History of Maldon Yacht Club

Maldon YC“Lets form a club” was first heard as early as 1948 but it wasn’t until March 1949 when 18 like-minded people gathered at the ‘Jolly Sailor’ Public House on Hythe Quay, Maldon for the first General Meeting. During these early meetings the Club was born and named ‘Maldon Yacht Club’. The design and colours for the burgee were decided; green for the river, white for the crest of a wave and black for the mud!

In November 1950 plans were in place to build the first club house on the Hythe Quay at an estimated cost of £200 raised from membership loans. The new clubhouse was opened in July 1951 and was later extended in 1952.

An acre of reclaimed land (site of the current dinghy park) suitable for a new clubhouse was investigated and by 1963 the Club was entering into lease negotiations. By the early 1970’s the new dinghy park had proved to be a great success and had attracted new members. The possibility of a new clubhouse on the site started to be considered.

Planning permission for a barge to be moored adjacent to the Dinghy Park was given in November 1979. The ‘Jim Main’ barge was purchased for £1,750. A further £300 was paid to tow it from Greenhithe to the Hythe Quay where conversion work began in January 1980. It was all hands on deck on the weekend of 26th and 27th April to ensure that the newly converted ‘Jim Main’ could be towed from the Hythe Quay to its present mooring adjacent to the Dinghy Park on the 10th May 1980.

Maldon YCThe 1980's was a successful period in terms of winning awards for the club sailors. The Cock of the River open was won by Paul and Annette Springett in 1980 (first won by MYC in 1965). Nigel Musto attended the 470 Junior World Championships in Sweden and gained an excellent 5th place. He later became the 470 National Champion (the first National Champion in the Club’s history). 1982 saw a clean sweep by MYC at the Blackwater and Colne Dinghy Championships (Cock of the River for the second time in three years). The Stone Challenge Cup and the Coronation Cup were also won by Club members. In 1984 Kay Hedgecock and Annette Springett were the ladies 420 National Champions. They also achieved a marvellous 4th place in the 470 National Championships. As part of the British Team, Kay and Annette went on to 12th place in the 470 World Championships held in Scotland. Another lady member, Christine Brooks, took part in the selection trials for the World Laser Championships in this year.

For the remainder of the 80’s and into the new millenium the Club has has continued to thrive and promote the sport of sailing.  The emphasis on racing has been matched by a raised enthusiasm for potterin about on the river by midweek sailors.  These intrepid sailors brave most conditions in their selection of classic and modern boats just soaking up the beautiful location at the head of the Estuary.

 The photograph below was obviously inspired by the picture above


 This picture features many of our current committee members gathered around the MYC seat situated on Hythe Quay by the Jolly Sailor Public House.


A plaque on the seat reads...

  "The Maldon Yacht Club, founded in 1949 and now situated at the eastern end of the promenade occupied this site from 1951 to 1980"

 This later picture was taken on Sunday 9th October 2016 & shows the retiring commodore (Pat White)
shaking hands with the newly appointed commodore (Pauline Marshall)



Members from left to right, seated; Keith Gower, Pat White, Pauline Marshall, John Green.   

Standing; Jack Snow, Hazel Green, Ian Barratt, Sarah Graves, Clive Marshall, Ian Varney, Bob Rowbotham, Kevin Green, Roberto Maranca, Len Minter.   It was decided to reproduce the picture here in grayscale in order to compliment the 1980's version. A full colour version of the same picture can be seen elsewhere on the website.

 The club has remained healthy throughout the 1990's & right up to the present day with a good number of new & old members. Competitive racing takes place at weekends when the tide allows & these are still fiercely contended. Cups & trophies are awarded yearly to participants & winners. As reported on our home page, weekday sailing continues to grow steadily. If the tide is in & the conditions are favourable you'll find a number of MYC boats & Kayaks enjoying the river.






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