Welcome to Kielder Yacht Club

Kielder Yacht Club is located on the shores of Kielder Water in Northumberland, United Kingdom, and enjoys unrivalled views of the tranquil landscape of Kielder Forest. The Club Marina is based in the Whickhope Inlet, part of the 27 miles of shoreline. The lake provides both tranquil cruising and challenging sailing.

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We are a friendly club in North East England, with a diverse membership coming from as far afield as Yorkshire, Lancashire, Scotland and Cumbria. We are always looking to welcome new members to the pleasures of sailing or cruising on Kielder. Our strategy is to encourage both cruising and sailing events, as well as organising a full social programme – but club members may also simply like to get away from it all and relax with a peaceful days sailing.

Check out the stunning location of the KYC marina and surrounding area with this short 30 second video which has been compressed to be mobile data friendly (20mb).

Learn something new and enjoy Sailing


Learn new skills

Read the wind, the clouds and even the ripples in the water. Sailing can be both peaceful and  relaxing as well as challenging. No sailing trip is ever the same. A sense of accomplishment by becoming the master of your own vessel is truly unique and extraordinarily pleasing.


Health Benefits

Sailing can help increase agility and flexibility and may help with the normal tensions of life whatever your age. Spending time with nature and the outdoors can improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress as well as have a positive impact on your self esteem.


Life Experiences

See new places from a different perspective, take in the tranquility of the lake, feel the breeze and leave the complications of life behind if only for just a few hours. Spending time with your family and friends on your craft sailing or socialising is true quality of life.  

Our Club

Toilets, showers, galley, club room able to accommodate 50+ members, outside seating/eating area. Defibrillator.

Parking & Storage
Ample members parking, gated with key access. Boat & trailer park, tender park, inflatable tender storage.

Kielder Water

Concrete launching slip, jetty, deep water swinging moorings, club tenders. 

The Lake
Access to day and overnight moorings. Stunning views and tranquillity.

Kielder Yacht Club is not just about cruising the lake, we operate an extensive sailing calendar with enough activities to keep the whole family involved. We include everything from a gentle sail to a secluded inlet, rafting up with friends enjoying a good bottle of wine, to full blown regatta weekends. Of course, no sailing calendar would be complete without a good BBQ.

Our social calendar operates throughout the year. During the winter season we make the most of our club house facilities by hosting parties, hog roasts and winter walks.

The club is home to both motor cruisers and yachts where members can enjoy a full calendar of social and sailing events or simply get away from it all on Europe’s largest man-made lake.

Kielder Yacht Club is a family friendly sailing club in the heart of Northumberland located on the banks of stunning Kielder Water, the largest man-made reservoir in the UK.  

We are based on the shores of Kielder Water in Northumberland surrounded by the quiet tranquillity of Kielder Forest, one of the few remaining Dark Sky locations in the UK and one that can boast its own public Observatory.

Membership & Mooring Fees 2024

New members are very welcome at our club. We were founded in 1981 and have established our base in the beautiful surroundings of Kielder Water by our team of volunteers and committed members. Whether you wish to develop your sailing skills or simply cruise the tranquil waters of Kielder, the lake offers diversity for all levels of experience and a place where long lasting memories can be made and treasured.

Initial Joining Fee: £75* 
Full Membership: £325 
Associate Membership: £163 
Student Membership: £21

Full Membership - £325.00 Two named adults and all of their children under 18 years of age operating one boat afloat. Any children between 18 and 24 and still in full time education should be added as student members.

Associate Membership - £163.00 Covers individuals or families who do not own a boat, but wish to use the Club's facilities or sail on a boat belonging to another member whilst they are in attendance.

Student Membership - £21.00 Covers those between 18 and 24 years of age whose parents or guardians are members of the Club and who can satisfy the Committee that they are in full time education.

Other Fees may apply depending how you operate at the club, e.g. additional entry keys or storing personal tenders. Please request a full list of additional fees if required.

* A joining fee is payable when you join the club and is non payable in subsequent years for unbroken membership.

Fees are non-negotiable.

