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.

2016 Flag Officers and Committee

Following the 126th AGM of the Essex Yacht Club held aboard HQS Wilton on the 26th February the ‘Flag and Honoury Officers’ of the club for 2016 are as follows.
Commodore Nick Veitch
Vice Commodore Robert Redman
Rear Commodores Paul Edwards
                                  Patrick Grant
                                  Louise Tothill
Hon Secretary.        Barbara Sullivan
Hon Sailing Sec.      Nick Veitch
Hon Treasurer.        Andy Baucutt
Hon Membership Sec.  Rob Redman
General Committee.  Peter Brooker, Andy Middleton, Jim Richardson, Colin Taylor, Nic Beaver, Simon Gaze , Simon Laurence.
Bar Chairman. Louise Tothill

A Message from the Commodore

After a very brief year at the helm, I am happy to report that your Yacht
Club is fulfilling its primary function laid out 126 years ago, which is to provide quality
sailing together with social facilities of a high standard for a low price.  We have been able
to do this through our culture of ‘self help’ with members contributing both their time and
skills across all aspects of the club from barnacle scraping to bookkeeping.
Last year, on balance, I think the weather was kind to us with nearly all the scheduled
sailing events taking place, including a highly successful ‘Cadet Week’ and a glorious
day for the Commodore’s Cruise as well as all the other racing and cruises that the sailing
committee organised.  This years programme is just about to be published and as well
as the traditional races and cruises there are a number of new, imaginative events
aimed at encouraging more people out on the water.
Socially speaking our traditional and class events have been well supported,
particularly the Summer Ball, 125
 Birthday, Laying Up Supper and an excellent ‘At
Home’. Private hire bookings were lighter but we have taken steps to simplify the costs
and already this year we have a number of confirmed events and a healthy number of
Aboard the ship we started 2015 with a successful work weekend and then went on to
further improve our surroundings with new carpets and chairs which have totally
refreshed and smartened the main saloon.  We have new debit card facilities behind
the bar and upgraded our fire, flood and gas detection systems. There is a new website
and probably, most importantly we have had a year of trouble free service from our new
sewage system thus vindicating its original design and installation.
Although I think 2015 was a successful year for the club I am confident 2016 can
be better. We are, of course, in constant competition with other clubs to attract new
members and cannot rest on our laurels. Wilton is an expensive Lady to run but by
continuing to invest time into imaginative sailing and social programmes, by respecting
the club’s traditions whilst looking forward and embracing new ideas, the Essex will
remain the yacht club current members continue to be proud of and the club
prospective members want to join.
Wishing all members a safe and sunny season
Nick Veitch

Dates for diary in early 2016

Friday 26th Feb.  Essex Yacht Club AGM 20:30

Saturday 27th Feb. EYC Men’s Dinner 19:15 (List up this weekend)

Sunday 6th Mar.  Cocktail Sunday 12:00

Saturday 19th Mar.  Cruiser Dinner 19:30

Friday 25th Mar.  Start of 4 race ‘Easter Tin Mug’ series 12:45

Saturday 26th Mar.  ‘ Easter Club Disco’

Saturday 23rd April  EOD Launch and Fitting Out Supper 19:15

Friday 13th May.  Ladies Lunch TBA

Saturday 21st May. ‘Push The Boat Out’  11:00

Saturday 4th June.  EOD Championship and Supper 19:30

Sunday 5th June.  Symons Cup plus BBQ 12:15

Sunday 19th June.  Magnus Cup

Saturday 25th June  SUMMER BALL


Friday 22nd July.  Start of Cadet Week..

February Cocktail Sunday and Lunch – 7th February

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.

Friday night is Club night

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!