The Cruiser Class

These words written over sixty years ago by Eric Hiscock, one of the great cruising sailors of the last century, and they  still hold true, despite the gradual creep of officialdom into our sport of sailing – and the sentiments behind these words are alive and well in the Essex Yacht Club Cruiser Class – the largest class in the club.

Within the Cruiser class membership is racing and cruising experience that circles the globe; covers virtually every port and haven from the Mediterranean to the Baltic; includes numerous crossings of the Atlantic and every inch of our glorious East Coast of England. Mostly achieved as Hiscock would put it “with little or no publicity”.

Cruising members are an eclectic bunch almost as varied as their choice of boats which range from some seriously fast multihulls to some much slower, but beautiful wooden vessels. We all share that love of being on the water. We also share the occasional desire to cruise in company and fixture events such as the Calais Rally, Old Commodores Cup and our cruise to Limehouse to support the London Marathon are increasing in popularity. Our social scene is lively with Dinners and Suppers being an opportunity to catch up on the season past, tell tall stories, plan for the season ahead and make new friends.

If one needs advice about where, what or how, just ask around – there is bound to be a member who has “been there or done that” and would be most happy to chat about it over a drink on a Friday evening.

Cruiser class members keep in touch through a monthly email newsletter which includes information, gossip, news, even articles for sale. But it doesn’t go exclusively to cruiser classmembers; if you would like a copy, contact Class Captain.

Upcoming Cruiser Class Events

Jun
23
Sun
Nore Race (BYC)
Jun 23 @ 8:50 am – 12:50 pm

Pier Head Start Line

Solo Start Time: 09:50
Medium Handicap Start Time: 09:50
Fast Handicap Start Time: 09:50
EOD Start Time: 09:50
Cruisers Start Time: 10:00

High Water: 02:09 – 5.1m

Jun
29
Sat
Upnor (IYC) O/P Butterflies Bowl
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

CCS Start Line

Cruisers Start Time: TBA

High Water: 06:43 – 5.1m
Tender Available

Jul
7
Sun
Inshore Points 2
Jul 7 @ 3:05 pm – 7:05 pm

EYC Start Line

Cruisers Start Time: 16:05

High Water: 12:28 – 5.6m
Tender Available

Jul
13
Sat
Harty Ferry (LSC) O/P Centenary Trophy
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

CCS Start Line

Cruisers Start Time: TBA

High Water: 07:55 – 5.2m
Tender Available

Jul
20
Sat
Cruiser Single Handed
Jul 20 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

EYC Start Line

Cruisers Start Time: 14:30

High Water: 08:38 – 5.6m
Tender Available

Jul
21
Sun
Inshore Points 3
Jul 21 @ 2:10 pm – 6:10 pm

EYC Start Line

Cruisers Start Time: 15:10

High Water: 02:09 – 5.5m
Tender Available

Jul
27
Sat
Old Commodores Cup to Burnham O/P
Jul 27 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
3
Sat
Ladies in Cruisers
Aug 3 @ 1:05 pm – 5:05 pm

EYC Start Line

Cruisers Start Time: 14:05

High Water: 00:57 – 6m
Tender Available

Aug
4
Sun
Inshore Points 4
Aug 4 @ 1:50 pm – 5:50 pm

Start Line

Cruisers Start Time: 14:50

High Water: 11:45 – 6m
Tender Available

Aug
10
Sat
Blackwater (EYC) O/P Essex Bowl
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm