The South East's best small boat sailing waters. London's closest sea sailing. Picture of sailing area
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The Isle Of Sheppey in north Kent offers a superb sailing environment less than an hour from London, boasting some of the finest sailing waters in the UK.

Sheerness on the island's north coast, offers direct access at all states of tide to an Olympic quality sailing area.

IOS Sailing Club is one of the oldest sailing clubs in the UK, whose aim is to encourage, promote and facilitate amateur dinghy sailing with membership open to all.

The island's north shore has access to:

The best sailing waters in the South East:

IOS Sailing Club:


IOS is just 30 minutes from the M25 and is easily accessible from London and the Kent countryside via the M2 & M20 motorways and the A249. Simply follow the road signs for "Sheerness".

Map showing access from London and Maidstone

IOS Round the Island Race

Probably the most unique event in the sailing calendar, the annual IOS Round the Island Race, held since 1959, attracts entries from far and wide.

The race is sailed in a clockwise direction around the Isle Of Sheppey. Two or three hundred craft regularly enter and compete for dozens of class trophies and sponsored prizes.

All entrants who successfully complete the course within the time limit are presented with a circumnavigation certificate signed by the sailing club's Commodore.

2016 Opens:

IOSSC 505 & Cherub Open Meeting 2016 IOSSC Shearwater Open Meeting 2016 IOS Round the Island Race

RYA Push the Boat Out
OPEN DAY - 21 May

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