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.

EYC “at Home” – 6th December

As the festive period edges closer and as already busy lives face the inevitable delights of families, turkeys and tinsel just a reminder that there is sanctuary to be had at the EYC. I would hope that all members try to support at least one social event each year, so if you haven’t yet don’t worry there’s still time!

eycsSunday 6th December from 13:00 we will be hosting our ‘EYC At Home’. As this is also Cocktail Sunday it will the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends from neighbouring clubs and other members over drinks and canapés. And as usual there will be the chance to pick up Christmas cards from the RNLI stand and also visit the EYC Boutique for some stocking fillers!

EYC Christmas Dinner – 12th December

Saturday 12th December from 19:00 – Black tie and posh frocks for the ‘EYC Christmas Dinner’. A gala meal and classic festive fun including our own unique carol service! Cost £25, the list is on the board or simply contact Angela at entertainments@essexyachtclub.co.uk.

EYC Children’s Christmas Party – 13th December

So that our youngest members are not left out the ‘EYC Children’s Christmas Party’ will be starting at 11.00. 90mins of disco, games and magic followed by lunch and then the highlight of the day, Father Christmas will be arriving on his trusty sleigh from Bell Wharf to deliver presents to our junior cadets. Grandchildren, friends and guests most welcome. The cost is £7.50 per child, under 2yo £5 (includes food and a gift). Please contact Rebecca at rrickard21@yahoo.co.uk to book a place.

EYC Cadets Christmas Lunch – 20th December

posterOn Sunday 20th December, the infamous ‘Cadet Christmas Lunch’ shall take place. A riotous, festive family lunch and a delightful afternoon of mingling, jingling and Christmas caroling! All cooked up by the cadets themselves. Adults £14, 12yo and under £7. The list is up on the notice board.


Brass Monkey Race – 26th December

If you still haven’t managed to support one club event throughout the year don’t worry there is still one left. The ‘BRASS MONKEY RACE’ will start at 11.00 on Boxing Day from the LSC line, this is always a very popular event and a great antidote for excessive wine and Christmas pudding!

And of course please remember the bar, under new management is open from 19.00 every Friday evening, so please support the club and drop in for a cheeky half or two!