Sailing - Apr to Sep

The Sailing Lake at Tallington provides an ideal venue for Dinghy Sailors. A separate lake with clear, good quality water (from underground springs) provides a great Sailing Centre in the UK. Tallington offers changing and shower facilities, and a warm welcome for all members and non-members.

The lakes are open all year depending on the weather and the Sailing Centre facilities are open daily from April 1 to September 30:
peak (summer holidays and weekends) from 9.30am to 6.30pm

Alternative showers and changing facilities are located at the main reception area open all year where refreshments are also available.

All sailing courses are run by fully qualified RYA instructors on our dedicated sailing lake.

Our fleet currently boasts: 4 x Topaz Taz, 8 x Topaz, 2 x Topaz Race and 2 x Omega.

All participants must complete a disclaimer before entering the water for the first time. Activity Disclaimer please click here.

Please note: cancellation or alteration of bookings must be provided with a minimum of 48 hours notice to allow transfer, or credit note. No refunds given.

Dinghy Launch Rules

Access to Tallington Lakes and use of all facilities is strictly at the individuals risk. Tallington Lakes will not accept  liablilty for any accident or injury however caused. Please note: The lakes are not supervised:

  • All owners must register and obtain an annual  Launch Permit.
  • Temporary registration and  launch permits are available.
  • In order to register, all owners must provide an original and valid certificate of insurance detailing levels of cover (usually a minimum of £500,000 of third party cover).
  • Registered owners will receive an electronic barrier card to gain automatic entry and exit to Tallington, there is a refundable deposit of £15 per card. All guests must pay £5 per vehicle (plus any relevant launch fees) at reception.
  • Dinghies may only be launched in their designated area on lake 3.
  • All dinghy occupants are required to wear CE approved buoyancy aids whilst on the water.
  • Be aware of the overhead electrical power lines.
  • Please note that swimming is not allowed in any lake.
  • No craft is permitted on the lake between the hours of 10pm (or dusk, whichever is sooner) and 8.00 am.
  • Tallington Lakes reserves the right to revoke launch rights at any time without warning, reason or reimbursement.
  • Never operate a sailing craftafter consuming alcohol, using drugs or, when intoxicated.
  • Please note that there is an element of danger when participating in watersports or when in the vicinity of water.
  • All Participants must complete a disclaimer before entering the water for the first time.

Sailing Launch Fees

Annual Launch Fee

If you are wishing to launch your own craft you will need insurance and purchase a launch permit from the Main Office.
From 01 April to 31 March

Dinghy £160 (insurance is required)

Day Launch Fee

Dinghy £12 (insurance is required).

Recreational Hires

Sailing kit is available to hire as follows:

Topaz Uno Hire (1 hr): £20

Topaz Omega Hire (1 hr): £35

All persons wishing to hire kit only, must hold the appropriate competency certificate: Sailing RYA Level 2.


Sailing Courses

Adult Courses

Have a go session £60 – 1 1/2 hours

Adult RYA Courses

  • Level 1 £210 – 2 days
  • Level 2 £230 – 2 days
  • Level 3 £230 – 2 days
  • Zero to hero (1:1 tuition) £500 – 3 days
  • Seamanship Skills £230 – 2 days
  • Sailing with spinnakers £230 – 2 days
  • High Performance Sailing £230 2 days

Junior Sailing Courses (U16)

RYA junior sailing courses are specially designed to provide the perfect learning environment for young sailors. All courses and prices are based on a group (2 or more).

Have a go session £50 – 1 1/2 hours

Junior Sailing Courses

  • Stage 1 £190 – 2 days
  • Stage 2 £200 – 2 days
  • Stage 3 £200 – 2 days

Please note attendance on a course does not guarantee an RYA endorsed certificate.

Personal tuition

Hire an instructor for £30 per hour (equipment hire not included).

Training Centre

Junior Sailing Club

Saturday Sharks Sailing Club

Practise your skills in regular club meetings where RYA instructors will organise fun sessions with advice and guidance for improving your skills.

Saturday 9.30am – 11am

April to September £35 per session (sessions must be booked at least one week in advance).

Pre requirements for the club are RYA Stage 1 or equivalence sailing experience.

Please book now by telephone or emailing us.


Training Centre