|Marconi is situated on the Blackwater near Stone and is usually the venue for
our first open of the season. They have about 12 members with Dart 15s local hotshot and
fleet captain, Jenny Ball. The grounds are good for camping and the estuary provides excellent
sailing with some tricky tides. They do some nice long distance races (including the East Coast Piers Race)
but the Dart 15 favourite is a figure of eight course around Northey and Osea islands, which takes
about an hour.
Marconi Sailing club is situated on the River Blackwater near the village
of Steeple, Essex - approximately 30 minutes drive east of Chelmsford.
Directions are available from our website or by inputting "Stansgate Road"
into Streetmap.co.uk or equivalent - or see attached map.
Once you have passed through the main village of Steeple, take first the
turning on your left, Stansgate Road - (just past farm buildings and will be signposted for Marconi SC).
Follow Stansgate Road all the way to the end until you reach a large metal gate
which is the entrance to the club. The gate is normally locked but will be open
from 6pm to 8pm on Friday evening or from 9am on the Saturday morning.
Once you have entered the club site - please turn right into the Cat Park where
you may park / set up your boat / camp etc.
Please note that Stansgate Road is single track only with passing places so please drive
slowly and carefully and respect the other residents/users of the road.
The Club site is a green field of some 5 acres, with ample boat
storage space, parking and a wide launching ramp. The Club house is two storey
and boasts hot showers, two bars, professionally catered galley, as well as all
the usual amenities. The Club enjoys on site camping for 28 days a year, two
weeks of which is taken in early August when we also run a Cadet week that is
always well supported.
The club sails in the wide tidal estuary of the River
Blackwater, with launching and sailing possible at any state of the tide. The
estuary is ideal for exploring the islands of Osea and Northsey and trips can be
made to Bradwell and Maldon. Beyond Bradwell the North Sea beckons our more
If you are visiting the club, the following accomodation information may be of help:
Bed & Breakfast
||The Star Inn, The Street, Steeple, Essex, 01621 772646|