Welcome to Colne Yacht Club

Contact us - Tel: 01206 302594

Email: waterside@colneyachtclub.org.uk

One of the finest Yacht Clubs on the East Coast of England, the Colne Yacht Club, based at Brightlingsea near Colchester in Essex, sports the finest views out over Brightlingsea Creek,  the River Colne and the Blackwater Estuary.

2016 Programme including Sailing Programme available now - click here

Our Sailing Activities and Facilities

Colne Yacht Club is one of the oldest and best established on the East Coast, with its origins stretching back to the 1870s.
Nestling on the waterfront in Brightlingsea, Essex the Clubhouse overlooks the harbour and estuary. Ideally located for local or distance sailing, we run a varied programme of racing and cruising to encourage all levels of skills and boats, and have an active social programme running throughout the year. Funded by the National Lottery via Sport England, Colne Yacht Club was the first UK club to offer sail training and the use of keelboats to its members.
Brightlingsea is a popular destination for visiting clubs who enjoy the panoramic views from the Club’s comfortable restaurant, bars and balcony. Our fresh, modern shower facilities are available 24/7.

Learn Sailing

Try sailing in our club Sonatas, available for new members and those thinking about joining.


Our sailing programme includes cruising and racing; something for everyone.


Our friendly clubhouse offers a restaurant, bar, WIFI and modern changing rooms to members and visitors.

Join Us!

Membership is open to all; options are available, depending on your age and family.

Opening Hours

The bar and restaurant are currently open as follows:

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday



Bar 12 noon to 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm

Bar Food 12 noon to 3.00 pm

Friday and Saturday

Bar 12 noon to 11.00 pm / Bar food 12 noon to 3.00 pm

Restaurant 12 noon to 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm


Bar 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm

Restaurant 12 noon to 3.00 pm

What's Coming Up?


Friday 27 November, 7.30 pm
The RNLI Brightlingsea and District Branch Committee values your support and has arranged a presentation by the Lifeboat Manager from West Mersea, Martin Wade, on the activities of the West Mersea Lifeboat. This is an opportunity to hear from the front line and also purchase RNLI souvenirs including Christmas cards and calendars. We look forward to seeing you.

Saturday 5 December, 12 noon

Saturday 5 December, 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm
Main Course; Roast Turkey with all the trimmings or Macaroni Cheese (Vegetarian Option)
Dessert: Chocolate Yule Log or Strawberry Cheesecake
Price £12.95 per head
(Please book via the Office and provide your menu choices).

Sunday 13 December

Friday 1 January – from 11.30 am
Better than a New Year’s Eve party, come along to a Club brunch on New Year’s Day. Who wants the bother of cooking the day after the night before anyway? So, what’s for Brunch? Fruit juice, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or bacon, sausage, egg, tomatoes, baked beans, hash brown, black pudding, toast, tea and coffee. That should cure the night before!

Saturday 12 March 2016 at 5.00 pm

Latest Info & News

Bart's Bash - by Robin Impey

Brilliant weather for Bart's Bash! 12 cadets joined 15 cruisers for the CYC race and one cadet crewed a BOD in the BSC race. Sue Last ably assisted by Alan Beal chose course L which was perfect for the conditions and avoided conflict with the BSC race. Pinocchio led from the start with Notorious hot their heels. Pete Sander and crew enjoyed their first-ever race around the cans in Epona and Mike Hilder with Sarah and novice crew Martin did the same in Chimaera. It was an average lap race so some boats did one lap and others did two. At the end Notorious won with Jemini 2nd and Pinocchio 3rd. A collection in the Clubhouse raised £75 for Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and £75 for the CYC Cadets dinghy fund.

Final Fling - 24 Oct 2015 - by Robin Impey

The 2015 racing season ended with a bang! The Final Fling saw an excellent 13 boats out on the water under grey skies and a stiff 16 knot south westerly breeze. Race Officer Andrew Priestley set course L down the river to Inner Bench Head and back to No. 15 which suited the conditions perfectly. The start line video shows no-one was over the line but several boats including Charlie Don’t Surf and Pinocchio made brilliant starts, just reaching the line as the gun went. Charlie took the lead and this time held it at the end of the 2 laps. Smaller boats found the beat down the river against the rising waves was hard work and despite sailing well Liszt was the best of the 1-lappers finishing 7th overall. Mike Hilder and Martin Bartholomew with daughters sailing Spring 25 Chimeara in their 2nd ever race had a boisterous time and found the boat really only wanted to turn left. The bang came on the 2nd lap when Notorious tacked near No.13 and watched their mast break in half at the spreaders. Jemini and Flyer sailed over to find all was thankfully well with the crew. Meanwhile Radiance and Shazam were having a dual for 5th and 6th place, Radiance got it by 27 seconds at the finish. Even closer on corrected time was Jemini and Pinocchio with only 5 corrected seconds difference. Jemini would probably have been 2nd overall by at least a minute had they asked for redress for time diverting to assist Notorious. Afterwards in the bar everyone agreed it had been a great end to the season, except poor Glenn of course who will hopefully have a new mast for Christmas.
Click here for Race Results

Rowhedge Rumble

Saturday 31st October saw the last cruiser event of the season with the popular ‘Rowhedge Rumble’.

 The day burst forth with lovely gentle winds, mild weather and sunshine, it really was a lovely gift of a day!  This day also coincided with Halloween.  Thirty-seven adults and two young twins gathered at the Anchor at Rowhedge, all dressed in various outfits of a ghoulish nature. The weather was so good all crews were able to sit outside and enjoy the autumn sunshine and the buffet provided by Darron and Ed.

 There were 10 vessels attending with two cars and one cycle (James Hancox), two ribs along with various yachts and motor vessels as listed below.  James had cycled all the way from Bentley. That is true dedication! Our illustrious Commodore having commandeered one of the ribs fixed for James to have a return trip down the river! Unfortunately, James’s not-for-arachnophobes Halloween headgear got blasted off when Explorer was at full chat and a MOB had to be performed with a good outcome.

Explorer and Valiant – Ribs
Beulah IV, Fortune, Kotick, Spindrift, Trilogy, Pascall II, Epona, Capella

Happy Christmas and Happy Sailing!

Roger Burrows and Janice Bell
Cruiser Captain and First Mate

Tide Times

Prize Winners 2015

Congratulations to all our Prize Winners in 2015

Where We Are in Brightlingsea

Get in Touch

Feel free to CALL OR drop us a line to contact us

Our Club Manager, Sue Carrington, will be happy to help you either over the phone or by email.