Coming Back to the Club

We are now open for members to sail and to work on boats in the yard.
Please read our guidelines for returning to the Club

Club Reopening FAQ


We have taken the decision to open up the Bar and Catering with a limited menu and service to our members.

Read about takeaway service

Covid 19

We've been keeping our members up to date with a series of Covid 19 bulletins.

Read the Covid bulletins

Covid-19 Bulletin: 14

Fri 26 Jun

Thank you for all the messages of support for the steps we have had to take to stay within the Law and the Covid-19 Guidelines.

With the recent glorious sailing conditions and the number of dinghy sailors out yesterday evening, I must ask us all to exercise correct social distancing of 2 metres. If we are not able to do this on a voluntary basis, we will be forced to introduce measurers to minimise the risk to health and the Club’s reputation in the Community.

The Prime Minister’s statement made on Tuesday 23rd June, announced some new freedoms. However, the “devil is in the detail” and your Covid-19 Group is now studying the full supporting detailed documentation, ahead of further bulletins.
In the meantime:

Entry to the Club


With immediate effect, we ask that every member uses their swipe card on entry to the club, even if the gate is open for a car ahead. During the pandemic period, you must be able to tell us who was with you in your car. If bringing visitors to the Club, they must be registered by sending an email to: before arriving (the visitor “signing – in” book in the lobby is not currently in use).

This is so that the Club can fulfill its duty to the Test Track and Trace system when it becomes fully operational.

Until July 4th, social distancing is still 2m. We will advise of further changes in our next bulletin

Poole Yacht Club Takeaways

House, Bar and Catering

It has been exciting to welcome back Tom and Jack from their enforced absence to now start the process of opening up the clubhouse. Many members are availing themselves of the takeaway menu between 10:00 and 15:30, Wednesday through to Sunday.
Please follow the one-way system to order and pick up and dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.

With the reopening of large parts of the hospitality industry from Saturday 4th July, we expect to be able to offer tables (appropriately spaced) on the balcony and patio. The aim is to re-open the toilets in the Club House shortly (regretfully, not the showers) and the portaloos will then be removed from the Club.

Mooring Launch

Yard and Haven

The Yard and Haven are now been operating normally which has meant many members are taking advantage of the fine weather. The launch service is now available until 19:00 at weekends (last Service at 18:30); weekdays it continues to operate from 09:00 to 16:00.

The Race Hut


We closely monitor both the government guidance on relaxation and the RYA advices. For now we feel it is too early to launch into club-organised activity, but we are preparing and as soon as we feel confident and comfortable we have volunteers poised and ready to get into action at very short notice.

As already announced, the club singlehanded dinghies (lasers and fusions) are now available for hire as are two of our Rigiflex boats. Please go on-line via the website to book and follow the guidance on social distancing and cleaning.

Some members are getting in contact with each other to arrange to rendezvous on the water.
If you do this, please respect social distancing guidelines and ensure you do nothing to draw unwanted attention to our Club. We are asking you to do this for the good of the Club and as a responsible member of our community.

The Rules for social distancing to be followed within the Club and on the water

These can be found on the Club’s website and on the Government site.
Please act carefully as we all try to maintain 2 metre social distancing to contain the risk of the virus spreading.


  • Meet outside if you can
  • Do not sit face to face
  • Wear face coverings, particularly inside
  • Whenever possible maintain 2m social distance

We will continue to communicate to you to provide detail when it is possible to take further steps.

Your Covid 19 Group and General Committee meet again next week and as we digest and review the Government Guidelines, (including aspects such as: “social distancing rules,” “extended family groups” and “sleeping on board overnight”), we will issue a further Bulletin next week.

I am so pleased that the Club is beginning, to return to some form of “normality”….we still have many stages to go through, yet.

Your comments are always welcome.

Poole Yacht Club Commodore John Yonwin

Commodore's and Sailing Secretary’s Newsletter

May 2020

Every month our Commodore John Yonwin writes a short newsletter about what's happening at the Club.

It's the perfect way to find out about the General Committee, progress being made on various issues, updates to the Club and the social and sailing calendar.

The Commodore’s newsletter is also printed, with copies available in the Clubhouse.

Our Sailing and Social Calendar

With a packed Sailing Programme throughout the season, and a busy social calendar throughout the year, there is always something happening at the Club.

See our upcominging events, from racing to cruising, Regatta's to quizezs, training opportunities to taster sessions.

There's plenty to see and do.

How to become a Member

Thinking about joining the Club?

