BRIGHAM SAILING CLUB LOCATION
Brigham Sailing Club is based at the canal side village of Brigham off the B1249, 5 miles south of Driffield between the villages of Wansford and North Frodingham. A useful tip is to follow the signs for Cruckley Farm but take the Brigham turning at the Brigham/Foston cross-roads on the B1249. Please park carefully or if you are visiting the club by prior arrangement park in the sailing club field. Hull is only a 45 minute journey through lovely countryside and Bridlington is only 20 minutes away – Brigham is convenient for members living in surrounding towns and villages.
Formed partly from the original Driffield Sailing Club of the late Victorian and Edwardian times, Brigham Sailing Club was founded in 1928. Interest grew and, with the exception of the war years, sailing has taken place at Brigham ever since. An excellent history of the club is published in the Humber Yawl Club magazine 1989 which is available for inspection in the Hull Local Studies Library.
Whilst over the years Brigham Sailing Club has developed the classic boat for racing, the distinctive Brigham Scow, we are by no means restricted and have seen craft from many different classes participating in either club leisure sailing or handicap racing. Racing is programmed for each Sunday afternoon starting at 2-15 p.m. Cup races take place once a month. Check with the Secretary to avoid disappointment if you wish to see the racing as there are occasions when it is not possible for racing to take place.
Our main attractions lie in the pleasures of the river, with over 7 miles of non-tidal waterway meandering through quiet countryside, the family atmosphere and suitability for children. You do not have to have the ‘latest piece of kit’, in fact you can build your own boat over the winter and extend your interests throughout the whole year. An annual Ladies Night dinner and cup presentation held at the Trout Inn, Wansford, is always a well attended and most enjoyable evening.
Like many other sailing clubs new members are vital to Brigham Sailing Club’s survival. New sailing and non-sailing members of all ages are welcome to join. As mentioned above you do not have to own a Scow to join. Brigham Sailing Club encourages family boating and you can still join even if you own a rowing boat, canoe etc. (sorry not motor boats). The club Secretary has details of Scows for sale. You may not even have a boat, but you can still come and support the sailing by watching at the clubhouse, acting as ‘starter’ or maybe by crewing. If you decide that Brigham Sailing Club membership is for you, and you own a boat, there is currently a wooden cabin available and a vacant caravan plot in the club field. Apart form the obvious advantages of changing facilities, own Loo, somewhere to make a cuppa etc, membership adds a new dimension to family life. It’s a great adventure for children to stay the night. The field is rich in wildlife and Cruckley Farm is only over the hill for younger children. Bridlington and Scarborough are quick to get to and the Moors are convenient. Alternatively instead of getting into heavy traffic you can enjoy a peaceful day boating at Brigham, perhaps have a barbecue and enjoy some sunbathing in your own private spot. On the other hand Brigham can be a place to escape the pressures of family life or work worries! Come and see what Brigham Sailing Club has to offer, meet the members and perhaps go for a trial sail in one of the beautiful Brigham Scows. If you see sails on the river you are warmly invited to watch at the clubhouse. For more details please contact the Secretary – details below.
Associate Membership (non sailing) costs £10 – full sailing membership (includes mooring fees, use of club field for parking and boat storage etc.)