Greensforge Sailing Club
Tucked alongside Junction 12 of the M6, on the south-west side, lies Calf
Heath Reservoir, directly adjacent to the new WMI development project.
Greensforge Sailing Club, founded in 1958, has sailed here since 1974
and has close links with the local community. We are an official Royal
Yachting Association Training Centre and focus on families and beginner
sailors, introducing newcomers to the sport of sailing,putting on regular
courses for both adults and youngsters. We sail at weekends and race competitively
each Sunday for ten months of the year - Jan and Feb are excluded - it's
The 1stBlackfords Sea Scouts from Cannock sail with us during Wednesday
evenings in the Summer, they also paddleboard, kayak and canoe. We hold
an Open Day annually, sponsored and supported by the RYA that enables
people who have considered sailing but not done anything about it, to
come and have a go, taken out onto the reservoir by club members and instructors.
One of our most rewarding days is when we entertain a local group of young
adults with physical and learning disabilities. They get to experience
the thrill of sailing in safe and controlled conditions. This has been
an annual event for many years now and is always great fun and everyone,
guests, carers and supporters go home happy - or maybe that's due to the
The club has been fortunate to receive sponsorship and funding from Veolia
Environmental based locally in Four Ashes. They awarded us two grants
in successive years to re-model and improve the waterside frontage that
was falling into disrepair. The money also allowed us to improve disabled
access to the clubhouse.
If you'd like further information about sailing at Calf Heath, training
courses or facilities, please visit our website at www.greensforge.org
There is a map on the website so you know where to find us. The clubhouse
and car park are at the end of a little lane just off Vicarage Road, it's
easy to miss the entrance.
As for the future - the next fifty years - plans are being prepared involving
both LCP and the RYA to investigate the effect that the warehousing may
have on the wind direction and speed, to mitigate their effect, reviewing
warehouse placement, proximity and heights, such that sailing can continue
to be safe and rewarding, especially for novices and youngsters.
Principal, Greensforge SC