SYC Clubhouse
Our Club House is a modern structure that incorporates a large function room with licenced bar and galley facilities, as shown on the photos below.

To support the sailing activities there are extensive changing facilities with lockers and showers.

The Club has a large compound for storage of boats with easy access to the beach and mooring facilities.

The Club has a pillar crane that has a capacity of 2 Tonne which can be used for launching small cruisers and larger dinghies such as Flying Fifteens.

The Club facilities are available for the use of the members all the days of the week and there are no restrictions on when you wish to sail.

For details of our Moorings Facilities please refer to our Moorings Page.

Our function room is available for hire by members or the public for special events. Click here for details of Room Hire.


General Committee

Meets on the Second Monday in the month

The Commodore presides at the General Committee

Elected Committee Members

  • Alan Dickson -Phil Lingwood Peter Mitchell - Mike Meadowcroft
  • David Marchbanks - Michael Wilson - Julie Colborn - Sue Ayerst
  • Arthur Ketley - Bill Ward - John Bruce  - Eric Middlemas - Helen Hardy
  • William Maughan - Robert  Ayrest 

Sailing Committee

Meets on the Last Monday of the Month

  • Chairman- Phil Lingwood
  • Secretary - Sheila Harrison
  • Treasurer - Brian Purdy
  • David Wheldon
  • David Ward
  • John Robertson
  • Will Mitchell
  • Billy Maughan
  • Gary Rutherford

Moorings Committee

The Moorings Committee meet as required

  • Chairman- Paul Middlemas
  • Secretary - Mike Meadowcroft
  • Treasurer - Jim Williamson
  • Bosun - Keith Ellison
  • Crane Keys - Arthur Ketley
  • Fred Atkinson - Paul Middlemas - Jeff Ellis - Alex Stephenson
  • Neil Burdon - Andrew Watson


Training Committee

Meets Monthly

  • Chairman- Elizabeth Arkle
  • Sailing School Principal - Lynn Wilkinson
  • Jim Williamson - Alan Dixon - Kristina Jameson
  • Daniel Rooney - Paul Nicholson


House Committee

The House Committee meet as required

  • Chairman- Arthur Ketley
  • Alan Dixon - Peter Mitchell

Development and Marketing

Web Forum

Chairman- Jim Williamson

  • Alan Dixon - David Wheldon - David Ward

An interior view of SYC's Clubhouse
The main Club lounge is available for hire for private parties, functions, weddings, christenings, meetings, training sessions and conferences. For organised functions the bar can be made available up to 12:00 midnight. 

To enquire about or make a room booking please use our Contact FormOr ring 0191 5675133

From our 2nd floor lounge and bar area we have panoramic views over the harbour and sea.

Disabled access is via a lift.

Facilities include:

  • Room capacity up to 100
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Bar facilities
  • Catering

For details of our hire conditions and rates please follow the link. Note for evening bookings the room hire charge has been suspended.


Normal Bar opening hours


19:00 - 23:00


19:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 18:00


11:00 - 18:00


Views of Our Clubhouse

(Click on the picture below for a slide view. If you then hover over the left or right of the expanded slide show images you will see the Previous/Next controls enabled - or simply use your keyboard cursor keys on a laptop/desktop.)

  • P1010005Our Clubhouse Interior


Sunderland Yacht Club,

Old North Pier, Roker, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 0PN

Directions to SYC using Google Maps

Objectives of Sunderland Yacht Clubnews

The object for which the Club is formed is to promote and facilitate the sport of sailing and to provide social and other facilities for members as may from time to time be determined. The Club is a non-profit making organisation. All profits and surpluses will be used to maintain or improve the Club’s facilities. No profit or surplus will be distributed.


The club organises Dinghy Racing Cruiser racing and has an active cruising fleet.
Cruiser races are organised on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday evenings the season starts late April and continues to late October.
Dinghy races are organised on Sundays and Wednesday evenings the season starts late April and continues to late October.


We organise Cruises in Company on weekends and some longer trips, along the Northumberland and North Yorkshire Coasts, our organised longer trips take us as far afield as Holland Orkney and the Thames.


Sailing has always played an important role on the Wear and is recognised as one of the early centres for the sport.There have been what was termed “Aquatic Events” at Sunderland since 1837 when, on July 21st & 22nd races in Sailing Cobles, Rowing Cobles, Lug Sail Boats, 6 oared gigs, 4 oared gigs, 2 oared boats and keels took place before 20,000 spectators. This was the first official regatta to be held on the northeast coast. In 1856 the Wear Yacht Club was formed. The Commodore in the first year was Lt. Col. The Right Hon. Earl Vane. The Club in the first year attracted one hundred and fifteen members with a subscription of one guinea. The Club’s first regatta was held for the Gold Cup valued at eighty guineas and was for boats over 40 tons TM (Thames Measurement) and was won by a cutter called Amazon (46 tons TM) owned by A.J.Young. The regatta was so important that J.Hall, who had “Grip” (91 tons TM) built especially for the regatta, but did not turn up. In the same year the Wear Yacht Club was granted an Admiralty Warrant and became the Royal Wear Yacht Club. In 1866 the Sunderland Regatta was established by Commodore E.T.Gourley, Mayor of Sunderland. This quickly developed into a very successful event lasting most of the week. In 1883 the event included yacht racing off Roker with classes for yachts 20 tons TM, 10 – 20 tons TM and under 10 tons TM. Other sailing classes were held for decked fishing boats and Pilot Cobbles. With the build up of powered craft the “Royal Wear Yacht Club” saw a decline and a new club was established in 1911 called “Sunderland Motor Boat and Yacht Club”. This club comprised members of the former club and others and held a series of successful regattas until it closed at the outbreak of war in 1914. The Club suffered heavily as a result of the war and it was not revived until 1935. In 1935 the Club was resurrected by Sir Hedworth Williamson as President, Major J.P. Kayll as Commodore and Selby Ord as Secretary. This Club was named Sunderland Yacht Club. During the intervening years sailing had continued at the Regattas but there was no formal Club. From 1935 the Club developed by first building a clubhouse on the west side of the North Dock. This was a brick built building and stood on the top of the old staiths retaining wall. During the war the navy occupied the Clubhouse and after the end of war the membership had dwindled to twenty so the clubhouse was sold to the Sea Scouts. After the end of the war in 1946 the Club started again from a new wooden building, which was located at the base of the staiths retaining wall on the west side of the North Dock. In 1957 alterations to the North Dock entrance saw the Club relocated again to the site close to where we are now. The clubhouse was again wooden which proved more than adequate through to the 1990s. As the area was redeveloped the Club was rebuilt on the present site with the aid of funding from Tyne & Wear Development Corporation and the Lottery. In 2008 Sunderland Yacht Club achieved RYA Volvo Championship Club status.