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General information about the Gunfleet Sailing Club

About Gunfleet Sailing Club

The Gunfleet Sailing Club is situated at Holland on Sea, on the Essex coast, next door to the well known holiday resort of Clacton. It is a small and very friendly Club that caters for all types of sailing - whether it be racing, cruising or just pottering. All classes of dinghy are welcomed and at present the following fleets are based at Gunfleet: Laser, Solution, Hobie 405, Topper, Topaz, and Sea Ranger. Other classes at the Club include RS200, GP14, Pico, Mirror, Comet and Comet Zero. The Club boasts a Clubhouse with licensed bar and galley, along with changing rooms, showers and toilets. There is also a sail locker, and to aid launching and recovery an electric winch has been installed. The Club has a full programme of sailing and social events, all designed for the whole family.

Our location

Gunfleet Sailing Club

Gunfleet Sailing Club is located on the cliffs at Lower Marine Parade East, Holland-on-sea. There is ample parking along the seafront or in adjacent Hazlemere car park.

Road directions by car can be generated by entering the postcode of the houses adjacent to the club in to Internet mapping websites or vehicle GPS units:

postcode: CO15 5HU

History of the Gunfleet Sailing Club

The Gunfleet Sailing Club was formed in 1961 by a group of former Clacton on Sea Sailing Club members.  The Clacton Sailing Club (CSC) had been based, since its formation in 1951, at a small site at the base of the Holland on Sea cliffs, opposite Hazlemere Road. The compound was sheltered from weather but yet was very close to the water’s edge.  Such was the popularity of CSC that in 1961 it moved to a new and much larger site at Holland Haven with a compound set back some 100 yards from the sea.  This was ideal for the modern dinghy and catamaran sailor, particularly those that enjoyed racing, but the more traditional sailor, with the heavier clinker boats, realised that the original site at Hazlemere Road was, for them, far more suitable.  So a breakaway group formed Gunfleet Sailing Club and in 1962 obtained the lease of the Hazlemere Road site.


The Gunfleet is run by a Committee, made up of Club members, elected each year at the Club's Annual General Meeting. The following are the Officers for 2019: