With one of the largest reservoirs in Europe at its heart, watersports and sailing are a key leisure activity in Rutland.
Whether you’re a novice or an experienced sailor, there’s plenty of friendly help and advice to get you out on the magnificent Rutland Water.
Rutland Sailing Club offers a wonderful experience similar to estuary sailing, but without problematic tides. The Club is set in stunning 13 acres of English countryside on the South shore of Rutland Water. It has impressive facilities including seven concrete slipways, with four pontoons and connecting walkways, making launch and recovery of keelboats and cruisers quick and easy. Rutland Sailing Club organises races, open meetings, tuition from qualified RYA instructors and lots more.
Rutland Watersports Centre is situated near Whitwell Harbour and is a great place to try windsurfing, sailing, canoeing or even corporate team building activities. In addition to professional tuition and equipment hire and sales, leisure clothing and accessories (by brands including Reef, Kangaroo Poo, Off my Head and Dirty Dog) are for sale in the well equipped store. The centre is a RYA and an AALA registered school. Contact Rutland Watersports on 01780 460154.
Rutland Sailability is located at Rutland Sailing Club. It provides training, support and equipment to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the challenge of this physical activity in a safe, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Rutland Sailability have recently been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Cycling around Rutland Water is a favourite activity amongst locals and visitors, the off road circular route is 23 miles – or you can miss out the peninsular to make it 17 miles. Cycle hire is available from Whitwell and Normanton, or bring your own bike and enjoy one of the best cycle routes in England! There are some excellent pubs en-route, such as The Horse & Jockey at Manton, where you can reward yourself with some refreshment.
What better way to relax and unwind than with a cruise around Rutland Water?
From Good Friday through to the end of October, the Rutland Belle sets sail daily from Whitwell Harbour on a leisurely cruise around the reservoir.
Visitors can enjoy an audio commentary from the knowledgeable and amiable Captain whilst admiring the views of the county from the water. Refreshments are available on board, with a fully licensed bar, and seating is either under cover or up on deck, weather permitting!
Their Cream Tea Cruises are especially popular and a wonderful way to round off an action packed day!
Special Dawn and Evening Osprey Cruises take place from May to September. These are organised with the help of the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and the Birdfair – booking is essential.
There is a vehicle drop-off area at the Rutland Belle at The Harbour, and a boarding lift for disabled access. The approach has ramps and handrails and a special bridging-plate means there is no gap to breach between quayside and boat. The crew are happy to operate the hydraulic lift to enable wheelchair users to board the boat safely and with ease.
The Rutland Belle cruises truly are family friendly and a perfect activity for all ages and abilities. See www.rutlandwatercruises.com and www.ospreys.org.uk for more information on sailing dates, prices, times and the Rutland Osprey Project.