Estuary One Design Class

The Estuary One Design Class has been sailed at the Essex Yacht Club since 1920 and counts the Essex Yacht Club as its home base. There are around 20 boats based at the club, with a full, keenly contested, racing programme throughout the season.

As well as the EOD class at the Club, there is also an Estuary Class Association open to Estuary sailors outside the EYC. In practice, the Class Captain is also head of the Association.

Sailing in tidal waters, our boats today offer some of the most exciting and friendly dinghy racing in the Thames Estuary. Few sailing experiences can compare to racing an EOD in a good breeze in the wonderful estuary light.

The Estuary Class dinghy is 18 feet long with a lifting keel and is sailed by a helm and two crew. The fleet is one of the most active in the area, racing most weekends during the sailing season from May to October.

 With a tall mast and a large sail area for their size, they offer close, exhilarating and challenging racing in constantly changing tides and winds. We welcome new sailors, whether you want to helm or crew. The racing is friendly but competitive and the class also has an active social calendar. Owning and racing an EOD is surprisingly inexpensive.

The class has its own website available at