The following fees are also payable to Northumbrian Water for the season if you own a boat and wish to sail on Kielder Water:

Registration - Boat only £29.50
Registration - Boat and Tender £43 
Mooring fee – £450

1. Request a Membership Pack, either by using the contact form on the website or by emailing us directly at kielderyachtclub@email.com .
2. A Membership Application form will be emailed to you along with links to the Member's Handbook, Club Constitution, Grievance & Disciplinary and Northumbrian Water Rules. Ensure you read these documents before applying, as there may be restrictions or conditions that could make the club unsuitable for your needs. They can also be reviewed now in the Documentation section on the main website page.
3. Complete the Membership Form and return it to the email address stated on the document.
4. The Membership Secretary will review your application and contact you to make payment.
5. Pay the fees to the account stated on the Invoice provided.
6. The membership secretary will confirm your membership once funds are received and a site key(s) will be posted to your home address. Contact details will be provided for any Northumbrian Water Ltd payable fees if applicable. Once any NWL fees are paid, you will receive a sticker(s) for your craft which must be placed in view and in accordance with NWL instructions.
7. If you intend launching a boat with our assistance, your launch date will be agreed with the launch crew and carried out with you in attendance observing all handbook guidance and safety instructions.

* Please note, as the application process is quite involved with more than one individual, the process will take several working days to complete.

What's the maximum boat size you can accommodate?
In simple terms, our limit is of 9m in length (30ft) and less than 5,000kg (5 tonne) for us to be able to launch the craft and for you to moor in the marina. You must also have a suitable trailer that is satisfactory and safe for your vessel. If you are near these limits and wish to inquire about membership, please contact us for verification as moorings are limited for the largest of craft.

Can I launch and haul out my own boat at my own convenience?
Whilst we do offer a launch and haul out service, which is part of your membership fee for seasonal scheduled dates, yes, in general you may use your own suitable vehicle to launch or haul out (see next question for exceptions). All club, NWL rules and safety procedures must be followed and the club tractor may only be operated by designated individuals.

Do you offer Slip and Retrieve facilities?
No. Slip and Retrieve is a process where a person may launch their boat, sail for the day, then remove the boat from the water. 
Unfortunately, our Club Rules and Leasing Agreement with Northumbrian Water Ltd do not permit Slip and Retrieve. Boats launched must remain on the water for the season. 

Can I use the club for a 'staycation' instead of going abroad for my holidays this year?
We have received a number of requests asking if a 2 or 3 week stay at the club along with use of the lake is possible rather than joining as an annual member. Unfortunately this is not permitted with the agreement we have with Northumbrian Water Ltd. Please direct all casual boating queries to Kielder Waterside. Tel: 01434 251000 

Can you sleep overnight at Kielder Yacht Club?
Yes of course! You may sleep on your yacht or cruiser overnight. You can moor on the jetty or on overnight moorings around the lake. Our leasing arrangements with Northumbrian Water Ltd does not allow sleeping in caravans, tents, campervans or motorhomes overnight at the club premises.

May I bring visitors to the club?
We very much welcome visitors to our club. Of course, they must follow our rules and should be briefed by the invitee before visiting the site. Remember, you will need enough life jackets to accommodate your guests if they are to use the jetties and take to the water. There are some club life jackets available on a first come first served basis that may be also be borrowed for the day. We do request that individual guests may only attend for a maximum of 6 times in a season, we trust you'll understand a form of membership would be required for anyone attending regularly.

Can Associate Members sail at the club?
Yes. Associate Membership is for those who don't own a boat but wish to be a member of the club, use club facilities, and sail with other members on their boats. Boat owners must always be present onboard when associate members are guests on their vessels. 

Can we hire a boat at Kielder Yacht Club?
Unfortunately we are unable to hire boats or provide formal lessons at the club.

What is your role at Kielder Water?
We often get mistaken for the custodians of Kielder Water and regularly get questions about the lake, fishing, staycations, camping etc. Please be aware we are a Yacht Club, we are permitted to use the lake but have no other role in the area. For leisure activities or questions about the area, please contact Kielder Waterside Park on 01434 251000.  

Can already paid fees be transferred to a new owner?
No. If you were to purchase a boat for sale at KYC, fees are non transferable between members, all fees are payable by the new owner. The new member must pay registration to NWL along with Mooring fees even if they have already been paid by the previous owner. Membership fees and any associated temporary storage are also due following any boat exchanges. This is a year round requirement so if someone indicates fees are already paid during any sale negotiation, this is incorrect.

It's okay to use someone else's keys yeah?
No. Keys are non-transferable and should not be accepted from another member even if you have purchased their boat. Every key must be logged and accounted for when a member leaves or joins the club for tracing and security purposes. 

Click Here to Launch the Fees Estimator...

This tool is provided purely to give you an estimate of annual fees should you be interested in joining Kielder Yacht Club. The calculator explains each membership option and you may use it freely and anonymously.

Please Note: We are a Yacht Club that launches larger boats with sleeping accommodation onto moorings for the entire season. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate day sailors, dinghies, wind surfers, paddle boards or similar.

New members are always very welcome. Please email us directly or complete the following form if you would like someone to contact you about membership, to request a membership joining pack, or if you have any other questions.

