What's on

Beating Retreat

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 19:00

The Pinstriped Highlanders – the pipers of the Highland Society of London who play every year for the Highland Ball at the Banqueting House, Whitehall - will beat retreat for the Little Ship Club.  This event will take place by arrangement of our Past Commodore, Michael Forbes Smith, who is one of their members.

Maldon Little Ship Club 90th Anniversary

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 09:00

Invitation to Join Maldon Little Ship Club

to Celebrate their 90th Anniversary

 at Royal Harwich Yacht Club on Saturday 1st July 2017

Suffolk Cruise

Sun, 02/07/2017 - 18:00 to Sun, 09/07/2017 - 08:22

A cruise in the Suffolk rivers following on from the Woolverstone.Rally

If you are planning to join this cruise please send an email so that plans can be made for those attending.

Skippers and Crew

If you have space for crew or are looking for a berth then please do use the Skippers and Crew Forum to post details of your requirements.

VHF Short Range Certificate Examination

VHF Short range Certificate
Tue, 04/07/2017 - 17:30

The Marine VHF Short Range Cerificate Examination is available on the first Tuesday of each month foir those that have successfully completed the online course.


Caribbean Evening

caribbean rally bvi evening
Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:00

Come to the Club for a relaxed evening of Caribbean-themed food & fun!

Get in the mood for the forthcoming BVI Rally, or simply join us for a taste of the Caribbean.

7 for 7.30pm, tickets £16

VHF Short Range Certificate Examination

VHF Short range Certificate
Tue, 01/08/2017 - 17:30

The Marine VHF Short Range Cerificate Examination is available on the first Tuesday of each month foir those that have successfully completed the online course.


Summer Closure

Mon, 14/08/2017 - 09:00 to Sun, 03/09/2017 - 21:00

Please note that from Monday 14th August the Club will be closed for three weeks over the summer for essential maintenance. We will re-open on Monday 4th September.

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. Seven 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.

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 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

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

Frostbite Rally & Fast Cruise 1 - 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. 



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
Plans are shaping up nicely for a cruise in company during the month of November 2017.

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

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

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

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

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.