CMYC The Estate
Crawley Mariners Yacht Club, which has been in existence since 1963, was founded by sailing enthusiasts working on Crawley's Manor Royal Industrial Estate. The club has always been based at Hedgecourt Lake on the A264 between Crawley and Felbridge. Initially the club leased the water, but when the lake came on the market, the club raised a mortgage and bought it. The sale included a large area of wet lands, now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Gradual, but steady, development over the life of the club has allowed the activities to be moved away from the original launching area in Mill Lane to a more established base at the West end of the lake. Where members once had to change into and out of their sailing gear in their cars (much harder than sailing itself) the club now boasts an attractive clubhouse with kitchen, toilets and showers. Now that the club has gained ownership of this beautiful stretch of water the Mariners are able to allow other organisations, i.e. Sea Cadets, Scouts, disabled groups etc. to enjoy the facilities of Hedgecourt.