The Club

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The DEBEN YACHT CLUB at Woodbridge in Suffolk was founded in 1838 when boats on the river Deben estuary were mainly used for trade and transport but some owners started using them for fun. Today it is a thriving club operating mainly with modern dinghies on the upper part of the estuary, close to Woodbridge town centre and its railway station car parking. Its unusual clubhouse is built on piles on the river foreshore and has a substantial set of pontoons as well as particularly fine views of the river and the sailing.  The club has a large dinghy park connected by ramps to a modern river slipway, and it administers a number of moorings for dinghies and small cruisers close to the clubhouse.

Each spring the club organises a comprehensive sail training programme for aspiring sailors over the age of 10 years, with some sessions for beginners and others for improvers, normally at weekends between March and June.

A full racing programme is organised with handicap racing for dinghy and yacht fleets, normally from March through to December. The wide range of dinghies engage in challenging competition, which is further sharpened each year by the many visitors attracted to Open Meetings held for specific dinghy classes.  In addition, for larger boats there are yacht races and normally a few organised short cruises.

The club arranges a wide-ranging social programme to complement the sailing, to add interest through the winter months, and from time to time to celebrate special achievements, anniversaries and events.