History

Stanstead Lock
Stanstead Lock

The LSCC is on the River Lee downstream of Stanstead Lock, which is one of the very few locks in the country with a swing bridge over the lock chamber.(another can be found on the Kennet & Avon canal). Water fills this lock very fast as the sluices are in both top gates.

The Club was founded in 1956 on an old boat moored approximately where the Stanstead Lee Valley Marina is now. The wooden hull in poor condition meant it did not stay afloat for long, and soon sank. (but all crew were saved!!) The present site adjacent to Stanstead Lock was found. Much hard work by  those early members included digging out moorings.

In 1963 a clubhouse was built, which with  with added  improvements, still stands today. An extension was added in 1997.

From the beginning the LSCC has always been an all age family club.

The Club is proud to be one of four  founder members of the Association of Waterways Cruising Clubs (AWCC), a national organisation of 100 plus clubs.The other founder members are; Dunstable & District Boat Club, St. Pancras Cruising Club and Uxbridge Cruising Club, all still being active.
We are also affiliated to the RYA and Association of Thames Yacht Clubs. (ATYC).
For interest the river is usually spelt  ‘Lea’:  The navigation  ‘Lee’. Both spellings appear on OS maps.