Welcome to the Royal Temple Yacht Clubs Cruising Section.
As Rear Commodore Cruising I am proud to say that we run a friendly and supportive group that will always hold the door open to anyone who wants to spend time on the water. Regardless of experience and whether your interests lie in Motor, Sail, or Crewing opportunities you will find a friendly welcome in the Cruising Section. We have strong links with other local clubs on both sides of the Channel and encourage our members to visit and fly the flag whenever possible
We currently have cruising members flying the clubs burgee in all four corners of the world and there are always several adventurous members planning their next extended cruise. That is not to forget the local crews who regularly sail from Ramsgate to explore all of the harbours and inlets in the surrounding area and can provide a wealth of local knowledge to other members and passing yachts alike.
Our Cruising area
Within a day’s sail of Dover, Eastbourne, Gravesend, Queenborough, Chatham and the London docks, Ramsgate offers a gateway to the East and South coasts of the UK. For those wishing to venture further afield, Ostend, Dunkerque, Gravelines, Calais, and Boulogne, are all on our doorstep, providing easy access to the northern Channel coastline, inland seas, and the canal systems of Europe.
It has long been said that organising a cruising group is akin to herding cats, accordingly we try to provide a broad framework within which the individualist Cruiser can work. The Cruising section provides a programme of short cruises on both sides of the channel and strives to give an opportunity for the non-racing members to become involved with wider club activities like the Temple on Tour week. In addition we offer an annual sail Spain charter trip, open to all club members, and are always open to offers from keen crew wishing to help out. In fact on most weekends of the season, you will find someone going somewhere.
The Royal Harbour provides all of the laying up, boatyard and chandlery facilities that the dedicated cruiser could wish for. A secure hard standing and a full range of technical help is available locally.
During the winter months the less masochistic amongst us prefer to talk a good sail and so the cruising section runs a series of lectures and events with a nautical air to keep everyone active and interested in the clubs on shore activities.
So if you are a new member or just passing through, please come into the club or drop me a line and I will be pleased to provide introductions or help out in any way that I can.