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Why IOS offers the South East's best small boat sailing waters:

Photo of the sailing waters from Minster on Sea cliffs
The main sailing area seen from Minster cliffs - the surrounding land offering natural protection. Photo: Rob Spendley.

The superb sailing environment is the natural result of the club's unique geography, being situated at the confluence of the Medway and Thames.

Perhaps it's also why the International Yacht Racing Union chose Sheppey in the 1960s to decide the best A and B class catamaran designs in the world (more), and why the Catamaran Yacht Club hosted their world famous International Catamaran Week here for over 30 years attracting competitors from around the globe.

Compare to other dinghy, catamaran and small boat sailing venues:

Advantage IOS Sailing Club Venue 2
London's closest & best sea sailing  
Extensive sheltered sailing waters  
Sea, river & estuary sailing all within 15 minutes of the clubhouse  
Launching at all states of tide  
Easy access to 3 rivers and 3 estuaries (River Medway/Medway Estuary, River Thames/Thames Estuary, The Swale/Swale Estuary).  
Three Blue Flag beaches: Sheerness, Minster & Leysdown  
An island you can sail round  
Suitable for any class of dinghy  
Suitable for any class of catamaran  
Large clear expanse of water perfect for the new breed of ultra high performance sailing dinghies & catamarans  
Uncongested sailing area with a lack of obstructions such as moorings  
Excellent cruising base with multiple destinations easily reachable in every direction  
Higher than average air & sea temperatures  
Higher than average sunshine & less rainfall  
Flat water with the prevailing wind  
Easy launch & recovery with the prevailing wind  
The ability to set two Olympic size courses (1 mile legs) off the clubhouse in any wind direction  
Sailing directly in front of the clubhouse (no long trips out to the main sailing area)  
Start line directly in front of the clubhouse  
Concrete launching ramps  
Drive a boat to the water's edge if required  
Two or more races with lunch break every Sunday during the season  
Fast motorway and dual carriageway access  
Close to a town centre  
Large car park nearby  
Large purpose built clubhouse  
Integrated race control tower accessible from the main building without having to go outside  
Sheltered boat parking  
RYA Affiliated  
RYA Training Centre  
Multiple local WeatherCams