Windsurfers at Queen Mary Reservoir

Windsurfers at Queen Mary Reservoir


Hi. Is anyone interested in this 9’ 3” Windsurfing Hawaii Epoxy Styrene board from 1986? The mould was designed by Kiwi surf and windsurf shaper Graham Allen. I plan to post this on the other UK Facebook groups but wondered if anyone in the London area (or south coast) was interested as I could drop off. Also, I have 2 Ampro masts, 3 small Pat Love wave sails, 3 booms, mast extensions/bases and a variety of Ed Angulo moulded epoxy fins (all Windsurfing Hawaii branded) I also have a bunch of True Ames (Santa Barbara) custom fins. Let me know if there is any interest. Thanks.
LOST: Red Tushingham 4:0 Storm Bag.

When unloading my van having had a great Windfoil session on Saturday (22nd) I realised that I had left my sail-bag in the rigging area.

I’ve been back today to take a look for it but without success. (But I did find someone else’s).

Hopefully someone is keeping mine safe.
Thanks Peter
Ooooh this looks tasty 😍😍😍
This is how much fun our instructors are having this summer on the foils!
We're back for Nervous Wrecks 2.0 and can't wait to welcome you to Burghfield, the one of a kind 6 hour endurance race to battle your nerves. We're raising money For MNDA West Berks and Burghfield Sailability and every boat counts!

Cant sail? No worries, we will have Stand Up Paddle Board and Try Windsurfing sessions running all day. Thanks ASWC Reading and Burghfield Sailing Club!

Need a boat? Charter boats are available- email [email protected] for details!

Not feeling energetic? The bar will be open with our charity ales all day for you to soak up the rays and fill your boots! We've also got afternoon tea, an evening hogroast and DJ to keep us going to the small hours!

Last year we raised over £12000 and we'd love to beat this! Check out the NOR and DONATE @
It's a Windy Tuesday! Water open from 12 - 3pm today.
Hi there. Does anybody happen to know what’s up with the Wind Guru weather station at the QMSC? I haven’t been able to get a reading on-line for a few weeks now so I wondered whether the problem was on my end or at the club. Thanks!!!
Tomorrow, Tuesday 24th will be a 'Windy' so the water will be open from 10:00 to 3:00 pm. Come up and play if you're free!
It's a 'Windy' this evening! Come up and enjoy the conditions - off water at 8 pm; gates close at 8.30 pm.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at QM this Saturday, but quick final shout out for last couple of places for our Queen Mary Windwise session this Sat 15th July.

Great opportunity to tune up your windsurfing, we'd love to help you.

Control, blasting, fast tacks, gybing plus any other troublesome technique issues covered using our unique Windwise Skills Training System.

Whether it's difficulty sorting the harness or straps, staying dry in fast tacks or gybes and controlling the board rather than it controlling you, we find the exact skills your missing, work on your strengths and develop your 'system' to solve things and move on.

Wind looks perfect for both skills and planing too!

Come and join us for a great day, any questions [email protected]

Simon Bornhoft

Coach of the Year 2017
Saturday 15th July Simon Bornhoft Windwise Freeride Skills Training Session Queen Mary Sailing Club

If you're looking to enhance your general Sailing, improve early planing, control, straps, harnessing and blasting ability we can help you! Plus if you struggle to make fast shorter board tacks and stay dry through your gybes this inclusive Windwise Skills Training Session is perfect for you.

Link for more information and to book:

The largest stretch of water within the M25. Any and all windsurfers welcome for personal kit or rental! Queen Mary is one of the largest inland place to windsurf near London.

Whatever the wind is doing in the area QM, situated high above the surrounding landscape, will deliver a wind strength 1-2 forces higher. On a windy day it is typical to see advanced windsurfers blasting, jumping, looping and going for big moves whilst beginners and intermediates are progressing on flatter parts of the water. With a pond-size of 700 acres, 1-mile plus reaches are there for the taking.

Operating as usual


Not long now Windsurfers...

We are delighted with the announcement by the Prime Minister, a 'crocus of hope' that we may finally be exiting current restrictions. The roadmap indicates outdoor sports will restart on Monday 29th March - So we will reopen the Club for your sailing and windsurfing that very same day!


Not just for Sailors. Who wants to be in the best shape before we can hit the water again?

Pilates for Sailors

Free class Saturday 20th 9-10am

I grew up learning to sail and spent my free time at my local sailing club, making the most of their youth activities. I went on to become a Dinghy instructor and have taught at a number of fantastic RYA centres both inland and on the coast over the past seven years.

