Located halfway between the Millennium Dome and the Thames Barrier GYC is now over 100 years old, founded by a handful of Thames sailors in 1908, and boasts around 400 members. The club caters for cruiser sailors, dinghy sailors, motor-boaters and rowers. Sail past Canary Wharf and beautiful Royal Greenwich up London's historic river or go down to the estuary for the East coast or a channel crossing. Motor cruisers can go right through the very heart of the capital, and have access to the river Lee and inland waterways.
Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival (5-9 September 2014): The GYC Landside bar will be open on Friday evening, and the Clubhouse bar will be open all day Saturday and Sunday, and on Tuesday afternoon and evening, during the Tall Ships Festival. Visitors are very welcome to visit the club and watch activities on the River between the Thames Barrier and the O2 Dome.
Greenwich Yacht Club opens its gates to the public annually for the London Open House weekend but visitors are welcome any Tuesday evening or weekend.
We run a programme of yacht and dinghy racing, as well as practical and theory training all year round.
All classes of yacht and dinghy are welcome, but the emphasis is on enjoyment and arguing over a pint in the clubhouse afterwards. Our site and facilities are first class, having been newly built in 1999. We have both drying and deep water moorings, a boat yard and workshops. We also have probably the best yacht club bar in England, built on an island site out in the river with stunning views to the city and down to the Thames Barrier.
- If you're interested in joining why not come along on a Tuesday evening or weekend afternoon/evening to look around and meet us.
The Tall Ships Regatta started from Falmouth in Cornwall on Sunday 31 August. 40-50 sailing ships raced to a finishing line off the Isle of Wight. From there the ships sail on to the Thames Estuary, completing their voyages on 5th and 6th September at Greenwich.
GYC represented in the 2014 Tall Ships Regatta
On the morning of Saturday August 30 GYC's Rear Commodore Steve Wilson joined the crew of Tecla, moored up in Falmouth Docks, to sail the 2014 Tall Ships Regatta. Tecla is a Dutch ship, originally built in 1915 as a herring boat. She worked the North Sea and Dogger. Tecla is a fast ship and in 2009 won her class in the decennial Trans-Atlantic Challenge. Hopes are high of a good performance.
Steve Street is a young member currently attending the University of Greenwich. He is on one of the 30 trainee crew places sponsored by Greenwich Council. Along with several others Steve was assigned to Gulden Leeuw. She was built as an ocean-going ice class ship in 1937. In the past two years she has been converted to a three-masted topsail schooner. Steve appreciated the free set of Musto sailing gear all of them were given, hopes to have the chance to climb the rigging, but isn't looking forward to sleep deprivation.
GYC's Jenni Scarfe had let a number of students at Greenwich Uni know about the sponsored places, and another person who applied was Joanna Tamas, from Romania. Joanna has just completed her course at Greenwich Uni and had learnt to appreciate the historical history of the area. Reading the story of John Harrison's search for a means to measure longitude also inspired her to take part in what she believes will certainly be a top experience of her lifetime. She is also on Gulden Leeuw and looks forward to coming down to GYC to continue sailing.
From Falmouth the ships took part in a Parade of Sail on Sunday 31 August and then headed for the start lines five miles offshore for a race to the Isle of Wight. From there the ships will sail in company to Woolwich, arriving on Thursday Sep 4 or Friday. They will then moor up at various points between Woolwich and Greenwich, with smaller ones at Wood Wharf on the Isle of Dogs. Several will be open to the public.
The regatta's finale will be a historic Parade of Sail down the River Thames on Tuesday 9 September. The clubhouse and bar will be open for members and to the general public over the weekend and regatta ship crews have been invited to drop in. On Tuesday September 9 the clubhouse and bar will be open from 11 to 11.
The ships will moor at five locations between Woolwich and Greenwich town centres, with the smaller ships in West India Dock at Canary Wharf...