Midlands cruising and offshore clubs

Midlands cruising and offshore clubs

Cruising and offshore clubs based in the land-locked Midlands provide exciting opportunities to sail on the coast at home and abroad.

There are number of RYA Affiliated cruising clubs in the region and some dinghy clubs also have yachting sections. Activities include yachting weekends and holidays and many have busy social programmes, including guest speakers.

There are opportunities to develop skills and confidence on the water, or undertake sea miles and training towards qualifications such as RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper, and some clubs are RYA Recognised Training Centres.

Midlands clubs can also be found competing in events such as the Round the Island Race from Cowes and offshore races with the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

You do not have to own a boat and all offer a warm welcome to anyone with an interest in ‘big boat’ sailing whatever their experience level, including novices or dinghy sailors keen to try something new, and experienced yacht sailors looking to enjoy time on the water with likeminded friends.

Midlands cruising and offshore clubs

Find your local club, from north to south…

  • Stafford Coastal Cruising Club - Yachting and motor boat cruising: club cruises in spring/summer and winter social programme based at Stafford Boat Club. Shore-based courses available in Stone and on-water training in the Solent.
  • Trent Offshore Group - Cruising trips in the UK, Europe and further afield such as the Caribbean, open to novice and experienced members and friends of TOG. The group organises year round social activities, shorebased and other training courses.
  • Shustoke Offshore Group - Part of Shustoke Sailing Club in north Warwickshire, this group offers cruising and racing programmes, with activities ranging from ‘try yachting’ weekends in the Solent to events like the Round the Island Race, and offshore racing.
  • New Parks Cruising Association- Leicestershire-based club for sailing and motor boating on the sea and on inland waterways, with sailing rallies on the Solent and motor boating rallies on the Norfolk Broads. Talks at The Royal Oak, Kirby Muxloe, and online.
  • Heart of England Offshore Cruising Association– Coastal and offshore sailing for members who live primarily in the West Midlands, with three rallies a year, including one overseas, social cruising and racing activities including The Fastnet. Socials at Balsall Common near Coventry.
  • Bromsgrove Boaters – Coastal sailing including short midweek and long weekend yacht charters on the Solent in spring and autumn, skippered and crewed by members, plus other trips depending on demand. Socials at Bromsgrove Rugby Club.
  • Penguin Cruising Club– The west coast of Scotland is the club’s favourite playground and it also runs flotillas in a wide variety of other locations both in the UK and abroad. The group has an AGM / get together each year in Colwall, Herefordshire.
  • MYCAR- Midland Yacht Cruisers and Racers is a Facebook group open to anyone with an interest in yacht cruising and racing, who lives, works, sails or is a member of a club in the Midlands, offering a place to share experiences, ask questions and learn from others.