Stand Up Paddleboarding

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Hollowell Sailing Club are please to announce the additional membership option for

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This is one of the fastest growing water sports and is available at our volunteer run club situated between the villages of Guilsborough and Hollowell in Northamptonshire. It is a quiet and scenic location and apart from our affiliated clubs (Scullers and Model Yachters), we have sole use of the water.

We have modern, clean facilities with plenty of car parking and inside/outside seating areas. Families are particulary welcome. NOTE: Current COVID restrictions re club buildings

Do I need to be a member of Hollowell Sailing Club?

Yes, to enjoy our facilities to the full you need to have a category of membership. Sorry, but we currently cannot have a 'day-ticket' option. SUP membership is the same as a sailing or windsurfing membership except there is no additional craft fee.

Duty Obligation - All members of HSC must enlist to do their share of support cover (ie rescue boat or positions on shore). The numbers of days required depends on your membership category.
Insurance - Please note that your craft must be adequately insured for third party risks before being on the water.
Costs - Please follow to links at bottom of the page for our subscription page or to find more about duties.

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Does the club have paddleboards for hire? Can I use my own board?

As this is a new venture for us we would like to assess the 'take-up' first. We would be very happy to consider providing capital support for this in the future.
Initially, you will need to have your own board.

On arrival on site, and before removing a paddle board from site, it must be checked, cleaned and dried in accordance with Anglian Waters bio-security policy.

When and where can I paddleboard?

SUP members can SUP out of programmed sailing hours, when there will be no safety cover, according to the Open Water policy. SUP members are strongly advised not to SUP alone. Approved buoyancy aids must be worn when afloat. Please ensure children have an appropriate 'crotch strap' buoyancy aid.
Paddleboards will avoid areas of water in use for club racing.
Paddleboards are always likey to to sharing the water with other users however, for the summer months WEDNEDSAY evenings is when most boarders meet.

Members must respect the rights and entitlements of anglers at the reservoir and keep a distance of 20 meters from any active fishing from the shore.

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I am already a sailing member of Hollowell, can I go paddleboarding?

Members of Hollowell Sailing Club (other than the category of Social Member or Accompanying Adult) may SUP at no additional charge.

Paddleboarding is only permitted by eligable members of Hollowell Sailing Club, and their guests. These guests are required to sign the Visitors Log and adhere to the club rules.

Is this all the rules for paddleboarding?

NO....Definately not! Its just a summary to entice you into the joys of water sports. You must read and understand our full SUP policy. This can be downloaded HERE
If you do have a query please speak to our Commodore (Graham Smith) or leave a FaceBook message for him.

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How do I join Hollowell Sailing Club?

WebCollect This is an internet based membership system. The main benefit for the Club is that it will considerably reduce the administration overhead by enabling new membership applications and membership renewals to be performed on-line by members in much the same way as they would purchase products from on-line retailers such as Amazon. The system also allows members to update their details e.g. address, contact numbers etc. on-line, and will delivers cost savings to the Club by reducing the amount of paperwork and postage incurred every year at renewal time. This was originally developed in 2010 for sailing clubs, but is now used extensively by sporting clubs, charities and professional bodies across the UK to manage their membership records and subscriptions.


As winter draws in, there are less hours to find time to head out for a paddle and hone those SUP skills. Short of hopping on a plane in hunt of warmer waters, we’ve pulled together some tips that will have you embracing cold water paddling like a warm hug!

The days may be short, but you really can’t beat the sunlight glistening over cold water on a crisp winter’s morning. And, who doesn’t love warming up after a crisp, cold day on the water?

So, if you are planning on hitting the water this winter, make sure you are well prepped by following these top tips for cold water paddle boarding during winter:


ore you head out, make sure your inflatable SUP is up to the task. Always check the pressure of your board, especially if you’ve stored it inflated over a period of time. Aim for the maximum PSI as your board will sit higher in the water and offer improved stiffness and glide as you paddle.


We are not just talking about the sun shining here (although it helps!). Make sure you know the air temperature, water temperature and wind speeds when paddle boarding. Wind strength is an important one to note as if strong it will make the water choppy and even a gentle head wind can make progress slow and increase the wind chill factor.

Make sure you study the forecast before setting off (ideally two forecasts to double check) as the weather at this time of year can be unpredictable and conditions can change very quickly as a result.


To get the most out of cold-water paddle boarding it is vital that you wear what's required to stay dry, warm and safe.
While it is sometimes tricky to know what to wear paddle boarding throughout the year, your winter attire really hangs on what type of paddling you intend to do. If it is particularly chilly and you plan to head out onto choppy waters, a wetsuit will be your best option. If however, you plan to paddle a longer distance in calmer conditions, choose something warm yet breathable as this will help to regulate your temperature, especially if you begin to build up a sweat during your paddle. Layers of breathable clothing and windproof top technology will keep you warm and comfortable while paddling. And don’t forget your hat and gloves!


Hitting the water during the winter can come with increased risks so ensuring you have the right equipment to keep you safe on the water is vital.
Do not launch without a BUOYANCY AID, not only will it keep you afloat, they keep you surprisingly toasty too whilst on the water. Ensure your life jacket is both snug and comfortable and doesn't lift up when pulled at shoulders.


Submerging into cold water can result in a ‘cold water shock response’. While your natural urge is to thrash and swim in the water, it is best to try to float until the shock subsides. Wearing a life jacket gives you added security; it will help you float to conserve your energy and breathing before you try to get back on your board. And once you are back on dry land make sure you warm-up the right way. Here's a great video on cold water shock:


Lastly, find a paddle buddy. Not only is it safer to paddle with a friend, it is so much more fun; how else are you going to photograph yourself paddling into that glorious winter sunset? If you can’t entice a friend to join you, then put a post on the club members Facebook site and see who else would like to join you:
Put simply, if we respect the water, plan ahead and know our limits, we can all enjoy safe SUPing this winter.
Happy Paddling!

To get in touch either send us an email or call into the club when we are running organised racing.