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Meet new our SDO Charley Steel

Meet new our SDO Charley Steel

But now she is…Charlotte, or Charley as she likes to be known, has just been appointed Sailing Development Officer, teaching at the club’s Ullswater Sailing School. She is a senior RYA instructor and a race coach and just can’t wait to encourage more budding sailors to get on the water at Ullswater.

Charley, of Rochdale, was encouraged to sail from the age of 11 by her late father, Graham who was a keen dinghy sailor. A member of Elton and Hollingworth Lake Sailing Clubs, both near her home, she became a competitive sailor herself, racing a Topper, a Laser and then several different two-handers. She raced in boats in Europe and America, enjoyed coaching, and as a senior sailing instructor worked in Greece and Turkey.

Now her ‘office’ is UYC, based on the Eastern shore of the lake about two miles from Pooley Bridge and her work involves teaching on the lake she enjoyed racing on as a youngster. She will be developing the scope of the Sailing School which is already used by schools, youth and community groups and individuals wanting to learn to sail or improve their skills.

“I took part in Topper Open meetings at Ullswater and have been to Holiday Week twice. I have always liked sailing here and it is wonderful to be back now and to be able to work here,” she said.

Ullswater Sailing School has a fleet of dinghies, to suit all ages and all levels of experience, three Toppers, six Picos, two Fevas, two Bahias, and two Laser Stratos and runs a range of different RYA-approved courses. For instruction, Charley is joined by a team of fully-qualified RYA instructors, mostly club members who themselves learned to sail on the lake.

Ullswater Sailing School Principal David Clarke said: “We are delighted that Charley has joined us. Her enthusiasm and commitment shines through and we are sure she will be a great asset to the Sailing School and UYC.”


Charley Steel with Club Secretary Marion Marshall and Ullswater Sailing School Principal David Clarke


Posted on 05 April 2016 (Archive on 03 May 2016)
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