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.
At the end of December GYC was asked if we could assist a group of four women rowers in landing their boat at the yard. This was no ordinary rowing boat and no ordinary group of women. In April they plan to row across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Cairns, Australia via Hawaii and Samoa to raise £250,000 for women's charities (Walking With the Wounded and Breast Cancer Care). They had introduced their specially made boat, Doris, to London at St. Katherine's dock and needed to get her onto a trailer to tow back to base. Having rowed downstream to GYC and with assistance from members in the yard they were just in time to recover Doris at the bottom of the slipway as the tide ebbed.
Anyone wishing to support these courageous sailors can do so at http://coxlesscrew.com/buy-a-mile/
Isabel, Laura, Natalia and Emma with Doris in the yard