NLSA members can sail at the Reservoir without booking, but sessions will only run if a Covid Duty Officer has booked:

• Sundays   13:00 - 16:00 (1pm - 4pm)
• Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:00 (6pm - 8pm)

Just turn up, choose your boat and sail.

Members only, no guests allowed until further notice.

You must check in with the CDO and initial the sailing register on arrival at the Centre, and cross out your initials when you leave.

We still need a CDO for every session to run.  This booking link is only for signing up as a CDO:

Covid-safe NLSA Sailing at West Reservoir Centre, from 12 July 2021

  1. One Covid Duty Officer from the NLSA membership must be in place throughout each sailing session and without the CDO being present for a session, no sailing will take place.
  2. The CDO must check members in and out of the Centre, and remind members about social distancing and Covid-safe hygiene observance in the rigging and launching areas.
  3. Members are admitted and checked in through the gate at the Western, left-hand end of the building, maintaining social distancing from each other while waiting to be checked in. 
  4. Members should arrive ready to sail as there will be no access to the building for changing facilities or showers, only for toilets following a one-way system. Spare clothing, if brought, may be left ashore in a dry bag.
  5. Members should maintain social distancing and use the hand sanitiser stations.
  6. No guests are permitted for the time being.  When this changes, members will be notified.
  7. Sails and buoyancy aids are available from their normal store rooms.
  8. Rigging, launching and recovery assistance will not be available from the Centre's safety and rescue staff, but other NLSA members can give advice and assistance.
  9. Members must use the sprays available for cleaning boats and trolley handles after use.
  10. Members using the Centre’s buoyancy aids must dip their buoyancy aid in the sterilising tub after use and hang it up to dry.

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 Base at Brightlingsea in Essex.
West Reservoir launch slipway with Laser Bahias moored up the hammer head.

Sailing times at West Reservoir:
Sundays from 1pm to 4pm, Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm (April to September).

While members can simply enjoy a relaxing sail, we also organise informal training sessions, and races in which everyone is welcome and encouraged to take part, whatever their level of ability.

Use of the boats and buoyancy aids 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, Youth 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...

Want to know more?

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