NLSA Sailing Sessions:

Sundays     11:00 - 14:00  (11am - 2pm)

Tuesdays   17:00 - 20:00  (April to Early October, 5pm - 8pm)

Just turn up with your kit, choose your boat and sail.

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

We need a Registration Officer for every session to run.  These duties will be allocated unless enough members volunteer for a duty slot, so please volunteer.


Members can bring occasional guests by registering online and paying a guest fee. 

Members must register guests 24 hours before a Sunday session and 12 hours before a Tuesday session to allow for processing.

Please use this booking link:

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.

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 requirement for a qualified membership is that you hold RYA Level 2, Youth Stage 3, or equivalent.

We also offer membership which don't require qualifications for the close families of qualified adult members.

You can join online! 

Brightlingsea Coastal Sailing Centre

During the summer months we arrange weekends and RYA courses at our 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 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.

On a members' weekend 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 bunk accommodation.  The use of the boats is included in the membership fee.

Bookings for members under 18 will only be accepted if the young member has sufficient sailing experience and capability to cope with conditions likely to be experienced in coastal sailing, to the prior satisfaction of the SI in charge of the sailing for the event.

Such young members would need to be full youth members aged 14 to 17 and already qualified to sail alone at the reservoir, but at Brightlingsea would need to be accompanied afloat by a qualified adult member who is a parent or guardian or another qualified adult member acting “in loco parentis” with the written permission of a parent or guardian.

Other young sailors from age 8 upwards may only sail at Brightlingsea on special family weekends tailored to include young sailors.

Read more about RYA Courses and NLSA Events at Brightlingsea...

Want to know more?

Drop into the Reservoir on a Sunday and ask for the NLSA.  Our committee members will be happy to talk to you and show you round,

or you can contact our Membership Secretary, Mary Leaming at:  

See the section "JOIN or RENEW"