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.
Saturday 26th Mar. ‘ Easter Club Disco’
Friday 13th May. Ladies Lunch TBA
Sunday 19th June. Magnus Cup
Saturday 25th June SUMMER BALL
Sunday 3rd July. COMMODORES CRUISE
Friday 22nd July. Start of Cadet Week..
Thank you for all the support for this weekend’s Cocktail Sunday Lunch, looks like it’s going to be a full house and together with Martin Grindley’s EOD ‘Past and Present Reunion’ and Jono and Julie’s secret cocktails it should be a fantastic day for the Club! Hopefully this is a sign of things to come with regard for support of club events, so with that in mind I am would just like to highlight a few important sailing and social dates for your 2016 diary.
Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the new ‘Bar teams’ on Friday evenings, more people make for a more sociable and friendly club which in turn attracts more people! So don’t let the weather put you off, all welcome including cadets, bar open from 19:00. See you there!
As the New Year gets underway the last thing on most people’s minds is actually getting wet and going sailing but at the Essex your committees are busy hatching great plans for the coming season both on and off the water. The sailing program is more or less complete with the usual mix of racing, cruising and training plus this year we hope to put the new BBQ into action for post racing refreshment at the bigger events. Socially you can expect Suppers, Balls, Band nights, discos and various class events or course if any members have any ideas for any new events they would like to organise please let me know!