Blackwater Sailing Club is one of the leading sailing clubs on the east coast, situated on the tidal Blackwater estuary two miles downstream from Maldon, Essex. The clubhouse and facilities are some of the best in the country having benefited from significant investment by the members over one hundred years.The club is easily accessible being just 30 minutes’ drive from the M25. We are an active, family‑focused, club of over 1000 members with both cruiser and dinghy members.
Our Cadet Section offers training, racing and social events for 8 to 18 year olds, culminating in an annual Cadet Week which regularly attracts over 150 participants.
The club has been owned and run by its members for over 100 years which encourages an informal and friendly self-help ethos, where members organise everything from club administration, social events, race organisation, facilities management – and even gardening!
Dinghy and Cruiser Racing is held on Saturdays & Sundays (tide permitting), with special events on Bank Holidays, a Club Week and Regatta in August, and a Cadet Week during the summer holidays.Our cruiser racers also support the local clubs’ joint racing programme with all‑day races down river. Current popular dinghy classes include Fireballs, MPS, Lasers, Blazes, Wayfarers, Toppers, Optimists and Sprites (the Club's own class). We welcome all classes of monohull dinghies.
The Club owns a large freshwater lake where members can learn to sail, and a purpose-built classroom for dry-land instruction. These are both used during our Cadet training activities. We also maintain a number of club boats for members to borrow before investing in their own.
Club facilities are accessible by members at all times and Informal sailing is possible on the river for around 3 hours either side of high water, or at any time on the club lake. We have a thriving Friday morning ‘adult sailing group’ and a summer ‘Tuesday evening’ group where both experienced and novice sailors can develop skills and meet other members.
Our clubhouse Upper Deck enjoys extensive views of the river for those who simply wish to watch the activity on the water. The changing rooms can accommodate over 100 helm and crew and we have a member’s galley where hot drinks and meals can be prepared.
There are Club social events throughout the year including formal and informal dinners, midweek lunches, barbeques, quiz nights, suppers, talks, cruising seminars etc.
We have a large sailing cruiser membership with our own moorings and facilities to launch and haul out boats up to 30 feet loa / 5 tons gross. The cruiser section organise cruises throughout the season both around the Blackwater and further afield.
The Club employs a full time steward, who helps members with the launching and recovery of cruisers. Members enjoy the use of a large workshop with light and power, a high-pressure wash down, a mast crane, boat hoist and a tractor for boat movement.
We have winter parking for over 100 cruisers and 500 dinghies on-site with both electric power and water available.
Our Sailing School offers training to members from our own RYA qualified instructors, covering both sail and powerboat training. Cadets enjoy special novice training weekends early in the season, preparing them for Cadet Week and work towards the club’s own Cadet Badge. This can progress into the RYA sailing qualifications and eventual Dinghy Instructor certification.
We welcome enquires and visits from prospective new members – joining details can be found under the "Home / Joining Us " menu, or simply turn up and ask about membership at the clubhouse.
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