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
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.
New for 2011:
Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club is now recognised as a RYA Regional Training Centre. We now offer courses that lead to RYA qualifications (see the learn to sail section for details on all our training courses)
Ten advantages of IBRSC include: