The Club is located at the Essex riverside town of Burnham-on-Crouch. We do not have a Club-house so we meet in local venues, currently at the Royal Burnham Yacht Club. Without the expense of a Club-house, our running costs are managable and we can devote our income to the benefit of our members.We run a Summer season of Rallies to rivers, harbours and anchorages on the East Coast and Thames Estuary. These often enable Members to launch their Summer Cruise from a Rally or indeed end it at a Rally..
We hold regular monthly Meetings on the second Saturday evening during the Winter and the second Friday evening during the Summer. Talks, courses and socials take place as well as dinner/dances at the start and end of the sailing season.
The Club’s bi-monthly Bulletin and the monthly meetings keep members up-to-date with Club activities and also give us the opportunity to have our say. There is also a closed Facebook page for members with up to date information of news, rallies and events.
The Narrow Seas Club was founded in 1932 following an exodus of some members of the Little Ship Club (LSC) who disagreed about the direction the LSC intended to develop. They wanted to maintain the original concept of the LSC as a low-cost club for yachtsmen interested in cruising. The 1939 Yearbook shows Club-members were based mainly in the South-East of England though many were living abroad. Their yachts could be found in most of the harbours and and rivers of Essex, Kent and Sussex.
Their cruising grounds were ‘the narrow seas’, a phrase once in common usage, which referred to the Channels separating England from France and from Ireland.
The Club-members met Tuesday evenings, in “The Ship Tavern”, a pub, close to St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of the City of London, for a yarn and to participate in the social events, educational courses and lectures. These took place mainly in the Winter months and during the Summer, cruises in company and the occasional rally were organised by the Members.
After WW2, the Club continued to meet in various pubs in the City, “The Ship” sadly having been ‘blitzed” during 1940. These included “The Cheshire Cheese”, “The Lamb and Flag”, “The Tiger Tavern” and “The Coach and Horses”. Courses and lectures were resumed and the number of Summer rallies increased.
During the 1970s the Club met in “HMS Belfast”, a WW2 Royal Navy cruiser, moored in the Pool of London. The rules were updated to admit lady Members and there was a movement away from the City with the opening of a branch in Burnham-on-Crouch, the home port of an increasing number of members’ yachts.
Subsequently, the decision was made for the Club to change permanently to Burnham, continuing to meet in a local hostelries.
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