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

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday



Bar and 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

Carvery and carvery snacks 12 noon to 3.00 pm

What's Coming Up?


Saturday 13 February 7.30pm for 8.00pm
Promises to be more fun and games than a romantic interlude.
Menu choices: Starters; Cream of Asparagus Soup with crusty bread, OR Crab and Salmon Fishcakes with homemade tartare sauce OR Tomato, Olive and Basil Bruschetta. Main courses; Braised Lamb Shank cooked in mint and redcurrant sauce OR Creamy Linguine with hot smoked salmon, king prawns and rocket OR Chargrilled Rib-eye Steak, Béarnaise sauce, field mushrooms and tomatoes. Desserts; Apple and Blackberry Crumble OR Chocolate and Raspberry Pavlova OR Baked Lemon Cheesecake. Full details soon.

Friday 26 February 7.00 pm
Presented by Mike Hempstead

Saturday 27 February 10.30 am
Please complete the sponsor form attached and collect other sponsors or make your pledge to the Club Manager.

Friday 3 March 7.00 pm
Presented by Mike Hempstead

Saturday 12 March 5.00 pm
Details to be announced shortly

Latest Info & News

Congratulations from Tendring Council Leader, Neil Stock

In a letter to our Admiral and President, John Farrow, Neil Stock writes. “I felt the need to write to you in view of the significant success that Colne Yacht Club has had in the World’s biggest sailing event, Bart’s Bash. I gather the event involved over 30.000 sailors in 16,869 boats, so achieving placing of 54th is very impressive. Congratulations and well done. The Club is a credit to Tendring District. I wish the Club continued success in 2016”.

Shorebased Winter Sail Training

Remember Mike Hempstead’s brilliant indoor Spinnaker Handling class a couple of years back? Well there will be a replay on Friday 26 February for anyone who missed it and who would like to come along for the experience. The first class of the series of three was held on Friday 29 January when Bob King gave us tips on how to improve our racing. Now whatever your sailing intentions might be for the year ahead, it might be good to let curiosity get the better of you as the Sailing Committee have made plans for everyone to enjoy the water with a raft of events to suit all. One of those is the Sonata Challenge using the Club’s three keelboats, and who knows how tempted you might be to join in with a crew of three. So, on 18 March it’s Mike Hemptead’s turn again to give us all a Sonata Challenge briefing in readiness for the qualifying rounds and final in September.

Cadet Relay Marathon

If you haven’t already heard, you will soon. The Cadets are well into practice runs for their Relay Marathon starting outside the Clubhouse at 10.30 am on 27 February. Two more training sessions will take place on 23 January and 6 February. So where do you come in? Well, the Cadets are showing outstanding initiative in raising funds to finance more advanced dinghies and additional safety boats to cope with their growing numbers and ambitions. This includes grant applications as well as sponsored events. So that’s where you come in, to sponsor these go-ahead youngsters’ Relay Marathon. They ask for little from the Club and a great deal of themselves. A sponsorship form is below, so please give your support and encouragement to our deserving cadets.
Click here to download Sponsorship Form

Tide Times

Valentines Night - Saturday 13th February

Come and enjoy a luxury three course meal in a romantic atmosphere, an element of fun, and dancing!

Click here to download booking form.

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.