Low water hazards + September Sailing News

We start with news that the water level has been dropping in recent weeks and we expect this to continue. Please take care when launching and recovering your boats, working as teams to get up and down the bank.

Low water Hazards

There are sailing hazards below the surface especially as the spit extending out into the reservoir is exposed. An island will soon appear on the far side of the lake which is the dumping ground for BRETT aggregate; it is a build up of their waste material over the years.  We will endeavor to find and mark the island as the water goes down and please look at the daily information board for update information.


Well done to everyone travelling to events this Summer and thank you for representing Queen Mary. Hot off the press – Howard and Lou just back from the RS400 Irish Nationals scoring a win in race four, The QM Lasers had a fantastic week at their Nationals in Largs Scotland and we had an exciting report from our youth windsurfers in Israel which featured in club news (read more). Please let us know your stories if you’ve been sailing away!

But… hold the front page… huge congratulations to Bjorn Handley who started the summer winning the Topper 4.2 National Series and went on to claim second place at the Topper 4.2 World Championships in Medemblik, Netherlands. (He also won a race at the Topper 5.3 Nationals in the Silver fleet, that was in Weymouth) Kapow!

Club news:

  • Congratulations to Howard Fairbrother and Louise Hosken who won the 2019 Wednesday Evening Series – 106 Boats entered the 23 week series with the final race held on Wednesday 4th September, followed by dinner and prize giving.
  • The Club Championships (CC) will be held on Sunday 15th September with the first race counting towards Bart’s Bash – The World’s Largest Sailing Race. This is an open event so please invite sailing friends and competitors from other sailing clubs to join us, although the overall CC winner has to be a Queen Mary Member, obviously.
  • AGM – Save the Date Sunday Sunday 13th October

We end with news that the Sailing School had another record year this time with 733 kids on summer courses, the club is in great shape, … please can we all just do a little rain dance as we end the season.

See you on the water soon..

QM youth windsurfers competing at the Techno 293 European Windsurfing Championships

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!

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 *chief.windsurf@queenmary.org.uk* 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 this report!


Topper and RS Tera Race Training Week – 19th to 23rd August 2019

This year we are offering a new training week aimed at experienced sailors aged between 11 and 18. This is for Topper and RS Tera sailors who are already involved in a race circuit. Those who want to fine-tune their racing level and looking to regional and national sailing squads. The week is coached by Ben Kimbell.

This is a race week predominantly aimed at those with access to their own boat looking at race tactics covering: boat tuning, starts, upwind tactics, mark rounding, downwind tactics, boat handling, personal preparation and fitness, and improved wind awareness.

Who is Ben Kimbell?
Ben Kimbell is a past Queen Mary staff member who joined the RYA as a Sailing Development Officer for London and the South East.

Ideally all participants need to be:

  • Involved in a form of race series, like club racing or youth series
  • Have access to their own boat

Date: 19th to 23rd August – Topper and RS Tera


Timings & what to expect

  • The training weeks will run Monday-Friday 0930-1630 on the dates listed above.
  • Boats need to be partially rigged ready for the day’s briefing which begins promptly at 0930
  • A mixture of land-based theory/drills and on-water practical sessions
  • Note – non members can store their boat at QM during July and August.


The 5 day training is £195 for non-members, a 20% discount for members.  

Talk to our team >> Call the club on 01784 248881 | sailondon@queenmary.org.uk

You’re Invited to do the SUPer Mile!

This summer we challenge you to complete the SUPer Mile.

A one mile courses has been set on the Queen Mary reservoir and we’re paddles ready for all to complete the challenge. You have 1 hour to SUP round the 1 mile course and claim your medal.

Good luck!


Non members are welcome, one challenge per person, price below includes medal.

  • £20 with a QM SUP
  • £5 with your own SUP 

Great for fitness, great for friends and a great way to get out on the water


If this is your first time we will start with a 10-15 minute training session to learn the basics, our QM are on hand to help get you on the water.


