Banbury SC

Boddington Reservoir

NN11 6XU
United Kingdom

Tim Matthews

Banbury Sailing Club was formed in 1950 when a small group of people met in a pub in Banbury and formed the club to enjoy sailing on Boddington Reservoir.

The Club is open to all including keen racers, family sailors and beginners to sailing.  We sail on Boddington Reservoir which is some 90 acres in extent set in attractive, unspoilt countryside some 7 miles north of Banbury.  Although the club is just in Northamptonshire, the borders of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire are within a few miles.  Members are drawn from all three counties from centres such as Leamington, Coventry, Southam, Daventry, Northampton and Banbury as well as from the many villages in the area.

Boddington Reservoir is owned by British Waterways and was originally built in the late 1700s to supply water to the Oxford Canal along the summit length between Napton and Banbury.  This is still its function today and BW also run a very successful day ticket carp fishery.  Due to the layout of the water, conflicts with fishermen are rare and they do not interfere with the sailing.

Members can sail at any time except on a few occasions in the year when the club is holding an Open Meeting or on one of the two annual work party days (normally the last Sunday in February and the first Sunday in March).

Boatowners can park their dinghy and trailer at the club while those who have yet to buy their own boat can use the club boats (Toppers, GP14s, Laser Funs, Laser 2000s & Optimists) to gain more experience of sailing.

The Club is an RYA registered Training Centre and normally runs two Start Sailing courses each year for members together with a number of other more advanced courses.


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