Greensforge Sailing Club
West Midlands Interchange
Here you will find information relating to matters arising for Greensforge Sailing club as a result of the ongoing West Midlands Interchange development
Newsletter article copy provided by I. Cooper 15/11/2021

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 too cold!
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 barbecue afterwards!
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 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.

Ian Cooper
Principal, Greensforge SC