More About LCC

The Club

The Lowestoft Cruising Club was formed in 1965 by a group of sailors who wanted a sailing club that was dedicated to cruising. The Club aims to promote cruising and provide members with mooring and other facilities. Our club burgee is based on elements of the 1913 Coat of Arms of the Borough of Lowestoft, consisting of a red crown above a golden sun on a blue background, and symbolises Lowestoft's position as the most easterly point in Britain. The Club is run by a Management Committee of 12 members, including 7 officers (Commodore, Vice & Rear Commodores, Secretary, Treasurer, Moorings Officer, and Social Secretary) which meets monthly.

LocationWe are based at a freehold site on the north shore of Lake Lothing, near Oulton Broad, Lowestoft. Access to and from the sea is through a regularly opening road bridge, and the Norfolk (and Suffolk) Broads can be entered via a railway bridge, road bridge and a lock.

LCC members

LCC members

Membership

We are a relatively small club with just under 150 memberships (single, joint and family). The club ethos is one of self-help, with the members contributing where they can their skills, knowl

edge, and time to help run the club and provide the facilities we enjoy. Our members have a wide range of backgrounds, age and experience and mainly live locally. Their sailing experience varies from those who have just ventured out of the Norfolk Broads onto the sea, to those who cruise the North Sea, the Baltic, the English Channel, down into the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic. Our boats range from small 7-meter coastal sailing boats to 12-meter ocean cruisers; mainly sailing boats with just a few motor cruisers.

Facilities

As a result of the endeavours of past and present members we have managed to build up an enviable set of club facilities at extremely low cost (in money terms) to the membership. We have moorings for 71 vessels with water and electricity on the pontoons, and we accommodate visitors whenever we can in vacant berths. On shore there is a small clubroom (occasional use for social events; no bar, so members bring their own drinks) with showers and toilets (available for visitors). There is also a slipway (maximum 10 tonnes), mast crane, secure car park, and winter storage ashore for about 50 boats.

Sailing & Social Events

Our sailing programme consists of a number of cruises 'in company', organised on an informal basis. Members also undertake cruises, solo or with friends, throughout Europe and beyond. We have a number of social events throughout the year. As well as the organised events such as barbecues, fitting out and laying up suppers, and the annual dinner dance, there are many ad hoc occasions when a few members get together to enjoy themselves. The Club has a pontoon mooring at the nearby port of Southwold, enabling our members, some of whom also have their own moorings there, to join our friends at the Southwold Sailing Club or 'chill out' for a weekend when the tides are favourable. Our club magazine 'Under Way' provides members with information and an opportunity to write about their personal sailing experiences. It is published twice a year.