What's on

Association of Thames Yacht Clubs Annual Rally

Sat, 26/08/2017 - 03:00 to Sun, 27/08/2017 - 19:00

Annual Rally at Beale Park, Pangbourne from 26th to 27th August 2017

ATYC Boat Handling 2017

Organiser: Andrew Bernstein 07973 191906


Intentions: To deliver three tests, not too prescriptive which represent possible situations that might arise in the real world whilst cruising the River Thames. The marking emphasis will be on the outcome of the tests rather than the ability to follow step by step instructions.

Joint Lunch

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 13:00

Since September 2011 the City Livery Club has been very happily based at the Little Ship Club. Six years on from the first reception held here, the President of the City Livery Club and the Commodore of the Little Ship Club invite you to a joint luncheon to be held at the Club on Tuesday 19 September.

You will be invited to mingle with friends old and new, and we will be mixing up the tables so far as possible between the two Clubs’ members, so that members have a chance to get to know each other and find out more about each others’ interests and experiences.

Venice Cruise Talk

Tue, 19/09/2017 - 19:00

Venice Cruise : a short presentation and discussion for those who have already booked and those still interested, on Tuesday September 19th in the Club. Followed by Club Supper.

Talk: Circumnavigating in Bagheera

Tue, 26/09/2017 - 19:00

In thinking about Bagheera's 2017 cruise, it occurred to Club member David Clements that the only stretch of the British coastline that he hadn't sailed in his Bowman 40 was from Ramsgate to Inverness. It seemed time that this was remedied but of course it meant getting there and back from Dartmouth and so the cruise became a circumnavigation. David's talk will cover the trip as it unfolded.

Followed by Club Supper.

Practical Weather Forecasting

27/09/2017 - 18:00 to 04/10/2017 - 21:00

Practical Weather Forecasting

Two Wednesday Evenings - 27th September & 4th October 2017

6pm to 9pm

Thames Trafalgar Race 2017 - save the date

Sat, 30/09/2017 - 08:00 to Sun, 01/10/2017 - 17:00

The fifth annual Thames Trafalgar Race will take place on the weekend of Saturday 30th September 2017 and Sunday 1 October 2017.

This two-day stage race gives sailors an opportunity to tackle the fickle tides and winds of the River Thames, starting from Blackwall Reach, near Greenwich and finishing at Erith Yacht Club on day one. After a dinner on Saturday night paying respect to Horatio Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar, stage two sees the race return upriver to Greenwich.

Thames Trafalgar Race 2017 - registration

Sat, 30/09/2017 - 10:30 to Sun, 01/10/2017 - 13:00


This race is organised by Erith Yacht Club and Little Ship Club. Entry limited to first 40 boats only – don't delay! To use the registration form you need to login to the Little Ship Club website using the login box at the top right of your screen. Any problems, contact thamesracing@littleshipclub.co.uk


RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased

02/10/2017 - 18:00 to 12/03/2018 - 21:00


Monday Evenings - 2nd October through to 12th March 2018 - 6pm to 9pm

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

02/10/2017 - 18:00 to 23/04/2018 - 21:00


Monday evenings - 2nd October 2017 through to 23rd April 2018 with breaks for Christmas and Easter

6pm to 9pm

Talk: The Coriolis Force

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:00

Training instructor and designer of the Practical Weather Forecasting Course Ian Stewart will give the Club Night lecture on Tuesday 10th October. He will speak on the Coriolis force.


Followed by Club Supper.

Frostbite Rally & Fast Cruise 1 - Saturday, 14 October 2017, Cowes, RORC

Sat, 14/10/2017 - 00:00

The Little Ship Club is continuing its tradition in 2017 of holding the south coast end of season dinner at one of the premier Cowes yacht clubs.  This year it is being held at the Isle of Wight clubhouse of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (formerly the Royal Corinthian YC).

In addition to marking the end of the traditional sailing season we will also have the first Fast Cruise of the 2017/18 winter season. 

Berths have been reserved at Cowes Yacht Haven. Skippers will be responsible for paying their own mooring fees.

Trafalgar Dinner

nelson trafalgar dinner lady hamilton
Tue, 17/10/2017 - 19:00

Our annual dinner commemorating and celebrating the victory won by the Royal Navy, commanded by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805 will be held on the 17th of October this year. The guest speaker will be Mrs Mary Arthur, a descendant of Emma Hamilton.


Always a sparkling and splendid evening - tickets must be booked in advance. Booking opens soon.

Whisky Tasting

Tue, 24/10/2017 - 19:00

Join us in the Club for a Whisky Tasting!

Michael Forbes Smith will deliver an informative presentation on the topic, in the library. To add to your enjoyment you will be able to sample six fine whiskies. 

Tickets for the whisky tasing will cost £12. Tickets for supper should be purchased at the bar, as usual.

Further details, including the booking arrangements, will follow.

Organiser: Paul Banks

Talk: Meteorologist Dr Richard Hall

Tue, 31/10/2017 - 19:00

The Tuesday Club Night talk this week will be given by Dr Richard Hall, a PhD from the University of Lincoln who specialises in North Atlantic climate variability, jet streams, sea ice and Arctic-midlatitude linkages. He will present a talk on seasonal forecasting. This may be of particular interest to those who enjoyed the Practical Weather Forecasting course.



Laying Up Supper & Prizegiving

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 19:00

The official end of the sailing season, the Laying Up Supper and Prizegiving will be held on Tuesday 7th November. 

Further details and booking to follow.


Caribbean Rally

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 09:00 to Sun, 19/11/2017 - 21:00
UPDATE    More information about the rally will be available at the Club on Tuesday 11th July at the CARIBBEAN EVENING

Dates:  We have settled on a 10 day cruise from Wednesday 8th November to Sunday 19th.

Talk: The Making of 'Mutiny'

mutiny talk tuesday sophie todd
Tue, 14/11/2017 - 19:00

Sophie Todd was the series director of 'Mutiny' for Channel 4, which entailed a replication of Captain William Bligh's epic four thousand mile voyage in a 23 foot open boat following the mutiny of a proportion of his crew in 1789. The project took almost a year to complete and included three months at sea on the support ship, following the nine man crew on their 4000 mile voyage.

Sophie will explain the many challenges faced by the crew in recreating this extreme and dangerous voyage and how it was captured for television in sometimes the most inhospitable filming conditions.

Boat Electrics Course

15/11/2017 - 18:00 to 22/11/2017 - 21:00

BOAT ELECTRICS COURSE Two evenings - Wednesday 15th & 22nd November 2017

6pm to 9pm

Talk: Uncovering WWI German Destroyers in Portsmouth

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 19:00

Stephen Fisher from the Maritime Archaeology Trust is returning to the club to talk about the two forgotten First World War German destroyers that he discovered and identified in 2016 lying in Portsmouth Harbour. The talk covers how the wrecks came to be found and identified and the vessels' significance.

For more info and a picture this Facebook link is to the original BBC coverage


Followed by Club Supper

Shanties Evening

Tue, 28/11/2017 - 19:00

Returning for another year by popular demand, the now traditional shanties evening, in aid of Help for Heroes.

Further details and booking to follow.

Fast Cruise 3 - 2 December 2017, Folly Inn, Whippingham

Folly Inn, River Medina
Sat, 02/12/2017 - 07:00

Visit to the Folly Inn at Whippingham, on the Medina betwen Cowes and Newport, on 2 December 2017 for the traditional Fast Cruise Fancy Dress contest, with music & obligatory dancing on the tables!



Photographic Competition 2017

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 19:00

The forthcoming sailing season is chock-full of voyages and rallies in familiar and far-flung places, so there are bound to be sunrises, sunsets, humorous occasions, dramatic coastlines and seascapes aplenty to produce photographs for this year’s Photographic Competition.

The categories are: Waterscapes or Weather, Making Way, Rallies, Portraits, and Humour

Carol Service & Christmas Dinner

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:00

Our annual Christmas Carol Service in St Michael Paternoster Royal, followed by full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in the Club afterwards.

Further details to follow.

Organiser: Paul Banks

Fast Cruise 4 - 20 January 2018

Sat, 13/01/2018 - 11:00

January Fast Cruise 13 January 2018

Further details will be available later.