TODAY if the wind conditions are right!
The only thing stopping you is if it’s too windy then it is very difficult to control and we don’t allow our kit out for safety. It’s best to give us a call and we can let you know the best time to come and do your SUPer Mile.
Anyone aged 7 and above can take part in the challenge, although those between the ages of 7 and 12 will have to share a board with an adult and anyone between 13 and 16 must be accompanied on the water.


Queen Mary Sailing Club will once again opens its doors for a happy, fun-filled water fun day.

  • Do you want to start sailing?
  • Would you like your children to have sailing lessons?
  • Perhaps you want to come back to sailing after a break?

On offer will be sailing, windsurfing and SUPing which are all family fun activities. You will be allocated one of these activities for your 90 minute session. Members and staff will be present to answer any questions about membership, courses. We welcome families, groups of friends, in fact anyone interested in finding out more about what it’s like to go sailing, windsurfing or stand-up paddle boarding, so come along and have a go!

Join us on Saturday 29th June and take a first step into Sailing, Windsurfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

Our Open day will run four sessions and please only book on to one session to give as many people as possible the opportunity to get on the water. Book your places at £10 per head, on our online booking link below.

  • Session 1 – 09:30 to 11:00 
  • Session 2 – 11:00 to 12:30
  • Session 3 – 14:00 to 15:30
  • Session 4 – 15:30 to 17:00 

RiB rides around our lake will also be on offer for those who like a turn of speed. Lunchtime barbecue available by the lakeside.

This is a great chance to get on the water and come and see what we do – and if you like what you see, we would be delighted to join you up as a member or book you on one of our courses.

Queen Mary presents The Ocean Guardian Assembly

Pupils unite in the Ocean Guardian Assembly, connecting young people with water sports and raise awareness about environmental impact of plastic.

On Friday 7th June over 11,000 primary school learners at over 100 locations across the country will unite in the Ocean Guardian Assembly. The pupils’ aim is to highlight the impact plastic waste is having on oceans and the environment.

Emerging from the cutting room floor after finishing the edit for the assembly, the Plastic Education team were thankful to everyone in the community of 540 teachers and 105 schools who contributed to building their amazing first ever collaborative assembly, with special thanks to feature items by the ‘We are the voice’ choir and ‘Incredible Oceans’.

‘We Are the Voice’ is a children’s Zero Waste campaign that links and unites children’s voices determined to change the way we use plastic. Their campaign will petition manufacturers of children’s goods to take responsibility for what they produce through a strategically organised, united schools campaign.

Incredible Oceans deliver events, festivals and education that tell critical ocean-saving stories and they collaborated with FuseSchool to produce the video that will feature in the assembly. FuseSchool has a focus to make education accessible to all by making short, snappy, animated videos which explains maths and science topics brilliantly.

Jeremy Payne, Principal at St. James’ Primary Academy explained ‘the wonderful thing about our evolving and growing project is that it can fit into every school’s curriculum, can be moulded to the unique circumstances of every school’s environment.  We have been so excited by the diverse approaches to Plastic Education that our schools have shared with us so far.’

The 19-minute assembly has been sent to schools to help with their preparations, view it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuE3g3InFW0

Participating schools have access to a hub of resources for teachers to support learning centred around the issues of plastic pollution in the oceans, the environment, recycling and the circular economy and all educators are invited to contribute or use the resources available to support their school’s curriculum.

Tony Bishop, Club Secretary at Queen Mary Sailing Club said ‘It’s overwhelming the amount of support we have received for our Plastic Education campaign, the response from schools and teachers has been fantastic. Schools can sign up to host an assembly right up to the day and there is a great team behind the challenge to support anyone wishing to get involved’.

Schools across the country are invited to visit the website at www.plasticeducation.com and sign up for assembly and download all the resources.

Countdown to the Wednesday ‘SEVEN30 Cup’!

Firstly huge congratulations to our star youth windsurfers back from The 32nd Eric Twiname Junior Championship with medals to show… Queen Mary Sailing Club’s Iona Shefford, won the Techno 4.5 fleet only finishing outside of the top three once, while Queen Mary Sailing Club’s William Ziegler, took the Techno 5.8 title. Well done!

