Leicestershire Sailing Association

Registered Charity No:  1107119

We are fundraising to build specialised facilities for our disabled students (showers, toilets etc) but all our students

will benefit!  

Thank you to everyone who recently supported our crowdfunding campaign we raised in excess of £21,000 !!

The LRYSA is a fully inclusive Charity run by Volunteer Instructors, with the aim to make sailing accessible to the whole community, regardless of their mental or physical abilities, age or background.   We have a strong reputation and many years’ experience working with vulnerable young people and are the only RYA Sailability accredited Centre in Leicestershire. 

All Instructors are trained to high RYA standards and we rely on local funding to be able to maintain these qualifications and also the level of boats and equipment we need to safely offer our services at a very low cost or often free to our most vulnerable groups. 

We offer dinghy sailing courses from age 7 to 80+ for all abilities (complete novices to advanced race training) and work closely with Disadvantaged Groups.  As well as RYA Sailing Courses, we also run RYA Power Boat and Safety Boat Courses.

Read Some of our recent achievements HERE

CURRENT COURSES RUNNING ....  Feel free to Contact Us with any questions

                                                                   New to Sailing?  check out one of our courses ...

          Age 8 to 18: RYA Sailing Stage 1 & 2:       Weekly attendance on Saturdays (ongoing)

          Adult:  RYA Sailing Level 1 & 2:                Weekly attendance (x 6) on Saturdays (Next start date Spring 2020) 

          Adult:  RYA Safety Boat Course:              2 day attendance (Next Dates  Spring 2020) 

          Adult:  RYA Power Boat Level 1 & 2:        2 day attendance (Next Dates  7/8 March 2020)                      

          Over 55s:  RYA Level 1 & 2:                       Relaxed attendance on Tuesdays!!  Anyone actually welcome!                         

Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested or want some more information ....some of our Volunteer Roles available:

Sailing Instructors:  We can help if some of your qualifications are out of date

Power Boat Drivers:  To help us with Safety cover

On-Shore Volunteers: Especially if you have experience of working with vulnerable children (severely disabled, blind or autistic children)

Admin & Marketing Volunteers: creating marketing materials (such as flyers), social media, contacting local groups & businesses and helping us spread the Word!!

General Volunteers:  we can always find you something to do!!

Activities take place on John Merricks Lake located in Leicestershire (LE7 1PD)

Details of Courses & Dates + More Information about Sailing

Feel free to Contact Us with any questions


Feb-19:  Bruce Wake Charity - £10,000 (new facilities)

Jan-19:  Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) - £2,100 (towards sessions for autistic children)

Dec-18:  L&R Community Foundation:  Private Donor - £1,500 (New container for site)

Sep-18:  Samworth Brothers - £5,670 (New equipment + volunteer expenses)

Jun-18:  L&R Community Foundation:  Private Donor - £2,000 (Bell Boat items)

Nov-17:  Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) - £1,580 (towards sessions for autistic children)

Oct-17:  Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons - £1,000 (new wet suits & helmets)

Jul-17:  Mayor's Charity Appeal Fund - £1,200  (New gates for JML Compound)

Jun-17:  Hinckley & Rugby Building Society - £50  (Dragon's Den Runner Up)

Dec-16/Aug-17:  LCC SHIRE Community Grant - £1,652 (enabling sailing activities for vulnerable people)

Jan-17:  Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) - £600  (Training Sessions for Achieve with Us)

Dec-16:  Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) - £2,830  (Training new Instructors)

Sep-16:  John Merrick's Sailing Trust - £6,000  (Fencing for JML Compound)

May-16:  Sport England Small Grants - £4,746 (Purchase Xenon Boat, Trailer + Main Sail)


Nov-2018:  Hinckley and Bosworth Sport and Health Alliance SPORTS AWARDS 2018

WINNER!  Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Leicestershire: The LRYSA

WINNER!  Junior Volunteer of the Year:  Heather Smith

Nov-2017:  Hinckley and Bosworth Sport and Health Alliance SPORTS AWARDS 2017

WINNER!  Young Volunteer of the Year:  Dominic Skeat

Runner Up!  Junior Sportsperson of the Year:  Harry Whitelegg

Runner Up!  Club of the Year:  The LRYSA

Nov-2016:  Hinckley and Bosworth Sport and Health Alliance SPORTS AWARDS 2016

WINNER!  Young Disabled Sports Person:  Edward Green

WINNER!  Coach of the Year:  Colin Magee



All courses are run to Royal Yachting Association (RYA) standards and all Instructors hold RYA Qualifications.  The RYA undertakes an inspection of our activities each year. View RYA 2019 affiliated certificate here.



Sailing Sessions


John Merricks's Lake

Please help us to raise funds for our new Facilities

SESSIONS for 2019


Check back in Spring 2020

for the new season

weather dependant!

RYA Stage 1 & 2 Sailing

(Age 8 to 16)

Ongoing on Saturdays 


5 day courses in 

Summer 2020

RYA Level 1 & 2 Sailing


Ongoing Courses

(6 x Saturdays)

Next Start: Spring 2020

RYA Level 1 & 2 Sailing

(Over 55s)

Every Tuesday

Age 55+

March to November 2019

RYA Safety boat Course

Next Date: Spring 2020

RYA Powerboat Course

Next Date: 7/8 March 2020




Saturday 30th November 

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backgrounds by

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