Cruising

Whether you're sailing a 22 footer with tiller steering and an outboard engine or a 32 foot cruiser with electric winches and modern electronics you'll find a warm welcome  at Gravesend Sailing Club.

A leisurely day sail will take you upriver to Thurrock, Greenhithe or Erith. Stop for some lunch on a mooring buoy before heading back to Gravesend. Alternatively head downriver to Holehaven on Canvey Island where you can dinghy ashore and enjoy a beer in the comfortable Lobster Smack public house.

A weekend away can see you all the way into London and a night at Limehouse Marina or St. Katherine's Docks. Downriver destinations include the tranquil anchorage at Stangate Creek or a night at Queenborough Harbour in the entrance to the River Swale. From here you could head up the winding River Medway to Chatham Marina and it's modern facilities.

For the more adventurous the numerous rivers, anchorages and marinas on the East coast are only a day sail away. Make it as far as Ramsgate on the north Kent coast and you have the choice of heading to the south coast of England or across the channel to Holland or France.

For those with a competitive nature you can test your skills against others in one of the regular races at the club. These can be a few laps around the cans close to the club or a longer distance challenge to test your endurance.

Whether your cruising with your family or racing against other boats you'll discover that club members will always be more than willing to offer advice and share their wealth of experience.

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