… to the home of Cabot Cruising Club.


Cabot Cruising Club has founded in 1937. Our clubhouse, the John Sebastian “Light Vessel 55” (LV55) was purchased by the club in 1954, and has been the base for club operations whilst moored in Bathurst Basin since her doors reopened in 1959.

Well over 100 Years old, LV55 has a long and interesting maritime history enduring two world wars as a guiding light for many maritime ships. Find out more by clicking the link: History John Sebastian Light Vessel 55 (pdf)

Members and guests are welcome aboard the John Sebastian on Thursday and Saturday evenings. We hold our ‘club night’ every Thursday – this is the best time to visit if you wish to enquire about membership and moorings.

The John Sebastian, can be found in Bathurst basin, alongside the aptly named “John Sebastian Quay”, just off Commercial Road and in front of the old General Hospital. Her doors are generally open from 7.30pm Thursdays for our ‘Club Night’ and welcomes entry till 10pm as the bar closes at 11pm. On a Saturday night last entry is 11pm with club functions and great entertainment to suit our eclectic mix of members. We have a fully stocked bar and friendly volunteer selling drinks and snacks at very reasonable prices.

If visiting for the first time please make yourself known to any of the club officials who will do their utmost to make you welcome and introduce you to other members.


…But there are advantages to being a member of this fabulous boating club in the heart of Bristol:

  • We meet on the John Sebastian on Thursdays and Saturdays from about 7.30pm.
  • We have a bustling social events calendar.
  • We have a well stocked bar with special prices for club members.
  • If you have a special event – as a club member you can hire the John Sebastian.

Interested? Why not come along on either a Thursday or Saturday night and see for yourself what a fabulous venue we have, and why not have a chat with our Membership Secretary, who will be happy to guide you through the process. We look forward to meeting you aboard the John Sebastian.

See you on the water. x


Tickets are now available for our Annual Dinner Dance to be held at the historic Armada House in the City Centre, these are available on Thursday and Saturday evenings on the JS or contact Paul Morris or Sarah Walker.Cost of tickets are a snip at £35.00 which includes a 3 course meal (plus tea & coffee), and live entertainment by CATCH 22.
Menu choices will be available in the New Year, so watch this space.
A raffle board is also doing the rounds at £1 a square – the prize is a ticket to the Dinner Dance – so please make sure you have a go.
This is the night when we hand out awards and trophies, the highlight of our boating year and not to be missed. Don’t forget you can invite family and friends.
We will need your menu choices and payment by 18th January.