Please may we request reading the FAQ's above before contacting us as we commonly get the same questions which are covered in that section.

If you are requesting a membership pack, please give details of your boat make, weight and size so we may check for a suitable mooring.

Emailing Directly Advised

Due to ongoing extensive Website Maintenance, this contact form may return errors in unusual circumstances.
We advise emailing us directly on kielderyachtclub@email.com until maintenance is finalised.

Early History of Kielder Yacht Club

by Judith Robinson, Michael Money and Bill Holden

Charles McPhail, the second Commodore, and his wife May were walking at Whickhope one day and there below them on the hillside, men were working, putting in the moorings…. before the lake was completely flooded.

The inaugural meeting of the Sailing Cruiser Section of Kielder Water Club was held at the Duke of Wellington, Kenton Lane. Newcastle upon Tyne, on Tuesday, 7th April 1981

The mooring buoys were the pink ones, similar to those around the lake now. Tenders were pulled up on the shore just above the water line. There was a jetty. That was all there was.

The clubhouse, at this time, was still a green hut at Leaplish, shared by all sections of Kielder Water Club, who were the Sailing Club, based in the bay at Leaplish, the Yacht and Motor Cruiser Clubs, who sailed out of Whickhope, and the Ski Club. Their area was the large bay east of the Leaplish headland. It was 1981.

The shed, a cricket pavilion from Annfield Plain, costing £300, brought over and put up by members, had not yet come to Whickhope. This was finally put up and declared fit for use by a Works Officer in October 1983. 

‘Resolution’ (lain Mungall) and ‘Fable’ (Charles and May McPhail) were the largest yachts, most members sailing in 15 to 22 feet size, not in the comfort experienced today. Racing was popular, members were keen, but all the races were friendly. There must have been some bad weather, but those days seemed to be sunshine and racing winds.

Membership had increased to 63 by 1987. The Motor Cruising section was still separate. After many years, in 1985, because both sections sailed at Whickhope, it was suggested it made sense to amalgamate the Motor Cruiser Club with the Yacht Club. This finally happened on January lst 1993 under the Yacht Club name.

Two mooring buoys, bow and stern, and laid north / south against the prevailing winds caused much discomfort for the boats and eventually, in 1983, they were re-laid east to west. Much later, in 1989, these were changed to the swinging moorings we have today. It cost £150 per mooring plus diver costs of £300 a day to install the swing moorings. This was paid for by the £6,000 per year paid through Kielder Water Club to Northumbrian Water for maintaining the moorings.

The clubhouse at Leaplish, the green hut, was formerly the construction site laboratory which was re-erected about where the Leaplish conference centre and swimming pool is now. Everyone had to take a turn at galley duty, which became more controversial and a nuisance as some good sailing weather was missed. In the beginning, the building was also shared by the Reivers of Tarset who ran a boat hire/sailing school from it before they got their own building at the head of the west slipway. Their building is now the Bunkbarn.

Caroline Waitt was the first “Water Sports Officer” and she dealt with registration, not only for club members but also for the large number of day visitors who brought their own boats to Kielder in the early years. Caroline served for the I982-84 seasons and she was strict. Yachts and owners had to conform to Northumbrian Water Rules, for example, flares on board were checked and all boats had to pass an engine noise test before Caroline allowed them to stay on the water.

Alan Hetherington came after Caroline for the next two seasons. He lived on site in a caravan when on duty and did much to reduce the theft and vandalism prevalent at Leaplish at that time. One of his reports included the following incident which occurred on 30th July 1987:

“Six youths aged 16 – 18 tried to use the Reivers rescue boat, but had no petrol. They then broke into the petrol store, filled milk bottles for petrol bombs and threw them behind Reivers’ building. Later an attempt was made to start a dumper truck The next morning the police collected them from their tents and they were charged.”

Boats on moorings at Whickhope did not escape, on one night 20 were broken into. Following this many members avoided using strong padlocks on the cabin door, better to have a broken padlock than a smashed door.

After many negotiations, Northumbrian Water (before privatisation), built a magnificent new clubhouse, at an estimated cost of £300,000, which is now the Boat Inn at Leaplish (This is much changed from the original building). Grants were applied for from the English Tourist Board, who wanted the toilets to be made public. The clubhouse was opened by David Scott Cowper on Monday, 6th June 1988.

David Scott Cowper, who practised as a Newcastle Solicitor, is renowned for sailing round the world and is / was frequently away sailing (or trapped in ice) in northern waters. Sadly, the plaque which commemorated the event of the opening and the organisations who had funded the clubhouse, has disappeared.

