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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


winter Solestice model boat building

Saturday 21st December 2019

Every year we build model boats out of  card, paper, wood, vegetables anything.

The designs can be; practical,fancy or fantastical. The builders are;  all of you, whatever age.

13:00 onwards. Starts at  - Boat design and building in the clubhouse

16:30 - The big launch.

once constructed, these model yachts equiped with tea lights are launched  on the Thames to see how far they sail.

The rules.

  • no vessel over 80 cms in length

  • all to be made of bio degradable materials (see below)

  • children must be supervised at all times by adult.

  • tidy up afterwards . Club will provide the bags.


Prizes for; best boat, best family build boat, youngest boat builder




RYA training




We have reached the end of our training season. Currently we are planning our 2020 offer. This  will include all of the courses mentioned below. Our practical sailing courses are being relaunched so we can  give members and non members a much  clearer route, to joining   that "band of  brothers"   dinghy sailors.

 check back on the web site, in the new year to see,  how GYC can    

      Get you sailing .  


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

Dinghy sailing can be fast and furious, you will certainly get wet and may go for swim ocasionally. But the thrills more than make up for the spills. Slightly more sedate are our keel boat courses, keel boats are like mini yachts with their own engine. Both types of course teach you the basics of sailing.  The level one is a two day introduction, level two develops those basic skills , so you can  steerby yoursrlf in light winds.

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

Navigation theory

We run RYA navigation courses both the basic day skipper course and the advanced Yachtmaster. 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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