Sailing Cruisers

 If you’re thinking of joining Up River Yacht Club stroll East along the lovely riverside public footpath from the  Anchor Pub downstream past Up River Yacht Club’s waterside entrance to the wide-open space of Hullbridge park. Almost all of the boats you will see in the river are owned by our members.


Click the ‘play button’ on the image to the left to watch a short video showing a bird’s eye view of the river at Hullbridge.

You’ll see why basing your boat at Up River Yacht club is so appealing.

This video was created using a drone that took off from South Woodham, on the North side of the river and offers an excellent view of the moorings, club grounds and slipway. 



Aerial view of the River Crouch where Up River Yacht Club members moor their boats 


Worth knowing

Up River Yacht Club moorings. There’s a boat length limit of 9.14m (30ft) on this stretch of the river from Hullbridge to Brandy Hole. URYC members benefit from swinging moorings that are nearest the club slipway. Please click on this link to find out more about moorings at Up River Yacht Club.. 

Because Up River Yacht Club supports sailing as a sport and pastime we do not accept motor boats. We have members who keep their motor boats elsewhere. There are also low cost moorings close by that are available for motorboats. Contact Nick: email or tel. 07530 482333 for mooring information (2023 – plenty available).

Most Up River Yacht Club moorings at Hullbridge can be accessed four hours either side of high water. To stay afloat at all states of the tide consider mooring your boat further down stream at Brandy Hole Moorings.

Alternatively, take a tip from several members who prefer the walk on/walk off convenience of a marina berth. Their boats are based at Fambridge Yacht Station. (Formerly West Wick Marina).


Day sailing

If you own a boat with twin keels or a lifting keel moored on Up River Yacht Club moorings, it’s practical to go sailing for 4 to 6 hours on a single tide. Just half a mile from Hullbridge you are surrounded in peaceful countryside.

To have a full day afloat, especially in mid-summer, members leave their moorings at Hullbridge near high water and take the ebb tide down the river. Sailing to Burnham on Crouch for lunch, or going further into the River Roach, or down the Whitaker Channel to see the seal colonies are a favourite.

It is particularly pleasing that this day trip will always be in sheltered water. And, by returning to your mooring with the flood, you will have enjoyed favourable tides all day.


Club cruises

Many cruiser owners at Up River ‘do their own thing’ and cruise up the East Coast, to Kent or across the channel to France, Belgium and Holland. There are also club organised rallies that are increasingly popular with the membership.

Boats taking part in cruise in company events range between 18 and 42 feet in length. The sailing programme is designed to offer something for everyone.  

Please see the following link for full information about Up River Yacht Club cruising in company.


Cruiser winter layup

Up River Yacht Club members who want to lay up their boat within the yacht club grounds must join the Launch and Recovery Syndicate.

This is a dedicated self-help group of cruiser owners who come together to use and maintain the clubs launch and recovery equipment. Every Spring and Autumn there are six to eight days where member’s boats are lifted in/out of the water.

Members of the syndicate work as teams helping each other to securely launch or recover and store their boats for the winter.

Please click the following link for more information about the Launch and Recovery Syndicate including the joining fee.


Check out this video that shows members yachts being launched in 2017.

Are you a sailing cruiser owner? 

If you own a sailing cruiser or are thinking of buying one, membership of Up River Yacht Club could offer you several advantages, please click the button below to find out more.

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This short video offers you an insight into the type of sailing cruisers owned by the members of Up River Yacht Club

What’s included?

Club membership offers exceptional value for money as so much is included in the price. Many marinas, boat yards and alternative establishments will make additional charges – typically for over winter storage – that’s included at no extra charge for Up River Yacht Club members.

Membership includes:

  • Storage
  • Parking
  • Use of equipment
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Showers and changing facilities
  • Race fees
  • Safety boat provision and training
  • Social programme and racing calendar
  • Sailing programme including club weekend, annual East Coast and Continental Cruises 
  • Member to member coaching and advice
  • In addition Cruiser owners are offered, for a one off fee, membership of the Launch and Recovery syndicate. This offers launch and recovery (and over-winter storage) FOR LIFE.  


Here is a link to Tide Times for Hullbridge and other ports – particularly useful for passage planning.