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.

Visitors Are Extremely Welcome to Colne Yacht Club

We are delighted to announce that the Club will be OPEN ON THURSDAY 29th JUNE for the Relaunch of The Pioneer Trust's latest smack, Priscilla - do come along. See below.

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Come And Join The Celebration For Launching The Pioneer Trust’s Latest Smack To Be Restored For Everyone To Sail

There is something big to celebrate on Thursday 29th June at the Town Hard, Brightlingsea. After four years the Pioneer Sailing Trust is able to launch the totally restored sailing smack Priscilla which has been a project implemented by shipwright apprentices funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and will now allow everyone the opportunity to sail part of Essex’s fishing heritage.

The 124-year-old smack will be relaunched just a stone’s throw from where it was built by the Stone Brothers boat yard in 1893. It is the oldest vessel built by the yard still surviving.

The launch event is being organised jointly with the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) and the organisation’s Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex will be breaking the bottle over the boat’s bows to send Priscilla on her new life to give everyone who wants to experience a piece of Essex fishing heritage the opportunity to sail on her.

The 36 foot (10.9 metres) sailing smack will be used by the Pioneer Trust for sail training and also for private hire for Smack Races and local sailing regattas.

The regattas that are planned for Priscilla to compete in include: Wivenhoe Town Regatta, Mersea Week, West Mersea Town Regatta, Colne Smack and Barge Match, and Maldon Town Regatta.

For more information about the event contact The Pioneer Trust at Harker’s Yard, Brightlingsea on 01206 303373 or email admin@pioneersailingtrust.org.uk.


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 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 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

Additional Summer Opening Hours are listed below under What's Coming Up. Spring and Autumn hours are as follows:

Monday to Thursday


Friday and Saturday

Bar 12 noon to 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm
Bar Snacks 12 noon to 2.30 pm


Bar 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm

What's Coming Up?


Cadet Activity Week 2017 is Monday 24th - Friday 28th July.

Thursday 22nd 12 noon – 6:00pm
Friday 23rd 12noon – 3:00pm, 7:00pm -11:00pm
Saturday 24th Open for coffee from 9:00am. Bar opens at 12 noon – 11:00pm.
Sunday 25th 12 noon – 4:00pm
So please join us after you have been on the water this weekend. Baguettes will be available Friday and Saturday Lunchtime.

What’s on This Week?

Saturday 8th July Spring Series race 5 10:30 start
Sunday 9th July Cockleshell Race 3 14:15 start.
Saturday 15th July, we will be Hosting the ‘Old Gaffers’, which should be quite a spectacle as it is their 90th Anniversary Regatta.
Friday 28th July Summer BBQ

An Italian Cabaret Night is planned for Saturday 9th September, complete with a ‘rat pack’ type singer that comes highly recommended. Included will be a 2 course Italian meal. Plenty of time to find your dancing shoes!

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Where We Are in Brightlingsea

Get in Touch

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

Our Club Administrator, Emma, will be happy to help you either over the phone or by email.