In June and July our Wednesday evening series moves to a 7:30pm start time in an attempt to tease more sailors people out on the water… And a NEW prize is born, we are delighted to introduce the SEVEN30 Cup. This is a 9 race series with 6 races to count and runs in addition to the normal Wednesday evening series. Prizes will be awarded at the dinner following the last race in the series on Wednesday 31st July.

Save the new start time: Wednesday 5th June at 7:30pm

Club news:

  • In the mix of boat purchasing for the sailing School we got an RS Aero, which will be for Select members and member hire. The Aero will be available for members with good sailing experience; come and have a chat with the team if you would like to have a go.
  • Open Day is coming soon – Saturday 29th June Can you help? let us know.
  • A RECORD Easter and May half term already!. There are limited spaces left on the half term courses and our Summer Camps are also selling like hot cakes – book early to avoid missing the boat!
  • NSSA – The 2019 QM team will be lead by Steph, She is back in the fold and this year the regatta is in sunny seaside Weymouth. Please contact us if you would like to join our team as we need to register fairly soon.
  • London Youth Games – At Queen Mary is on 15th -16th June and sponsored by NIKE, our fourth time hosting this great event.
  • And did you know… The Caterers now take card payments?!


Club Racing Dates for your Diary – May to July 2019:
  • Sunday 2nd June – start of Summer Sunday Series
  • Wednesday 5th June – Start time Wednesday Evening Series Racing (June – July) 19:30
  • Wednesday 5th June – first race in SEVEN30 Cup Series
  •  Sunday 16th June – RS200 Series
  • Sunday 30th June – RS400 Gold Fleet and Laser BIG Sunday Series
  • (BH) Monday 22nd April – Easter Open Pursuit Race
Open Meetings:
  • Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th June – London Youth Games (hosted by QMSC)
  • Saturday 29th June Team 15 Interclub Windurfing Event
  • Saturday 29th June – QMSC Open Day
Saturday Club Dates (formal sessions):
  • 8th & 22nd June; 6th & 20th July

See you on the water soon!

Shortlisted for TES and the NRA Awards!

In an incredible 24 hours our Plastic Education campaign reached the dizzy heights of being shortlisted for TWO prestigious national awards. This double ‘wowzers’ was experienced as we made the cut for not only this year’s Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards, but also becoming finalists for a National Recycling Award.

We are in the running for both ‘Community and Collaboration’ awards and ‘Campaign of the Year’ categories, looking at how our project has connected and is supporting schools. It is a recognition of the work schools, alongside others, have done to inspire and enthuse children across the country to learn about, understand and respond to the increasing impact of plastics, pollution, recycling and the circular economy.

Congratulations and thank you to all 94 schools so far!

The editor of the TES, Ann Mroz, said: ‘It is wonderful to see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure. We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist.’

Whats new for 2019?

Hello, Take a seat, grab a brew and find out what we’ve been up to this winter and our plans for the up-coming
season… in this post:

• New Ground Flooring
• Balcony Refurbishment
• Pontoons and recovery
• Investment in Club Equipment
• Club Open on Thursday Evenings
• Youth Sailing
• Staffing up for 2019
• Racing for the Spring and Summer
• General News and Notes
• The Ocean Guardian Challenge
• Saturday Club

Clubhouse Upgrades – Let’s start with the two big hitters: New Ground Flooring and Balcony Refurbishment!

We are delighted to let you know the ‘wet’ flooring in the changing rooms and all ground floor areas has now been replaced with new more durable material in trendy grey. The walls are also being redecorated to complete the new look. The showers are receiving a significant overhaul, replacing various mixer valves with a better overall water temperature control unit and will also benefit from a deep clean and tile repair work where needed. We are very proud of this project, which will dramatically improve the appearance and conditions for everyone using the changing rooms, showers and adjacent classrooms.

