About "Benfleet Yacht Club"
and Membership details
Benfleet Yacht Club was first established in 1922 on the northern bank of Benfleet Creek adjacent to the railway line and Benfleet station. The present site position was aquired in the early 1970's and the current clubhouse building was completed in 1984. The club is wholly owned by the members with just one full time employee: the club Steward. The club administers bankside and trot moorings in the creek. On the surrounding land is lay-up area for several hundred boats, both cruisers and dinghies. Click here for an aerial view of the club and site (link to Google Earth).
Benfleet cruising yachts join in the local ‘Combined Club's Cruiser Series’ races with other local clubs, with some success, and there is an active social, cruising sailing program of events. Several members sail far and wide in Europe and beyond. Outside the sailing season there is a full diary of dinners, suppers, dancing and fun. The club bar is open every lunchtime and evening. Lunches are provided by our resident caterer Kim, who serves both hot and cold food from Tuesday through to Sunday (not Monday's).
Organisation
It is important to realise that this is a self-help club and not a commercial organisation. Charges are kept low and numerous members volunteer to perform various jobs. There are many formal and informal roles. Time and effort is freely given and attracts the gratitude and respect of other members. Of special note are the cruiser "launch and haul-out" teams to which we are particularly grateful for their skill and hard work. There are two schedulled weekend work parties each year (Spring and Autumn), which give an opportunity for all members to help with general maintenance projects.

Officers of the club and the General Committee members are elected each year at the AGM in December.

This management team work with many active sub committees to ensure the smooth running of the club.

To view the full list of Yacht Club Officers and Committees, please click here


Trot Moorings Available

Benfleet Yacht Club currently have a limited number of drying trot moorings available for members, suitable for shallow draft twin / triple or lift keel boats.
 Please contact the Bosun or a representative of the Moorings Committee at Benfleet Yacht Club for further details of availability and cost

There is a strong social dimension to all club activities but the focus is always on the sailing. We are a recognised RYA dinghy sailing instruction centre.  Members have many dinghies on site and enjoy ‘small boat’ sailing throughout the year, but especially in the winter period when the ‘big boats’ are out of the water, and there is a thriving club race series. Yachts of all types and sizes are stored on pads and hard standing in the boat park which has distributed water, electricity and lighting. There is currently a waiting list for 'bankside' moorings but trot moorings are generally available (* see note further below).
Benfleet Yacht Club - organisers of the "Nore Race"

The Nore Race is organised by Benfleet Yacht Club and has been held annually in the Thames Estuary since the 1920's. The race is open to all sailing boats (except sailboards or kite boards) and draws entries both from local sailing clubs and from further afield. The race starts and finishes from Southend Pier and covers an 18 mile circuit around the Thames Estuary. All entrants, crew, friends and family can attend the prizegiving evening, which is held at Benfleet Yacht Club, on the Friday following the race, where we normally have a live band and provide barbecue cooked food. Entry to the prizegiving is included in the cost of the race entry fee.
Click here for further details on the Nore Race.
Cadet Sail Training Week 
Benfleet Yacht Club hold a Cadet Sail Training Week (actually 'five' full days) during the school summer vacation period each year. This event has been running since the early 1990's.
Each year, approximately 50 of our Cadet members undergo full sail training, following the RYA Junior Sail Training scheme. 
The majority of the Instructors are BYC adult members, each of who have undergone the intensive RYA Sailing Dinghy Instructors course. This event also relies on numerous helpers, providing both on and off the water support and catering. During each day, refreshments, lunch and a full evening meal is provided for everyone.

Interested in joining Benfleet Yacht Club?
We welcome new members

For further details of membership categories and costs etc. and to download a Membership Application form,
please click here


Still interested in joining Benfleet Yacht Club?
We welcome new members
For further details of membership categories and costs etc. and to download a Membership Application form,
 please click here

Benfleet Yacht Club - A Brief History