Fishers Green Sailing Club is situated in the Lee Valley Regional Park, approximately two miles north of Waltham Abbey and within easy reach of J25 and J26 of the M25. Our sailing water is the 80-acre Holyfield Lake, which, with its countryside setting and clear open water, provides Members with a beautiful place to sail. Directions can be found here.
The club has been established for over 50 years. It is registered as a Community Interest Company, a Community Amateur Sports Club and is affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association. Whilst the sport of dinghy sailing is the predominant activity, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and kayaking are also catered for and encouraged, and many of our Members are also active in offshore cruising and racing.
The administration of the Club is by an elected voluntary Management Committee. Much of the maintenance of the clubhouse and other facilities is undertaken by Members who take part in organised working parties during January and on Wednesdays throughout the year.
A volunteer RYA-trained and certificated Rescue Team provides rescue facilities during racing and training using displacement boats and RIBs. Members are welcome to join the Rescue Team, and appropriate training in Rescue Powerboating can be provided.
Members’ rotas are operated for Club Race Control, Galley and general Duty Officer. This ensures that responsibility for the management and maintenance of the Club is shared among the Members. The Clubhouse is open and manned on Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and on Wednesdays throughout the summer.
We are open to all classes of monohull dinghies and sailboards, and provide class and handicap racing throughout the year. The main classes currently active at Fishers Green are Solo, Laser, Comet, Cadet, Merlin-Rocket, Phantom, Wineglass and Wayfarer. Competitive racing is available at Club level and FGSC Members have had notable successes in National and International competitions.
It is our aim to promote safe sailing for all the family and we not only offer dinghy sailing training days for Members, but also fully support all forms of recreational sailing using our safety boats. Our membership includes a number of RYA-qualified Sailing Instructors who are always willing to offer advice if requested, and who can also arrange individual tuition. Club boats are available for members to hire and are a great way for new sailors to get on the water without committing to buying a boat.
Members also charter offshore yachts from time to time and opportunities arise to sail the Round the Island Race or to undertake coastal cruises from various British ports and marinas.
Ample car parking is available adjacent to the dinghy park. Good wide slipways and a large, sheltered dinghy park provide the ideal conditions for keeping boats close to the water, ready to sail with easy launching and recovery. The modern clubhouse, self-built by Members, overlooks the water and provides changing rooms, showers, kitchen facilities and a licensed bar. It is a pleasant place to relax, and a sheltered viewpoint to watch the action on the lake. There are swings to entertain the younger members of the family under parental supervision.
The galley provides sandwiches, snacks, light meals and tea, coffee and soft drinks.
FGSC takes pride in being a family club. Indeed, we now have Members from the third generation of the original families who joined in the 1960s. Every year, many of our members holiday together in Devon to participate in the Salcombe Regatta. It’s all part of the fun of Fishers Green!
Young or old, racing or pottering, long-time Member or newcomer,
everyone finds a warm welcome at Fishers Green Sailing Club!