The Club’s balcony is also having a major overhaul and restyle too – the old decking timbers have been replaced with new grey recycled plastic composite decking. The balustrades have been removed and replaced with new chrome and safety glass to improve visibility of the sailing lake. The metal and wooden structure is being sanded, coated and re-cut with new sections where needed. This work extends to the second-floor top box and includes repainting of the stairs to ground floor and front facing walls. This is another big improvement project increasing safety and modernising our club

Both these projects are much need improvements and reflect some considerable investment this winter; all to smarten up the club for 2019. It’s a great step to use a recycled plastic decking composite for the club’s balcony. The original timbers have lasted nearly 50 years, congratulations and thank you to them; this new product should be with us for the next 5000 yrs! Thousands will tread these plastic planks in future years and we hope some will be inspired to consider this splendid material as a choice for their own projects.

Less visible but critically important, we are in the process of moving all our IT system servers down from the sweltering top box (40c in summer – how did they get in there in the first place?), to a new centrally-located, more secure and cooled server room on the first floor. This new room will better meet modern data security standards too.

Pontoons and recovery
With the considerable winds in March, gusting up to 63.4 knots recorded, the new Black Pontoon has passed its test. Our plan this spring is to extend the pontoon by 50% and add a fendering solution to its entirety.

We are investigating installing larger batteries to power the boat recovery winches which will not make them faster, but should provide more power to maintain speed and endurance particularly at times of lower water level conditions.

Club Equipment
We are investing more than £60,000 in sailing and windsurfing kit, starting with new boards and sails for the windsurfing members and for hire. It’s worth noting that the club makes nearly a third of this value in equipment hire alone, which has been increasing year on year.

The lion’s share of this spend will support the sailing school’s boat rotation… starting with the Pico fleet and replacing the Bugs with Hartley 10’s. We also want to invest in new double handers if negotiations and opportunity allow.

It’s also worth noting as many may not know… we have an RS200 and RS400 for hire to those with the right experience levels. Foiling windsurfing kit is also available for those who have completed the first flights course, which is also run at QM.

Evening sailing Thursdays
New for Summer 2019 is regular opening for sailing and windsurfing on a Thursday evening (in addition to Wednesday evenings), during June and July 2019, off water at 8pm, gates closing at 8:30pm.

This is in addition to our ‘Windy Evenings’ which may take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. They are triggered when, at midday on the day before, www.windguru.cz predicts 15 knots or more for 19:00 hour the following day. These “Windies” are publicised on the front page of our website, as well as on the club’s FaceBook pages.

Youth Sailing 2019
We’ve thought long and hard about our youth sailing provision for 2019 and are very excited about our new focus on two areas: giving those with stage 2 (but not quite stage 3 yet) the opportunity to gain time on the water; and building a stronger youth racing community.

We all know that time on the water is crucial, so we are targeting that group of stage 2 plus sailors with our new Saturday afternoon group. For those keen to get the feel of racing, but not yet confident enough to transition into club racing, we’re running Sunday Morning sessions completely independently from club racing.

These 2 Youth Group offerings compliment the established Youth Group for stage 3 sailors which runs on a Sunday afternoon. Not forgetting, of course, our TEAM 15 windsurfing tribe who meet on a Saturday morning; this is open to everyone with stage 2 windsurfing or equivalent.

TEAM 15 WINDSURFING – Saturday Morning
Queen Mary is part of a nationwide network of windsurfing clubs where young people aged 16 and under can get together to learn new windsurfing skills and have a laugh with their mates on the water. Since the same faces come back regularly, you’ll definitely make new friends as well. Whatever your skill level, regular windsurfing sessions will improve your windsurfing ability very quickly. If you’ve never tried it before, you’ll have the basics mastered in no time. From first time windsurfer to a relative expert, Team15 clubs welcome all levels.

YOUTH GROUP INTRO (NEW 2019) – Saturday afternoon
Youth Group Intro is a fun, social opportunity for those aged 9-15 with RYA Stage 2 or above to get on the water with other young members throughout the main season on Saturday afternoons. We will develop your sailing skills in a fun and social setting, building a strong community of youth sailors and parents. There will of course be lots of games!

