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 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 excellent shore facilities and a range of dinghies to suit all ages and abilities. Funded by the Lottery and other grants, it is run by GLL/Better (Greenwich Leisure Ltd) for the London Borough of Hackney. The Centre is an RYA Training Centre and runs activities for schools and community groups, 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 their website:
Covid-safe NLSA Sailing at West Reservoir Centre, from 12 July 2021
One Covid Duty Officer from the NLSA membership must be in place throughout each sailing session and without the CDO being present for a session, no sailing will take place.
The CDO must check members in and out of the Centre, and remind members about social distancing and Covid-safe hygiene observance in the rigging and launching areas.
Members are admitted and checked in through the gate at the Western, left-hand end of the building, maintaining social distancing from each other while waiting to be checked in.
Members should arrive ready to sail as there will be no access to the building for changing facilities or showers, only for toilets. Spare clothing, if brought, may be left ashore in a dry bag.
Members should maintain social distancing and use the hand sanitiser stations.
No guests are permitted for the time being. When this changes, members will be notified.
Sails and buoyancy aids are available from their normal store rooms.
Rigging, launching and recovery assistance will not be available from the Centre's safety and rescue staff, but other NLSA members can give advice and assistance.
Members must use the sprays available for cleaning boats and trolley handles after use.
Members using the Centre’s buoyancy aids must dip their buoyancy aid in the sterilising tank after use and hang it up to dry.
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 (full sail and small sail 4.7)
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