Welcome to Island SC

We are dinghy sailors. Family orientated, catering for complete beginners to competent sailors

The Island Sailing Club Open Day - 28th April

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Island Sailing Club, Reading

The Island Sailing Club, Reading is a small, family orientated dinghy sailing club. We aim to offer exercise in the fresh air, personal development by learning to sail (we can train you if you can't already), friendship, (we run social events as well) and value for money for the fees.

NatLot and SE Landscape

We have received National Lottery funding for a number of projects that improve the facilities for the benefit of existing and future members

The Club is situated just South West of Reading within easy reach of junctions 11 & 12 of the M4 as well as Reading town centre.

Our Facilities include:

  • A picturesque 35 acre lake
  • A comfortable and light clubhouse
  • Dinghies available for member hire
  • A secure boat park
  • Lakeside Picnic area with BBQ
  • Current weather conditions (opens a new page)


We run RYA training courses to train members. We always have at least 3 race officials and at least one safety boat on sailing days.

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As well as handicap racing, members are encouraged to sail non competatively at any time

The next event:


Handicap racing (using the Portsmouth Yardstick system published annually by the RYA) is run with race timing and safety boat cover, races start at 12pm and 2pm each Sunday (more during summer).

Current Race Series:
Spring Series (19 races)


Quiz nights, away days, Carols and more - year round entertainment

The next social event:
The Open Day: 28th April



Why not come and join us for a taster session in the safe environment of our lake supervised by our enthusiastic volunteer instructors

If and when you wish to progress we can provide further training either in-house or in partnership with the near by Andrew Simpson Centre

Sailing courses we can offer:

  • Taster Session (2 hours) with one of our volunteer instructors in the boat with you at all times1
  • Sailing Basics (1 day course) with our in-house volunteer instructors2
  • RYA Level 1 (2 day course) with our training partners Andrew Simpson2
  • Sailing Improvement (1 day course) with our in-house volunteer instructors2
  • RYA Level 2 (2 day course) with our training partners Andrew Simpson2
  • RYA Level 3 (2 day course) with our training partners Andrew Simpson2
  • RYA Start Racing (1 day course) with our training partners Andrew Simpson2


Other courses we can offer:

  • RYA Power Boat Level 2 (2 day course) with our with our in-house volunteer instructors3
  • RYA First Aid (1 day course) with our with our in-house volunteer instructors3

1 Club membership not required

2 Club membership is required. Where the training is carried out by Andrew Simpson this is offered at a reduced rate than by going to Andrew Simpson direct

3 Open to club and non club members with priority and a reduced prices for club members


Contact the training principal or membership secretary for booking and more details

RYA Start Racing

Course requirements:
RYA level 2 or similar experience.

Having learnt to sail you may wish to start racing and join a club. This course takes you through the fundamentals of getting off the start line and round the course, introducing the basic skills needed to enter your first race or have fun with friends.

Next RYA Start Racing


Members: £150

Non members: £150

RYA Level 3 Club Racing

Course requirements:
a higher degree of competence.

This course is perfect for racing at club level. Build on your boat handling, speed and develop strategic plans based on the conditions.

Next RYA Level 3 Club Racing


Members: £150

Non-Members: £150

RYA Powerboat
Level 2

Covers launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard and more

Next RYA Powerboat 2

Cost Adults & 16 years and over)

Adult: £150

Junior: £100

RYA First Aid course

A one-day course covering all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective

Next RYA First Aid course

Venue: ISCR Clubhouse


Member: £50

Non-Member: £65


Races run since 1975


Hours of sailing since 1975


Commitee members supporting the club

Join us Today!

Come and meet us and have a look at our club, we sail on Sunday's, from 12 noon to about 4pm

Membership Pricing

What's on & Diary Dates

Leisure sailing and Racing takes place on Sunday. First Race starts around 12pm then another couple of races after lunch.
If you don't want to race just come and sail around.

Wetsuits are currently recommended until 1st May


Current Race Series:

Spring Series (19 races)

22nd March - 29th May


Next Race Series:

Summer Series (20 races)

5th June - 31st July


Next Social Event:

The Open Day: 28th April

Calendar of Events


The Island Sailing Club, Reading has always been a family club.

There are a number of activities, both on and off the water for junior members. These include special junior races and series. The club has a number of Toppers and an Optimist both very safe starter sailing boats for junior beginners. There is always someone available to go out in the Safety Boat to give advice and guidance. The Club has a Youth Welfare Officer, who is responsible for the organisation of Junior Activities and for the Child Protection Policy, as it applies to the Club. The Youth Welfare Officer is a designated Committee member. For those juniors who are not yet old enough to sail, the clubhouse has a number of toys, games and books to keep them entertained. Juniors must be adequately supervised by a responsible parent/guardian at all times when on the club premises, except for Junior Specific activities such as training and activity days. Life jackets should be worn when young children are on the lake frontage.

  • Juniors as with all other members MUST wear buoyancy aids when on a dinghy, raft, canoe or other boat.
  • Juniors are not allowed in the Safety Boat during racing unless trained.

Club buoyancy aids are available to use, for Juniors and adults, these are stored in the the Clubhouse.
These should be returned after use and hung up so that they dry.

ISCR Policy on Child Protection supports the RYA Guidelines

  • The child’s welfare is paramount. ISCR will take all reasonable steps to ensure through appropriate procedures and training, that children can partake in club activities in a safe environment.
  • All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity, etc. have the right to protection from abuse.
  • All suspicions and allegations of inappropriate behaviour will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • As defined in the Children’s Act 1989, anyone under the age of 18 years is considered as a child for the purposes of this document.
  • It is recognised that some adults may also be vulnerable and require similar protection.

The policy relates to everyone involved with club activities and will be kept under periodic review. All concerns, allegations, complaints and comments about the policy and associated procedures should be bought to the attention of the Youth Welfare Officer


  • All
  • Racing
  • Cruising
  • Social
  • Goring Cup '23

Membership Fees

The Island Sailing Club, Reading is a small, family orientated dinghy sailing club offering a variety of memberships.

(one time)
Individual Applicant age 18 years and over £40 £141
Family Husband/Wife/Partner and all children up to 22 years of age and in full time education £40 £165
Family Junior Non-sailing parent/guardian with children aged 12-17
Only the children sail
Club access only during formal club sailing times
Parent/guardian remain responsible and should be at the club with the junior at all times
£40 £56
Student Applicant under 22 years and in full time education £40 £48
Associate Social member, non-sailing, non-voting   £58
Boat Space Secure Compound for members boats (per boat)   £60
Trailer Space (no boat) Secure Compound for members trailers (per trailer)   £30
Sail Space Secure Container for members sails (per sail)   £30

Unless otherwise stated above, all members have access to the facilities 365 days a year. We use Groups IO and WhatsApp for communication between members and the committee. Members are expected to carry out club duties approximately once every three months and assist in working parties. Members using their own boat must have valid insurance. Internet based Dutyman software is used to manage our Duty Rota. Those wishing to join should contact our membership secratary or call


This is a small selection of the committee, we also have a Bosun, Race Officer, Treasurer and more

The next General Meeting of the club is the

Roland Briggs


Sheri Drake

Vice Commodore

Andy Evans

Rear Commodore

Graeme Hamilton

Membership Secretary

Peter Cawthraw

Training Principal


We might be sailing, but we will try and get back to you as soon as possible!

Our Address

Island Sailing Club, Reading

Searles Farm Lane, Pingewood, Reading

RG30 3XB

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07881 491121