Bewl Valley Sailing Association
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Catapult makes a return to Bewl Reservoir after a gap of two years, in the beautiful setting near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. We have a two-day event combining with the Wanderers,  hopefully in Indian Summer sunshine. (Details to follow.)

  Sailing at Bewl

 The Club has been very welcoming to the Catapults in the past, and there is usually plenty of space to rig and launch photo below (although the grass slopes up from the road can be very muddy.) There are excellent club facilities.

  Bewl dam has flooded three valleys to make a three-fingered "glove" extending south and west from the dam. The low hills around make a very attractive setting, and winds are still largely steady away from the wind-shadows near shore, with a little funnelling and swirling. With the shore usefully nearby in April conditions, and small wave size, it is a comfortable site to sail.

 Starts are usually on a line from the starting box on-shore to a nearby fixed mark, and hence may be reaching starts, usually putting two or three fleets away at 3-minute intervals. (The flag and sound signals may be indistinct, so keep a close watch at the advertised time.)

 The "glove" shape makes marks easy to find up the "fingers", so the club can set complicated and interesting courses (e.g a "W") without too much risk of confusion.

catapults at bewl
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The Club kindly allows us to park motorhomes or caravans overnight on their grounds for 5 per night payable at the Club office. However, tents are not allowed on Club grounds. The facility for canvas campers to pitch their tents in the Country Park next door may no longer be available now that its management has been taken over by a commercial operator (I am checking with the Club), so the best option is Cedar Gables Camping, Cedar Gables, Hastings Road, Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7QA (

Other accommodation can be found through the Tunbridge Wells tourist information centre (01892 515675, BVSC also recommends and Also recommended is The Bell, High Street, Ticehurst, East Sussex, TN5 7AS (

Getting there

The Club is based one mile south of Lamberhurst on the Kent and East Sussex border, approximately 1 hour from London, just off the A21 London to Hastings Road.

Turn off the A21 at the traffic islands marked with a brown tourist sign for Bewl Water and follow the road to the entrance gate, and  the signs to the sailing club.


  Bewl is set in the picturesque Weald of Kent with pretty thatched villages set among wooded hills and orchards, so you can build an excellent long weekend around the event. There are lots of stately homes and gardens in the area, like Scotney Castle, Hever Court, Penshurst Place, Bateman's, Sissinghurst Castle and many more.