This friendly club was established in the early sixties with just a handful of moorings and members met in the local pubs. Since these humble beginnings the club has evolved and we can now offer some of the best facilities in the area at very competitive prices.
We currently have 86 sheltered moorings on the Medway close to Chatham Historic Dockyard. We access these from our private “mud free” pontoon from which we launch dinghies and bring our yachts alongside for loading/unloading of crew and gear. This facility also incorporates a dinghy/tender storage area and 2 scrubbing docks. The clubhouse, purchased and converted by us in the mid eighties from 3 bargees cottages boasts a superb clubroom with well stocked bar, balcony with excellent river views, galley, toilets and showers, secure car parking with shed storage and workshops.
Location location location
Ideally situated in the heart of the North Kent countryside Upnor is only 40 minutes from London and has good road, rail and sea connections. The river Medway has a rich nautical and natural heritage with dozens of square miles of sheltered waters to explore and share with the abundance of wild life including seals, porpoises, pilot whales, seabirds and waders. Further afield the swatchways of the Thames estuary, the rivers of Essex and Suffolk and the ports of northern Europe are only a day sail away and make popular weekend cruise destinations. With this extensive cruising ground on our doorstep, from creek crawling to Channel crossing Upnor makes a perfect base whatever your sailing aspirations.
Sharing the fun
We have a very active social, cruising and race program with events for every taste. We organise cruises throughout the season, some within the river suitable for all boats and abilities or for the more adventurous, some cruises require passports onboard. Many of these cruises will incorporate a “fun” race where members can trial their sailing skills during the day and later trade excuses over dinner. The club hosts many social events from informal barbeques, spit roasts and suppers to our formal black tie dinners. In the winter months we hold regular informative and entertaining events on Friday evenings, many starring guest speakers. The club bar is usually open on Wednesday Evenings and Sunday Afternoons.
Value for money
The club has a strong tradition of self help and members are expected to contribute time and skills to maintain and develop the club facilities and help with some of the clubs day to day running. This will include bar duties, security patrols, general mooring and house work parties. These duties are generally enjoyable and are an excellent way to meet other members and join in the camaraderie. This work reduces our reliance on expensive contractors thus lowering our overheads so we can repay our members with excellent facilities and very competitive prices.
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Battle of the Medway 2017
In June 2017 Medway will commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway with a spectacular river event and a series of exhibitions and activities. Upnor Sailing club will be taking part in these celebrations in many ways.
The Dutch are coming over to celebrate and will arrive in two separate fleets. Fleet 1, numbers as yet unconfirmed but promising to be approximately 90 yachts plus several larger, historic vessels, will be arriving on Thursday 8th June. They will do a Sail Past at Upnor Castle where a member of the Dutch Royal Family will take the salute, then take up their allocated moorings. They will leave on Tuesday 13th June, to be replaced by Fleet 2. There are currently 96 yachts in Fleet 2, along with more large vessels. They will also do a Sail Past, although I think the Dutch Royals will have gone home by then, and will then take up their moorings, hopefully recently vacated by Fleet 1. Fleet 2 will leave on or shortly after 18th June.
USC, along with MYC, Chatham Marina, Gillingham Marina & REYC, have agreed to make moorings available during this period. We are supplying 25, all on the other side of the river. We have also agreed to run a trot boat service, initially to help our visitors find their moorings and subsequently to get the crews to and from the pontoon. This service will run from 08.00 – 11.00 and 16.00 to 23.00 each day from 8th to 18th June. Paul Ledsham has kindly volunteered to head this up and will soon be asking for volunteers to crew General Jenks and to organize training if needed.
We shall be serving breakfast at the club if there is sufficient demand but more details will be available about this later.
MYC will be holding Quiz Nights with Pub Food, and Hog Roasts on each of the two weeks but, yet again, we are awaiting confirmation of details. We have agreed to help them out as much as possible, although it seems our club will be too small to accommodate the 230 crew promised in Fleet 2! MYC are happy to host the events if we set the quizzes! Should Fleet 1 not make the promised numbers we will look at holding events for them at our club but, yet again, we are awaiting confirmation of numbers. We shall be opening the club on Saturday 17th June to enable members to come along and get a good view of the Medway in Flames firework display. Carol is making some of her wonderful canapés so worth coming for that alone!
There is a lot of information available about this event, detailing all the activities going on. MYC has put an excellent piece on their website which they are happy to share with us http://www.medwayyachtclub.com/2017/04/battle-of-the-medway-7-to-18-june/
There is a link on there to the Battle of the Medway booklet produced by Medway Council.
If you would like any more information about USC’s involvement please contact the Social Committee at email@example.com. Lynn Wilkinson is our main representative in the negotiations and most General Committee members will be able to help you.