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Why Choose Us

  • As the name implies, IBRSC is based on a reservoir - no unexpected shallows, no tides, clean wind, no currents, no obstructions and no other users!

    Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club The Club House

    Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club,  The Club House

    Our home is Island Barn Reservoir, Ray Road, off Island Farm Road, East Molesey. The reservoir is roughly circular with a diameter of one-third of a mile and an area of 122 acres, and raised 45 feet above the surrounding land to provide clear wind. Island Barn borders Sandown Racecourse, Molesey Heath and is between the rivers Ember and Mole (the Ember divides from the Mole west of the club, and rejoins it to the east - hence the Island!. It provides a wonderfully peaceful sailing venue 15 miles from Charing Cross, and 15 minutes from the M25.
    Everyone who visits IBRSC comments on how peaceful it is. There are no major roads or railways nearby and there are pleasant views of Sandown racecourse, the heath and the local area. The river Mole runs past the reservoir and the world's heaviest flying bird (the swan) can often be seen and heard taking off or landing. (flap, flap, flap, splat, splat, whoosh...) We also play host to Thames Water's peripatetic flock of sheep, who are employed to keep the grass down and travel regularly between us, Queen Mary and Queen Mother reservoirs.

    Ten advantages of IBRSC include:

    1. A friendly, active club with good turnouts and the chance for everyone to get involved
    2. Clear open water with plenty of room
    3. Racing for all standards
    4. Cruising allowed whenever there is sailing (all we ask is that you keep clear of the race)
    5. A glorious peaceful location, yet easily accessible
    6. Easy launching with good ramps and multiple access points - no bottlenecks!
    7. Upper berths mean you are no more than a short push from the launch ramp
    8. Lower berths give easy access to your boat for travellers, and a winch gets you on the water quickly
    9. Comfortable clubhouse with good views of the sailing - race goes right outside each lap
    10. Club boats for members and usually crewing vacancies - no need to buy a boat straight away