Commemorating Queen Elizabeth the First's immortal Armada speech at Tilbury Fort in August 1588, this 35 NM challenge against wind and tide is a new event in 2019

Co-hosted with Erith Yacht Club, this event caters for both competitive racers and more social sailors who wish to extend their skills in a longer sail. Taking a cue from events such as the London Marathon, entrants are encouraged to raise money for the charity of their choice - we suggest you fundraise via

The event is open to members of Thurrock Yacht Club,  Erith Yacht Club, Gravesend Sailing Club, and Greenwich Yacht Club. 

Full information is available in the Notice of Event.

Established: 2019

Course: Erith YC - East Blyth - Thurrock YC

Briefing: 0800

Start: 0900


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Notice of Event


Armada Challenge Poster


Entry Form and Risk Assessment


All TYC members are reminded that special byelaws apply on the tidal Thames. All vessels, including those under sail, are required stay to the right of the fairway. Please apply common sense:

  • Do not cross in front of large vessels
  • Keep a lookout astern as well as ahead.
  • If approaching a large vessel,  make a prompt turn to starboard and get to the right side of the fairway. If you have a loud horn, sound one short blast, but in any case be clear and concise in your manoeuvres.
  • If sailing in races or company, make other boats aware of large vessels on channel 37 (M).
  • Consider making short tacks and go about midway across the fairway.
  • Maintain a listening watch on London VTS

Complying with rules reduces the chance of over enforcement being applied, and learning to sail within the constraints will make you a better sailor. For more information please visit the PLA's Boating on the Thames website.