Mayfly Sailing at Clacton and Gunfleet

mayflyclacton62_lgClacton on Sea Sailing Club adopted the Mayfly as a fleet racing class in 1959 when the Club was based at Hazlemere Road, Holland on Sea. Both the Club and the fleet grew rapidly and in 1961 the Club moved-up: to a brand new site at Holland Haven, east of the town. The Mayfly class at the Club continued to strengthen until there were some 28 boats in the compound. The fleet stayed strong throughout the 1960’s but in the 1970’s numbers started to dwindle.

Ironically the Gunfleet Sailing Club, which had moved into the old Clacton SC headquarters after the later moved to the Haven, began to establish a Mayfly fleet. Gunfleet had about 8 Mayflies in the 1970’s as well as a similar number of Fleetwinds. Sadly, by the mid 1980’s all the Mayflies had gone from both Clacton Sailing Club and Gunfleet Sailing Club.

The photos below were provided by Richard Walker. They show Mayflys at Clacton-on-Sea in the early 1960’s (except for the last which was taken at the 1961 Nationals at Torquay). Richard Walker is the historian for both the Clacton and Gunfleet Sailing Clubs and recently wrote and published a history of them. If any former Mayfly owner that sailed at either Clacton or Gunfleet Sailing Club would like more information about their old club then contact Richard (

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