London Corinthian - Get London Sailing Again

We did it
On 12th August 2020 we successfully raised £25,725 ( + est. £3758.75 Gift Aid ) with 123 supporters in 22 days

We're looking to purchase a set of training dinghies that allow us to comply with social distancing, and start teaching sailing again

 New stretch target

Our next Goal - Now that we have the essential finances to purchase the basic boats, we would like to purchase spinnaker kits for each of the boats, so we can enable spinnaker training.  We also need to overhaul the storage area for our dinghies, and purchase lifting equipment to allow us to move boats safely in the racking. 

We need your help!

Covid-19 has completely stopped us from teaching sailing and introducing new people to the sport.  This is because our training dinghies are meant to have the instructor and students in the same boat, where social distancing can’t be maintained.  We have a large backlog of local people looking to learn to sail, and get out on the water, who we can’t currently help. 


What we need

To solve this, we are looking to purchase a set of single person training dinghies, which would allow us to start teaching people how to sail again, and get them active and on the water.  These boats allow us to comply with all government social distancing guidance, and are the future of sailing instruction.  They increase the student to instructor ratio, getting more people through training, and speed up their learning process. We can teach young and old alike, whether solo, or in pairs, and they will give us the ability to teach advanced spinnaker skills. Their material moulding construction, makes them indestructible, so they will be of great use long after social distancing has been forgotten.1594922089_fusion_4.jpg

Who will it help

The boats will be an invaluable resource to the club, not just for our training and youth work, but to support our existing members in building their confidence and developing their sailing ability. The boats provide a perfect stepping stone for those used to training in pairs, and crewing to move up to racing our high performance, one-person Lasers. They're also the ideal boat for members who would prefer more gentle sailing


In normal times we have a program of putting on, and financing, sailing days for school children whose background or economic situation would hamper or preclude   them trying sailing to see what the sport is about.  This is one of the key goals of our charity.  Covid has also put this on hold, but with these boats we would be able to get it going again.

In these difficult times, the opportunity to get out on the water has been a huge boost to our members’ wellbeing, helping them regain a sense of normality. With many of our members currently unemployed or furloughed, our mid-week sailing sessions have provided them with the escape they need. Unfortunately, at the moment only those lucky enough to share a household with another sailor, or experienced enough to sail a high performance Laser have been able to take part in our sailing sessions. This new fleet of single-handed training boats will enable us to expand this benefit to all club sailors.

How much will it cost

We are looking to purchase six boats, at a cost of £3085 each.  This enables the optimum instructor to student ratio, and gives us an effective ability to start to teach again.  


Why are we unique

Compared to almost all clubs, our dinghy sailing is very unique, in that our boats are mostly very close to the banks of the Thames, often drawing a crowd of hundreds along the walkway, who watch as we race and train.  Sailing is not normally a spectator sport, and few outside of the sport have any insight into what it’s like to take part. The busy walkways of our section of the Thames enables large numbers to really see what sailing is like.  Every year many people as diverse as London itself, walk into our club looking to try sailing after watching us on the river.  Of these about 100 go on to get fully trained up with us. Currently we have no choice but to turn these people away, but we could help them if we had these new boats. 


Who are we

London Corinthian Sailing Club is now over 125 years old, having been established in 1894.  We have had long associations with some of the designers and builders of a number of the most famous dinghy classes.  As a club, we are unique in London, being able to train sailors from the very basics on the Thames, all the way up to ocean race sailing, and the highest levels of cruising skippering.  We are normally very active, and have an open door policy to any new member looking to sail.

We have been hit very hard financially by the lockdown, with the high continued expense of maintaining a base in the heart of London, and no activity to help offset these costs. 

We need external funding to afford the purchase of these training boats.  We still have time this year to take delivery of these boats and train the people who have been looking to learn, and get them active on the water. 


Your next step

We would greatly appreciate if you could give generously to help us to get London sailing again.  We have a wide selection of offerings for you to choose from, or you can simply make a donation.  Any help will go a long way, and would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you for your time, and interest in our appeal.

Our Community

Community involvement is a very important aspect of who we are, and not all have an interest in sailing.  At our club house we support many other organisations, businesses, and events where we can, some of whom are listed here

  • International Red Cross - they often run their training courses at our site
  • Morris Dancers - we have a group that use one of our rooms to practice
  • Friends of Linden House - enabling groups interested in architectural heritage.
  • Burnt Orange Theatre - a social project giving children of of underprivileged background an outlet through theatre
  • Hammersmith & Fulham Council hold meetings at our site
  • Wedding venue hire - we are a site for civil ceremonies
  • POSC - Polish Community in Hammersmith hold their meetings with us
  • Mr Beans Ice Cream - a small company we promote
  • We're a registered Polling Station
  • Francis Smith Florist -a small company we promote
  • Resident Associations Meetings - we host four resident associations AGM
  • Ward Panels - we provide space where members of the community come together to speak to Community Support Officers
  • We provide CCTV coverage requested by our Community Support Officers for an uncovered section of the river bank
  • Theatre Production "A Childs War" - we provide the venue for 350 kids to come over 3 days to watch this free piece of theatre put on by Charlotte Moore

Some of the above we give for free, some we charge for, which help us fund our activities.

