Sundowner 28th June 2019


The weather was fantastic with a blue sky and force four winds with the occasional lull to keep helms on their toes. We had a solid turn out with both a yacht race and 5 dinghies including four Laser Stratos Keels loaded with new sailors. 


The dinghies sailed from an exceptionally well organised launch under Hugh’s careful eye. All keelboats launched with a few new people in them.

The dinghy sailing was mostly gentle cruising, enjoying the weather and breeze while providing a fun experience to the new sailors. It was an interesting and enjoyable experience helming with people who’d never sailed before, I even threw a gybe in near the end.

John couldn’t resist and organised a short race between us, we thought we had him for a bit, after we decided to risk the tide staying outside the moorings rather than tack against an easterly wind close to the shore, outside the current, but his careful sailing and better racing tactics soon overcame the small lead we gained from that decision.

We even saw a cruise ship heading up river along with some tugs. I don’t know if the commercial traffic had any impact on the yacht race, but some of the dinghies did enjoy watching the cruise ship as it came past us.


Valencia, Marlin, Incisor, and Bolero contested the second diamond series race with both line honours and the handicapped win going to Valencia. It was great seeing so many sails from the water, and much nicer trying to keep clear of racing yachts than tugs and commercial shipping.


Many thanks to Paul who provided safety and Sara and team provided a lovely dinner after racing.

The full report for the Diamond Series race 2 can be found here:



 Writeup by Bryce, edited by John

Armada Challenge 2019


On Saturday the 24th of August we are having a combined event with Thurrock yacht club. We are going to be sailing from our start line at 09.00, down to East Blythe and then back to Thurrock Yacht club for drinks and a BBQ. If anyone has any questions regarding this event then please feel free to contact me (Nick Pikesley) by e-mail or phone. I have attached a copy of the poster:



A 35 Nautical Mile challenge against tide and wind

Have you got the heart and stomach for it?

24th August 2019

Commemorating Thurrock's connection with the 1588 Spanish Armada!

Start: 0900 @ Erith Yacht Club

Course: East Blyth and back to Thurrock Yacht Club

Barbecue and prizegiving at 1700

Entry: £5.00 per head

Link to Facebook event:

Link to Thurrock Yacht Club page:

Link to Thurrock Yacht Club event page:


EYC sail to Greenhithe


On Sunday 9th of June, a cloudy day with a gentle force 2 wind emanating from the South, several EYC members sailed to Greenhithe. The lower Thames presented itself with a certain stark beauty, enthralling the sailors as they navigated downstream around the corner and made their way close hauled towards the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, putting in the occasional tack, always trying to find those patches of the river with the strongest wind. A fairly large bird flew overhead, mildly curious as to why the members were there, but largely ignored them to search for something edible that might be floating on the outgoing tide. The bird ejected a streamer of pungent grey mass from its posterior, gradually falling through the sky to land on Scott at the helm of the safety boat: a somewhat sticky omen of good luck for himself and EYC.

Finally, the members reached the long slipway of the Pier Hotel in Greenhithe. Edd, Jerry, John, Bob, Dave, Adrian, Sara, Scott, Wass, Oliver, and David were among those who were there. They bonded over a hearty lunch and a few drinks, while exchanging stories of seafaring or more of a land based nature, a conversation ranging from crude to erudite; concise to circuitous. Fortified by the wholesome provisions afforded by this most friendly establishment, they waited for the tide to turn before reembarking and racing back to Erith Yacht Club, a race won by Edd and Jerry. Many thanks to Scott who volunteered in the Safety Boat, one of two new additions to our growing roster of qualified and valuable safety boat drivers.

P.S. I wasn't there and have used a degree of artistic licence. I pieced together the story from the photos below and some guesswork ... so if anyone sends me a better version with extra photos I will post it :)


DIAMOND Yacht Series


Starting soon. Correct dates are below. All races to start at 630pm to give time for racing and then be ashore for food and the bar. If you need crew then let us know here or ask about....

FRI 14 LW 1612 Diamond 1
FRI 28 LW 1618 Diamond 2

FRI 12 LW 1625 Diamond 3
FRI 26 HW 2018 Diamond 4

FRI 9 LW 1437 Diamond 5
FRI 23 HW 1847 Diamond 6

FRI 6 LW 1917 Diamond 7


Link to Facebook event:

Cruiser Expedition to Tower Bridge


Our members regularly sail to other parts of the River Thames. Sometimes they sail up the East coast of the UK, or along the North Kent coast, but they also visit France and Belgium. There are some boats at EYC that have even made Atlantic crossings over to the Caribbean!

In March, Don, a member of EYC, visited Tower Bridge twice the same weekend. The first time he took two new members, and the second time he took three family members. Here are the photos from his first visit:



...... and the photos from the second visit .....