What is SWSA?

The Southampton Water Sailing Association is a group of member clubs whose aim is to promote sailing on Southampton Water, and friendly racing between members.


Our handicapped races are designed to be fun and accessible whatever your age or ability.


Sailing in racing conditions makes you think fast and work hard. There’s no better way to improve your technique.


Racing other boats is a great way to meet like-minded people…and maybe share a drink afterwards!

SWSA Member Clubs

Set in the Ashlett creek with a history as Esso Sailing Club, a popular and idyllic spot to visit and stay.  Check the tide first as much of the creek dries at low tide. 

An affordable and relaxed club with welcoming atmosphere that promotes sailing, other waterborne & community activities.  Full racing, rally & social programme for cruisers & dinghies.

A family club with focus on handicap racing & rallies for Cruisers and Dinghies. Social events all year (formal and informal) including dinners.

 An informal family-friendly club.  Cruiser racing Weds evenings, weekend rallies/racing & active youth section Tues evenings.

An active, member run club, with strong dinghy racing, youth and women on water programmes.  Yacht racing inc. Warsash Spring Series & Thurs pursuit racing.  Weekend club cruises, Dinghy racing on Weds and Fri evening & some weekends.

Family friendly club open to sailors of all abilities. Cruiser and dinghy cruises to local destinations.  Dinghy racing on Sundays & Weds evenings in summer.

Founded in 1932 by officers of the RAF flying boat base at Calshot, the club has a strong cruising fraternity.  April to October rally programme and annual Battle of Britain weekend regatta in September.

Visitors are welcome at the Gins clubhouse, overlooking the beautiful Beaulieu River.

  Cruiser racing programmes include a prestigious double handed series.  

Are you a sailing club on Southampton Water? Contact us to find out how your club can benefit from membership of SWSA.


Representatives of each member club run SWSA. Help sailing and racing thrive in Southampton Water by getting involved.

Join SWSA for a year's racing

Who can enter SWSA racing?

Members of any of our 10 member clubs can take part in any or all of our races for the year, including single-handed races, evening and weekend series, passage races and rallies. If you're not an SWSA club member, RYA membership also qualifies you to take part in all SWSA races and social activities.

What does it cost?

Your first year is FREE. After that, a modest annual cost gives a full year of around 25 races. See the entry form for full details. If you can only make it to a few races then the option to enter individual events is available.