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 Friday 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.