Created: 08 Oct 2017 10:32
Updated: 08 Oct 2017 10:32

Come in and browse

We warmly encourage members to come in and browse – particularly on a Tuesday evening when you are most likely to find it open and the Librarian at work.

Recent Arrivals:

New on the Shelves:      The First indian - see review

Heavy Weather Sailing – this is the version updated by Peter Bruce. We also have the original version by Karl Adlard Coles

Currently being reviewed:

Knot and Rope Craft - review just completed

A set of Illustrated instruction books on Navigation, Seamanship and Sail Trimming

Yachtmaster Sail and Power

Last Voyages

Dive Scapa Flow

Awaiting review:

A couple of new cruising guides on the Med. One by the Heikels   and one by Stephen Pritchard

Some books on boats on racing technique:  On Course to Win by Jim Saltonstal, Trimming to Win by Ian Pinnell

And some personal achievement stories – Khivas by the Hungarian Istovan Kaper and Golden Lily by the Olympic winner Liljia Xu


To Find a Book

If there is no one about, you will find instructions on how to find a book and how to borrow a book in the Sign Out Shelf in the right-hand bookcase. There is a Blue Folder which contains a printout of the Catalogue and a brown Borrowing Log where you can record the book you wish to borrow. The Club has a small but comprehensive collection of specialist books on all aspects of boats and boating. Some of these books have been in the Club's possession since its foundation in 1926 and make fascinating reading; whilst some are the latest publications.

To Buy a Book  - CLICK AND BUY 

Can't get into the Club to borrow a book, click on the cover and buy it on Amazon using the Club's Amazon affiliate account.

Can't see what you want, browse the catalogues of some of the Club's favourite publishers. Click on any book cover and continue shopping on Amazon.  

Categories and their Contents

The Catalogue is divided into nine different sections. All books from these sections can be borrowed for 4 weeks without charge.

After that a small fee will be levied.

Reviews and Reviewers

The library receives a steady supply of new books from publishers who like to see reviews of their new publications. The reviews published on the website also act as a quasi on-line catalogue. If you would like to become one of our reviewers, email

Gifts and Donations

We now have a complete set of Nick Ardley's books on boating in the creeks and tributaries of the Thames Estuary. These were kindly donated by former Commodore Richard Keen in memory of his sister Sarah who died unexpectedly earlier this year.  We also have benefited from the Estate of Leslie Burgess, a long standing and very active member.

In recent years the Library has benefited from a bequest from the estate of Marten Van Mesdag, which included his collection of books on hstoric boats and boat building on the US East Coast, the gift of a magnificent copy of the Americas Cup Designs 1851-1989 by Ian Bucknell of London, and The Cruising Guide to Narrangansett Bay by Dave McConnell of New England .

Earlier benefactors have been John Hanford of Berkshire, Mr Bob Taylor of Lincolnshire,


We are very happy to make our archive of older books available in the Club house for research both to members and also to non-members.

In the past this resource has been used by television broadcasters, writers and marine institutions.

The Team

Deborah Wheeler, Hon Librarian.

Currently recruiting helpers for one-off or regular tasks.  Some of which can be done on-line, some can involve an occsional afternoon in the Library