Our history, and what we are now.


Our History

At FYMBC we can trace our history back to 1936 with the formation of Folkestone Yacht Club by Messrs Briggs, Deakin, Green, Slade and Mr & Mrs Masters. In 1937 Messrs Deakin, Slade and Briggs purchased a 25ft Itchen Ferry type cruising yacht and formed a Cruising Section. Between 1938 and 1952 the Club sailed the eighteen feet one design Esses, sailing dinghies, national 14's and other craft. Racing attracted on average 20 boats.

In 1956 the club inaugurated the first cross channel sailing race and in 1958 our North Street Club House was built.

Along the way the Club has at various times attracted motorboat, water-ski, scuba diving, dinghy sailing, surfing, angling and cruiser sections.

Today we have about 150 members between Sailing Cruisers, Motor boat,cruisers and Sub Aqua sections.

Folkestone town centre has recently seen improvements to the shopping centre, and the owner of the harbour is making improvements to the harbour arm which are proving very popular.

The club leases an area of the harbour and members lay their own fore and aft moorings to pre laid chains.. Although the harbour dries out at low water, access is possible from 2-3 hours before to 3-4 hours after high water. This makes it it is ideally suited for bilge keel boats and lifting keel craft.

Sailing craft can only moor in the outer harbour and overwintering on moorings is not recommended due to the exposure to SE gales, but the more sheltered inner harbour is accessible year round to motor cruisers and de-masted sailing cruisers 

The Clubhouse is situated near the harbour and has changing rooms, showers, bar, meeting and social facilities. In St Peters Building opposite the club we have additional parking, a large classroom an air compressor room, cylinder and diving gear store plus Nitrox facilities for refilling diving members cylinders with air or NITROX.

There is a large car park which doubles as a storage area for winter lay-up of the outer harbour yachts and when space is available motor vessels that need lifting out for maintenance.

Membership at the moment is 150, divided between Cruiser, Sub Aqua, and Volunteer members. Within the Cruiser section is the Motorboat section. Cruising members meet socially on Tuesday evenings and have a full summer programme of races and cruises. Visits to France, Belgium and Holland are popular, as are cruises to the Medway, London and the Blackwater, and west to the Solent.

We have a link with Etaples Sailing Club.

The Sailing Cruiser Section meet socially on a Tuesday evening 

The Sub Aqua section meets socially on Wednesday evenings.

The Motor Cruiser section meet socially on Friday evenings. 

Social events are held throughout the year, but more so during the winter when seaborne activities are less.

The clubroom is available for private social functions by members only.

New members and visitors are always welcome. A membership application form can be downloaded from the Home page

The club is a recognised shore based RYA teaching establishment, for some shore based courses and we can facilitate places on courses at other RYA training facilities for members.