A coastal town located between
Clacton on Sea and Colchester (approximately 10 miles/ 16 km from each) and situated at the mouth of the River Colne on
the Brightlingsea Creek.
The town has a seafaring history. The Bateman's Tower, a remarkable
tower 97 ft high used historically to guide fishing boats home,
has recently been renovated with the help from Lottery Fund grant.
One of its traditional industries was shipbuilding and although no longer an active shipbuilding community there is an active
recreational boating scene.
Sailing Club runs an active competitive sailing programme and has produced many champions at international an Olympic
level. The club is one of the oldest and largest dinghy sailing clubs in the East of England and is considered
to be one of the friendliest. The Club is situated where the Colne Estuary meets the North Sea and offers sailing
in sheltered waters at all times of the tied for, dinghies, catamarans and windsurfers and caters for novices fo national
champions. The sailing school provides training.