Covid19 Safe NLSA Sailing at West Reservoir Centre, August to October 2020.


1.         Sailing will resume from 30th August initially on Sunday afternoons between 15:00 and 18:00 and it is anticipated that a change back to Sunday morning sailing will take place at some time in October.

2.         Sailing will not be available for the foreseeable future on Tuesday evenings.

3.         For safe operation on the water and to ensure social distancing at pinch points such as the sail store, the buoyancy aid store and the launching ramp, members will be allowed into the Centre only in small groups of 5, every 10 minutes between 15:00 and 15:50 for 2 hour sailing sessions.

4.         Sailing will only be available when pre-booked for specific times and for the time being only Laser, Pico and Topper single hander dinghies will be available.  Booking instructions will be issued separately.

5.         Members booked will be admitted and checked in at the start of their booked session through the gate at the eastern, right-hand end, of the building, maintaining social distancing from each other while waiting to be checked in. 

6.         New storage arrangements for sails and buoyancy aids will be in place near the eastern end of the building.

7.         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 and if used, will involve changing in the open.

8.         Members should maintain social distancing both within and around the Centre, using the hand sanitiser stations which will be in place and practice good hygiene including hand washing.

9.         Rigging, launching and recovery assistance will not be available from the staff assigned for standby capsize duty, so members should only book types of dinghies with which they are familiar.

10.       Members should if possible avoid all contact with any boat or launching trolley other than the one for which they are booked and should observe appropriate social distancing and mask wearing if assisting other members with rigging, launching or recovery of dinghies. Sprays and cleaning paper will be available for cleaning trolley handles before or after use.

11.       Buoyancy aids will be require to be dunked into a sterilizing tub after use then hung up to dry.

12.       Cleaning of boats and sails is not currently necessary after use as no other sailing other than by NLSA is anticipated for the current period, at least up to the end of the Sunday evening sailing sessions.  Additional requirements for cleaning may become necessary if sailing by other user groups such as schools and youth groups resumes.

13.       Covid19 Duty Officers from the NLSA membership must be in place during the sailing session and without the CDO's being arranged in advance and available on any particular day, no-one will be admitted that day for any sailing to take place.

14.       The CDO’s are required to check members in and out of the Centre and to ensure NLSA social distancing and Covid19 hygiene observance within the rigging and launching areas and to report any such non-compliance to the GLL Manager and to the NLSA Covid19 Secure Club Lead, Phill Lupton. 

15.       Further notices will be issued as required.

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.

Sailing times at West Reservoir
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 
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. 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?

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.
Email Membership Secretary Mary Leaming:
See the section on "How to join"