Sunderland Yacht Club is situated on the Old North Pier at Sunderland with panoramic views to sea. The Club offers organised Cruising, Cruiser Racing Dinghy Racing and as a RYA organised training establishment, offer Sail and Powerboat training and VHF Radio courses. Click on one of the tabs below to find out more....

Our Objectives

The object for which the Club is formed is to promote and facilitate the sport of sailing and to provide social and other facilities for members as may from time to time be determined. The Club is a non-profit making organisation. All profits and surpluses will be used to maintain or improve the Club's facilities and promote the sport of sailing . No profit or surplus will be distributed.



The club organises Dinghy Racing Cruiser racing and has an active cruising fleet.

Cruiser races are organised on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday evenings the season starts late April and continues to late October.

Dinghy races are organised on Sundays and Wednesday evenings the season starts late April and continues to late October.


We organise Cruises in Company on weekends and some longer trips, along the Northumberland and North Yorkshire Coasts, our organised longer trips take us as far afield as Holland, Orkney and the Thames.


Sailing Area

Dinghy sailing takes place inside the harbour or out at sea in Whitburn Bay. Whitburn Bay has the advantage that it is quite well protected from the north and has ample room to set courses for both dinghies and cruisers. This enables the Club to set a wide variety of courses in most weather conditions.

The Club is ideally situated for access to other ports and anchorages on the north east coast and is used as a base for weekend cruising to Whitby in the south to Amble in the north.

Club Safety Boats

The Club owns five rigid inflatable safety boats (RIBs) and a heavier displacement cabin cruiser, which are used to support the racing events.

Join the Club

The information for joining the Club can be found in the Membership section this includes membership form and charges. You don't have to join the Club immediately. We invite you to come down and try sailing first before making your decision. Boat ownership is not a requirement as there are existing members who own boats and are prepared to take people sailing and the Club owns some dinghies for you to start your sailing experience.

Cruiser Moorings

The Club owns and maintains over forty moorings in the North Dock Basin. Our moorings are available for the summer season for as little as £128. Additional moorings are available in the Sunderland Marina. The great advantage Sunderland has over other marinas in the area is that the moorings can be used at all states of the tide without having to lock in and out.

Club Compound

The Club has a large compound for storage of dinghies in the summer and lay up for cruisers in the winter. There is a grassed area within the compound that can be used for camping for open meetings together with hard standing for caravans.