access to the finest small boat sailing waters in South East England.
|Sailing takes place in the sheltered waters of the Thames
Estuary. There are over five square miles of safe, unobstructed water.
Conditions are rarely too severe to prevent sailing.
The Isle Of Sheppey is set to become the place to sail small boats
since the opening of the second Swale road crossing in 2006. This now provides first class road access from London.
to the North West
Directly in front of IOS Sailing Club is the sailing area which
can accommodate two full Olympic courses in any wind direction.
The estuary also offers a superb cruising environment. In the
foreground of the picture is our slipway; the Essex coast is
to the top right.
estuary and river sailing
|The magnificent position of the clubhouse allows us
to uniquely offer sheltered sea, river and estuary sailing all within
15 minutes sailing time.
at all states of tide
Launching is truly at all states of tide from a wide concrete slipway.
Boats can even be driven to the waters edge if required.
The club is based at the best point on the entire island for launching
small boats. The difference between mean low & high water at
our launching ramp is just 25 meters. The site was previously used
for over 100 years as a coal depot due to the remarkably good tidal
properties at this point.
The diagram shows the mean low water line in relation to the club.
sea sailing to London
|IOS is just 30 minutes from the M25.
environment for high performance asymmetric mono and multihulls
combination of remarkably flat water (given the prevailing wind) and
huge expanse of sheltered water makes the island's north
coast the perfect environment to realise the full potential of modern,
|The estuary provides plenty of opportunity for cruising
and exploring. Leysdown, Whitstable, Southend, All Hallows, Harty
Ferry, the Thames, Medway and Swale are all accessible within a day.
first European Blue Flag Beach
was the first beach in Kent to be awarded the coveted European Blue
Flag award for its clean beach and outstanding water quality.
|The sailing club's clubhouse is a substantial four-storey, purpose
built building. When opened in 1966 it was described as probably the
most modern yacht club in Europe. Today, it is still one of the largest
clubhouses in the country.
to the UK's longest dinghy race!
The annual Round the Island Race is the UK's
longest at some 40 miles!