Welcome to the Essex Yacht Club

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Originally founded in 1890, and situated about a quarter of a mile east of picturesque Leigh Old Town, the Essex Yacht Club is a family club and is particularly proud of its Cadet section, with over 100 cadets. It’s unique feature is its headquarters – a ship. HQS Wilton is a conversion of the first ever glassfibre warship, the Mine Hunter HMS Wilton. An extensive sailing program runs from Easter to October, with races and events that cater for beginners in Optimists through to high performance dinghies and Cruisers. Members can store their boats on Club moorings or our own boat racks, adjacent to the club. There are numerous social events throughout the year, from formal dinners to summer barbeques, providing entertainment for sailing and non-sailing members.

EYC Environmental Improvement Project

The new sewer pipe and connection to Wilton were completed before Christmas. On 27th December, our waste water outflow was redirected via the newly installed pipe to the main sewer connection in Old Leigh. This means we are no longer discharging into the River Thames and have achieved this ahead of the 01 January 2015 deadline set by the Port of London Authority bye law.

We are currently using the old pump and tank and will shortly make the change to the new tank and pump set when a venting system is completed.

Message from the Vice Commodore

It maybe a little early to be donning the wetsuit and risk splashing around in the Ray but it is worth knowing that the Sailing Committee has been busy putting together a full and varied Sailing Programme for all our classes. Although the program is not quite ready to go into print there is a draft copy with dates and timings of all our main events available on the website…

Speaking of the website some may have noticed that it has recently had a fairly major refit. Many thanks to our new webmaster cadet Laurence Dennis for taking this project on. This is still ‘work in progress’ but over the next few weeks it will become a much more useful and relevant tool for keeping members up to date with events both on and off the water… At present both the draft sailing program and social diary can be found in the ‘Members Area’ (for which you will need the password sent via Email). Please also note there is now a ‘Wanted / For Sale’ section, Email forsail@essexyachtclub.co.uk

Message From The Commodore

Dear members, to recognise the recent completion of the Club’s new sewage system installation we shall be having a small celebration event. This will be at lunchtime on Sunday February 8th and we aim to both officially ‘open’ our new system and also to thank the members whose dedication and hard work made this project a success. As well as Club members we have invited representatives of the Council, local businesses, clubs and organisations who supported us in our efforts. Please come along and join us in toasting the success of the project and thanking those who made it possible.

Some of the more observant of you may have noticed that since Christmas the Wilton has at times had a significant list to port. This was due to the aft mooring chains that connect under the stern of the ship becoming detached allowing the ship to move out of her berth. This has now been rectified and the ship has adopted her more normal position in her berth. Many thanks go to Past Commodore Paul Gilson and to John Chapman as well as others too numerous to mention who collectively moved and cut large pieces of mooring chain, hauled on ropes attached to block and tackles and got the ship back in her proper location.

Alec Pell-Johnson
Commodore EYC

New Year message from the Commodore

Dear members,

I hope that you’ve a wonderful and peaceful Christmas break with family and friends. To start the New Year on a good foot I’d like to update you all with the news of our progress with the sewage pipe project which has taken the most of our effort over this last 18 months or so. I can happily report that as of approximately midday on Saturday 27th December we successfully engaged our newly installed system and commenced pumping to the main sewers to Old Leigh as planned.

This means we are no longer discharging into the River Thames, thereby meeting, slightly ahead of the date stated in the PLA bylaws , the requirement to cease this activity.

I am sure that you would wish to join me in congratulating the team that made this possible and thank them for their not inconsiderable efforts. We still have a few details to finalise but, overall, we made it so well done!

Looking ahead, whilst it’s clear that the winter weather is certainly upon us with some chilly nights, the days are already starting to grow slowly longer and by the end of January we’ll have an extra 1hr and 10mins daylight to play with! Roll on summer.

So, to close, I’d just like to wish you all a Happy New Year from Paula and I and we look forward to seeing you at the Club in 2015.

Alec Pell-Johnson

Commodore, EYC

EYC Environmental Improvement Project

W & H Roads our contractor started on site on 3rd November and has now substantially completed the onshore works.  On board the new tanks and pumps are in place. Live testing of the complete installation has started with a view to a permanent switch over to the new system in the near future.

With our approval a press release has been issued by the RYA celebrating the success of the Sport England funding award. A copy of the release can be found on the RYA Website. Subsequently Commodore Alec Pell-Johnson was interviewed about the award live on BBC Radio Essex Drivetime on 4th November and the news was also  reported in the Leigh Times.