Once I started teaching Pilates I could see the massive potential for using the exercise method to support sailors to make the most out of their time on the water! I am particularly interested in using Pilates to help dinghy sailors improve strength, balance and flexibility to maximise hiking ability and get you all moving around your boats and ducking under the boom with ease!

As we begin to see the potential end of the current lockdown and the reopening of sailing clubs and boat yards, NOW is the perfect time to get training so you are ready to leap back on the water at the first opportunity!

Class conditions:
Must be in the UK
Must be over 18

Message me to receive your free class link!


Great Christmas gift ideas here from a local QM windsurfer....

Your sail number on a custom Xmas tree decoration! 🎄
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Queen Mary Sailing Club

Water Closed 2.0

Following the statement by the Prime Minister on Saturday 31st October and subsequent guidance from the RYA on Wednesday 4th November, we have closed the water and Sailing Club. The Government announced that the whole of England will enter a period of lockdown restrictions for 28 days, starting on Thursday 5th November ending Wednesday 2nd December.

The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and well-being and to minimising pressure on front-line services. We all have a role to play by following the Government guidelines.

The club grounds will be open for members to check their boats are tied down and to secure windsurfing boards in cages: Today, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November (10am to 3pm). It will be possible for members to visit after Saturday for essential maintenance and checks, please email the club at [email protected].

Please bear with us as we respond to these changes. The club website home page will have the most up to date information.

We wish you and your families continued good health and look forward to seeing you sailing or windsurfing, when we rise again at Queen Mary.

Team QM

(Picture taken this morning - closed for fog!) 01/11/2020

Team QM Transatlantic's Mo Space

The Queen Mary Team are taking part in Movember and we would like your help! Not only are we going to be growing some Moustaches, we are going to get moving too. We are entering the colder and darker winter months and it can be hard to stay active, especially with the most recent release of a new UK ‘Lockdown’.

Our Mental Health in the UK is more fragile than ever, so it is vital that we stay active. Our challenge is to try and complete a “Transatlantic Crossing” of 3368 Miles!

The plan is for EVERYONE – QM members, their families, their friends – to record their OUTDOOR activity, this can be Cycling, Walking, Running, Roller Blading... Whatever tickles your fancy and your distance will be added to the total. IF we can stay open (guidance pending) we will include watersports in this too!!

If you want to help us reach our goal then please download the Trac4good app and record your progress there!! If you logged any distance on the water today the please add it to our total!

If you would like to donate then please do so via our group page on the Movember website or follow the link on the app.

The Movember charity does great work helping Mens’ Health and any donation you can make – even £1 will make a huge difference!

Visit our Movember page here; Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health.


Queen Mary Sailing Club

We are open for a 'Windy' tomorrow, Monday from 10.00 - 15.00. Come and enjoy the wind!
Book a Day Sail for £15 - bring your kit up and join the fun!


Still time to book your place on Simon's windsurf clinic in sunny and windy Prasonisi next week!

Simon Winkley’s September Windsurfing trip to windy Rhodes is on...

Hi everyone,

I hope that you are getting on well despite the interruptions to things this year. My overseas clinics in 2020 to Costa Teguise, Lanzarote and Alaçati, Turkey did not run for obvious reasons. However I am pleased to announce a relatively last-minute clinic to windy Rhodes. I am really positive about this trip and about travelling responsibly to get people out on the water doing what they love to do. It has not been an easy year so maybe a trip like this is just the thing to restore the balance.

Prasonisi is situated on the southern end of the island of Rhodes in the windy corner of Greece. Well off the tourist trail, this is a rural area where a few shops and several small tavernas complete the village scene. The Meltemi wind is accelerated as it gets squeezed between the mountain and the small island offshore to offer excellent conditions for freeriding on the sheltered side of the spit where the clinic will take place. The wind here is cross-off from the right and has flat water and chop. There is also a cross-onshore beach slightly upwind with small waves.

With loads of JP and Neil Pryde kit from a professional centre we will be working on all core skills from getting going to controlling top speed, tacks, gybes, waterstarts, a whole range of carving options and maybe a bit of jumping.

There is limited nightlife so we won’t be tempted into anything more than a couple of hours of responsible socialising with smiles, tales of great heroics, good food and cold beers in the evening!

This is a great deal to include flights, transfers, kit hire for 7 days, accommodation, half-board and a place on the 5-day clinic. Solo travellers will, of course, have to take single occupancy as we cannot currently buddy people up in a twin room. Couples or friends in a bubble who are happy to share a twin room may, of course, do so.