YOUTH GROUP RACING (NEW 2019) – Sunday morning
Our Youth Group Racing sessions take place on Sunday mornings (not as part of the Club Racing) and are designed to help you gain confidence racing around a course. These sessions will introduce some new skills and concepts, particular to racing, in a relaxed and fun environment, helping build confidence and taking the first steps to propel you onto the podium! These sessions are for those who have not raced, or have very little racing experience, but are keen to find out more about what goes on around the race course. We do ask that participants hold an RYA Stage 3 certificate or above.

YOUTH GROUP – Sunday Afternoon
The Sunday Youth Group will keep the same social environment as the Saturday session with more of a focus on development. Each session will focus on a specific skill, with games and exercises based around that skill. By the end of the term you’ll have made new friends and improved your sailing as a result. This course is the perfect way to up your skills before moving onto Youth Group Racing. To get involved with the Sunday Youth Group you must have an RYA stage 3 certificate and be confident sailing and rigging a Topper or Tera.

We need your help! Do you know anyone looking to work as an instructor, or perhaps looking for a part-time admin role? Please put the word out …

We are staffing up for the season and looking for dynamic instructors to join our team at QM. There are both full time and part time instructor vacancies to fill to provide dinghy, windsurf and powerboat tuition to both the public and sailing club members. We are also looking for an office assistant to help us on Sundays.

If you’d like to be part of our team of instructors at Queen Mary please send a CV and covering letter to Paul Adams sailing.principal@queenmary.org.uk , and if you’re interested in the admin role, please contact Tony Bishop sailondon@queenmary.org.uk

Racing for the Spring and Summer
We have just started the Sunday Spring Series and have decided to continue with 2 starts for this series and subsequent club race series. We do welcome feedback on club racing – please feel free to contact Janet in the office (sailingsecretary@queenmary.org.uk).

We are, as always, really grateful to our Race Officer Teams who do such a great job year-round, volunteering to forego the pleasure of racing on Sunday mornings/Wednesday evenings, in order to run the club racing programme.

We are only just a day or two away from the start of the Wednesday evening series and there will be 3 courses sailed this year (no P course). NOR and SIs will are available on the website shortly. See you on the start line Wednesday 3rd April at 19:00.

General News and Notes
• Galley news, the “Caroline Special” hits the menu… AKA Bacon Lettuce Tomato (BLT) in a Ciabatta.
• We are looking at improving the coffee! (other hot drinks are available)
• New membership ‘Young Adult’ 18-30-year-old for young people in their twenties to affordably keep sailing and windsurfing; and new young crew membership.
• Did you know we have had an Emergency Defibrillator for many years; we are going to put up more signage to raise awareness of the facility. Good to know.
• The Bund is going, but not all of it! What you can see at high tide is staying, about 300 metres which we will have access to. It’s actually the perfect solution for on water operation, and will give sheltered launching with a small nip round for West side racing. But don’t hold your breath – it’s a good number of years away from completion!
• Insurance changes 2020 – Our March Newsletter announced the changed requirement from April 2020 for all boat and board third party insurance to carry a minimum insured amount of £3 Million. We will remind club members and visiting sailors regularly between now and then, so it’s not a big surprise next spring.

Queen Mary’s ‘Plastic Bottle Boat Challenge’ has up-cycled its ambitions and with a recycled website is now presenting as the ‘Ocean Guardian Challenge’. This is a new accreditation for schools to give recognition of their efforts in educating young people about plastic and increasing water-sports participation.

We now start work on the first Plastic Education assembly! Uniting schools on Friday 7th June, 2019. Please share with local schools

Impacting on the global plastic issue is still at the very centre of the campaign and it builds on the success in 2018 which saw nearly 7000 pupils across 76 Schools take up the boat making challenge.


