Welcome to the online home of Brightlingsea Sailing Club, one of the largest dinghy and certainly friendliest sailing clubs in the East of England.

The club is situated on the north east coast of Essex where the Colne Estuary meets the North Sea. The club offers sailing in sheltered waters at all times of the tide for, dinghies, catamarans, and windsurfers and caters for novices to national champions.

Complementing the terrific sailing programme is an active social scene that welcomes both newcomers and life-long members. Sail this site to find out more.

Brightlingsea Sailing Club
Brightlingsea Sailing Club
Brightlingsea Sailing Club


It’s not by chance that Brightlingsea Sailing Club has bred a number of Olympic winners. Situated at the mouth of the Colne estuary, the sailing waters are windy most of the year but only rarely directly exposed to severe winds from the East. A sheltered creek and estuary keep the waves down and make for exciting but safe sailing.

With over 500 members, we organise something for every sailor. There is an active cadet section that sails Wayfarers, Topaz and Mirrors. Some 50 Lasers offer keen competition for single-handers. Merlin Rockets, Fireballs, RS200s and Toppers are a’plenty. Catamaran lovers will meet a competitive fleet of Darts, Tornados, Spitfires and more.

Brightlingsea Sailing Club has its own integrated sailing and powerboat schools, run by a RYA qualified instructors. Thinking of sailing, but not yet committed? Come along for a trial session or to one of our Taster Sessions or Open Days. Find out if sailing is for you, which boat is for you, if this is the place for you and if we are the friendly people for you. We are also here to help those wanting to hone their sailing skills to the highest level.

The club’s social scene is renowned. Whether it’s a quiet pint looking out over the water after a good sail, a hog-roast on the beach, a formal dinner or a wicked late party night – we do it all. An on-site galley staffed by best chefs in Brightlingsea and a cheap bar will keep you coming back for more. For the younger ones there is also plenty to do in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Although Brightlingsea is a quiet rural backwater it is readily accessible from the major conurbations in North Essex and South Suffolk. You’ll be surprised how much you love it. Find us here.

Whatever your level of sailing capability, from complete novice to avid racer, we can help you develop your skills and get more from this exciting sport. The club provides support to its members through formal courses both on and off the water, formal and informal coaching and organised activities.  We help individuals and families learn in a safe manner and at a pace that suits them.  Read more about our Development Pathway .

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