Prasonisi is a beautiful location with a reliable reputation as a windsurfing spot and I hope that some of you will be able to join me there in September for a memorable week!


Monday 14 Sept 2020
Depart London Gatwick 14:10 hrs
Arrive Rhodes 20:20 hrs

Monday 21 Sept 2020
Depart Rhodes 21:05 hrs
Arrive London Gatwick 23:20 hrs

7 Nights Half Board in twin share Including flights: £1,299pp
7 Nights Half Board in twin single occupancy room Including flights: £1,499pp

Contact Sportif to book or contact myself to chat about the clinic
Sportif: [email protected] 01273 844919
Simon Winkley: [email protected] 07866 489261 (anytime)


Current situation...the calm after the storm...


Beautiful day - 25-35kts (& the sun has now come out!). See you all soon 🤙🏼


Safety Briefing for Windsurfing and Sailing at Queen Mary Sailing Club (2020 COVID 19)

Please watch this video before your visit.

Stay safe 🤙


Non-QM members now allowed up for a play! 🎉 You must book prior to coming along using the link below!

See you this weekend for a shred!


First one on the water is a windsurfer. Well done Colin Humphries 👏

First one out on the water for sessions 10-12 of our first day open to members. Great too see some familiar faces again.


Queen Mary Sailing Club

Return to sailing on Saturday 23rd May

I am delighted to advise you all that following HMG’s announced step 1 release from lockdown, in England, together with cautious confirmation and detailed guidance from the RYA, we plan to partially re-open Queen Mary Sailing Club on Saturday 23rd May and the Bank Holiday Weekend. Going forward in phase 1 the club will be open 3 days a week and under continuous review with Governments guidance.

Having completed phase zero of our re-opening plan over the coming days, our club will then operate in line with phase 1 of our 5 x phased re-opening plan – please see chart on our previous facebook post. All the following dates are dependent on our experiences and Government confidence with a stable infection rate lower than R1.0. There will be strict limitations in place for the following few weeks in phase 1, before moving to phase 2, as we constantly assess club operations for our members, volunteers and our staff safety:

Phase 1 – starting Saturday 23rd May

> Club open 3 days per week 09:00 to 17:00
> Sailing & lake access will be confined to ‘casual sailing & windsurfing’ only.
> Strict social distancing will be in force: You may sail alone / You may sail with members of your own household./ You can meet up with one other person from another household, but must stay 2 meters apart at all times.
> The QMSC Clubhouse will provide toilet facilities only. The club house will remain closed for all other facilities (no upper deck access, changing facilities and no café).
> There will be limits on the numbers of Sailors allowed each day, details on booking system to follow.
> More guidance will be published on the club website next week, please check the website before making your visit.

We are all keen to get back on the water! Sailors must only sail in the conditions that they are comfortable with, reducing risks to our staff on water safety, also following signage & procedures. Health & Safety regarding Covid-19 protection will be overriding everything we do as a club, further please visit the club website for up to date information before making your visit.

This all sounds rather sombre and that is because it actually is very serious. Covid-19 has proved many times over to be a potentially fatal infection, the risk of which needs to be treated with the maximum caution.
We are all very excited to be starting sailing again at Queen Mary Sailing Club, so soon after the end of lockdown. As HMG says ‘Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives’ is now coming sharply into focus.

Great sailing ahead - we look forward to seeing you on the water at Queen Mary soon..

Kind regards

Richard Steele - Commodore



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Dear Members and Supporters,

Following the announcement by the Government on Friday the water is now closed.

Following the statements from the Prime Minister on Friday 19th March, we are taking the Government’s advice very seriously and have made the tough decision to close.

These are truly unprecedented circumstances, and the impact that this outbreak will have on society, businesses, individuals and our local community will be huge. We wish you the very best of health, please keep safe and please only make the necessary journeys you need to make.

This weekend at Queen Mary Sailing Club:

Members can still gain entry to check their Boats and/or Boards, The Club House is closed, Toilet facilities are available on the water side of the building, Admission to grounds will be for Members of Queen Mary Sailing Club only

Further updates are to be expected - Please check the club’s website for the most up to date information before visiting the Club each time.

We wish you, your friends and family continued good health.

Tony Bishop,
Club Secretary

[03/08/20]   We're open for a windy again! Tuesday 10th march. Water open 10-3.

