All cruiser activity for 2021 is now showing in our calendar with tides and briefing times where applicable. This includes all the club cruiser races and organised mini-cruises lasting from a day to a long weekend.
Our range of sailing yachts is diverse, from racing types - Formula 1s, Limbos, Medinas, to long-distance cruisers. We race locally around cans, downriver to Erith, Thurrock and Gravesend, and beyond to Sea Reach and around the Isle of Sheppey.
View our Cruiser Calender
At GYC we have moorings for yachts up to 40 feet LOA, some are deep water moorings and some drying moorings. The tidal range in this part of the river can be up to 7 metres and more. Drying moorings allow access three hours either side of high water, deep water moorings are accessible at any state of the tide. The sailing area is restricted upstream by Tower Bridge and has no restrictions downstream. It is possibe to sail to the Thames Estuary and further on a single tide.
We have trot moorings (secured fore and aft between two buoys) and some pontoon moorings. None of our moorings are accessible from ashore. All mooring holders have a tender to go out to their mooring. A trot boat is operational on club race days but otherwise requires you to persuade a member to ferry you out and back. We also have an all tide visitor pontoon connected to the main clubhouse. The tides on the Thames are strong with a rate of up to 3.5 - 4 knots in places which requires a well functioning boat engine.
The club organises yacht races about every two weeks in the summer and about every month during the winter. Racing is open to all classes under the Byron handicap system. GYC has a friendly relationship with the other clubs on the Thames, and there are inter-club racing events, not to mention the regattas and open races at other Thames and Medway clubs.
Many members prefer cruising to racing, and the east coast is on our doorstep. The club organises an annual East Coast cruise as a communal event which is a popular event with members.
We do encourage active sailing members who will join in and participate in the club. If you live in London, and fancy a convenient place to base your boat, pay us a visit. We often have no waiting lists for moorings.