Launch and recovery syndicate

The Launch and Recovery Syndicate and Recovery Syndicate is a self-help group. This means all members must assist in helping other syndicate members safely move their boats in or out of the water and for over-winter storage within the club grounds. The syndicate offers members the opportunity to take part in teams. Receive training in tractor driving for example and to ensure the safety of the public during boat moving operations.     


  • The Launch and Recovery Syndicate is open to all cruiser owners upon payment of a single joining fee.
  • The Syndicate is a self-help group.
  • All Syndicate members must attend a L&R Work Party. These Work Parties are totally independent of club Work Parties.
  • Launch/Recovery dates and times are displayed on the club notice board at the appropriate times.
  • All Syndicate members must assist on two days for each launch or recovery operation.
  • Non-attendance at a L&R Work Party will result in an additional payment.

The rules

All cruiser owners club members can apply to become members of the Syndicate upon payment of a single lifetime joining fee. This fee is set annually by the Finance Committee and approved by the Executive Committee prior to voting at the Annual General Meeting. For 2016/17, the fee is £250.

The Syndicate is a self-help group and all its members must assist in its efficient operation. The Launch and Recovery Committee organise two Work Parties per year to maintain the equipment. Members of the Syndicate must attend one L&R Work Party or undertake other duties as defined by the L&R Chairmen.

The first L&R Work Party is held approximately one month before launching commences and the second L&R Work Party is held approximately one month before recovery commences.

Any active Syndicate member who does not attend a L&R Work Party or undertake other similar duties will be required to make an additional payment. For 2016/17, this additional fee is set at £50.

The launching of craft, which is controlled by the suitability of tides, commences in March and is generally completed by the end of April. Normally four weekends are set aside for the launching of craft.

Members must assist on two of the launch days and two of the recovery days each year unless agreed otherwise with the Launch and Recovery Chairmen. Details of these dates and times will be displayed on the Club notice board approximately one month before the first launch date so that Members can choose an appropriate weekend.

The recovery of craft follows the same procedure as above except the first recovery commences in October with completion by the end of November, again governed by the suitability of tides.


Please download LR-Application-2017 to apply to join the Up River Yacht Club Launch and Recovery Syndicate.

Mooring your boat

Please download this Launch and Recovery Syndicate recommended mooring specification.