Amazing entry of 64 boats for the Rocket, 61 finishers. The event was won by current Aero world champion Steve Cockerill after a close battle going into the final minutes from the Firefly of North Devon sailor Angus Cooke who had led the race for the previous 2 hrs. 3rd was previous Aero champion Peter Barton followed by two Phantoms. Full write up here soon.

£300 was raised for the Calvert Trust , so many thanks to all entries for their support in this. 

Results here

Full report here

Richard Willows, Event Organiser

Racing 2018
  • Racing is on Sundays starting at 1130

    ...And they're off! A forecast of 15 - 24mph NE for the opener of the Spring series turned out to be significantly underestimated. A couple of very lively races in glorious sunshine provided a challenging and cold opening weekend.

  • Sailing Southwest website

    Sailing Southwest was established in February 2017 to raise the profile of sailing events in our area. This includes coordination of the Winter open handicap series (including our own Roadford Rocket). Follow the link above to see the latest info. and let us know how you get on if you attend any of the events!

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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.

Winter Racing 11:30 am start
Date: 18 Feb 2018
Start time: 11:30 AM
End time: 01:30 PM
Handicap racing
Winter Racing 11:30 am start
Date: 25 Feb 2018
Start time: 11:30 AM
End time: 01:30 PM
"Bang & go back" racing
Winter Racing 11:30 am start
Date: 04 Mar 2018
Start time: 11:30 AM
End time: 01:30 PM
Handicap racing