Tata Steel Sailing Club

Margam

Sailing

The reservoir is over one mile long by approximately half a mile wide, where cruising can be enjoyed under the safe visibility of the on-duty safety boat crews

Tuesday evenings through the Spring and Summer months provide a safe environment for casual sailing as well as the opportunity to practice skills in a non-raciing environment.

Windsurfing

Whatever your ability, the Lake is ideal for windsurfing in most wind directions, with a spacious grassy area for rigging, and an easy launching area.

You don’t have to worry about tides and you can enjoy the luxury of hot showers, hot drinks and the chance to have a chat with other members.

Racing

We have racing all year round at the club, as the resevior is warm enough to sail in without too much discomfort even in the winter months. During the warmer months we have racing three days a week as well as various class and club regattas

You will find club racing competitive and friendly at the same time in both the General Handicap Fleet as well as the well established Solo Class Fleet

News

Meet the new Commodore - Linda Ingram

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Linda has been involved in sailing at various levels since she started sailing with this club in its first years. She has gained national honours in:

    1972/74/76 – Minisail National Champion
    1973 UK Ladies Champion – the first ever championships to be organised by the RYA which resulted in her being invited to represent the UK at the Women’s Europeans in Quiberon, France
    1974/76 BSC Sports Personality of the Year
    1977 Ladies Laser National Champion
    1978 Ladies Laser National Champion
    1979 - 84 Winner of the British Ladies Trials in the 420
    1985 Winner of the British Ladies Trials in the 470

Over a 12-year period she was a member of the British Women’s Team that resulted in world travel and also qualified for the 420 mixed worlds on 4 occasions.

1974/75 Nominated for the Welsh Sports Personality of the Year when the awesome Gareth Edwards and his Welsh Team of the time took line honours.

1983 President of the British 420 Association

Linda says:

I am honoured to have been asked to become Commodore of a club with which I have had a long association.

In 1961, being a member of The Steel Company of Wales Ladies Hockey Section, I then joined the Sailing Section which soon became my first love. The Steel Company of Wales Sailing Club was then based at Llewellyn’s Quay in Port Talbot. I have seen many changes, but the first and, arguably, the most significant change was when, in 1963, we moved from the docks to Eglwys Nunnydd Reservoir. Driving forces “back in the day” were Mr Clem Hulme, Commodore and Mr Raymond Jones (Engineer in charge of the reservoir project who, fortunately for us, owned and sailed an Enterprise with his two sons Christopher and Anthony). The Commodore had the honour to be the first to sail on the reservoir (an Albacore) followed by Ray Jones in his Enterprise. And there the story begins…….

During my time at the Club, and as a family, over the years we owned and sailed an Enterprise (my first taste of sailing), Osprey (Stuart, my husband, bringing the first one into the club), Fireball, Minisail, Laser, Mirror and 420

I was involved in a sailing career that took me across the globe from the early seventies to the late 80s

1988 it was Pastures new with me joining the golf club. I held office of Secretary for many years together with being Lady Captain in 1996 and 2008. Awarded the Coates Merit Shield for services to the Club responsible for resurrecting the Summer Ball, and organising ladies Open meetings and dinners.

As well as my sailing and golfing backgrounds, my working experience included all commercial aspects of industry i.e. marketing, customer service, purchasing etc as Commercial Superintendent at BOC Longlands Lane. I have undertaken PA duties to the Chairman and Board of Directors of Capper & Co and became Operations Director at the then Bridgend Rugby Club that included the running of the Club and overseeing the hospitality side. All these skills I feel can be utilised in my position as Commodore.

Going forward with my first love of sailing, I should like to make our club more inviting to both existing members and their families and potential new members. In that respect, I welcome ideas and feedback from members as I would like to do everything possible to get more people on the water and to grow our membership. It would be quite an achievement to see us being able to buck the trend of declining membership at sailing clubs and I look forward to taking on the challenge.

Best regards to you all.

Linda

Commodore Tata Steel

TATA STEEL SAILING End of Season REGATTA 2017

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Sophie and DJ together in their N12. Both won their respective Fleet sections with Sofie in a Topper and DJ in an Osprey

November 4th and 5th

Superb sailing was enjoyed by all at the End of Season Regatta. Strong winds throughout the first day along with a squalid day on day 2 made for a testing and fun weekend on the pond

Race Officer Alyson Dacey controlled the racing expertly and delayed the starts at just the right times to make thte event so much fun

The Edwards family cleaned up the honors with Sophie winning the Slow Handicap event and dad DJ helming the winning boat in the Fast Handicap with Dan Jackson in his new Osprey, Jenefer

Full results can be found on the results page

If you need any more information, please email webmaster@tatasteelsailing.org.uk for advice and I'll try to point you in the right direction

South Wales CYRC Series 2017

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Naomi Edwards at Llangorse

Final Overall Results

The RYA Cymru Club Youth Racing Circuit (CYRC) came to it's conclusion at Llangorse Sailing Club on October 28th with Tata Steel Sailing Club being representated by Sofie Edwards and Katie Taylor in the Feva, Harri Bennet in the Topper Gold Class and Naiomi and Poppy in the Oppies.

All had a great day out in great weather and a fabulous venue. Many thanks for sharing your photos, there's a small album in the Gallery of the event

Further details of the series can be found on the RYA website at Welsh Sailing Events

If you need any more information, please contact the RYA Wales directly by email at admin@ryacymruwales.org.uk or phone 01248 670814

Many thanks to all that contributed to the success of this event

TATA STEEL SAILING Traveller Series 2017

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Gordon and Ruth at Saundersfoot

Final Results

The travellers Series has drawn to a close for 2017 with Ruth and Gordon Evans finishing as outright winners. congratulations to them.

The club was represented at all of the planned events, and more, raising the visibility of the club around the circuit

We will certainly be repeating this series next year and would welcome any suggestions from club members and other clubs for inclusion into next year's series. Anyone wanting advice on travelling can email webmaster@tatasteelsailing.org.uk and I'll try to point you in the right direction

Full results can be seen on the results page as well as the full report below:

2017 Travellers Series Final Report

Frequently Asked Questions

No, anyone can join the club - not just Tata Steel employees! Associate Members make up the bulk of the club's membership
You can download an application form from this website or pick one up from the club. You are welcome to the club at any time we are open. Please look at the calendar to see when we are there
Times and dates vary through the seasons, check the calendar for planned activities. Might be an idea to contact a member first and arrange a visit, although you are very welcome to just turn up at any time we're there
Membership fees vary depending on your circumstances. Download the application form, it details the various offers. The Membership Secretary can help you choose the best option for you if you need help
We've had sailing members from 8 years old to 85. Physical fitness is more important than age. Sailing is one of those hobbies that suites all. You just need to pick the boat that suites you.