series – Race 4
11.00am start on Sunday. 10.00am briefing in the clubhouse

4th Mystery Social Event
This popular event involves a cruise on the lake to a mystery view,  complete with a bite to eat when you get there!

10th BBQ - bring your own food and drink

11th Leaplish Trot Series – Race 5
11.00 start on Sunday with briefing in the clubhouse at 10.00am

17th 70's & 80's Night
As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations this season, this is a bring and eat, fancy dress, Musical bingo and Music evening. Starts 7.00pm. 

23rd – 26th Cape Cutter Association Race
We have invited the Cape Cutter Association to hold a regatta at Kielder Yacht Club. We anticipate having 10 visiting boats. The provisional itinerary is:
Friday - visiting boats will arrive and self-launch.
Saturday - a free cruising day followed by a barbecue at the clubhouse on Saturday.
Sunday – Race Day for the Cape Cutters with a dinner at The Boat House in Leaplish in the evening.
Monday (26th) – visitors will recover their boats and make their way home.
If you have any questions, please contact the Sailing Secretary.

31st Commodores Picnic on the Lake
Sail to a raft up picnic on the lake, with food provided at a nominal charge. Briefing in the clubhouse at 11.00am

1st Commodores Chase Trophy
A pursuit race where the boat handicaps are worked out before the start. The slowest boats set off first, with the fastest boat being released last. After an hour’s race, the leading boat wins the trophy.

15th Leaplish Trot Trophy Race – 6
11.00am start with briefing in the clubhouse at 10.00am

27-28th Regatta Weekend and Barbeque & Entertainment 
Fun and informal event for all with a barbeque on the Saturday evening.

29th Round The Lake Race + Auction
A race which will include buoys at both ends of the lake. There will be a start at Leaplish at 11.00am.
All boats are encouraged to come to the start to “show off” to the crowds at Leaplish.
An Auction will be held under the canopy at the clubhouse. Please bring your items for sale.  

12th Leaplish Trot Series – Race 7
11.00 start with briefing in the clubhouse at 10.00am

18th Dam Tower Visit for our members. Check you emails for details.
26th Leaplish Trot Series – Race 8
11.00am start on Sunday. 10.00am briefing in the clubhouse

13th & 14th Haul Out
16th & 17th Haul Out
24th Haul Out

13th Annual General Meeting
Refreshments served at 12 noon with the annual general meeting starting at 1.00pm.

27th Christmas Walk/Amble
A walk, or more like a light amble to the water skiing clubhouse followed by a bring-and-eat lunch. Assemble at the clubhouse at 11.00am 

Live Weather

Wind Charts


Members Boats 'n' Gear for Sale

Please note, all  listings are private sales and the club is not responsible for any details provided.
All contracts whether verbal or written are solely between the seller and purchaser.


Karaka - Leisure 17

Price: £600 ono
Leisure 17 with a decent launching trailer and a main sail which is in good condition. Ideal project and is water tight. Further info...
KYC Tender

Tender - Members only Sale

Price: Sealed Bids - Sold as Seen
8' pram dinghy onsite at KYC, with oars and basic slipway trolley. This tender is currently offered to club members only and we require your best offer by email if you are interested in purchasing. Further info...

Beginners Basics

Written by beginners for beginners

Calling for assistance:
Channel 16 (known as the calling channel) is used for emergencies only. Always ensure your radio is working before you take to the water, or for handhelds, the batteries are good and you have spares. Where possible, make sure as many crew and passengers know how to at least use the basic radio controls. Gain familiarity with Kielder Water and practice learning the locations and landmarks of the lake. You can find maps in the club house and you may find the Overnight Moorings Map useful for generalised locations. Invest in a paper map for your vessel, technology is not that friendly without power. You can also purchase Mayday cards that could be placed in your cockpit for reminders on how to call for help, or even make your own... why not? ALWAYS leave a Trip Slip at the jetty entrance informing others of your intended journey and return times. For advice on calling for help, take a look at this RYA link.

Talk Talk:
It's amazing how commonly our newer or less experienced sailors and cruisers praise the wisdom and guidance of our more experienced members. Whilst books and manuals are a good way to learn, there's nothing like asking someone in person and we certainly excel as a club in helping each other with those simple or tricky questions. We have such a diverse skill set and knowledge of sailing and boating, so please don't be afraid to ask someone if you need help or advice.

