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Learn to sail a keelboat, inside the M25!

Why keelboats? Sailing on bigger boats is fun, keelboats won't capsize like dinghies and there is no need to wear a wetsuit as you don’t get so wet! These larger boats provide a stable platform for sailing without the physical stress of hiking-out, or crouching; reducing stress on back, hips and knees. You will find there's more space in the boat to move around and a different social dynamic; and with 4 or 5 people on the boat, the crewing experience can be far more rewarding.

Join QM Keelboat membership and save up to 50% on keelboat courses

Why at Queen Mary? Our reservoir is one of the few inland venues in the UK which can launch and recover these larger boats, with a professional set up, for events, training courses and membership. We are proud to deliver this service at our west London venue inside the M25! No tide, reduced travel and back in time for tea!

Like this idea... then Keelboat sailing is for you!

  • Beginner Sailors - RYA Keelboat Level 1 followed by your RYA Keelboat Level 2. These courses run over a full weekend (09:30 - 17:00 each day). You will learn all the basics of keelboating alongside general sailing skills. (Courses details and booking links below)
  • Experienced Sailor - 'RS21 Keelboat skipper training' This course is a keelboat orientation day, convert your Dinghy RYA Level 2 to keel boating if you have the qualification, to show you how they are used here at QMSC and sign off as an RS21 Skipper at Queen Mary Sailing Club. (Courses details and booking links below)

Also - Check our Sailing> RS21 keelboating page for more opportunities.


Keelboat RYA Level 1: Start Sailing

The Keelboat RYA Level 1 - Start Sailing course assumes that the student has not sailed before. After you have learnt to rig the boat and received an introduction to the boat's controls, the group will take to the water to experience for the first time under the close supervision of a qualified RYA keelboat instructor.

Note: 20% discount for Standard and Select members.



Keelboat RYA Level 2: Basic Skills

The Keelboat RYA Level 2 - Basic Skills course assumes that the student has previously achieved the RYA Level 1 - Start Sailing certificate. This course builds on the skills learned, introduces new ones and supports you along the way to becoming an independent sailor.

Note: 20% discount for Standard and Select members.


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RS21 QMSC Keelboat Skipper Training

Come and sail in style on our RS21 keelboats, developing your teamwork and communication skills to become a QM Skipper, and to endorse your RYA Level 2 certificate with keelboat recognition if you have this qualification.

This course also serves as a keelboat orientation day, to show you how they are used here at QMSC and sign off as an RS21 Skipper at Queen Mary Sailing Club.

Prior to attending this course you should have comfortably mastered the skills learnt on the Dinghy Level 2 sailing course or have equivalent sailing experience.