Our club occupies a prominent heritage position on the Grays waterfront and we continue a long and proud legacy of sailing and recreational activities on the Thames.

The club was initially formed in 1946 and has been active ever since.

However our roots go back further than that. In the 19th century Grays was a major centre for commercial shipping, with the country's largest fleet of Thames Barges being operated by local company Goldsmiths of Grays. Racing was a key fixture in the life of Thames Barges and Goldsmiths operated a number of ships  designed primarily with racing in mind.

World War 2 saw the effective end of commercial operations for Thames sailing barges, but immediately after the war, our club was formed and we took occupancy of the moorings previously utilised by the barges and training ships.

The most recent clubhouse was completed in 1973 and was built and fitted out by club members, such commitment to the club still being evident to this day.

Previously the clubhouse had been an 19th century lightship named "The Gull". Photographs and drawings around the club show this heritage. Sadly The Gull fell into a state of uneconomic repair and her remains can still be seen on to the west of the club.. The light mast though was saved and is now found in pride of place at the top of our slipway and can be seen on the approach to the club.

Birth of a Grays landmark. TYC clubhouse comes out of the ground in 1970.