About Us

We are a small, friendly, sailing club located between Rotherham and Sheffield, we are just 5 minutes drive from J33 of the M1. We cater for both racing and casual sailing as well as offering social activities.  Families are especially welcome with our emphasis being on enjoyment.

What We Offer

We open for sailing on Saturdays from April* until the end of October, on Sundays from April* until late December. We also sail on Wedneday evenings when daylight hours allow this (normally April until September) with our final sail of each year being on Boxing Day. Social activities and on-shore training continues year round.
* April or Easter, whichever is the earliest

Casual sailing

For novices or beginners, those wanting to practice their skills or for those with a just a casual interest in dinghy sailing, you are welcome to sail at any time during our opening hours although Saturdays are devoted to casual sailing, with racing on Sundays and Wednesday evenings.


For racers sailing takes place on Sundays and also on Wednesday evenings from spring to autumn.  Racing normally consists of a handicap fleet with a couple of class events thrown in for good competitive measure.  The Enterprise, Laser, Comet, Lightning 368 and Streaker dinghy classes are well represented at the club and there are several club boats available for hire by club members.


The sailing calendar is vast and varied, and normally includes social events. Ulley Sailing Club is active throughout the year with the main sailing season starting on the first weekend in April and continuing until the end of October.  We also offer non-sailing social events such as Christmas parties, BBQs, our very popular curry night, Quiz Nights and “Socials”, whatever our members want (and better still if a member wants to arrange something!)

A brief History of the Club

  • In 1971 applications were invited for membership of the proposed sailing club by Rotherham Council and by December a total of 120 applications were received. It was decided to limit the number to 60 applicants to be drawn out of the hat!  

  • An Inaugural Meeting took place on Thursday 6th of January 1972 at which the club was formed. 

  • Rotherham Borough Council provided a new clubhouse, car park and ramp access at a total cost of £35000!

  • The club was officially opened in early May 1972 by Lord Riverdale, himself a keen sailor and boat designer.  He was introduced by Mr Dennis Hatfield, rear commodore of the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club.  Lord Riverdale was most impressed by the club facilities and ”the foresight, initiative and hard work” which had gone into the club. 

  • The facilities were shared with the Sea Scouts who now had their own water for the first time in 23 years.  Rotherham Schools used the facility on a daily basis teaching children from local schools and adults sailing and water sports.  Classroom tuition was also available in the evenings for courses in navigation and open water sailing.

  • In 2008 Paul Goodison MBE (lifetime member) won the gold medal in the Men’s Laser class at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

  • 2011 USC was awarded a grant from Sport England to improve it’s clubhouse facilities………

  • On 11th May 2016 Princess Anne (HRH The Princess Royal), who is President of the Royal Yachting Association, visited Ulley Sailing Club to open the renovated and remodelled clubhouse.

Ulley Sailing Club is very proud to be the “home” club of Paul Goodison MBE, Olympic Gold Medal winner (2008). World Champion: Laser Class (2012), Melges 32 Class (2012), Melges 20 Class (2014), Moth Class (2016, 17 and 18). America’s Cup Sailor 2017, 2021

A Cherub being sailed by a founding member in around 1975
Some racing from 2011
How many boats could we get out for Bart’s Bash in 2014
Princess Anne walking round the park with then Commodore Mark Burkitt
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Paul Goodison MBE holding his Olympic Gold medal

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