Enjoy 🤙 26/02/2020

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Less than 10 seats left on the Club Vass trip! Make sure you get your space 31st May! 24/02/2020

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Queen Mary Sailing Club

We are open today (Monday 24th) for a Windy - from 10:00 - 15:00

[02/17/20]   We are open for another Windy this week - Tuesday 18th February from 10.00 - 15.00!


Wind is up today at QM! Averaging around 25kts 😎

[02/16/20]   We're open for another windy tomorrow 17th feb! Water open 10-3.


[02/14/20]   It's going to be a windy one this weekend.. let us know if you're going to take on Dennis below!


Windsurfers at Queen Mary Reservoir's cover photo


Guess what... we're open for a windy tomorrow 10th and Tuesday 11th Feb. Water Open 10-3.


[01/26/20]   Tuesday 28th January - we are open for a Windy from 10:00 - 15:00; gates close 15:30


Ocean Guardian Challenge

Please like and share. What a great way to get kids into our sport and teach how to look after our waterways...

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Queen Mary Sailing Club

Tuesday 14th January - we are open for a Windy from 10.00 - 15.00

[01/05/20]   We're open for a 'windy' tomorrow 6th Jan. Water open 10-3.

Don't forget the Bloody Mary is on Sat 11th so the only day in the year we are not open. Apologies. :(


Glamour conditions at Queen Mary... and we’re open for a windy!! Who’s coming down? 😁

[12/07/19]   As there has been little interest in our Winter talks this December we have decided to move them to next month. Please watch this space for re-schedule information. 04/12/2019

Club Vass | Windsurfing Holidays - Greece |

Club Vass have kindly offered the 31st of May at £699pp for the Andromeda and £799 for the hotel!

If you would like to book then please call them up on 0844 463 0191 and tell them you're travelling with Queen Mary Sailing Club. The earlier you book the better room you will get!

It's also Diva Week, offering girls tuition of all levels from female instructors!

It would be fantastic to get as many people along as possible from QM this year and make a big go of it!

Many Thanks,
The QM Team!


Techno Worlds, Cadiz 2019
Four of our young windsurfers headed to Club Nautico, Puerto Sherry, for the Worlds over half term. Elektra Day-San and Ashi Himsworth competed in the Silver Fleet Youth Girls, Will Ziegler in the Silver Fleet Junior Boys and Millie Searle in the Junior Girls.
Overall, Elektra came 74th and Ashi 79th out of 85 in the Youth Girls and Will came 62nd out of 85 overall, with one podium place – 3rd in Race 6. Well done to all of them, competing in such a large international competition.
Millie, competing in a field of 58, came in the top 10 in 7 of the 10 races, with two podium places – 3rd in Race 2 and 1st in Race 9. She placed 8th overall and the top-placed British Under 15 Girl, which is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of her – all that practice up at Queen Mary is clearly paying dividends!


We’re in for a windy one today and Saturday! Who’s coming for a play?!


QM are proud that two of our youth windsurfers are currently part of the 14 strong GB team competing at the Techno 293 European Windsurfing Championships at Michmoret in Israel.

Elektra Day-San (15) and Millie Searle (14) are both graduates of QM training , QM Team 15 with Therese and Paul, and are current members of RYA London and South East Zone Squad, and national squads. They also recently qualified as Assistant Instructors at QM.

It is early days on the racing but they certainly appear to be having a blast!

Below are some photos of the event for you all to see how much fun it looks to be!

On top of this; our Team 15 Club the "Queen Mary Skimmers" came 3rd overall in the regional inter-club championships on Saturday!!! amazing news for our Youth windsurfers all round!

Elektra and Millie have both benefitted hugely from the RYA training schemes for young windsurfers, starting with Team 15 at QM and Zone Squad. Elektra in particular has gone from beginner to international racer in under 3 years. If you have a young U16 windsurfer who fancies going the same route please get in contact with Ben our chief windsurfing instructor at *[email protected]* for more info.

QM Team sending all the best to Millie and Elektra in their last few days of racing, and also to the rest of the GB squad out in Israel!

Special thanks to Howie for the photos and info!

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Queen Mary is one of the largest areas of water to windsurf on near London. Whatever the wind is doing in the area, QM - situated high above the surrounding landscape - will deliver a wind strength 1-2 forces higher. On a windy day it is typical to see advanced windsurfers blasting, jumping, looping and going for big moves whilst beginners and intermediates are progressing on flatter parts of the water. With a pond-size of 700 acres, 1.3 mile reaches are there for the taking.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
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Saturday 09:00 - 19:00
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