Poole Yacht Club is a community brought together by their love of the sea.
Want to be involved in competive racing? Our packed Sailing Programme throughout the season provides local, national and international level sailing.

Looking to improve or never been sailing before? Our excellent RYA-Accredited training for adults and children at all levels will help your confidence and ability grow.

Trying to find a social group for relaxing cruising and day sailing? Our cruising section wants to help you plan the journey and share the story on your return.

Our superb facilities, Class and National Events and Strong Volunteer ethos make us the finest sailing Club on the South Coast.
We're the perfect way to get out on the waves.

Does this sound like something you would like to be part of?

We are currently accepting new members, apply today!

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Tides at Poole Harbour (m)

Neap Tide Time Height
Low 02:20 0.92m
High 08:10 1.88m
Low 10:10 1.73m
High 11:10 1.77m
Low 14:40 0.8m
High 20:40 2.07m
Low 22:20 1.88m
High 23:40 1.94m
Not for use in protection of life or property

Track and Trace at the Club

With immediate effect, we ask that every member uses their swipe card on entry to the club, even if the gate is open for a car ahead. During the pandemic period, you must be able to tell us who was with you in your car. If bringing visitors to the Club, they must be registered by sending an email to: before arriving (the visitor “signing – in” book in the lobby is not currently in use).

This is so that the Club can fulfill its duty to the Test Track and Trace system when it becomes fully operational.

Useful Info

Brownsea Island currently closed

Due to the current coronavirus crisis, Brownsea Island is currently closed to all visitors including those arriving by their own boat, kayak and paddle board. This is to protect island residents.

e-Series Racing

Poole Yacht Club in collaboration with the RYA and Virtual Regatta Inshore Racing app are running a number of virtual ‘mini-series’ sailing races. These races can be played from the comfort (and safety) of your own home, on a mobile phone, tablet or computer (no technical expertise required).

Each mini-series normally consists of 20 competitors, 4 races with 1 discard run back-to-back over the course of a single evening. We have run a number of test races and so far the feedback has been very positive. All abilities are welcome, and in fact, new entrants will be given priority over previous competitors to give everyone a chance to have a go.

Feeling Self Isolated?

While you are self isolating, why not join the Poole Yacht Club Social and Sailing FaceBook group.

During the last week, the number of members using the group has swelled to over 560!!

We have been using the group to set photography challenges and engineering challenges.

Once you have joined, you will be able to see and participate in these activities.

Last weekend, Matt Hitt set the group a challenge to make self propelled boats that will travel the length of a bathtub.
Many members participated, and the results are extremely entertaining to say the least!

Day Starts Time Classes Ends
Sun 1 Mar 10:30 A,2,3,R,4 5 Apr
Sun 4 Oct 10:30 A,B,3,R,4 13Dec
Mon 6 Apr 18:20 (7,G,D),8,T 31Aug
Mon 7 Sep 18:00 R,1,A,2,3,4 28Sep
Tue 31Mar 18:15 R,1,A,2,3,4 8 Sep
Tue 15Sep 18:00 R 29Sep
Weds 1 Apr 18:00 Training 16Sep
Thurs 2 Apr 18:15 R,7,G,D,O,8 3 Sep
Thurs 2 Apr 18:00 Youth Races 3 Sep
Fri 24Apr 18:25 3,D,R 31May
Fri 1 May 18:25 Friendly Fridays 11Sep
Sat 4 Apr 14:00 7,(G,D),8,T 19May
Sat 12Sep 14:00 (7,G,D),8,T 17Oct
Sat 2Nov 31Oct 7,(G,D,8),T 12Dec
Class 1 Cruiser
Class 1A Cruiser
Class 1B Cruiser
Class 2 Cruiser
Class 3 Cruiser
Spare Cruiser Class (defined on Notice Board)
All Cruisers inc. R19s
YW Dayboat
Laser/Aero Handicap
Fast Handicap Dinghies
Slow Handicap Dinghies & Hobie Cats
Medium Handicap Dinghies
Joint E, F & 9
Asymmetric and Foiling Handicap Dinghies


There are many areas of club life where volunteers are needed to ensure events run smoothly. These range from the regular Race Hut and RIB team volunteers for the Racing Series, Trophy and Open events to additional on-shore volunteers at big events like National Championships and the annual Club Regatta. Please submit a Volunteer Form to let organisers know for which events you are available.

Poole Yacht Club uses DutyMan to manage our volunteering schedule.

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