Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still join Sailing if I missed it during fresher’s week?

Yes, of course! If you were a bit too busy or have just realised that sailing at uni is worth giving a try, make sure to email our club and let us know when you would like to come sail with us. Alternatively, if you know of someone that is part of the club, you can also talk to them directly and they can probably sort you out faster. It’s always a pleasure to introduce new people to sailing and to our lovely club. Just get in touch with us for further details!

Can I still sail if I don’t have any sailing equipment?

Yes, no problem! All you really need to get started is a pair of trainers that you don’t mind getting wet and a windstopper or rainjacket (or even a thick jumper) to keep you warm when it’s windy. Aside from that, if you bring sports clothes to the training sessions and make sure you’ve got normal clothes that you can change into afterwards then you should be fine!

We are very grateful to be sponsored by Rooster which provides us with a generous discount on sailing kit so if you decide you would like to keep sailing during the year you’ll have a chance to get great quality kit at reduced prices.

Are the sailing courses free?

Yes! As a member of the Sailing Club, you will have access to sailing courses (certified by the RYA) as well as training sessions that we routinely hold on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Wembley Sailing Club.

Our club is proud to have several certified instructors and we organise the RYA Sailing Level 1 and 2 courses (Start to Sail and Basic Skills). After the course, students will then get a qualification attesting to their sailing abilities.


What if I’ve already sailed a bit before but have never raced before?

That’s 100% fine and we’ve got plenty of members who first joined without much experience in racing either! If you show up to training sessions, you will have a chance to get introduced to team racing. As you continue to train throughout the term, your sailing abilities will get much better and you might be able to join one of our teams if that’s what you fancy!

What activities take place during the year for the Sailing Club at Imperial?

We’ve got quite a lot going on at the Sailing Club, no wonder our members end up becoming close friends even after uni!

During the terms we hold training sessions on Wednesday and Saturdays (with Saturdays being more focused on competitive racing training, so some sailing ability is recommended for these sessions).

We host many social events, such as curries, bowling, Christmas dinner and so many more!

We also venture outside London to different parts of the country to participate in weekend-long events as part of the Team Racing Tour, as well as nation-wide competitions organised by BUSA (British University Sailing Association) such as Fleets Championships and Team Racing Nationals.

We’re always happy to have new members joining our club and looking to increase our team size, if you’d like to give sailing a go, feel free to email us or message us on any of our social media accounts!

How much does membership cost?

Membership for the 2021-2022 academic year will cost £85 for racers (Imperial Athletes and Sailing Silver Memberships) and £20 for beginners (Imperial Athletes). This will provide you with access to our club boats, all our club sailing activities (training, BUCS Championships), and of course our college-wide popular socials! Out-of-town weekend events are heavily subsidized by the club, but there is still a cost, usually £50 for the weekend.


How can I buy membership?

Membership can be bought through the Imperial Union site. 

Any Imperial alumni are welcome to sail with us, as long as they have got Life Membership from the Union.

Any London student or alumni is welcome to sail with us, as long as they have bought Associate Membership from Imperial College Union.

I’m a beginner, can I sail at Imperial?

Of course you can! We organise RYA courses at the start of the year, which will get you a certified qualification of your sailing abilities. We also run additional beginner-friendly sessions to get you up to speed in no time. After this, if you wish to progress further, we will happily introduce you to competitive sailing so you can represent Imperial at national events.

To get more information on how to get started; drop us an email or a message on our Facebook page to have a chat with us! We are always excited to have new people on board 🙂 

Where does Imperial College Sailing Club sail?

We sail at the Brent Reservoir in Wembley, North West London. Directions and our address can be found here.