Les and Pat Ferguson were appointed as wardens for the 1988-89 season and they lived in the upstairs flat in the clubhouse. Pat ran the galley. Evenings and socials were held in the clubhouse as the clubs continue to do in their own premises, but again, it was for all three sections.

Les and Pat left to become stewards at the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club at Blyth. Gordon and May Greensill came shortly after Pat and Les. May followed on from Pat with more excellent cooking for hungry sailors. They stayed until 1991. Rumours had begun that Northumbrian Water wanted the building for themselves…. or to share it.

Launching and retrieving was at Leaplish. Easy enough to launch with cars, but Yacht Club members then had to sail or motor to Whickhope to their moorings. Ferrying cars between the two places caused some headaches, one family member / friend, had to be available to collect the car and return it to where it was needed. Sometimes this involved walking from Leaplish to Whickhope or vice versa. Many people were certainly very fit in those days!

At the end of the season, most yachts were stored over the winter at Leaplish, in the car park, which was not as large as it is now. Some boats went to the scouts at Hawkhirst and some were taken home. It was a full day. Again, members had to sail / motor to Leaplish and then help each other to haul out using cars.

Later on, for well over ten years, John Richardson was helping at launch / haul out with his tractor. Umpteen members in the club have John to thank for sorting out their trailer / boat problems as he, frequently, was waist high, or above, in the water. Nothing was too much trouble for John and members owe a huge debt of gratitude to him before their own ‘ tractor crew’ came on the scene when John decided he could no longer continue with this demanding work.

More negotiations and finally, in 1991. Northumbrian Water approved the plan for each section to have their own clubhouse and their own area. The Sailing Club chose Tower Knowe and the Yacht Club stayed at Whickhope, as the Ski Club did in their own bay. The other two sections’ clubhouses were made of whole log construction. The Yacht Club’s was half log.

Originally, it was intended that the cabin Northumbrian Water had used at the Gateshead Garden Festival would become the clubhouse, but that never materialised and what is there now was built. Not in the original agreed position however. The main windows should have been facing down the inlet. Members began using the clubhouse from April 1993.

The official opening of the new clubhouse was on the Sunday of the August Regatta 1993, by Sir Michael Straker, who was given Honorarv Membership of the club and he remained interested in us until his early death a few years later.

There was a marquee in the car park and invitations went to the other sections, and many visitors were invited to the splendid buffet lunch. Celebrations went on well into night time. The midges joined the company then as they do now.

Once the sections split up, and became totally centred in their own areas, each club began to grow and get more and more facilities. The marina built at Leaplish in 1988, which Kielder Water Club had offered £2000 towards, was towed to Whickhope and moored where it is now by October 1993. When the marina was first put in at Leaplish it was deemed to be a great success provided the wind blew from the south or west only. 

The shed (or store) at East Wickhope was kept for a few more years. It was finally demolished sometime in 1999. It had served the club well, progressing from nothing to porta-loos and parties. Trailers stayed where they had always been stored. The jetty at Whickhope remained, since refurbished by members.

Each year since has seen more progress to comfort. Larger yachts and motor cruisers appeared, sadly, the enthusiasm for racing lapsed and members began to stay overnight on their boats. Social evenings continued, from meals served by Doreen and Sadie from Bellingham, to the ‘special’ evenings now and the Pie and Pea suppers. The ferry was also booked for the club some years for an evening tour of the lake with supper on board and sometimes with themed fancy dress such as ‘pirates’, and ‘millionaires’.

The Yacht Club membership is good and constant, always determined by the number of moorings available. Several Sailing Club members moved from dinghies to yachts, some so they could sail together with their families, others just wanted something larger with a little comfort. The Yacht Club and Sailing Club continue to share sailing events with each other, such as the Yacht Club Regattas, and yachts are always welcome in the Round the Lake races. Contact with the Ski Club is less easy because of having to avoid sailing into their bay, but friendships made when members were one club at Leaplish have continued and are as strong today as they were then.

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Member's Area

At KYC, we choose transparency.

Here at Kielder Yacht Club, we do not hide behind logins and passwords, we welcome anyone looking for information to see our fees, news, events and documentation. Please feel free to look through our Members Area and see what we're up to.


NWL online mooring and registration system now live!

Last Updated: 21-Feb-2024


Message: 2024 Handbook Released
The new 2024 Handbook is now available and you'll find the passionate message to everyone from the Commodore inside. The handbook serves as a resource for both new and existing members, providing a club overview, a clear understanding of the club's expectations and how things operate. You can find it in the Documents section further down this page.  