Fill 'er up:
Getting into the habit of having enough fuel for your intended trip may be an obvious one, and if you can't sail for whatever reason, make sure you can get back to base on your engine alone. Sure, but what about using a tender? Make sure the tender fuel tank/container is adequately full for any journeys to and from your mooring. It's not the first time a member has ran out of fuel and had to row to shore! If the club tender fuel container is getting low, follow etiquette and replenish the fuel from the bosun's supply.

Look cool:
There are a couple of handy basic pieces of cheap gear that not everyone takes on board... a cap and sunglasses. It's not uncommon to get terrific glare from the water, restricting your view, especially when coming in to our Whickhope jetty in the evening, when the sun is often in your line of sight.

Watch where you're going:
Binoculars are useful in a number of situations of course, but they can be handy to take a good look at the jetty when cruising back to base. Check for available spaces before you get too close to the landing and end up having to make an awkward last minute manoeuvre. Knowing where you are docking can also give you time to place fenders and ropes on the correct side of the boat before you get there. Don't forget to check the wind direction before you commit too.

Get plastered before you sail:
Well, when we say plastered, we mean of the first aid variety of course. Next time you rummage around your cockpit make sure you know where your first aid kit is and let any crew or passengers know, making sure it is fully supplied with unexpired stock.

No Soggy Bottoms please:
Extra clothes for changing conditions and temperature drops may be obvious, but what if you get very wet? Always have a full change of clothes in your car as well as perhaps your boat. Your bottom and car seat will thank you on your journey home.

Be a meerkat:
Always maintain concentration to avoid colliding with other boats. Other vessels, obstacles or even the shore can creep up on you in a jiffy, so don't assume that as you can't see anything now, that you can relax and take your eye off the surrounding area for a while.

Pain is not gain:
Some of us are not as young as we used to be…. you know who you are!
A gentle stretch and limber up before heading out on the water isn’t such a silly idea whatever your age and fitness. A pulled muscle starting an outboard, hoisting up the mainsail or bending down to grab a pickup buoy could potentially cause more problems than it first seems, especially if you are sailing alone. Firstly, know and consider your limitations, but examples depending on your flexibility and capability may include marching in place while swinging your arms, slow and smooth shoulder shrugs or rising on your toes. Probably, doing a warm up on shore would be advisable, as you may be swimming too should you try these onboard!

Got any tips to share?

I'm currently looking at quotes for my yacht insurance. What on earth is maximum hull design speed in knots?
Maximum hull speed is a calculation to predict the maximum speed of a yacht based solely on its waterline length. Maximum is not really a correct term here as this speed can be exceeded, but for the purposes of your insurance the formula to calculate your answer is:

Maximum Hull Speed in Knots = 1.34 x Square root of the waterline length in feet.

Fortunately, insurance companies tend to offer a range of selectable options when answering this question, for example, 20 knots or less, or more than 20 knots, so it's unlikely your calculation needs to be very accurate.

Buying a lifejacket is a minefield. Any advice?
Lifejacket styles and features are wide and varied these days and it's a common topic of discussion when trying to select one suitable for your needs. This will not be a 'purchase and forget' item, maintenance and servicing should be considered, so it's not just a case of picking a nice colour that matches your deck shoes.
Here's some great advice about lifejackets on the RNLI site. Go there...

Got any questions for this section?

Windward – Term which denotes the direction from which the wind is blowing.

Leeward – Direction opposite to the current wind; sometimes called ‘lee’ as well.

Tacking – A basic manoeuvre of turning the bow into the wind, which changes the direction from which the wind blows from one side of the boat to the other. This will also shift the boom of the boat from one side to the other in a more controlled fashion.

Gybing – The opposite of tacking, but not as common as it involves turning the boat directly into the wind. The manoeuvre consists of turning the boat’s stern through the wind, which changes the direction of the wind from one side of the boat to the other.
WARNING! Gybing without preparation can be dangerous. Unlike tacking, gybes require very careful control of the mainsheet as the boom, mainsail and the slack mainsheet can slam across the boat very quickly. Anyone near the boom or mainsheet runs the risk of being hit and seriously injured or worse. This is why you should always take special care with good communication to the crew and passengers when gybing.


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Club Constitution

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Kielder Water Rules

Northumbrian Water Ltd rules and regulations governing the use of Kielder Water.

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Kielder Yacht Club
Whickhope Anchorage, Hexham Northumberland. NE48 1AX

Located in the Clubhouse Entrance Hall. Response kit included in the carry case.

Club Location: Visitors 

The Whickhope turn off is easy to miss, check out these additional location markers to help with your visit.

Travelling from the East
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Travelling from the West
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Lat Long
55°09'56.2"N 2°30'14.4"W
55.165622, -2.503986


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