This page directs you to a number of pages which relate to EYC’s history, that of her clubships and the Hamble Stars. It illustrates the diversity of work, sailing and activities that make up Erith Yacht Club’s aims to provide sailing for all.
Erith Yacht club was founded in 1900 after a decision had been made to move the Corinthian Yacht Club to Port Victoria on the Isle of Grain as river traffic had increased. The Club continued to occupy the site to the west of Erith, along what is now Corinthian Manor Way, until 1930 when it moved to its current location. The Club’s 75th Anniversary celebrations resulted in a souvenir, which can be found on the link left, with additions as the Club has developed.
When EYC moved in 1930 it purchased the ketch-rigged barge Garson, launched in 1864, for use as the Clubhouse. This started an 80-year association with vessels as the Club’s headquarters, ending in May 2010. A brief history of Garson and her successors can be found on the Clubship page.
As part of the development of the club, a prominent member, Michael Robinson, became interested in the old workboats of the Hamble. These 14ft carvel dinghies were being broken up, and so a number (how many) were brought to Erith. The Hamble Star became a stalwart of the club for teaching youth members how to sail, and for the long distant trips in Holland and up the East Coast. As dinghy design and youth tastes change, the boats are now looked after by a dedicated band to ensure their survival. More information can be found on the Star Class webpage.
The Club’s strong historic links to the working river means that sea shanties have been sung for years in the bar. Certain members of EYC had their particular shanty, to which you would only join in with the chorus. As the river traffic and seamen’s skills have changed, these songs have been sung less. A selection of the shanties sung, with local variations, has been written down for posterity at the link left.
Working closely with Erith Yacht Club is the Michael Robinson Sailing Trust. This Trust has assisted EYC to seek funding to purchase equipment and vessels for club use. The most notable being the purchase of RIB Reliant, part funded by MRST. The aims and objectives of the Trust are explained further on their webpage.