Glasson Sailing Club is based in the ancient Lancashire seaport of Glasson Dock on the estuary of the River Lune. Originally built to serve as the port for the City of Lancaster, Glasson provides harbourage for seagoing cargo ships, fishing boats, yachts and canal boats, the latter via the adjoining Lancaster canal.
The attractiveness of its setting and the interest inherent in its varied maritime activities make Glasson Dock popular with visitors including cruising yachtsmen.
The sailing club occupies a site at Fishnet Point, beside the dock entrance.
The site contains a licensed clubhouse with lounge, bar, games room, changing rooms, toilets and showers.
There is a boat-park beside the clubhouse and from this a slipway runs into the estuary. The slipway widens to form a large concrete apron on which sailing dinghies can be readied for racing. Beside the slipway is a jetty alongside which cruising yachts can lie for provisioning etc.
The slipway is served by a winch for the launching and recovery of cruising yachts and the club also has heavy tractors for this purpose. A boat lift and mast crane are available and the club operates a safety boat when dinghy racing is in progress. In addition to the boat park the club administers moorings in the estuary and some members keep their boats in Glasson Marina which is situated in the nearby canal basin.
The strongly tidal estuary provides interesting conditions for dinghy racers and small boat sailors who can explore the adjoining creeks and navigate inland as far as Lancaster when the tide serves. Cruising destinations include the other Lancashire rivers: the Wyre and Ribble, North Wales, the Isle of Man, Barrow, Ravenglass and Whitehaven. These are all within a day’s sailing from Glasson in suitable conditions. A popular weekend sail is across Morecambe Bay to Piel Island. Longer cruises go to such places as Ireland and Western Scotland. There is an organised Family Cruise each summer during the school holidays. The annual Regatta is held in August.
A programme of social events is held in the clubhouse which is open daily throughout the year. There are camping facilities on the site for members, who are drawn from a wide area and make use of these when coming to attend social functions or to work on their boats. All in all it’s a rare weekend when there’s nothing going on at Glasson Sailing Club.