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.

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.