1958 Greensforge Cruising and yachting Club founded in a pub called "The
Navigation" (hence the flag)
alongside the canal at Greensforge near Kingswinford.
Soon after the club moved to a more sailable water at Middle Pool at Pensnett
In 1973/4 Middle Pool was becoming smaller and blanketed due to slag heaps
from steelworks so the club
searched for another water, and Calf Heath became available when it was
vacated by South Staffs Sailing
Club who moved over to the lake just the other side of the M6 / A5 junction.
Most membership travelled
to Calf Heath with the club which by then was a thriving and well respected
New members were then attracted to the club from more northerly parts
of Staffordshire. For a long
time the club operated in conjunction with Wolverhampton Schools Education
authority who used the clubs
changing facilities for school parties etc. Similarly Stafford sea scouts
and Staffs county scouts were
long time members of the club.
Relationships were resumed with youth organisations more recently when
Sandewell Sea Cadets and Blackfords Sea Scouts became affiliated members
of the club introducing many youngsters to the joys of
sailing. Certainly the groups themselves have enjoyed access to the water
and club boats whenever they
want it and we have seen a few hard core youngsters go on to progress
to be worryingly good sailors, we
could just do with a few more.
Many previous and present members have progressed to national and international
competition in dinghies
of all types, Cruising and Yacht racing in all parts of the world, and
in some cases around it.
Over the past few years the Club has bought several new club boats, has
rebuilt the timing hut, erected
new perimeter fencing along the back of the clubhouse and dinghy park,
acquired and fitted out a container for storing club boats and fitted
new security shutters in addition to repairing and maintaining other club
In terms of membership the numbers have increased slowly over the past
four or five years but we are a
very small club and rely heavily on committed members to get things done
so we are always looking for ways of increasing membership. The Open Day
always brings in a few new members, word of mouth a few more then others
appear like magic out of the ether!