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Links to:
Harwich Haven
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
Roach Sailing
contains details and photographs of the Havengore Route
Tide Times
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.
Real Time Tidal data for the Tidal Thames area:

PLA website click here

National Oceanography Centre (tidal graph) click here
River Deben entrance details
River Ore entrance details
An excellent turnout by BYC with 15 members boats attending this year's Calais Rally (6 more than in 2017), retaining the Narrow Sea's Trophy.
Congratulations to Dave Norman & Frank Martin in Talavera who was the smallest boat to make the crossing. and the sun shone for the Commodores Pontoon reception on the Saturday afternoon.

Beowulf, Concordia, Dansen An Zee, Evie, Janeiro, Mardet, Rollercoaster, Seven Heaven, Sorted, Spindrift, Talavera, Tee Pee, Whimbrell, Windhover
National Coastwatch

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

click here to view the Notice to Mariners
Click here to download a PDF version of the full 2019 BYC Sailing Programme and
Tide Table Booklet
Benfleet Yacht Club
News & Information
Walton Chanel "Stone Point"
 entrance survey 2017

click here to view the latest chartlet
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
MMSI no.
Telephone no.
023 9255 2100
01304 210008 
020 8312 7380 
01262 672317 
01224 592334 
01595 692976 
01851 702013 
028 9146 3933 
01407 762051 
01646 690909 
01326 317575 
Operational UK Coastguard Centres
Area / Location
NMOC Fareham
Milford Haven
2018 Calais Rally
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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.  
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 

PLA main website

Notice to Mariners

PLA Thames Leisure site 

Live Tides
Not your normal BYC Cruising attire
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The calendar for all Benfleet Yacht Club 'Cruising' related events is now contained in a centralised calendar, covering: Dinghy and Cruiser Sailing / Racing, Rowing, Social / Entertainment and Cadet events

Please click here to view the calendar
(This will open a new web browser page)

This combined calendar is integrated within the Benfleet Yacht Club 'Membership and Boat / Mooring administration system'. It is then possible to filter events by specific areas of interest
​For members who have already created a personal membership portal, it is possible to link this calendar to the calendar built into your mobile phone, tablet or computer. Log into your membership portal, select "Calendar" and the click on "Click Here to Subscribe to this Calendar" (top right hand side).

If you would like to create a personal membership portal, please send an email to This will also enable us to send invoices for your membership & boat related charges to you by email.
Late May Bank Holiday

Commodores Pontoon Reception to be held on the Saturday afternoon.

Pre Calais Race Briefing

New to visiting Calais or Crossing the Channel for the first time?

Why not come along to the Pre-Calais cruise briefing on Friday 17th May starting at 8.30pm