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What/who is Bradwell Cruising Club?

Founded in 1990 by a group of sailors at Bradwell Marina, on Essex’s River Blackwater, who wished to sail and socialise together, the ethos of the club that cruising should be fun is as firmly upheld today as it was then.

Currently about 75% of the membership are Bradwell based, most of the rest are elsewhere in the Thames Estuary (mainly Essex/Suffolk rivers) with a few off cruising further afield. Members include those with sailing yachts, those with motor boats, as well as those without boats.

Each year a committee of members puts together a mixed programme of perhaps 15 to 20 on-the-water and shore-based events. In effect this means that there is usually an event every other weekend in the season and two or three in the off season. Each is open to all members.

The club does not have its own premises but uses those of other establishments, as required to suit each event. We carry all the necessary affiliations, including to the RYA, and insurances but the low overheads allow annual membership fees to be nominal.

Brief highlights

Still to come this year we have a BBQ at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, a cruise to Fambridge, a Victorian fancy dress at Heybridge, an East Coast Adventure (taking in the Ipswich Festival / Ore / Alde / Blyth), a visit to Titchmarsh and the Backwaters, a cruise to Brightlingsea and beyond, a trip to Tollesbury, the Laying Down Supper on a Thames Barge at Maldon, the AGM and perhaps a run to Belgium.

New members are always welcome and there’s plenty still to enjoy this season.

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We’d love to hear from you/welcome you aboard,

Keith Swinburne,


Posted by Keith Swinburne 13 June 2017 11:11:00