West Mersea Yacht Club
Founded on the 22nd April 1899 at a meeting at the White Hart Hotel, originally as the Mersea Sailing Club by a group of prominent London businessmen. The minute book records that the original membership was 46 gentlemen and 63 vessels and that the rules of the Essex Yacht Club were adopted. The Club moved to it's fiirst clubhouse, the Houseboat "Evandra" in 1906 until due to a lack of sailing during the First World War the houseboat was sold in 1916.
After the war, racing once more got underway and the Club started to thrive with new members and new boats with the meetings transfering to the Victory Hotel. It was there at an EGM in 1926 that it was unanimously decided to change from a Sailing Club to a Yacht Club and so became the West Mersea Yacht Club. The Club continued to meet at the Victory Hotel until 1931 when it rented a concrete coaster/houseboat called "Molliette".
The Club left the "Molliette" in 1934 and moved to the present Clubhouse, then a private residence "Journey's End" and to help finance the purchase the Club became a Limited Company - WMYC Ltd. The Club prospered after the Second World War and following much debate regarding becoming a "Royal" the Club finally accepted the granting of a Defaced Red Ensign in 1953.
The West Mersea Yacht Club is renowned for its racing Programme which includes EAORA off-shore races to various Euopean ports. The local racing includes well established cup races that are open to visitors as well as joining forces with the Dabchicks Sailing Club to run the very popular Mersea Week Regatta. That week includes the the very individual "Round the Island" race where dinghies have to be lifted out of the water and carried over the Strood.
The cruising programme has provided Members and their friends with the opportunity to visit many of the East Coast ports and Clubs.
There is always a warm welcome in the comfortable Clubhouse for both Members and Visitors with a full range of bar and catering facilities providing hot meals every day of the year at lunch time and 4 evenings. Two exceptions are Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
West Mersea provides a pleasant sheltered anchorage with immediate access to the sailing waters of the River Blackwater, Thames Estuary and North Sea.
The Mersea waterside itself and the village provide a full range of services and facilities for the racing and cruising yachtsman.
West Mersea Yacht Club Limited,
116 Coast Road,
Registered Company in England Number 300433