West Mersea

Why go

Probably the liveliest sailing centre on the East Coast. Steeped in history with a great sailing and fishing heritage. Famous for its oysters. An easy day sail from Up River with access at all states of the tide via a well buoyed channel. The creeks offer good protection from all wind directions and extensive deep water moorings.

Food and drink

Several pubs, cafes and restaurants within a few hundred metres of the landing stage. In addition, the West Mersea Yacht Club (open 7 days a week) offers a great menu and beer at £2.40 a pint (who needs Wetherspoons!).

No tenders required

The club has full time launches that operate as water taxis for members and visitors from 8am to 11.00pm.
Tip; call them on Channel 37 on arrival and they will show you to a vacant mooring. Then call them up to be taken ashore and keep their mobile numbers to hand to call them again to get a lift back to your boat, £2 per person per journey. But free return to your boat if you eat or drink at the Yacht Club.

Overnight mooring 

  • Vessels up to 33 feet /10.05 metres – £10.00
  • Vessels over 33 feet/10.05 metres – £15.00

For arrival information in detail please click on this link

The waterfront

Those famous houseboats, thriving dinghy and sailing training centre. Authentic quality fish restaurants; notably ‘The Company Shed’ during the day and ‘The Oyster Bar’  for evening meals. Reservations essential.


Picture postcard fisherman’s cottages. Some nice coastal walks
Easily accessible clean dog friendly beach. Coastal park and paths. Small town with the usual local facilities. Buses to Colchester.


The moorings, landing and local area. This video is not exactly entertaining but informative in terms of the landing facilities and moorings adjacent to the town.

Great sunsets.