Containing navigational information for the ports of Harwich and Felixstow and the River's Stour and Orwell plus surrounding area's.
"East Coast Pilot
Lowestoft to Ramsgate"
A publication by Imray
Click here to view regular updates to this pilot book
contains details and photographs of the Havengore Route
NAVIGATIONAL AND TIDAL INFORMATION,
CRUISING GUIDES AND NEWS
Full tide tables for the year covering the River Thames, provided by the PLA.
VHF "Port" Radio Channels for the River Thames and Thames Estuary
covering the "Port of London" areas
Port working channels are as follows:
VHF Channel 69 - covering the seaward limit (approximately the Margate-Harwich line) to Sea Reach 4 buoy.
VHF Channel 68 - Sea Reach 4 buoy to Crayfordness.
VHF Channel 14 - upstream of Crayfordness and including the Thames Barrier Zone.
The Callsign for all Vessel Traffic Services centres is "London VTS".
Link to "East Coast Pilot" website where chartlet's and navigational information for the entrances to the River Deben and River Ore / Alde can be downloaded and printed
Entrance details for both of these rivers are normally updated and published during April each year
Obstruction in the entrance to the River Medway: Have you ever cut in between the Grain Hard Buoy and the Grain Fort, in order to cheat the outgoing tide? Click here to see what lurks under the water. Next time, you may want to re-consider.
Sailing Prizegiving Supper (7.30pm)
CCS Prizegiving Dinner at Island YC
Work Party Weekend (mornings)
Fitting Out Supper (7.00-7.30pm)
Shakedown Cruise to Queenborough with evening social ashore
Cruise to Chatham Marina.
BYC at Home (8pm)
Calais Rally briefing (start 8.30pm)
Calais Rally (late May Bank Holiday weekend)
Nore Race (more of a cruise around the course)
Nore Race Prizegiving - free to enter - all welcome
Wine and Cheese in Stangate
Ray Day & BBQ
Cruise to Queenborough
Cruise to Medway YC & meal ashore
Commodores Tea Day
End of Season Cruise to Chatham Marina
Work Party Weekend (mornings)
Sat 24 & Sun 25
Sat 13 & Sun 14
BYC "CRUISING" PROGRAMME 2018
Click here to download a PDF version of the full 2018 BYC Sailing Programme and
Tide Table Booklet
Real Time Tidal data for the Tidal Thames area:
National Oceanography Centre (tidal graph) click here
River Deben entrance details
River Ore entrance details
BYC had 9 boats attend this year's Calais Rally, retaining the Narrow Sea's Trophy.
Congratulations to Dave Norman who won smallest boat to cross the channel & Ashley Wright who completed his 40th trip in Succession.
National Coastwatch, who have stations at both Southend & Holehaven and keep a physical lookout, have their own dedicated VHF CH 65 for contact with marriners and for current weather information / safety detail or local information. Call sign “Southend Coastwatch” or “Holehaven Coastwatch”.
Please note that you can also call National Coastwatch on VHF Channel 65 to make a Radio Check (avoids Ch16 / Coastguard)
Middle Deep Buoyage Changes
Important buoyage changes (names and positions) affecting the route round the
East Coast / Maplin Sands
Benfleet Yacht Club
News & Information
Walton Chanel "Stone Point"
entrance survey 2017
Courtessy of Walton & Frinton YC
The MCA advise that boaters can still contact the Coastguard on VHF Channel 16, VHF/MF DSC and for that matter 999, but more importantly they will still respond whether you use the call sign of closed MRCC, one of the new Coastguard Operations Centres or simply ‘UK Coastguard’.
UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency
023 9255 2100
020 8312 7380
028 9146 3933
Operational UK Coastguard Centres
Area / Location
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Benfleet Creek provides a gateway to the Thames Estuary and beyond. For local cruising (just a few hours away), we have the Rivers Medway and Swale with their wonderful creeks, towns, pubs and anchorages. A bit further afield (a short day sail), there are the superb cruising grounds of the East Coast Rivers. For a great summer cruise, we are not too far away from the northern coast of France and Belgium and the vast inland waterways of Holland. The one advantage of cruising from our drying tidal creek is that it makes you get out there; to make use of a full day or weekend away sailing. Many of our members have worked the tides for most of their life and still enjoy our unique position. We hold a number of weekend ‘cruises-in-company’ throughout the summer, many with a drink and BBQ, or a meal ashore, providing a good social get-together.
Calais Rally 2018 will be held over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, with the Commodores Pontoon Reception held on Saturday 26th May.
Pre-Calais Rally briefing, for newcomers to cruising to Calais, will be held at BYC on Friday 18th May, starting 08.30pm
Conyer Cruising Club and Swale Marina welcome visitors all year round and deep mud berths are almost always available. If you are thinking of visiting us call the Marina on +44 (0)1795 521 562 and they will advise you on berth availability and accessibility relative to your draft.
Port of London Authority
Click on the links below for the following information within the PLA website
Not your normal BYC Cruising attire
Benfleet Yacht Club, Canvey Road, Canvey Island, Essex. SS8 0QT. || Telephone 01268.792278 || www.benfleetyachtclub.org
For each of our main "Cruising Events" we need a lead person / boat to organise each event. Not a lot of work really: it spreads the workload amongst the participants throughout the season. If you are able to help, please add your details to the list on the club notice board.
Late May 'Spring Bank Holiday' Weekend
We really need more BYC boats attending to avoid loosing the Narrow Seas Trophy which we have held onto for many years.
New to the Calais, or crossing the English Chanel for the first time? There will be a briefing on Friday 18th May starting at 08.30pm at BYC
Cruise to Queenborough Sat 16th June.
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event due to non-availability of the Barge. If an alternative destination / venue can be found, we will notify you of this.