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Welcome to the GWYC

The Green Wyvern Yachting Club was founded in 1947 (some say 1946, but the first cruise was Easter 1947) by a pair of brothers who happened to be schoolmasters at separate schools in Leicester.  They set out the foundations of a club which has taught generations of young people not only how to sail, but also how to co-exist with other people in a relatively small space through teamwork, tolerance and a good dollop of humour.  People who have sailed with ‘The Wyvern’ have made lifelong friendships and come back year after year, seemingly for ever (our oldest active member is in his eighties!).

The club has provided sailing holidays on the Norfolk Broads for 65 years, using the basic rules and scale of rank as laid down by Cecil and Bert Howard all those years ago.  Initially, young people attend a week by invitation of the sailing secretary.  We are an entirely voluntary organisation and wouldn’t be able, or willing, to cope with commercial numbers.  However, we are into a recruitment drive at present, so should you feel that you, or your children, would enjoy a week afloat in traditional style then please contact the Secretary at the number given in the first instance.  Successful completion of two weeks afloat (not necessarily concurrently) would then lead to election to membership and the freedom to sail without invitation, and access to the great community of Wyverns and the great camaraderie that goes with it.

The boats used are River Cruiser class yachts, typically pre-war wooden boats as seen in Coot Club. They are basic but comfortable, a bit like a scout camp on water.

We are affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and as such we also run training courses to provide RYA qualifications.

It is our belief that the safety of those we sail with is paramount and as such we provide buoyancy aids for all who sail with us.  The skippers of the boats will be RYA Qualified Keelboat Instructors or Assistant Instructors and are CRB checked and first aid trained.

For those who enjoy sailing with the club and want to sail again (and again and again, as we did and we hope they will) and become members, we will train them in yachting skills, starting with the basic skills needed to act as crew, through the various modules in the National Sailing Scheme, and up to RYA instructor level, for those who wish to advance that far.

The club is a non profit making, volunteer run organisation. As such we can keep costs low, just £140 cruise fee and £35 food money for a week’s fun, sailing instruction and board.  Club membership is offered to those who have sailed at least two weeks and meet the values and ethos laid down by our founders over sixty years ago.

If you are interested please call the Secretary at the number given in the Contact Us section, or send an email.

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