Glasson Sailing Club is based at Glasson Dock on the estuary of the River Lune.
Originally built to serve as the port for the City of Lancaster, Glasson Dock provides harbourage for seagoing cargo ships, fishing boats, yachts and canal boats, the latter via the adjoining Lancaster canal. The attractiveness of its setting and the interest inherent in its varied maritime activities makes Glasson Dock a popular destination for visitors by land and sea.
The sailing club occupies a site at Fishnet Point, beside the dock entrance. The site contains a warm licensed clubhouse with lounge, bar, changing rooms, toilets & showers and free WiFi.
There is a boat-park beside the clubhouse and from this a slipway runs into the estuary. The slipway widens to form a large concrete apron on which sailing dinghies and dayboats can be prepared. Beside the slipway is a jetty alongside which cruising yachts can lie for provisioning etc. The slipway is served by telehandlers for the launching and recovery of cruising yachts and the club also has a powerful winch for this purpose. There is also a smaller machine for launching and recovering smaller boats.
In addition to the boat park there are swinging moorings in the river and some members keep their boats in Glasson Marina which is situated in the nearby canal basin.
The tidal estuary provides interesting conditions for dinghy and small boat sailors who can explore the adjoining creeks and navigate inland as far as Lancaster when the tide serves. Inland cruising is also available to some boats with suitable dimensions to use the Lancaster Canal and the Ribble Link.
Cruising destinations include the other Lancashire rivers: the Wyre and Ribble, also North Wales,the Isle of Man, Barrow, Ravenglass and Whitehaven. These are all within a day’s sail from Glasson. A popular weekend sail is across Morecambe Bay to Piel Island. Longer cruises go to such places as Ireland and Western Scotland. Cruises in company are organised and these give an opportunity for the less experienced to put to sea knowing that advice and assistance are nearby if needed.
A programme of social events is held in the clubhouse which is open throughout the year. There are camping and caravaning facilities on the site for members, who are drawn from a wide area and make use of these when coming to attend social functions or to work on their boats. All in all it’s a rare weekend when there’s nothing going on at Glasson Sailing Club.