Message:  Membership Renewals
To secure your membership for the coming season, you will be required to renew your subscription in full before the end of February. Late payments are likely to affect your mooring allocation as moorings are assigned at the beginning of March ready for launch scheduling. Information on this season's KYC fees has been emailed to members so start saving now as payment in full (fees and any extras) is required up front. We're incredibly grateful for your support and want to ensure you continue to enjoy all the benefits of being a member of Kielder Yacht Club. Thank you for your continued loyalty.
* Please note: Fees receipts will be sent out in weekly batches so please don't be concerned if you have not had your payment confirmed immediately.


Update: 2024 Calendar - Download/Import? 
Here's what you've been waiting for, the 2024 season of events has been released. This year we have included a men's health working group event which will take place over several days. Meeting other members can open discussion and mutual support whilst helping maintain the site with DIY and other tasks at the same time. All are welcome of course, not just the fellas, offering a listening ear, support and camaraderie among members. We are also testing the option for you to download and import the calendar into your devices calendar!  Check it out further down the page.


Update: Newbies guide updated
Following further contributions, our Beginners Basics section further down the page has been updated with some more tips and guidelines for our less experienced members. However, it can't be a bad thing for anyone to take a look as there could be something in there that you may find useful, so why not take a peak. If you would like to contribute to Beginners Basics, please let us know.Members are great at not leaving ladders or anything lying around the yards of any use to thieves and we all leave nothing on our boats of any value. Asides that, please ensure buildings are locked at all times especially if you are not in the direct vicinity of the clubhouse. Report any suspicious activity to the committee, police or security patrolling the site.


Request: Update your contact details now
It's this time of year when you can expect perhaps more emails than usual from the Membership Secretary regarding fees, renewals and moorings.  It is likely you will be required to act upon the communications sent, so it's important that we have your correct contact details. If you've recently changed any email address, home address or telephone number please let us know ASAP as failure to act upon instructions within the emails could result in a lapse in your membership and/or have an affect on any mooring allocation. Also, it's a good idea to double check your emergency contacts and let us know of any amendments necessary too. Don't put if off, do it now!


Message: Wait for it, wait for it...
Whilst it's encouraging to hear from members so soon regarding the launch days, we are not ready to take bookings just yet. The booking system will be released in good time where you will be able to reserve your preferred date online, so please do not contact us just yet. 


Message: Testing the Water
Water levels are important to us all for numerous reasons. Low water can impact launch and haul outs as well as our ability to safely navigate the lake without grounding or hitting features below the water line. We are experimenting with a water level gauge which will automatically update once a week before each weekend. Data is kindly supplied by RiverLevels UK who may elect to withdraw the live data at any time so we'll see how this goes.
You can find the gauge under the live wind charts here.


Remember: Think Twice
Members are great at not leaving ladders or anything lying around the yards of any use to thieves and we all leave nothing on our boats of any value. Asides that, please ensure buildings are locked at all times especially if you are not in the direct vicinity of the clubhouse. Report any suspicious activity to the committee, police or security patrolling the site. 


Message: Mooring & Registration payments live
NWL has released the online payment system to register your craft and pay for moorings. Instructions have been emailed to the lead member on how to make payments. Please read them before contacting us with any problems. Remember to pay your KYC fees to obtain your ID number which is required by the system when paying for your NWL options.

Warning - Adders Spotted!
They're certainly out early this year, but a keen eyed member spotted an adder on the club premises. Please do take care and be more mindful of where you wander and leave them alone if you come across one. You will be aware that dogs must remain on leads at all times, however, extra precautions should be taken when walking your pooches.
Picture courtesy Richard W.

Latest Club Correspondence

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22-Feb: WARNING - Adders at Kielder
14-Feb: Working weekend 9/10/11/12th MARCH
05-Feb: KYC- NWL fees payment system open
20-Jan: KYC- 2024 Membership renewals
18-Jan: KYC Commodore's Comm's... amend...
16-Jan: KYC Commodore's Comm's Jan...
12-Dec: KYC Notifications



Get yourself a Boat Buddy!

"What’s a Boat Buddy? "
Think of a Boat Buddy as someone who can check out your boat when you are not there, just like a neighbour might with your house when you are not at home. Whilst there is an ethos of all members watching out for each other’s boats whether on the moorings or out of the water, why not get together with someone you particularly get on well with or a member who is moored next to you? When either of you next go out to your vessel, just have a quick check over to see if everything’s okay. There’s no need to mount the craft, just a quick look around on the tender to see if the mooring ropes and chain is good, sail covers are still in place, etc. etc.
Don't forget to exchange contact details and there's nothing to stop you getting 3 or 4 Buddy's in your group or being in multiple groups. 
So get yourself a Boat Buddy, it can’t be a bad thing, can it?


