The Queen Mother Reservoir is home to Datchet Water Sailing Club and is a water supply reservoir that lies between the M4 and the M25 to the west of London. It is 475 acres (1.92 km2) in size or about 1 km in diameter – making it one of the largest inland areas of water in Southern England.
This is one of a number of reservoirs to the west of London and was built in 1976. It was inaugurated on 9 July that year by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, after whom it is named. Its water is pumped from the River Thames nearby. The water improves in quality during its retention in the reservoir before being put into supply as London tap water.
Datchet Water Sailing Club is probably the most environmentally friendly club in the UK. The majority of the electricity the club uses is generated via solar panels and all the hot water is created by a ground source heat system that is extracting heat from the water in the reservoir to provide all hot water the club uses.
The waterside clubhouse has a bar, catering, a large lounge and conference rooms with panoramic views of the entire reservoir. The clubhouse now has a huge training/event centre with a look out control centre to enable visiting classes/fleets to independently manage their events. This is also great for family and friends to watch the action on the water. There is a wet training room so that coaches can provide short onshore training sessions followed by sailing practice through the day without having to dry off and change.
There are large car parks and boat parks, the VR chandlery and the Topper International Sailing Centre are on site.
All in all, Datchet Water Sailing Club is a very rewarding place to be a member.