About Us

Joining — Duty Obligation — Find Us — Public Visits —

With a family atmosphere and sole use of an Anglian Water reservoir, it's the perfect place to sail whether your interest is learning to sail, dinghy racing or just pleasure sailing. We have both an active youth training squad and social events.

The aim of the club is to offer an affordable and active club with a relaxed, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, promoting sailing, and other waterborne pursuits. To this end, the club works with all it’s members to provide a range of facilities and activities that support this aim.

We try to maintain a relaxed and informal approach to both the social and the sailing side of club activities we are also an RYA approved training centre offering both dinghy and powerboat level 2 training. We have an excellent fleet of dinghies for loan to members, these include Topper’s, RS Quest and Wayfarers.

We have equally excellent facilities for changing rooms and showers and a wonderful outside sitting area for views over the whole reservoir.


Get in touch with our Membership Secretary - Sue Jones, if you need any help or have a query. Or call into the club when we are running organised racing.

What will it cost? We have a comprehensive and competitive membership fees which can be viewed here.

Joining is simple from your PC, Tablet or smartphone. Just click on the link to our secure online membership pages. We use WebCollect to administrate all our membership and subscription details along with booking courses, hiring boats etc.

What is WebCollect? We have a FAQ's page about this online membership and payment system.

Duty Obligation

What does membership entail? We charge fees of course, but importantly we place great value on the contribution of time. Each member is asked to contribute a minimum of two full days ‘duty’ each year to enable us to deliver a very full programme of activities. On a typical race day, Sunday for example, there are usually 5 duty jobs to fill:
Duty Officer - In-charge of racing and club security
Assist Duty Officer - Helps on the 'Committee boat' with the results
Rescue Boat Officer - Safety boat during planned sailing days
Assist Boat Officer - Assist to RBO
Galley - Cooking simple meals Thursday and Sunday

HSC is a member run club. All aspects of running the club, from maintenance to accounts and from catering to sailing training, are undertaken by members who volunteer their time. It is, therefore, a necessary condition of membership that you contribute to the running of the club by performing a small share of this work.

Find out more about duties here. 

Find Us / Visit Us

Hollowell Reservoir is set in an attractive valley in the north of Northamptonshire just off the A5199. Leicester is approximately 20 miles north, and Northampton 10 miles south.
When approaching from the north you will need to go through the village of Guilsborough and follow sign for Hollowell village.
From Northampton, turn-off at Creaton and after going through Hollowell village, turn right at the top off the hill. Watch out! - club entrance is hidden by the bend.

Our postcode NN6 8RN

We encourage those who are looking for membership to visit us and to have a chat. In general, we are open Sundays (Mar-Dec), Saturday afternoons (Apr-Nov), Tuesday and Thursday evenings (May – Sept). Please check with the sailing programme as to our opening hours.

Best time is when we have an Discover Sailing (open Days). You can then also have a trial sail and a guided tour of our site and facilities.

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Public Visitors to Hollowell Reservoir

Please note.....

Sorry, but the club grounds are NOT open to the public. The club car park and the use of the water are restricted to current members and their guests.

CONTROL OF DOGS - No dogs other than assistance dogs, trained and certified through Assistance Dogs UK (ADUK), may be brought onto the club premises. Dogs and their owners must adhere to Anglian Water Bye-laws.

PARKING AND ACCESS -Access to Hollowell Reservoir Nature Reserve is available for permit holders only. To enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the site for either walking, birdwatching or fishing a permit is required. After entry through the electric gates, public parking is on the right at the bottom of the field.

To purchase a Hollowell Reservoir Nature Reserve permit for birdwatching or walking, or to purchase a fishing permit please contact Pitsford Water Fishing Lodge on 01604 781350

More Hollowell Reservoir public visitor information - at


Related Pages

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding is a great way to gently keep-fit. The reservoir is a pleasure to explore for wildlife and a great place to bring the whole family.

Youth Week

Our annual Youth Week provides fun sail training for young club members up to the age of 18. RYA Junior stages and Hollowell sailboard days.