Welcome to the website of the Crouch Area Yachting Federation (CAYF)

In the early 1970s the Crouch Harbour Act set up an Crouch Harbour Authority (CHA) to manage all aspects of the  Crouch and Roach Estuary, and required that stakeholders including leisure boating should be consulted through an advisory body. This was one of the main drivers behind the formation of CAYF at around the same time.

The Crouch Area Yachting Federation (CAYF)  has continued to represent sailing, cruising  and boating interests through the Crouch Harbour Authority, the CHA Advisory Committee,  Rivers Crouch and Roach forums,  the RYA Eastern Region Committee and Crouch Harbour Port User Group and other bodies continuously for over 30 years. There are now 28 Clubs and Associations within the umbrella organisation of CAYF 


 CAYF provides a communication forum for leisure boating clubs in the Crouch and Roach areas. There is an Annual General Meeting for all CAYF Clubs in January, but otherwise it operates through various forums or directly with  between Clubs, boatyards and associations that use the rivers and creeks.

It is currently represented on forums such as the Heads of the River Combined Clubs Committee, The Roach Sailing Association , the Roach Fairways Conservation Committee, the Crouch Harbour Authority Advisory Committee and  the Crouch Harbour Authority, RYA Eastern Region Committee,The CHA Port User Group The South East Coastal Rowing Forum  and other bodies with an interest in the rivers Crpuch and Roach.

If you have an issue you want to raise please contact one of the officers listed below.


CAYF Officers representing your interests

Ken Wickham - Chairman, also representing the Roach Area Fairways Conservation Committee Email: k.wickham.1@btinternet.com

Doug MacEwen - Hon Secretary and representing River Crouch Clubs and associations Email: dmacewen@btinternet.com

Clem Freeman - Hon Treasurer and representing the River Roach Clubs and associations Email: Clem.freeman@btinternet.com                                                                                            


Contact Information

64, Broughton Road
South Woodham Ferrers


01245 321126