The Mere

Olton Mere was constructed as a reservoir to act as a feeder for the Grand Union Canal (Buillt. 1799). The Mere was formed from marshland fed by Folly Brook (now Hatchford Brook).

The Mere was extended in 1834 to increase the capacity in order to supply up to 150 locks.

It is the largest of the few areas of open water in Solihull and supports a large number of waterfowl.

The woodland surrounding the Mere has remained undisturbed for many years, providing an important habitat for plants and animals.

There is no public access to the Mere but there is a good view of the Mere from the trains travelling between Solihull and Olton.

Sailing on the Mere started in 1900 when five residents of St Bernard's Road leased the reservoir from the canal company. A club was formed for sailing, fishing and shooting, although shooting was suspended in 1926 owing to a shortage of wildfowl.



Photo Credit:  ms.akr

Photo Credit: ms.akr

The sailing club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre (RTC) we are able to offer training to a certified standard.  To assist potential new sailors and for training, the club has a variety of boats available.

An extensive schedule of personal handicap, Portsmouth yardstick and pursuit racing is carried throughout the year.  With racing on Sundays throughout the year and Wednesday evenings during the summer months.

OMSC welcome most boats to compete in our competitions however we do adopt a Portsmouth Yardstick band which requires dinghy's to have an official RYA Portsmouth Yardstick falling within 1200 – 1000, and on the basis that it is sailed strictly in accordance with the RYA PY issue.




The club has thriving social life, with several events organised throughout the year.  These include annual dinners and suppers for particular dates in the sailing calendar along with events for members and their families.

The club bar is open to members on Wednesday night between 8 and 11pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 4 till 6pm.