* Please note change of date from original post.


Basic Ropework

17/01/2018 - 18:00 to 31/01/2018 - 21:00


Three evenings - 17th, 24th & 31st January 2018

6pm - 9pm

Open Evening and Talk: The Royal institute of Navigation

Tue, 23/01/2018 - 19:00

An Open Evening for new and prospective members.

On behalf of the Royal Institute of Navigation, Lance Godfroy (of Navionics) and Gavin Ashworth (of Yachting Software) will jointly deliver a talk on electronic charts, their proper use and features, and PC planning tools.

Followed by Club Supper

Talk: Good Food Afloat

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 19:00

Di Murrell worked her barges, bringing up her two sons on the water with her husband, travelling across England carrying sand, grain, coal, barrels of lime. They have also extensively travelled the waterways of Europe in their Dutch motor barge. During this time, her interest in good food afloat has never wavered.


RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

07/02/2018 - 18:00 to 11/04/2018 - 21:00


Wednesday evenings - 7th February through to 11th April 2018 - 6pm to 9pm

Saturdays - 10th & 24th February, 10th & 24th March & 7th April 2018 - 9am to 5pm

RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased

07/02/2018 - 18:00 to 11/04/2018 - 21:00


Wednesday evenings - 7th February through to April 11th 2018 - 6pm to 9pm

Saturdays - 10th & 24th February, 10th & 24th March & 7th April 2018 - 9am to 5pm

Fast Cruise 5 - 17 February 2018, Southampton Town Quay

Southampton Town Quay
Southampton Town Quay
Sat, 17/02/2018 - 11:00

February Fast Cruise 17 February 2018

The February Fast Cruise (5) will be a fast cruise to Southampton Town Quay, where berths have been reserved.

Following the fun on the water we'll be heading to Kuti's Brasserie / Indian Restaurant in Oxford Street for a set hot buffet meal (as much as you can eat) in their upstairs banquet room.

Tables have been reserved from 7.30pm. The cost of the buffet is £16.95 per person, to be paid to the restaurant on the night.


West Mersea Rally

West Mersea
Sat, 05/05/2018 - 00:00 to Sun, 06/05/2018 - 00:00

Come and join us for the traditional East Coast season opener.

Fine dining, grand company, seafood & bubbles breakfast – and the best sunset in Britain!*

*Conditions apply


May 5th

7.00pm            Assemble West Mersea Yacht Club for drinks (club lawn and bar available for drinks all afternoon for early arrivals). Enjoy view from the roof terrace.

7.30pm            Dinner at WMYC

Calais Rally

LSC Yachts Dressed Overall - Calais
Sat, 26/05/2018 - 00:00 to Sun, 27/05/2018 - 00:00

The annual Little Ship Club pilgrimage to Calais over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. 

Organised once again by Norman Hummerstone, MBE and held in conjunction with the Royal Naval Sailing Association.

The details are given below and all times are French Summer Time

On saturday there will be a Beer Call 14:30 to 16:00. In the evening at 19:30 for 20:30 there will be an excellent three course French Dinner with white and red wine at the Cercle Amical Maritime, pleasantly overlooking the harbour.

Chesapeake Bay Cruise with The Corinthians

USA Lighthouse
USA Lighthouse
Sat, 02/06/2018 - 00:00 to Sat, 09/06/2018 - 00:00

UPDATE - 20th June 2017

The bi-annual cruise with the Corinthians will take place from 2nd June  to 9th June, 2018 in Chesapeake Bay, USA.

Berths on the cruise are filling up fast. The date for expressing interest has passed, but some spaces may still be available. If you would like to attend the cruise, please contact Paul Banks (see below).

Venice by Water

Fri, 07/09/2018 - 14:00 to Sat, 15/09/2018 - 09:00

If you are interested please contact Gabrielle Ryan at gabriellecryan@hotmail.comCome and join the Little Ship Club Motorboat Cruise of Venice and the Lagoon!

We aim to charter boats from the Le Boat Company based at Casale on the Sile River in the northern part of the Lagoon in mid-September 2018. At that time the weather should be sunny and the temperature in the mid 20’s.   

There is no better way to appreciate the Venetian architecture than from the water.