The Club

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. As we operate on tidal waters our races typical take place in the 2 hour window before high tide. The highlight of our racing calendar is our annual Regatta in late July / early August. This Open event attracts sailors from other clubs, with as many as 80 boats competing across the week. Our volunteer-run Galley operates after the majority of races and provides welcome hot and cold food for sailors and visitors.

We also offer a programme of leisure sailing, including dinghy flotillas, picnic cruises and yacht cruises. Our “Lazy Sailing” programme proves particularly popular with teenagers, providing opportunities to get out on the water and just have fun with friends, all under the watchful eye of our Safety Boat Team.

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.