Email woes

We have noted from more than one member that they have not received certain emails from the club in the past.
Firstly, it's a good idea to review the 'Latest Club Correspondence' section above regularly. Emails to the membership are listed here so you may check you have received them. If you have not received an email, please contact us.
What may have happened?
Have you changed your email address and not notified the club or membership  secretary?
Are the emails in your 'spam' folder?
Is KYC on your 'whitelist'?
What on earth are we talking about!!!?
A document has been created with some useful information surrounding these issues that will hopefully help. Open the Document... 


Selling your Boat?

Don't forget that fees are not transferable between members. If you are selling your boat or tender, all fees are payable by the new owner no matter what time of year, in or out of season. The new member must pay registration to NWL along with any associated mooring fees even if they have already been paid by the current owner. Membership and any temporary storage fees are also due following any boat exchanges by everyone. 


Defibrillator Training

Whilst defibrillators are simple to operate and can be used by anyone with no prior training, learning how use a defibrillator will make sure you are familiar with the device. Defibrillator training, including basic life support, will give you the confidence to act quickly and effectively if someone has a cardiac arrest. Following the in-house training by a Paramedic from North East Ambulance Service, here you'll find a short animated instructional video on how to use our own club defibrillator.

If you were unable to attend, we aim to provide further sessions in the future.  

Here, we retain a selection of the more important posts that you may have missed since the last time you visited us. These will be withdrawn when they are no longer pertinent, so visit the noticeboard regularly to catch noteworthy news, information or announcements that may affect you.

'Data Protection' and our club
Popups, GDPR, Data Protection... it can be very frustrating at times.
Protecting you as a member is of course extremely important and takes form in a variety of ways, but one area of confusion can often be protecting your personal information like email address, phone number and even your name! Data security is one of the areas the club is responsible for. We regularly get very innocent requests for member's contact information and this is something we can not simply give out, it requires a little patience from your side. Should you require another members details, our process is to ask that member if they are willing to divulge their information to you. Therefore, please understand we are not being awkward, the Data Protection Act is law and it may take a little time to get you the details you require. 

Membership Records Update
The Hon. Membership Secretary is requesting by email any changes to your club membership records. It's important we keep our records up-to-date for any club communications.

Overnight Moorings
We are delighted that Northumbrian Water have invested a lot of time and expense replacing the overnight moorings that will greatly benefit our membership and give us confidence when mooring . Thank you, we really appreciate it.
View the locations map...

Remember... "Trip out? Trip in."
There have been some memorable slogans conceived by advertisers and government campaigns over the years. Of course, you know their purpose is to get us to remember goods and services or to get over an important message, so why not have one of our own?
“Trip out? Trip in.” - So if you have a Trip out for a sail or a cruise, remember to always complete and deploy your Trip Slip in the rack, even for the shortest of journeys.
Okay, it's not as catchy as 'Clunk Click Every Trip' but hopefully it can serve as a reminder to post your Trip Slip for every voyage. Just as important, remember to remove your Trip Slip on your return so everyone knows you have arrived back safely.

Important Information Regarding Fraudulent Emails.
Recently, it has been reported that some members are getting emails from last seasons commodore requesting financial help. These emails are fraudulent and are not from anyone connected to the club. The more observant will note that the email address they are sent from is similar to our previous commodore's, but not exactly the same. Regardless of this, it is very important you do not reply or click on any links or attachments, simply delete the email. On a side note, it is always advisable to keep your device software along with virus and malware applications fully up to date.

2024 Calendar

Dates and Events are subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstance or adverse weather conditions. Check back here regularly for updates.
Last Updated: 22-Jan-2024


7th Christmas Party and Annual Walk


9th  Annual General Meeting, inc. buffet lunch


5th Early Bird Haul Out
23rd-24th Midweek Haul Out
26th-27th Weekend Haul Out


21st KYC Racing Series - Race 6
22nd KYC Racing Series - Race 7
28th ‘Out with a Bang’ bangers & mash social evening


3rd KYC Racing Series - Race 4
4th KYC Racing Series - Race 5

Regatta Weekend

Friday - Cheese & Wine social evening
Saturday - Fun Sailing Event, inc Motor Cruisers, plus BBQ
Sunday - Best Dressed Boat competition 


6th Pie & Peas social evening
13th Commodores Chase & sailors supper, motor cruisers & yachts
14th KYC Racing Series - Race 3, female skippers
20th Flotilla (Kielder Big Regatta joint clubs event), motor cruisers & yachts


1st KYC Racing Series - Race 2
         > Italian Night social evening
2nd Cruise in Company inc. Commodore’s Picnic, motor cruisers & yachts


