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GetSailing2We really welcome visitors to our beautiful clubhouse on the river. Do come along on a Tuesday night if you have ever fancied sailing, or might be interested in becoming a member.

Since our foundation over 100 years ago, we have always aimed to offer "affordable sailing for all". Our club is located halfway between the O2 and the Thames Barrier, and is home to cruiser sailors, dinghy sailors, motor-boaters and rowers. But you don't have to own a boat to come boating.

 Email here to enquire about visiting us or joining GYC


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 RYA training 

Upcoming courses

Day Skipper Theory          Starts Tuesday 15th       Book here

Keel Boat Level 2:             Sat/Sun 19th-20th Oct   Book here

VHF Radio:                        Saturday 26th Oct         Book here

First Aid                              Sunday 17th Nov          Book here


RYA  the basics

The Club is a Royal Yachting Association recognised teaching establishment.  We teach the basic dinghy and keel boat courses out on the Thames, with our own qualified instructors, and have partnerships with training organisations that offer Power Boat, VHF, First Aid and Day Skipper courses.

Practical Sailing

All our courses are listed on the calendar.  Find the course you want  then click for more details and online booking

Navigation theory

The next Day Skipper course starts  on october 15th, It will  run for eight Tuesdays, followed by an assessment weekend . If you would like to join a course click here,  which will take you to Nomad Sailing's web site. Look for bookings and fill in the form (there is discount rate for GYC club members)..

Powerboat  courses

Our powerboat courses are run by Tony Mason of Thames Active. Tony is a club member and full time professional trainer - himself trained by some of London's finest sailors. 

First Aid and VHF radio

These courses will be run twice a year and details and online bookings are on the calendar.

If you want to know more about any of our classes please feel free to come and speak to Brian Harrisson, or to Steve Wilson. They can be found around the club on Tuesday nights, out on the water, or contacted via the website.


Staying Safe on the River

 1. Wear a lifejacket that will inflate or a buoyancy aid that will take your weight

2. Wear appropriate footwear

3. Take a hand held radio or phone in a waterproof case

4. Tell someone where you are going

5. Ensure your tender is sea worthy

6. Always use your ‘kill cord’

7. Secure any luggage or large items that you may be transporting

8. On arrival, approach into the tide and secure tender with a bowline to your boat. Consider using a stern line as well

9. When secured. Choose your moment to disembark, check for passing clippers or wash to subside

10. Remember, one hand for you and one for the boat

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