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Welcome to the website for Benfleet Yacht Club

A large and friendly club situated along the shore of Benfleet Creek, on the northern coast of Canvey Island, Essex.

Our club offers great opportunities for dinghy and cruiser sailing, plus coastal rowing. Dinghy sailing and coastal rowing mainly take place in the sheltered waters of Benfleet Creek, whilst for yacht cruising, the creek provides a gateway to the Thames Estuary and beyond. We have a large number of tidal moorings for yachts and our on-shore storage for both yachts and dinghies are second to none.

Complementing our sailing programme, we have a superb clubhouse, where the bar is open lunchtime and evenings 7 days a week, for members to meet up for a drink, a chat and a bite to eat, plus we provide an active social and entertainments programme throughout the year.

Latest news

Today's Welcome Back to BYC" Barbecue is cancelled

It is with much regret that we postpone today's planned barbecue at short notice due to the forecast weather conditions. We were trying to restore 'some sort of normality' at BYC and to celebrate the re-opening of the clubhouse and bar following the lengthy period of closure. It was a intended that the barbecue would be held outside due to the present Covid19 restrictions. However, I feel that it would be both unfair and More »

Published 07:42 on 5 Jul 2020

BYC Clubhouse and Bar to reopen on Saturday 4th July

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of the Benfleet Yacht Club clubhouse and bar with effect from Saturday 4 th July . We also plan to hold a complimentary " Welcome Back to BYC" Barbecue on Sunday 5 th July, starting at 02:00pm. This will be subject to the weather being suitable to allow us to use the grounds around the clubhouse to support social distancing etc. Further More »

Published 06:17 on 28 Jun 2020

'Virtual' Sailboat Racing is coming to Benfleet Yacht Club

Background: During the current lockdown, several BYC members have started playing an online sailing game: "Virtual Regatta Inshore". This is free to all and provides short races in an open setting for you to pit your wits against the world's best. Many other Yacht Clubs around the country have been doing the same. BYC have now taken out a subscription to enable us to hold races for BYC members only. This More »

Published 16:18 on 10 Jun 2020

BYC Covid 19 Policy Statement

COVID-19: A brief summary of actions currently in place. Full details are available in the Policy document in the accompanying file: Click on 'More'. Note: all permitted activities must be performed observing the Governments latest Guidelines. Club-House and Bar remain closed until further notice. All planned club Entertainments and Social events cancelled until further notice. All planned on-water events cancelled until further notice: Dinghy Racing, Cruising and Rowing Events. More »

Published 06:49 on 24 May 2020

Upcoming events

Jul 11

CCS Blackwater Cruiser Race (H…

4th CCS Cruiser Race of the seaso
July 11-12

Cruise to Brightlingsea with m…

Jul 12

Ray Day: Fun and games with BB…

July 18-19

Cruise to Queenborough.

Jul 19

10:00 - Rear Commodore's Trophy Dinghy…

Jul 26

Interclub Cruiser Challenge co…

Incorporating the Town Cup for first monohull Cruiser
Aug 1

CCS Upnor Cruiser Race (HW 11.…

5th and finalCCS Cruiser Race of the season
August 1-5

BYC Cadet Sail Training Week (…

Application forms available on the BYC website (from mid January
Aug 5

17:00 - BYC Cadet Week - End of Week A…

Times to be confirmed during Cadet Week
August 8-9

Cruise to Harty Ferry + Dinghy…

Cruise to Harty Ferry on the River Swale Then take
Aug 16

08:45 - Commodores Trophy Dinghy Race.…

Aug 23

23rd August Pier Race

August 29-30

Cruise to Lower Halstow

via Stangate Creek.
Aug 30

08:45 - Frye Trophy Dinghy Race (Star…

Dinghy Race into the Ray.
Aug 31

Burnham Trafalgar Race

Sep 6

12:00 - Commodore's Tea Day

Buffet Food Tea provided.
Sep 20

Interclub Dinghy Team Race (at…

September 26-27

Cruise to Gillingham Marina.

Oct 4

12:20 - 1st Winter Series Dinghy Race.…

Oct 10

End of Season "Chatham Bash".…

Benfleet Yacht Club

Nore Race


Sunday 28th June

A sailboat race in the Thames Estuary, starting and finishing from Southend Pier.

Open to all classes of sailing dinghies and cruisers.

For further details click here

Benfleet Yacht Club

Round Canvey Race

Open Event

Saturday 4th July

Row or Row/Sail around the entire

coast of Canvey Island:

a distance of 14.5 miles

For further details click here

Benfleet Yacht Club

is Open to

New Members


We have both low cost moorings and winter lay-up facilities available. With all fees, you might keep a 29' yacht here for less than £600 per year.

For further details click here

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