Oxford Sailing Club


Farmoor reservoir is one of the best inland waters in the South of England and is the home of Oxford Sailing Club.  Whether you're a newcomer looking to try watersports or a seasoned pro looking for a new club, you will find that Oxford Sailing Club has a great deal to offer.

We have a lively and active membership nearing 1000 members, consisting of both windsurfers, sailors and experienced instructors.  Our website contains a wealth of information about the club including:

  • How to find us.
  • What events are on at the club (complete events diary).
  • What courses you can do - with a full on-line booking system.
  • Live weather reports updated every 2 seconds from the club weatherstation.

We look forward to seeing you on the water this year!


The safe but spacious waters of Farmoor reservoir cater for all abilities of sailor - from beginners in Optimists and Toppers to speed freaks in 49ERs and RS600's.  At the weekend, the lake is full of sailors all enjoying the great sailing conditions at Farmoor.  There are also several active racing fleets that all race throughout the week, but mainly at weekends.


Windsurfers of all abilities sail on Farmoor reservoir - from complete beginners to those training for the Olympic team.  On a light wind day, a learner can safely go out and practise windsurfing technique within the confines of a large lake with full rescue boat support - if something goes wrong, the side of the lake is never far away!  On a windy day, the wind can really blow through with gusts of 35 mph and more, creating a decent chop for bump and jump and more challenging conditions for the more experienced windsurfers.  During the Summer months, a team of windsurfers regularly races on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and we also hold regional windsurfing events.

The windsurfing community are very sociable and you can always find help if you need advice on local conditions, sail size, windsurfing technique etc.  We also hold a range of windsuring courses throughout the year to hone your technique and there are also windsurfing trips to more exotic locations like Dahab.

Youth Sailing/Windsurfing

The sailing club has a very active youth scene, where you can be an Oxford Pirate (sailing) or a member of Team15 (windsurfing).  We have some very good up and coming youth sailors/windsurfers who sail every week and our youth teams regularly clean up at regional and national championship level.


Our experienced RYA instructors put on a full timetable of courses throughout  the year in both windsurfing and sailing.  Whatever level you are at, there will be a course for you to help you improve - there is also one-on-one tuition and boat hire available to allow you to hone specific skills.  The training calendars are all on-line, so please browse these for more information.