Welcome to the Essex Yacht Club

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.

Message From The Commodore

Firstly a big thank you to all those who came to help out at last weeks ‘Work Weekend’. The weather was certainly not kind to us meaning that some outside work had to be postponed nevertheless there was plenty of great work done inside in all areas of the ship and the club certainly feels fresher and cleaner than it did a week ago and with the slipways being scrubbed and the grey pontoon replaced at last the sailing season does not feel so far away! Particular thanks to Darren Taylor and Colin Mitchell for organizing the work schedule and collection of all the materials and to their respective wives Kate and Anna for keeping the workforce in bacon rolls and hot drinks..

Note: A lot of lost property was collected over the weekend , that has been bagged and is in the ‘Gun Room’.. Anything not claimed by the end of Easter will be disposed of.

Tim and Jim

Jim and Tim attempt a bowline.

Reminder: Work Weekend 28th /29th March

I would just like to bang the drum once more about this coming weekend’s ‘WORK WEEKEND’ at the Wilton. It’s really important that this is attended by as many members as possible as this not only keeps the club in good order and prepares it for the forthcoming season but also goes towards keeping subscriptions down by avoiding the need for professional contractors…. Saturday or Sunday from 09.00 to 13.00 , jobs for all , please make the effort and support your club.

Much Appreciated,

Nick Veitch


Leigh Sailing Club ‘At Home’

Leigh Sailing Club will be holding their ‘At Home’ this Sunday from 12.30pm onwards to which all our members are invited to enjoy their clubhouse and fine hospitality. We have an excellent relationship with the ‘Leigh’ so it would be great to as many there as possible to fly the flag for the ‘Essex’ and support our neighbors.

Work Weekend – March 28th/29th

Calling ALL members.. Essential TLC required on the ‘Wilton’ painting , cleaning , sanding etc.. Jobs for everyone with all equipment supplied , please spare a few hours (09:00-13:00) under the guidance of Darren Taylor and Colin Mitchell on either the Saturday or Sunday to help prepare your club for the coming season.. Tea and bacon rolls supplied!

Many thanks

EYC Ship Committee

125th Summer Ball

Save the date… ‘ESSEX YACHT CLUB’S 125th ‘MASQUERADE’ SUMMER BALL’ to be held 6th JUNE 2015 !

Welcome drinks and canapés , fabulous buffet followed by dancing till late to ‘The Kings of Leon Sea’… Ticket details to follow , watch email , website and notice board !


EYC Entertainment Committee

Mesasge From The New Commodore

Dear Fellow EYC Members,

After a long winter the days are finally starting to lengthen and with it sailors and boat owners turn their thoughts to sunny days on the water, either cruising around the estuary and its coast and creeks , rekindling friendly rivalries  racing around the cans or just launching your boat , be it  Optimist or  Cruiser and simply enjoying our own stretch of the sea. With the recent infrastructure improvements almost complete EYC members can look forward to a season where the focus will be on the sailing, in all its forms, accompanied by its associated social events. The Year 2015 will represent the Clubs 125th anniversary and to celebrate that there will be a number of exciting events both on and off the water which I hope will appeal to all our members. We are of course a Self Help club so support throughout the year is greatly appreciated whether it’s mixing paint, mixing cocktails, race office duty, galley slave or by simply joining in the sailing program or attending social events . As always I am excited about the forthcoming season, I am reliably informed the weather will be kind, we have a fabulous mix of youth and experience aboard our unique headquarters and with the momentum generated by Past Commodore Alec PJ I am confident of an excellent 125th year at our club. Very much hoping to see you there.

Happy Sailing

Nick Veitch

Commodore EYC.