NLSA members can sail at the Reservoir without booking a boat:

• Sundays 13:00 - 16:00 (1pm - 4pm)

Just turn up, 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 still need an RO for every session to run. These duties will be allocated from now on, so expect an email from the Duty Allocator to arrange a duty.

Members can now bring occasional guests, by registering online and paying a guest fee. 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 Base at Brightlingsea in Essex.

Sailing times at West Reservoir:

Sundays from 1pm to 4pm (April to end of October), 11am to 2pm (end of October to March)

Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm (April to mid-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 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 "JOIN or RENEW"