London and South East has fleets of boats for hire (LINK HERE) so you can expand your scope to give youngsters a chance to try different classes, racing and fun weekends.
The following are available for hire to sailing clubs in the region:
6 Fevas (double handed high performance dinghies with training sails in addition to mylar racing mains and spinnaker) hosted by Tamesis Club on the Thames and Conningbrook Lakes, Kent. Fevas are transported 3 to a trailer (see below).
6 Teras (a single handed boat, good as a progression boat to the Fevas) hosted at Littleton SC (close to M3), transported 6 to a trailer.
12 Optibats (a versatile boat for beginners) are hosted at Papercourt SC and Medway YC, transported 6 to a trailer.
List of sailing providers in London
- The Ahoy Centre (Greenwich) – LINK
- Albany Park Canoe and Sailing Centre (Kingston) – LINK
- Croydon Sailing Club (Croydon) – LINK
- Danson Park Watersports Centre (Bexley) – LINK
- Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre (Tower Hamlets) – LINK
- Erith Yacht Club (Bexley) – LINK
- Fairlop Waters (Redbridge) – LINK
- Greenwich Yacht Club (Greenwich) – LINK
- Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre (Hillingdon) – LINK
- Islington Boat Club (Islington) – LINK
- King George Sailing Club (Waltham Forest) – LINK
- Lensbury Sailing (Richmond) – LINK
- London Corinthian Sailing Club (Hammersmith and Fulham) – LINK
- Minima Yacht Club (Kingston) – LINK
- North London Sailing Association (Hackney) – LINK
- Phoenix Outdoor Centre (Barnet) – LINK
- Ranleigh Sailing Club (Wandsworth) – LINK
- Royal Docks Sea Cadet Boat Station (Newham) – LINK
- Shadwell Basin Outdoor Centre (Tower Hamlets) – LINK
- South Banks Sailing Club (Wandsworth) – LINK
- Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre (Hackney) – LINK
- Stubbers Outdoor Centre (Havering) – LINK
- Surrey Docks Watersports Centre (Southwark) – LINK
- SYM Sailing Club (Havering) – LINK
- Tamesis Club (Richmond) – LINK
- Tideway Sailability (Southwark) – LINK
- Twickenham Yacht Club (Richmond) – LINK
- Welsh Harp Sailing Club (Brent) – LINK
- Welsh Harp Sea Cadet Boat Station (Brent) – LINK
- Wembley Sailing Club (Brent) – LINK
- Westminster Boating Base (Westminster) – LINK
- Wimbledon Park Sailing Club (Merton) – LINK
- Wimbledon Park Watersports and Outdoor Centre (Merton) – LINK
The NSSA is a UK membership organisation for anyone involved with youth sailing and provides a framework of competitions to encourage young people to get involved in fleet racing, team racing and match racing in a variety of dinghies.
These competitions form some of the biggest inclusive and prestigious sailing regattas in the country and serve as achievable milestones for the young people. The event programme typically includes two fleet racing competitions – a week long residential fleet racing regatta in the summer and a two day Inland Championships at another point in the year – and two team racing competitions a year – one in single-handed dinghies, and one in double-handed dinghies.
Entry requirements differ between events, but we constantly strive to be as inclusive as possible. Our events generally cater for youth sailors of a wide range of abilities and ages. Several of our events include ‘Rookie’ Fleets for the less experienced sailors, with coaching both on and off the water. Our fleet racing events include many different kinds of dinghies, including both monohulls and multi-hulls.
Our membership is divided between group memberships for local association teams, sailing clubs and outdoor education centres and individual adult and youth members.
The work of the NSSA is funded from membership fees, with additional ‘top up’ funding from organisations including the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and the Royal Yachting Association.
Young people in school today will bear the brunt of the future environmental impact of inadequately managed plastic. This Challenge will develop awareness of the environmental impact of plastic through a Guinness World Record attempt using plastic bottles to make model boats.
Model Boat making is an activity already used by schools in Key Stage One to teach “floating and sinking”. We want to encourage schools to look beyond the core curriculum at the environmental impact of plastic, using plastic bottle boats as a platform to develop plastic educational projects across all years of a school.
Sign up and host a world record at your school for the Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge (PBBC). Join us as we simultaneously unite schools all over the world in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, canal and river boat cruising, and personal watercraft. As the national governing body, the RYA has the responsibility to help Britain’s brightest sailing and windsurfing talents fulfil their potential, from the early stages of their competitive careers to the pinnacle of winning Olympic medals.
To help nurture these talents, the RYA lobbies for, and receives investment through National Lottery funding from UK Sport and the Home Country Sports Councils (Sport England, sportscotland, Sports Council for Wales and Sport Northern Ireland) towards its world-renowned participation and performance pathways.
The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sports festival in the form of a full season of events that take place over a 9 month season, including both School and Community Competitions across 30 different sports.
Individual School Competitions are organised locally in London by School Games Organisers, with the London finals hosted by the London Youth Games. Open competitions enable the most talented young people in each London borough to compete to become champions of London. Teams are organised by the sports development team in each local authority. For details of specific boroughs, contact your local team via the dedicated LYG Borough Page.