Local Businesses Supporting our Appeal

London Corinthian would like to thank the following businesses for their support, and helping us in our campaign





This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

Raffle Ticket for 1 year's free membership

For your donation, you'll be entered in the raffle to win one years free membership. If you're not in, you can't win. (based on one full membership fee. The equivalent value will be taken off your account if you are on a different membership plan)

£5 or more

An Ice Cream While Watching The Sailing

We've teamed up with Mr Bears Ice Cream on this one. This reward gives you a two scoop ice cream, delivered at our site on the thames. What better way to spend a sunny afternoon, than watching the sailing with an Ice Cream in your hand :-)

£20 or more

Talk on Getting Into Sailing

For your donation, you will be able to participate in a talk on all the various ways of learning to sail, what types of sailing there are, and how you personally can get involved, or improve. There will be a Q&A for any questions you may have

£35 or more

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Try Dinghy Sailing

For your donation, you will be taken out in one of our Vision two handed boats with an experienced sailor, and shown the basics of sailing, and how it works. There will be a pre boat discussion on the theory involved in dinghy sailing, and 20 minutes on the water at our base in Hammersmith. (we need social distancing to end before this can be taken up - so your voucher will have no expiry)

£60 or more

Property Consultation

Ocean to Ocean Property Management are offering a 1 hour consultation on any build or design project you may need assistance with. They specialise in property development and management, in both Commerical and Residential sectors within the UK.

£70 or more

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Meal for 2 in our victorian clubhouse on the river

This offer is for two people to dine at our wonderful clubhouse overlooking the Thames. You will receive a main course and a glass of wine of your choosing for your donation. Our fantastic chef offers a new menu every week with a variety of cuisines being catered to.

£75 or more

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Expert Laser Sailing Mentoring

Within the club we have some expert Laser sailors who will give coaching sessions on boat handling and race tactics on our river. Your donation will entitle you to a 2 hour training session, covering theory and practical guidance, and focus on the areas you're looking to most work on.

£95 or more

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Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation

For your donation, Barkingside Dental Care will provide a consultation covering possible cosmetic treatment, Invisalign treatments, facial aesthetics such as botox , fillers, or dental implant consultation.

£100 or more

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Sail down the Thames for 2

For your donation you and your guest will be taken down the Thames by an experienced sailor in one of our club Vision boats. You will sail and drift with the tide, on the way down, in the company of many other club boats on the same trip. After a couple of hours, we'll stop at a pub for refreshments, and then return with the changing tide back to our base in Hammersmith. It's usually a lovely and relaxing day out on the water

£200 or more

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Logo Design by Invinci

Invinici have offered to design a business logo for your company. They are a leading design agency within London. For your donation, they will design a logo for your company, providing three initial alternatives and 5 reviews.

£200 or more

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Get Amazon Ready by Invinci

This is usually priced at £400. You will have a 1.5h consultation and go over your biggest concerns on your Amazon Seller/Vendor account and what to enhance to improve your sales.

£250 or more

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Brand Consultation by Invinci

Invinici are a leading design agency within London. You will have 2x 1h consultations about your companies brand and branding and how to improve it as to get the best out of it. 1st session will go over your current brand and its standing, 2nd session review and follow up of suggestions and comments that came from the 1st session.

£450 or more

Sailing Weekend in the Solent

For your donation, you'll join a club trip out of the Hamble River, and cruise for the weekend in the waters of the solent, visiting a few towns and rivers as is allowed by tides and weather. The yacht will be about 40 ft in length, skippered by one of our talented and knowledgable club skippers. There will be multiple dates to choose from, usually having one per month between March and November. No prior experience is necessary to join.

£490 or more

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Teeth Whitening by Barkingside Dental Care

Enlighten teeth whitening works by increasing the tooth's permeability to oxygen which breaks down stain molecules. It is a combination treatment meaning that there is a 2 week home treatment followed by a 1 hour visit at the dentist

£690 or more

Learn to sail - RYA Level 1 & 2 Dinghy Course

For your donation, you will receive full participation and tuition in the RYA Dinghies 1 & 2 levels, carried out at our site by our qualified dinghy instructors. This is a wonderful present for yourself, or someone else (age restrictions apply due to the tidal flow)

£1,000 or more

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Holiday Apartment in Hvar Town, Croatia

For your donation, you will be able to use a wonderful 3 bed apartment in the heart of Hvar Town, Croatia for one week in September or October 2020/21. For more detail, have a look at the listing -

£1,010 or more

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Free Years Membership

If you pay 5 years membership now, you'll get a 6th year for free. You'll also avoid any possible increases in future fees during this time.

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