4th Mince & Dumpling social evening
5th-6th Dam to Dam joint sailing event with the Kielder Water Sailing Club
11th Belling Bell Trophy Race, inc. motor cruisers & Astronomy Night!
12th KYC Racing Series - Race 1


6th-7th(am) Launch Weekend
10th-11th Midweek Launch
20th Late Launch
21st Volunteer Working Day


9th-12th “Men's Shed” Maintenance Working Group
(All Welcome)

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Live Weather & Water

Wind Charts


KYC Water Level Gauge
This chart depicts the water level important to KYC. If the dark blue area is right at the top, the lake is full and overflowing. However, if it is at "Very Low", this is at the critical level affecting launch and haul out. Chart updates will be on a weekly basis.

Members Boats 'n' Gear for Sale

Please note, all  listings are private sales and the club is not responsible for any details provided.
All contracts whether verbal or written are solely between the seller and purchaser.


Firefly - Hurley 22

Price: £4,999
Classic 22' sailing boat built in 1982. Bilge keel and boasting 4 berths. 6HP Suzuki outboard with only 6 hours of use and recently professionally serviced.  Further info...


Verica - Jaguar 23

Price: £ 2,750 ono
Jaguar 23 (lifting keel) sold with trailer, all sails, new cushions and extras, ready for viewing at Kielder Yacht Club. Genuine reason for sale.  Further info...

Beginners Basics

Written by beginners for beginners

Calling for assistance:
Channel 16 (known as the calling channel) is used for emergencies only. Always ensure your radio is working before you take to the water, or for handhelds, the batteries are good and you have spares. Where possible, make sure as many crew and passengers know how to at least use the basic radio controls. Gain familiarity with Kielder Water and practice learning the locations and landmarks of the lake. You can find maps in the club house and you may find the Overnight Moorings Map useful for generalised locations. Invest in a paper map for your vessel, technology is not that friendly without power. You can also purchase Mayday cards that could be placed in your cockpit for reminders on how to call for help, or even make your own... why not? ALWAYS leave a Trip Slip at the jetty entrance informing others of your intended journey and return times. For advice on calling for help, take a look at this RYA link.

Talk Talk:
It's amazing how commonly our newer or less experienced sailors and cruisers praise the wisdom and guidance of our more experienced members. Whilst books and manuals are a good way to learn, there's nothing like asking someone in person and we certainly excel as a club in helping each other with those simple or tricky questions. We have such a diverse skill set and knowledge of sailing and boating, so please don't be afraid to ask someone if you need help or advice.

Fill 'er up:
Getting into the habit of having enough fuel for your intended trip may be an obvious one, and if you can't sail for whatever reason, make sure you can get back to base on your engine alone. Sure, but what about using a tender? Make sure the tender fuel tank/container is adequately full for any journeys to and from your mooring. It's not the first time a member has ran out of fuel and had to row to shore! If the club tender fuel container is getting low, follow etiquette and replenish the fuel from the bosun's supply.

Look cool:
There are a couple of handy basic pieces of cheap gear that not everyone takes on board... a cap and sunglasses. It's not uncommon to get terrific glare from the water, restricting your view, especially when coming in to our Whickhope jetty in the evening, when the sun is often in your line of sight.

Watch where you're going:
Binoculars are useful in a number of situations of course, but they can be handy to take a good look at the jetty when cruising back to base. Check for available spaces before you get too close to the landing and end up having to make an awkward last minute manoeuvre. Knowing where you are docking can also give you time to place fenders and ropes on the correct side of the boat before you get there. Don't forget to check the wind direction before you commit too.

Get plastered before you sail:
Well, when we say plastered, we mean of the first aid variety of course. Next time you rummage around your cockpit make sure you know where your first aid kit is and let any crew or passengers know, making sure it is fully supplied with unexpired stock.

No Soggy Bottoms please:
Extra clothes for changing conditions and temperature drops may be obvious, but what if you get very wet? Always have a full change of clothes in your car as well as perhaps your boat. Your bottom and car seat will thank you on your journey home.

Be a meerkat:
Always maintain concentration to avoid colliding with other boats. Other vessels, obstacles or even the shore can creep up on you in a jiffy, so don't assume that as you can't see anything now, that you can relax and take your eye off the surrounding area for a while.

Pain is not gain:
Some of us are not as young as we used to be…. you know who you are!
A gentle stretch and limber up before heading out on the water isn’t such a silly idea whatever your age and fitness. A pulled muscle starting an outboard, hoisting up the mainsail or bending down to grab a pickup buoy could potentially cause more problems than it first seems, especially if you are sailing alone. Firstly, know and consider your limitations, but examples depending on your flexibility and capability may include marching in place while swinging your arms, slow and smooth shoulder shrugs or rising on your toes. Probably, doing a warm up on shore would be advisable, as you may be swimming too should you try these onboard!

