Our club is right in the heart of one of the most important maritime centres in Western Europe. This means our members are spoilt for sail and motor cruising opportunities
For day trips you can sail up to central London on a single flood tide for a night of cosmopolitan luxury in St Katherines or Limehouse. Heading the other way, a single ebb tide will see you safely into the anchorages and bywaters of the Medway and Swale.
More intrepid sailors wanting to stretch their sea legs have equally good access to the East and South Coasts as well as France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Our members frequently organise rallies to these areas.
Some have even been known to leave their boats behind and go on charter holidays to the Mediterranean.
Whatever your nautical ambitions may be, you will be in great company at Thurrock Yacht Club.
Our organised cruising itinerary for 2019 is:
Calais Rally 24-27 May
Queenborough Bash 25-27 May
East Coast Cruise 12-21 July
Blyth Sands 25 August
Chatham Barbecue 21-22 September
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.