The Club is situated Manningtree on the south bank of the Stour Estuary. Sailing depends entirely on the tide. There is normally enough water for about two hours each side of high water and, for the rest of the time, a large expanse of mud. The Stour estuary is one of the most attractive sailing rivers in Britain. At high tide it is up to two miles wide between wooded banks and farm land and gives access to the Orwell River and the North Sea at Harwich Harbour. It is home to many sea birds and waders.
The Sailing Stour Sailing club was formed many years ago and continues to promote access to and enjoyment of the river. The club is owned and run by its members. It has a clubhouse converted from an old river-front house, in an excellent position in Quay Street. It has a bar, parlour, toilets and showers and a balcony overlooking the river and beach.
Opposite the clubhouse is a short concrete slip leading to a gravel hard, which gives access to the channel. To the side of this is a compound with bench seats and a race starting hut. During the season the compound has a marquee erected and is used for the regatta and other festivals. About 100 metres along Quay Street is the club’s lockable west compound. It has power and water available and a concrete slipway down to the channel. Outside the compound is a quay for loading and discharging kit and passengers, tide permitting. The compound is used for storing smaller boats during the sailing season and cruisers during the winter. A craned “lift-in” and “lift-out” for larger boats is organised at the beginning and end of the season. The Club is home to a wide range of craft including sailing and motor cruisers, Micro class racers, dinghies and open boats, rowing skiffs with a female crew, and canoes. A number of members fish in the estuary. The club manages the lease of moorings in the area and a mooring is usually available, sometimes after a short wait.
There is a programme of races for Micro class boats throughout the season and occasional races and social sails for cruisers. The Regatta is the main sailing event, held in mid-summer and there is also a Paddle and Oars festival for rowers and canoeists. The club runs a sail training programme, mainly for juniors. As well as events on the water there are also numerous social events throughout the year.
New members are welcome and are expected to join in and help with the various aspects of running and maintaining an active club.