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.

Sailing times are Sundays from 10am till 1pm and during British Summer Time, on Tuesdays from 6pm till 8pm or dusk, whichever is earlier. While members can simply enjoy a relaxing sail, we also organise informal training sessions and races in which everyone is 
Three dinghies glide effortlessly over the reservoir
encouraged to take part, whatever their level of ability.

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. For full details see the section on "How to join". 

Brightlingsea Coastal Base

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 and the use of the boats. 

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NLSA West Reservoir Centre


NLSA Brightlingsea Coastal Base, The Old Custom House


Want to know more?

Drop into the Reservoir on Sunday morning and ask for the NLSA. Our instructors and committee members will be happy to talk to you and show you round.
Call Mary Leaming on 07921788944
See the section on "How to join"