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The origins of the Maldon Little Ship Club go back to 1926 with the formation of the London Little Ship Club.

By 1927 the idea of forming branches of the club was born, thus the Maldon branch was formed in June bearing the title of "Little Ship Club Maldon Branch", latterly to become known as The Maldon Little Ship Club.

The Club acquired the current premises, the old smithy on Hythe Quay, in 1951. By 1959 the premises were purchased with some minor covenants such as the building shall be used only as a sailing club. More about our history will be found in the documents listed at the bottom of the page.

MLSC is a sailing & social club for people who enjoy activities on the water and/or have a love for the Blackwater estuary and the sea. Our aims are to promote the sport of sailing and the art of seamanship, encouraging our members to join in our sailing activities whether racing or cruising on the River Blackwater or further afield.

Many club members own boats capable of sailing to the continent or crossing oceans, but most enjoy short cruises exploring the beautiful East Coast and its estuaries. However, boat ownership is not essential to become a member of MLSC and there are many social members who just enjoy the nautical ambiance of the club.

Situated on Maldon's historic Hythe Quay, our ancient clubhouse presents a friendly atmosphere with the well-stocked bar serving drinks at attractive members' rates. The 'Upper Deck' which overlooks the Quay has a modern Galley and a very pleasant function room which seats up to 60 for meals and other social events. It is also available for private hire.

This room also doubles as a classroom for our RYA Accredited Training Courses which include Day Skipper and Yachtmaster courses, VHF Radio and First Aid..

MLSC plays an active part in supporting several charities particularly the popular RNLI (Lifeboat) Sponsored Row and Gig Race which has taken place around Christmas time for over 40 years. We also support the Maldon and Heybridge Heritage Harbour Association which aims to promote, preserve and secure a future for Maldon's maritime heritage.

There is always a warm welcome waiting for members, their guests and visiting yachtsmen. The MDC Visitors pontoon on Hythe Quay is available for temporary mooring on the tide or overnight for shoal draft vessels able to take the ground.

The MLSC flag will be flying from the waterside headquarters on the Hythe when the tide serves in winter and all the time in summer.

The Commodore.

Last updated 14:45 on 22 February 2024

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