Formed in 1972 Broadwater is an inland sailing club with coastal connections. More than 30 years after its formation, there are still some of the founder members around. A number of these have moved on to develop yachting interests, with cruisers berthed on the tidal waters of the East and South coasts. The Club is affiliated to the RYA and whilst not a teaching establishment, Broadwater has become a club for everyone who enjoys sailing - from youngsters learning the basics in Optimists and Toppers to experienced ''blue-water'' sailors. Broadwater Lake is situated close to the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne, once a gravel pit it is now a very attractive stretch of water providing one of the largest sailing lakes in the Thames Valley. The sailing area is nearly 1 km long and 3/4 km wide, with a line of islands dotted along one side.
There is a small nature reserve at one end attracting a variety of water birds. Until a few years ago there were number of shallows which affected parts of the sailing area. We had these removed in the late 1990''s, a move that was hailed by the members as the best value for money ever spent by the club. Broadwater is a friendly, informal club with sailing permitted seven days a week, enabling members ranging from casual cruisers to serious racers to co-exist without problems. This flexibility is the secret of the Club's continued success and probably explains why several clubs with dwindling numbers have merged with us in recent years.
The lake is suitable for dinghies up to about 16 ft. Catamarans, sailboards and leisure powerboats are not permitted to use the lake. Safety boats are operated at the weekend and during organised racing by members acting as Duty Officer on a rota. This involves each member giving up half a day on a Saturday or Sunday every 10-12 months instruction in the use of the boats is provided to new members