The Isle Of Sheppey in Kent offers a superb sailing environment just 40 miles east of London, boasting some of the best 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.
Facilities for yachts can be found in the nearby and up & coming Queenborough Harbour, on the island's west shore.
The island's north shore has access to:
- Extensive sheltered waters
- Launching at all states of tide
- Sea, river & estuary sailing
- Three Blue Flag beaches
- Olympic size courses in all wind directions
- Remarkably flat prevailing sea-state
- Excellent cruising potential
- Perfect for performance boats
IOS Sailing Club:
- Purpose-built clubhouse
- RYA Affiliated
- RYA Training Centre
- Europe's longest dinghy race
- Racing from April to November
- Easy and free car parking nearby
- Very reasonable membership fees
The Sheppey Crossing is only 30 minutes from the M25.
IOS is easily accessible from Kent, London, and most of the South East via the M2 & M20 motorways and the A249.
Simply follow the road signs for Sheerness (more).
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. Around one hundred craft or more 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 club's Commodore.