The 2019 Rocket was truly epic event. The forecast clearly kept a number of entrants away, but 25  finally entered and had to contend with some very difficult conditions, with a NW wind diagonal across the lake , gusting 30 knots + . The first starter , Laser Radial , Graham Dyer was blown in twice in the same spot within 100yds of the start, but kept going right to the end. Ben Flower sailed a great race , with a good lead until lap 3 , when overtaken by Iain Horlock's Contender , then eventually by the leading Ospreys and the Fireball just at the end. Terry Curtis and Peter Greig from Castle Cove finished in the lead, with a great display of boat handling, Nemo & Simon Hawkes just running out of steam The fastest speed on the water was Greg Bartlett in Aero 9 , clocked at 21 knots.
Many thanks to the Sponsors, Exe sails , GJW direct and Allen & Admiral  trailers for providing great prizes, Greg Bartlett also winning the prize draw for the launching trolley.Watersports Centre Rescue drivers and helpers from RLSC for sticking it out for 2.5 hrs on the ribs, and SW Sailing for organisational help and the RLSC race team.

£66 was raised for the RNLI, many thanks

Results here

Racing 2018


Roadford Lake Sailing Club (RLSC) is a small but very friendly club who have the privilege of sailing on the largest inland body of water in the South West. We have a somewhat unusual, if not unique, operating model.

The lake and all facilities are managed and maintained by the South West Lakes Trust (SWLT) Outdoor + Active Centre. Thus for example boat berthing, ground maintenance, buildings and general administration are all dealt with by their full time staff. They are also responsible for safety on site which of course includes rescue facilities. Therefore if you want to sail at Roadford Lake, the first thing that you need to do is to join as a member of the SWLT. Outdoor + Active can be reached on 01409 211507 or by email on

The Roadford Lake Sailing Club exists to provide the only thing that is not provided by the SWLT, i.e. organised dinghy racing. So once you've joined the SWLT you can join RLSC for a very small fee and join in with our racing.

Further details of Club contacts, activities, costs etc are included in these pages.

Why sail at Roadford?
  • Roadford Lake is the biggest lake in the South West at some 730 acres
  • There's no salt in the water!
  • There is no current, and the tide only goes out once a year (in summer) so your launching trolley will be where you need it when you return to the beach
  • There's a massive launch and recovery area
  • There are very few obstacles, either to wind flow or in the water
  • Boats can be stored all year in your own berth with good security. No being kicked out by the yachts in Winter!
  • Changing facilities are spacious and of good quality
  • Fees are very reasonable
  • Parking is free and extensive, and there are camping facilities on site
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Calendar of Events

See below for the upcoming calendar of racing and events.