North London Sailing Association

The North London Sailing Association is a community group, set up to provide easy access to affordable sailing for anyone who wants to sail, with the aim of getting more people out onto the water, developing their skills, extending their experience both on inland and coastal waters, and hopefully building a passion for the sport. 

Members can choose to enjoy a relaxing sail, attend one of our organised informal training sessions or get involved in racing, in which everyone is welcome and encouraged to take part, whatever their level of ability. 

We encourage members to improve their ability and are keen to help people progress through to RYA Instructor, but everyone is welcome to sail "just for fun". 

The North London Sailing Association has two locations where members can sail.

Celebrating 50 years of the NLSA!

Providing affordable and accessible sailing to all who wish to sail in the local community.

WEST RESERVOIR - Stoke Newington, London

One of London's best-kept sailing secrets, set in a beautiful location, the West Reservoir is tucked away in the London Borough of Hackney and boasts 23 acres of water.  It is a fantastic way to get onto the water in the heart of the city of London.  Sailing sessions run all year round, with additional weekly sessions held during the summer;

The NLSA is fortunate to own a residential coastal sailing centre situated at Brightlingsea on the Colne Estuary where we offer weekends of training and coastal sailing in Wayfarer dinghies and a range of RYA dinghy and powerboat courses.

The accommodation is just a few minutes walk from the harbour where we launch the dinghies and powerboats

With a long maritime tradition of fishing and boatbuilding, Brightlingsea is also a centre for leisure boating, with superb local sailing in the Colne and Blackwater estuaries, ideal for RYA courses, race training and dinghy day sailing and cruising.


Racing on the West Reservoir

RYA Training Courses

Coastal sailing at Brightlingsea

Social events

NEWS - From around the club...

Celebrating 50 years of NLSA!

One of London’s best-kept secrets, the North London Sailing Association (NLSA) is proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary on the water, nestled on the serene 23-acre West Reservoir in Stoke Newington, Hackney.  For five decades, reliably, week after week, boats have adorned the waters and sailing sessions have been running under the NLSA banner, and although Lasers, Funboats and Omega dinghies, along with members young and old may have come and gone, they each tell a tale of the clubs enduring legacy, progress and adaptability as a trusted provider of easily accessible fun sailing in London for all.

NLSA proud owner of three brand new Laser Radial sails

We have acquired three Laser Radial Sails for use at West Reservoir.  This means that we now have a wider offering of sails that allows for a more accurate match to wind strength and body size.  These sails are mid-sized sails and are 5.76 m2 and made from Dacron with a recommended weight of 55 – 70kg.