Guidelines for completion of the Membership Application Form
In order that you can complete the application according to the Club rules, please note the following guidance:
To apply for membership you must either;
a) Be 'proposed' and 'seconded' by two existing Benfleet Yacht Club members who have known you for one year or more, and who themselves have been 'Full Members' of the club for a minimum of one year. This enables you to apply directly for 'Full' membership.
b) Provide the details (names and addresses) of two people who know you well from whom we may obtain references, such as your employer, the secretary of another club to which you belong, or a person of similar standing. This entitles you to apply for 'Temporary' membership. This is automatically amended to Full membership after one year, subject to BYC Committee approval.
Once your application is received you will be invited to a 'new members introductory meeting', where you will meet some of our Committee members; which will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the Club and for us to provide you with further details about Benfleet Yacht Club and what we have to offer. Your Proposer or Seconder (where applicable) will be asked to accompany you to this meeting. Our General Committee will then make a decision on your application and you will be notified accordingly.
Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me on:
Wendy Webster (Assistant Secretary)
Applications for membership should be made using the official application
form, which can be downloaded by clicking on the icon below.
Benfleet Yacht Club
Membership costs and joining fee's are shown in the table below
Mooring and boat storage costs are available on the main notice board in the reception area at
Benfleet Yacht Club, or alternatively, please contact the Membership Secretary: details further below.
Membership Fee's for year 2018:
Full or Temporary Member
Cadet Member / Student
£139.00 (also see 'joining fee' note below)
There is a 'one off' joining fee of £150 applicable to all 'Full' & 'Temporary' members when joining Benfleet Yacht Club.
A reduced joining fee, 25% of the full joining fee (£37.50), is applicable for either existing 'Associate' or 'Cadet' members upgrading to 'Full' membership.
Benfleet Yacht Club welcomes new members
Please scroll further down this page for details of membership categories, costs and Membership application form, but before you do so, here is a brief summary of what our club has to offer and the facilities available to help you make your decision:
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Details of Membership Categories:
Full Membership - Prospective members are proposed and seconded by existing members and attend a short interview held at the club. If accepted, and once all fee's are paid, the Full Member will then have full use of the club's facilities. (However, please contact the Bosun before bringing a boat on site, or the Dinghy Captain in the event of a sailing dinghy).
Temporary Membership - Prospective new members not knowing two full members of the Club may apply for "temporary membership" and should provide the details (names and addresses) of two people who know you well from whom we may obtain references, such as your employer, the secretary of another club to which you belong, or a person of similar standing. This entitles you to apply for 'temporary' membership. This is automatically amended to full membership after one year, subject to BYC Committee approval.
Associate Membership - available to partners or family of Full / Temporary Members, who are over the age of 18 years, are not keeping a boat locally and are living at the same address. Other situations may be accepted at the discretion of the General Committee.
Cadet Membership - available to young people in the age range from 7 until 18 years of age.
Country Membership - is available to people living more than 20 miles by road from the club and not keeping a boat locally.
Full details of membership criteria and conditions can be found in the club's printed
General Rule book.
Please note: Applicants for membership with "Rowing" as their primary boating interest, will
also be required to join 'British Rowing': minimum Silver Membership.
(former 'Retired Membership' category = 50% of 'Full Membership' fee
Sailing and racing mainly takes place in the sheltered waters of Benfleet Creek. We have an extensive racing programme running throughout the entire year, which encompasses all classes and types of sailing dinghies.
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.
Our cruiser-racing programme is held in conjunction with other local yacht clubs: run under the auspices of ‘Combined Clubs Series’ (CCS). This provides opportunities to have more boats competing, whilst distributing the workload for running such events. Most of our races are port-to-port events, often finishing at a venue with a yacht club, pub or restaurant to provide an evening social get-together, with a cruise home on the following day.
The Nore Race is a combined ‘open’ cruiser and dinghy race held each year covering a 20 mile circuit of the Thames Estuary, starting and finishing at Southend Pier. Benfleet Yacht Club have been organising this event since the 1930’s. For many competitors, the Nore Race is the only race that they will compete in: which they treat more like a rally, rather than a full on race – until the starting gun fires. Once finished many competitors, both yachts and dinghies, anchor in The Ray and enjoy the Ray Sands before returning home on the tide.
Round Canvey Island Race
This annual ‘open’ event was established in 2010 and attracts both rowing and sailing vessels, undertaking a complete circuit of Canvey Island: a distance of 14 ½ miles. An eclectic mix of vessels have competed to date: fixed seat and sliding seat row boats, surf ski’s, kayaks, outrigger canoes and a variety of sailing dinghies. The time record to-date is just 1 hour 47 minutes: providing an average speed of 7.4 knots. Boats from as far away as Whitby have travelled to compete in this event, with many of the visiting competitors camping in BYC overnight.
Benfleet Yacht Club ‘Coastal Rowers’ are an active section of rowing enthusiasts. The club own a number and variety of fixed and sliding seat coastal rowing craft, which are available for all members to use. Many of our rowing members compete in major events in other parts of the UK and on the near continent.
We have a large number of moorings for our members cruising yachts, located in the sheltered waters of Benfleet Creek. Our creek is tidal and drying. We offer both mid-river fore and aft ‘trot’ moorings and bankside staging’s. Believe it or not, many of our members own ‘single keel’ yachts, which stand upright on their keel, held against the bankside staging (yes, it really does work well).
Our club has facilities to store approximately 170 cruising yachts and 160 sailing dinghies / rowing craft. Our cruiser laying-up facilities are second to none: better (and far cheaper) than many commercial / marina facilities. We have a large slipway for launching and recovery of all boats, plus a winch which can handle cruising yachts up to 40 feet long (subject to weight limits) on trollies. We also have a large crane to lift mast and engines etc.
We have a large three storey clubhouse, comprising of the main bar and lounge area, a function room, with full catering facilities, which can accommodate up to 100 people seated, plus toilets and shower / changing rooms. Our bar is open to members and their guests 7 days each week, both lunchtimes and evenings. We are also open lunchtime on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The main function room (known as the Dowsing Room) is also available for hire at a modest fee to members for their own functions, weddings etc.
Social and Entertaiments Programme
Throughout the year, we have an active social and entertainment programme, with events such as: Black Tie Annual Dinner, Laying Up and Fitting Out Suppers, Prizegiving Functions, Burns Night, just to name a few.
Cadet Sail Training Week
Each summer, usually at the start of the school summer holidays, Benfleet Yacht Club run a sail training course, held over a 5 day period, for our Cadet members ranging from 7 to 18 years old. The training programme follows the RYA Youth Training Scheme at all levels. All of the training team are RYA qualified Dinghy Instructors, Senior Instructors and Assistant Instructors, with the majority being BYC members. Lunch, snacks and a full evening meal is provided for each day. A great opportunity for our younger members to learn to sail, and great fun too.
Benfleet Yacht Club - Data Protection Policy
Benfleet Yacht Club are required by law to comply with the General Data Protection Policy Regulations (GDPR) of May 2018, which stipulate how we use, store and process members personal and boat data.
- a) completing the Benfleet Yacht Club membership application form,
- b) becoming a member of Benfleet Yacht Club and
- c) renewing your membership subscription each year,
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