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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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Totally Thames 2019

Totally Thames is an annual celebration of the River Thames with a creative and diverse programme that inspires, connects and enthrals.





Totally Thames is back for another year to take the river by storm and fill it to the brim with events celebrating the lifeblood of London. With over 100 events stretching over the 42 mile length of the Thames in London and a mixture of arts, heritage, family and river events, there's something for everyone to enjoy this September.



Are you passionate about the Thames? Do you enjoy arts and cultural events, and interacting with the public?

We're looking for enthusiastic and friendly volunteers help us bring the river to life during Totally Thames. You will be ambassadors at our events, providing information to audiences, assisting with the smooth running of events, and gathering audience feedback.

Apply by Wednesday 31 July.


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Thames Festival Trust
Port of London Authority
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 RYA training 

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

The 2019 programme. is now  up  on the calendar. Find the course you want then download an application form, and email it to the training email given. For keel boat training, we can do additional courses  if we get four people interested. Just email training.

Navigation theory

The next Day Skipper course starts  on March 19th. It will  run for eight Tuesdays, followed by an assessment weekend (May 11,12). If you would like to join a course  click here,  which will point you to their web site. Look for bookings and fill in the form (there is discount rate for club members). Nomad sailing also run all mannner of  practical yachting courses.

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  VHF radio

These courses will  be run twice a year and details are on the training pages or t the calendar. Book in the same way as the practical courses.

If you want to know more about any of our classes please speak to  Brian Harrisson, or to Steve Wilson. They can be found around the club on Tusday 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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