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.
After a fantastic Interclub Team race last Sunday with 63 boats on the start line the results have been calculated and we are pleased to report the EYC had a good day!. Our ISO team retained the beautiful ‘Ingram Shield’ (which will continue to be displayed just above the bar) and a”our Cadet team fought off fierce opposition from the Thorpe Bay YC to keep hold of the Interclub Cadet Trophy!.. Together with the number of points scored
in the other categories (2nd in the Menagerie and 2nd in Singlehanders) means we also won the ‘Thames Trophy’ for best overall Club ! Well done to all the EYC sailors, a great show of strength and fabulous advert for the Club!. Thanks again to all our race officials and support boat crews for making the race possible.
Each year in August our finest cadets participate in our annual cadet week, which is a week crammed full of training, racing and just-for-fun events. Here is some footage from one of the races in this years event.