Sailing is currently suspended until further notice due to national lockdown.

Updated Mon 04 Jan 2021


About the North London Sailing Association

The NLSA is a community association run by volunteers and open to all who want to sail. We sail at the West Reservoir Centre, Stoke Newington, one of London’s best kept sailing secrets, set in a beautiful location behind the Castle Climbing Centre, off Green Lanes and also at our own Coastal Sailing Centre at Brightlingsea in Essex.
West Reservoir launch slipway with Laser Bahias moored up the hammer head.

Use of the boats is included in the membership fee.

The only requirements for membership are that you are at least 8 years old and hold RYA Level 2, Young Sailor Stage 3 or equivalent. You can join online! 

Brightlingsea Coastal Sailing Centre

During the summer months we arrange weekends and RYA courses at our coastal base, Brightlingsea Coastal Sailing Centre, at Brightlingsea in Essex, between Colchester and Clacton. This is a fantastic sailing location and a great place to meet and get to know other members.


The Brightlingsea Coastal Sailing Centre is an RYA residential Training Centre offering a wide range of RYA dinghy and powerboat courses and is operated as a joint venture between the NLSA which owns the building and the North London Youth Sailing Trust, a registered charity, which owns and operates the boats and sailing equipment.

You will sail with others in the Centre's fleet of Wayfarer dinghies, usually cruising on Saturday to a picnic spot for lunch ashore before returning to the Centre for dinner and possibly a walk across the road to one of the local pubs before a well-earned night's rest before cruising on the Sunday to a different destination.

Trips to Brightlingsea are very affordable and the cost includes meals plus comfortable accommodation.  The use of the boats is included in the membership fee.

Read more about Brightlingsea...


NLSA West Reservoir Centre


NLSA Brightlingsea Coastal Base, The Old Custom House


Want to know more?

Email Membership Secretary Mary Leaming: membership@northlondonsailing.org
See the section on "How to join"