Saturday Club
Our social sailing Saturday Club for members goes from strength to strength and those who come along just keep asking for more! During the 2018 season we added a number of ‘informal’ Saturday Clubs to the published programme, these extra dates sitting between the official dates.

For the 2019 season, starting from Saturday 30th March, there will be a Saturday Club meet every week right through until late November, alternating between “organised” sessions and informal, turn up and sail in company, sessions. Dates for the organised sessions (led by a Saturday Club organiser from a powerboat) can be found on the club’s website home page calendar. Do let the office know if you’d like to be added to Saturday Club’s e-mail list and receive details of what’s happening each Saturday morning, or just come along at 09.45am and see for yourselves.

… that’s all folks!

Thank you for reading all the news. There is a lot to be excited about and we can’t wait to show you the new flooring and balcony on your next visit.

Wishing you all the best for the season ahead.

Your Queen Mary Team

Job Vacancies – Staffing up for 2019

We are staffing up for the season and looking for dynamic new instructors to join our team at QM. There are both full time and part time instructor vacancies to fill to provide dinghy, windsurf and powerboat tuition to both the public and sailing club members. We are also looking for an office assistant to help us on Sundays.

If you’d like to be part of our team of instructors at Queen Mary please send a CV and covering letter to: Paul Adams sailing.principal@queenmary.org.uk


QMSC is a large, active RYA Affiliated Sailing Club and RYA Recognised Training School offering club racing, open events, club activities and RYA tuition in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating throughout the year.



£16,000-20,000 – IMMEDIATE START

We are looking for a RYA Senior Instructor to take a Lead Instructor role on a full time, permanent basis.  The role requires a flexible approach with the successful candidate working a minimum of 35hr contract over weekends, evenings and bank holidays as required.   Typical working week Wednesday – Sunday.

Experience & Qualifications:


  • RYA Senior Instructor with valid FA certificate
  • Minimum of 1 years experience working in a RTC as an active SI


  • Windsurf/Dinghy Instructor (opposite to SI qualification)
  • Multihull/Racing/Advanced/Keelboat Instructor endorsements
  • Start/Intermediate/Advanced Windsurf Instructor
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • Good racing knowledge
  • Experience in providing safety cover for racing events
  • Gel coat/Fibre glass repair

Please note the contract of employment is subject to passing an Enhanced DBS child workforce check.

Duties include:

  • Working as part of a team to provide an enjoyable and safe environment for students and members of all ages and abilities
  • Delivery of RYA courses within the National & Youth Schemes
  • Assisting in ensuring all teaching complies with the RYA curriculum through session evaluations and ongoing observations
  • Assisting in the management of maintaining the training fleet
  • Assisting in staff development in a mentoring and lead role
  • Training volunteers & Assistant Instructors
  • Providing on water safety for recreational & racing activities
  • Maintenance of kit & grounds

Depending on previous experience and/or qualifications held, there is the potential to take a more prominent lead in various aspects of the centre:

  • Youth development
  • Powerboat training – staff and volunteer skill development
  • Overseeing Junior Holiday Courses – up to 110 students and 25 staff
  • Advanced coaching
  • Buying and selling of training kit
  • Keelboat training

Please note the contract of employment is subject to passing an Enhanced DBS child workforce check and satisfactory references.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Paul Adams: sailing.principal@queenmary.org.uk

Please note all positions are subject to satisfactory reference & DBS checks.




March-November 2019 (with shorter contracts available: see below for more details)

As a member of our team you’ll provide a safe and fun environment whilst teaching a full range of youth and adult courses according to your quailfications and experience. QM offers sessions to groups, schools, corporate bodies, and private one-to-ones.

