Somerset Youth and Community Sailing Association

SYCSA a volunteer charity teaching sailing

Welcome to Somerset Youth and Community Sailing Association  

Registered Charity Number: 1155063

Welcome to 2024

The third and final day of the level 2 powerboat course will be complete by 13th January. This was delayed due to a shortage of fit instructors.

Ron RIB engine was corroded beyond repair. The new engine will be fitted and the other boats serviced by induction day.

SYCSA and DSC are to join to form Durleigh Sailing centre when all the details can be sorted. Until then SYCSA will continue to operate as we have done for many years.

Unfortunately we can not sustain the £10 fee for the Saturday morning club which was subsidised by fees for powerboat courses and have to charge £15 which is still less than a few years ago.

For current pictures please see our Facebook page

The reservoir and clubhouse is now open as normal.

Durleigh Sailing Club currently offer sailing and racing on Sundays and Wednesday evenings  and Sailing on Saturday afternoons.

You may also be interested in their Facebook page

When you attend a SYCSA event you must all book as you arrive and be entered on SYCSA’s attendance register so that should there be an emergency we can account for everyone.

SYCSA Saturday Club is up and running as are adult courses. You can find dates on the calendar page

Corona virus has not gone away so we ask you to be careful and respect others social distancing

We are currently asking for fees to be paid by either cash or card.

Welcome to SYCSA, here you will find useful information about the courses we offer, news about what we are doing and something about who we are as a local and friendly association based at Durleigh Reservoir near Bridgwater in Somerset. Please have a look at what we can offer.

Who we are – we are a volunteer led association and a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) teaching establishment with both Championship and Sailability Foundation status. We give up our time and energy to deliver courses and sessions for the adults and children. We are a charitable incorporated organisation and we are non-profit making.

What we do –  we pride ourselves on youth development and recreation incorporating sailing skills. This can hopefully lead to an individual realising their potential in order for them to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We also offer courses for adults. We do this for people mainly in Somerset but not exclusively. We teach sailing according to the RYA National Sailing schemes for adults and youths.

Ages and abilities – we can cater for all ages from eight (six in special cases but the parent or guardian must stay on site) to over seventy including both abled and disabled. Our Sailability status recognises that we can offer opportunities to try and progress in dinghy sailing to those with disabilities.

Notes on the website: if you were expecting to access commonly shared files such as dinghy rigging manuals or other documentation, these have been moved to Google Drive. Please ask a committee member for access.  You will need to register with google for a relevant account to access the features.


Here are a few photos of SYCSA in action.

Need to see more? Please have a look at the movie, which explains some of the work of both SYCSA and Durleigh Sailing Club.