Regatta fun at Hullbridge Sunday 15 September – report

A brilliant day at Up River Yacht Club Regatta

Here are some pictures from the day that speak for themselves – click on an image below and use the arrows to view the slideshow.

WHERE – Up River Yacht Club

Come along to Up River Yacht Club Regatta this year for a great family day out. The Club is next door to the Anchor Inn at Hullbridge that has an extensive beer garden that extends down to the river side.


Hullbridge Regatta is like a village fete combined with the added attraction of watching boats race on the river. You can also have a look around your local yacht club and see what its like.


  • Free admission (starts 12.00 midday)
  • Dinghy Racing
  • Duck Race 
  • All day BBQ
  • Live Music – 3 bands!
  • Cream Teas & Cakes
  • Refreshments
  • Club Bar
  • Ice Cream
  • Crafts and Cards
  • Dog Grooming
  • Lego Workshop
  • Paint your own ceramics
  • Rowing machine
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • See Birds of Prey close up
  • Southend Model Boat Club
  • Vintage Cars
  • Tractor and Engine Club
  • RNLI
  • Air Training Corps
  • Candy Floss
  • White Elephant
  • FREE PARKING in the Ferry Road public car park next door


The regatta is raising funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. We are also saving hard to buy a defibrillator to be located at the Yacht Club that members can access and they can also give aid to members of the public.  


The Regatta offers people from Hullbridge and the surrounding areas of Hockley, Rochford, Rayleigh, Hadleigh and Wickford the entertainment of watching close up dinghy racing on the river, combined with lots of on-shore activities. There is something of interest for all ages, including the duck race organised and run by our local scouts.

Youngsters will particularly enjoy the Lego workshop and paint your own ceramics. Parents may prefer the tea and cakes and craft and card stalls. Though dads may find the vintage engines and cars a strong draw.

Refreshments are on sale all day including BBQ and icecream.

Again this year we have live music from three bands. Live music proved very popular and a great crowd pleaser at last year’s regatta.

Our friends from the RNLI also attend. And (subject to no one needing to be rescued) they will attend the regatta so you can see their fast rescue boat close up.

Lots of stands, activities and fun on the water. Just like a village fete but with boats and dinghies racing for added interest. 

The Regatta is completely free to enter with free parking next door in the Ferry Lane car park.



If you think you might be interested in sailing, our Commodore will be on hand to answer your questions. Such as:

  • How much does it cost to buy a boat – its less than you think, really, you might be amazed when you find out.
  • How much are moorings – amazingly cheap; under £3 a week for any boat up to 30 ft (9m) long.
  • What do you get for a family membership of Up River Yacht Club this is £205 per year

Plus lots more. Club members give up their time to support the regatta. They are a friendly bunch, so please don’t hesitate to ask.