Key Activities

  • To organise and manage the safe delivery of the Queen Mary SC courses inline with NGB and centre guidelines
  • Attend (where appropriate) in-house training to deliver sit on-top kayaking, raft building, stand-up paddleboarding and water/land based team building games
  • Assist in the safety provisions for Club & Open racing
  • Provide ongoing maintenance to the Training School kit
  • To deal with and report accidents, incidents, maintenance issues and potential health hazards
  • Ensure appropriate safety is delivered in accordance with the Club Safety Policy at all times that the water is open
  • Set a high standard of customer service and monitor formally and informally
  • To carry out any reasonable request made by line manager or the IC (person incharge)


Instructor / Senior Instructor: RYA Sailing / Windsurfing

Powerboat Level 2

RYA First Aid

Role Specifics

  • 35hrs/week (to include weekends, evenings & BHs)
  • Guaranteed contract starting anytime from March-July up until September-November
  • Competitive salary
  • Holiday entitlement
  • Comprehensive training & induction programme including opportunities to up-skill with professional qualifications
  • Access to our full range of kit (over 60 boats and 50 windsurf boards) in personal time
  • Full & varied role!

How to apply

Please send a relevant CV and brief covering letter outlining your availability to Paul Adams: sailing.principal@queenmary.org.uk

Please note all positions are subject to satisfactory reference & DBS checks.




We are continually seeking qualified RYA Instructors to come work at QM on zero-hour contracted or a freelance basis, helping us to deliver courses & tuition at weekends, mid-week and through the summer holidays.

As a member of our team you can teach a full range of youth and adult courses. We offer sessions to groups, schools, corporate bodies, and private one-to-one tuition.

Purpose of Role

To organise and manage the delivery of Sailing/Windsurfing/Powerboating tuition and all activities as qualified at Queen Mary Sailing Club.

Key Activities

  • To provide tuition inline with NGB & centre guidelines
  • To ensure students are learning in a fun and safe environment
  • To deal with and report accidents, incidents, maintenance issues and potential health hazards
  • Provide ongoing maintenance to the Training School kit
  • Ensure appropriate safety is delivered in accordance with the Club Safety Policy at all times that the water is open
  • Set a high standard of customer service and monitor formally and informally
  • To carry out any reasonable request made by line manager or the IC (person incharge)


Instructor / Senior Instructor: RYA Sailing / Windsurfing / Powerboat

Powerboat Level 2

RYA First Aid

Role Specifics

  • Adhoc work in the main is available at weekends from March through to November, midweek through the holiday period.  However we do have the need for Instructors all year round both midweek & weekends!
  • Competitive rate of pay
  • Annual holiday entitlement (pro-rata & paid every 6 months according to hours worked)
  • Comprehensive training & induction programme including opportunities to up-skill with professional qualifications
  • Access to our full range of kit (over 60 boats and 50 windsurf boards) in personal time
  • Full & varied role!

How to apply

Please send a relevant CV and brief covering letter outlining your availability to Paul Adams: sailing.principal@queenmary.org.uk

Please note all positions are subject to satisfactory reference & DBS checks.




Queen Mary Sailing Club is looking for a part time office assistant to support delivering our service to members and guests on Sundays.

Weekends are the busiest times for us and no two Sundays are the same:  you will be greeting members and visitors entering the club; registering participants on courses; getting to know our ‘regulars’ who come along to Sunday club racing in the morning; answering phone calls on everything from ‘What’s the wind doing?’ to ‘How can I learn to sail?’.  From time to time you will also assist with the preparation of results for club racing, help to manage club membership and assist with some basic book keeping tasks.  You will be working as part of a small office team, in one of the UK’s leading sailing clubs.  Training in our membership system, booking system and results software will be given.

Role Specific

  • General office duties including: Answering the phone, handling membership queries and course bookings
  • Reception duties at front desk and answering queries
  • Reception duties for the Entry/Exit Gate, controlled from the office
  • Filing – keeping membership, day sailing, equipment hire and medical forms organised
  • Setting a high standard of customer service; ensuring all documentation behind front desk is fully stocked and the office and front desk area are clean, tidy and welcoming
  • To support club racing with set up of race boxes and entry of the race results for club racing and open meetings
  • To manage the lost property
  • Keep club noticeboards up to date


Please contact: caroline.fitzwater@queenmary.org.uk with a covering letter and CV.

Please note all positions are subject to satisfactory reference & DBS checks.