Cruisers at GYC

Our range of sailing cruisers is diverse, from racing types - Formula 1s, Limbos, Medinas, to long-distance cruisers, so we hold two classes of race to differentiate between the light and heavy displacement boats. We race locally around cans, upriver to Greenwich and Deptford, 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 7 metres plus, but even the drying moorings allow access three hours either side of high water.  The sailing area goes upstream to Tower Bridge, although the river traffic above Greenwich town pier is discouraging, but downstream there are no restrictions.  It is possibe to sail to the entrance of the Medway or further on a single tide.

We have drying trot moorings (secured fore and aft between two buoys) where the boat will sit on the mud at certain states of the tide, deep water trot moorings (always afloat) and some new pontoon moorings. None of these are accessible from the shore except by boat and most members have a tender. Our trot boat is operational on club race days (usually the weekends) but otherwise requires you to persuade a member to ferry you out and back. We also have an all tide pontoon connected to the main clubhouse. The current is strong enough to demand respect and would make dinghy sailing risky without either having an auxiliary outboard engine or a rescue boat out on the water.

The club organises club races, mostly day races, about every two weeks in the summer, and about every month during the winter.  The racing is open to all classes, so any boat can race.  GYC has a friendly relationship with the other clubs on this part of 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.

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.  We do however encourage active sailing members who will join in and participate in the club.