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

Fireworks Display 2021 - Thursday 4th November

Everyone Welcome - All The Action In Front Of The Colne Yacht Club

Latest News and Information

The Sailing Instructions have been revised to make it clear that spinnakers will not be used for Wednesday evening Sonata races. Also wording has been revised to clarify that it is the responsibility of each individual skipper to decide if the weather is suitable for their boat and crew to race, it is not the Race Officer’s role unless a Gale Warning has been published by the UK Met Office. The Race Officer Duties document has been amended to match. Amendments are marked with a vertical line in the margin - Click Here

Another version of the 2021 Handicaps Updated 20th September 2021, including Updated Pursuit Race Start Times, and an Updated Course card, are now availiabe - Click Here

A FURTHER UPDATED 2021 PROGRAMME available here (updated 6 April 2021)

The CYC Sailing Programme has been further revised as follows: deletion of 7 April Sonata race, re-numbering of remaining races and change of Sonata OOD to Tom Sargeant. Ladies who Launch name changed to "Women on the Water" and 1st session now the 22nd April. The previous revision included additional cruises to Bradwell and Burnham-on-Crouch. Rowhedge and Wivenhoe regattas were cancelled due to Covid restrictions and substituted with Spring Series cruiser races. Brightlingsea Regatta remains in the programme and should go ahead if the current Covid timetable goes to plan.
2021 PROGRAMME - Click Here

Our Sailing Activities and Facilities

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.
Colne Yacht Club is one of the oldest and best established on the East Coast, with its origins stretching back to the 1870s.
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, racing and women sailing - 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.

A Video About Women on the Water, Racing, Learning to Sail and Training, and Cadets

Come to CYC and Give All This and More A Try!

Opening Hours are Restricted Until Further Notice - see Poopdeck or contact the Club for further information - before Covid-19 Opening Hours are shown below

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday



Closed - but pre Covid-19 normally open 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm


Restricted Opening - but pre Covid-19 normally open 12.00 noon to 10.00 pm


Restricted Opening - but pre Covid-19 normally open 11.00 am to 10.00 pm


Closed - but pre Covid-19 normally open 12.00 noon to 6.00 pm


Please note the Bar and Restaurant are Closed Unitl Further Notice

What's Coming Up?




See Poop Deck for latest updates

Tide Times

Get in Touch

The Club no longer has a full time Administrator, emails and phone messages are monitored during the week by volunteers. The best way to contact the Club is by email using our email address waterside@colneyachtclub.org.uk