The Association of Thames Yacht Clubs (ATYC) promotes and encourages recreational boating on the River Thames and adjacent waterways. Membership is open to all yacht and boating clubs providing activities for craft owners based on or near the river Thames, both tidal below Teddington and non-tidal between Teddington and the upriver limit of navigation at Lechlade.
Approximately 40 clubs are currently members of the Association and a full list can be found on the Associations website at www.atyc.org.uk
The Association organises social events and interclub activities for the benefit of clubs and their individual members. These include rallies, training activities and interclub competitions on both the tidal and non-tidal waterway and an annual dinner dance. A brief history of the Association can be found HERE
Rallies usually follow a three-year cycle with two consecutive events on the non-tidal waterway and a triennial rally hosted by the Docklands Scout Project (itself an ATYC member) at West India Dock which is now owned and managed by the Canal and River Trust.
The ATYC is also very active in representing boating interests in consultation with the Port of London Authority (PLA) which manages the tidal river and the Environment Agency (EA), the government agency responsible for the non tidal waterway. Many issues are increasingly affecting enjoyment of recreational boating, particularly significant reductions in public funding for the non-tidal waterway. Increasing registration charges accompanied by reductions in services present real challenges.
Contact details of all our member clubs of all our member clubs with links to their individual websites can be found HERE. If you would like to join a club and enjoy the company of other like-minded boaters on the Thames, please make direct contact with the clubs of interest to you.