Stoke Newington

The NLSA sails at the West Reservoir Centre, Stoke Newington, Green Lanes, N4 2HA on Sundays all year round. As well as general dinghy sailing, we organise racing and informal race training and practice. Adults and children over 12 who have done courses with the Centre, or others who can sail, are welcome to join the NLSA as full members. Close family and household members can also join as unqualified members. We encourage members to improve their skills and are keen to help people progress through to RYA Instructor, but everyone is welcome to sail "just for fun".

The West Reservoir Centre is a centre for watersports with shore facilities and a range of dinghies. Funded by the Lottery and other grants, it is run by GLL/Better (Greenwich Leisure Ltd) for the London Borough of Hackney as an RYA Training Centre and runs activities for schools and community groups, sailing courses for adults and a Saturday youth club for young people aged 8 to 18.

For information about RYA courses and the Youth Club, please go to the GLL/Better website, not the NLSA.

GLL/Better offer a large number of RYA Level 1 and Level 2 sailing courses each year between April and October. For more information, click the link below:

The link for the Youth Club is: Better | Youth Club

The General link for GLL/Better is:

Sailing procedures at West Reservoir Centre

  1. A Registration Officer from the NLSA membership must be in place throughout each sailing session and without an RO being present for a session, no sailing will take place.

All members are expected to volunteer for at least one Registration Officer duty per year, and regular sailors should undertake a duty every two months. You can email any of the RO coordinators to find available dates and sign up: or or litsa.mouka@

  1. The RO must check members in and out of the Centre.

  2. Members are admitted and checked in through the gate at the Eastern, right-hand end of the building.

  3. Members may bring a guest using the link below to our registration and payment system. To allow time for the registration to be processed, that registration needs to take place at least 12 hours in advance for Sunday sailing sessions and at least 6 hours in advance for Tuesday sailing sessions.

  4. Buoyancy aids are available and must be worn.

  5. Rigging, launching and recovery advice will be available from the Senior Instructor allocated to NLSA duty, and other NLSA members can also give advice and assistance.

Boats available at Stoke Newington

The dinghies sailed by the NLSA at Stoke Newington belong to the Centre. There are boats suitable for all ages/crew weights and levels of experience. The fleet is based mostly on boats from Laser and Topper International and includes:

  • Laser Funboat

  • Laser (full sail and small sail 4.7)

  • Laser Pico

  • Laser Bahia

    • RS Feva

    • Hartley 10

    • Stand-up paddleboards

For a map of Stoke Newington and the location of the West Reservoir Centre click here

For information on the Centre from GLL/Better click here