Got any tips to share?

I'm currently looking at quotes for my yacht insurance. What on earth is maximum hull design speed in knots?
Maximum hull speed is a calculation to predict the maximum speed of a yacht based solely on its waterline length. Maximum is not really a correct term here as this speed can be exceeded, but for the purposes of your insurance the formula to calculate your answer is:

Maximum Hull Speed in Knots = 1.34 x Square root of the waterline length in feet.

Fortunately, insurance companies tend to offer a range of selectable options when answering this question, for example, 20 knots or less, or more than 20 knots, so it's unlikely your calculation needs to be very accurate.

Buying a lifejacket is a minefield. Any advice?
Lifejacket styles and features are wide and varied these days and it's a common topic of discussion when trying to select one suitable for your needs. This will not be a 'purchase and forget' item, maintenance and servicing should be considered, so it's not just a case of picking a nice colour that matches your deck shoes.
Here's some great advice about lifejackets on the RNLI site. Go there...

Got any questions for this section?

Windward – Term which denotes the direction from which the wind is blowing.

Leeward – Direction opposite to the current wind; sometimes called ‘lee’ as well.

Tacking – A basic manoeuvre of turning the bow into the wind, which changes the direction from which the wind blows from one side of the boat to the other. This will also shift the boom of the boat from one side to the other in a more controlled fashion.

Gybing – The opposite of tacking, but not as common as it involves turning the boat directly into the wind. The manoeuvre consists of turning the boat’s stern through the wind, which changes the direction of the wind from one side of the boat to the other.
WARNING! Gybing without preparation can be dangerous. Unlike tacking, gybes require very careful control of the mainsheet as the boom, mainsail and the slack mainsheet can slam across the boat very quickly. Anyone near the boom or mainsheet runs the risk of being hit and seriously injured or worse. This is why you should always take special care with good communication to the crew and passengers when gybing.

Sailing a boat can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it's crucial to learn the basics before heading out on your own. Here's a general overview of the process, but always prioritise safety and consider taking a sailing course for in-depth knowledge and practical skills:

Before you set sail:
1. Know your boat: Familiarise yourself with the different parts of the boat, their functions, and how to handle them. Learn basic sailing vocabulary related to wind direction, points of sail, and boat components.
2. Plan your trip: Check weather conditions and potential navigational hazards. Plan your route based on your experience and the capabilities of your boat. Secure necessary safety equipment like life jackets, flares, and a first-aid kit.
3. Rig the sails: Learn how to raise and adjust the sails for different wind conditions. This involves using halyards, sheets, and other lines to control the sail shape and angle.

While sailing:
1. Steering: Understand how to steer the boat using the tiller or wheel. Learn how to turn, maintain course, and manoeuvre in different wind conditions.
2. Trimming the sails: Adjust the sails based on wind direction and strength to optimize propulsion and stability. This involves easing or tightening the sheets to control the sail shape and angle.
3. Points of sail: Understand the different angles you can sail relative to the wind: close haul, reach, broad reach, and running. Each point requires different sail trim and steering techniques.
4. Manoeuvring: Learn basic manoeuvres like tacking (changing direction by turning into the wind), jibing (changing direction by turning away from the wind), and reefing (reducing sail area in strong winds).

Additional resources:
• Sailing schools and organisations: Consider taking a sailing course from a reputable organisation like the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).
• Sailing books and online tutorials: Numerous resources can provide detailed information and visual guides on sailing techniques. Ask our members for advice, they are a friendly and very experienced sailors knowing the characteristics of the lake.

Remember, safety is paramount while sailing. Always prioritise weather conditions, wear a life jacket, and be aware of your surroundings. Start with calm conditions and gradually build your experience before venturing out in challenging situations.  


2024 Handbook *NEW*

Membership guidance on how the club functions, what services are provided and what is expected of members.

Disciplinary and Grievance

Documentation describing standards of conduct and promoting fair treatment for all.

Club Constitution

Documentation outlining the purpose of the club and the duties of the club's officers along with membership definitions, club management and meeting details.

Kielder Water Rules

Northumbrian Water Ltd rules and regulations governing the use of Kielder Water.
(Last Updated by NWL 2021)

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Kielder Yacht Club
Whickhope Anchorage, Hexham Northumberland. NE48 1AX

Located in the Clubhouse Entrance Hall. Response kit included in the carry case.

Club Location: Visitors 

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Lat Long
55°09'56.2"N 2°30'14.4"W
55.165622, -2.503986


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