Thames Valley Section Introduction

Upper Thames Sailing Club
Upper Thames Sailing Club


Welcome to the Thames Valley Section – more than just the Thames

Now in its sixth year, the Thames Valley section meets once a month to give members the chance to meet one another, exchange ideas, and generally get a cruising fix in the winter months.

The Thames Valley section was set up for members living within a 40-mile radius of Marlow so that they could meet with other CA members and their guests to exchange ideas and have talks on a wide range of sailing topics. Despite the name, the Thames Valley section is not just about river cruising.

Many of our members have their yachts around the UK coast or abroad and we hope that their diverse areas of interest are reflected in the talks held at The Upper Thames Sailing Club. We hold a variety of meetings often with invited speakers to talk on subjects of interest to cruising people, as well as meetings to provide opportunities for members to meet and interact to exchange experiences and gain knowledge.

Where We Meet

The Upper Thames Sailing Club is via Coldmoorholme Lane, off the A4155 between Marlow and Bourne End. For those using SatNav the postcode is SL8 5PT. After parking, please be careful crossing the railway - it is used every day all through the year.

Talks are held on a Tuesday evening and start at 20.00 and the Bar opens from 19.15.

Forthcoming Events

Tuesday 17th January 2017 – The Society Islands: A Pacific Paradise - Paul Brown

In March 2016, the crew of “Little Wing” willingly abandoned the cold, rainy days of boat maintenance and instead took a bus, train, three planes and a truck to arrive at the Society Islands in French Polynesia for a sailing charter. Paul and family were able to enjoy 2 weeks of cruising around this Pacific paradise, exploring the islands of Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Huahine, and the numerous small islands and motus found within the lagoons of these reef-enclosed islands. In this talk, Paul will discuss chartering in this remote corner of the world, and with numerous photos and videos, demonstrate why this region is often referred to as the Pearl of the Pacific. See details here.

Tuesday 21st February 2017 - Confessions of a Cruising Correspondent - Dick Durham

In his childhood Dick Durham explored the creeks and rivers of Essex, Kent and Suffolk in a collection of dinghies and dayboats. When he left school he signed on as mate of the Thames sailing barge Cambria, and served on the last working Thames barge before beginning his writing career on Fleet Street, writing for national newspapers and sailing magazines. See details here.

Tuesday 21st March 2017* - Fitting Out Supper

As our Winter program comes to a close and the sailing season beckons, the section marks the occasion with a Fitting Out Supper and Quiz. See details here. *Please note our printed program shows the wrong date for this event!

To see seminars and lectures organised by members of the CA see here.

Interested in Finding Out More?

Please contact the Section Secretaries, David and Janet Kench, at or the CA Staff on or +44 (0) 207 537 2828

You can follow the Thames Valley Section on Twitter here.