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: 15

Fri 3 July

Dear Members,

As I write this we are about to enter a whole new experience of lockdown changes tomorrow, Saturday 4th July, particularly in the hospitality industry. I’ll explain below a few of the things we can now do at the Club, so please read them carefully. This is not straightforward and your general committee has worked hard to take considerate and conservative steps forward.

The Rules for social distancing to be followed within the Club and on the water from 4th July

The main change in all our lives is the new one metre plus (1m+) guidance: this means that we should maintain social distancing of 2m whenever possible and not meet in groups of more than 6 people. However, if it is difficult to maintain 2m then the 1m+ rules require you to mitigate the increased risk as much as possible by actions such as:

  1. Meeting outside if you can
  2. Do not sit face to face
  3. Wearing face coverings, particularly inside
  4. Whenever possible maintain 2m social distance

Entry to the Club

  • Swipe your card on entry

    Just a repeat from Bulletin 14 that we ask that every member to use their swipe card on entry to the Club, even if the gate is open for a car ahead. This is part of our responsibility to be Covid secure in support of Test Track and Trace: during the pandemic, you must be able to tell us who was with you in your car.

  • Signing in visitors

    If bringing visitors, or members without a card, to the Club, they must be registered by sending an email to: before arriving.

  • Locking the beach gate

    We must all ensure that the beach gate is kept locked, please.

    We have noticed a number of members of the public wandering in through the beach gate, which puts our staff, members and Club reputation at risk. We must ask you to lock it behind you at all times, otherwise we will have no option but to padlock it until things settle down.

House, Bar and Catering

We are, as you know, using this time of “enforced closure” to undertake some maintenance work and upgrade in the Club House (Lounge) and we are planning to issue a fuller briefing on this aspect in the near future.

As we ease in gently to restarting the bar and restaurant service we will initially continue with the simple but tasty takeaway menu and system already in operation. Food and drink is served between 10:00 and 15:30, Wednesday through to Sunday for now. Consuming this on the patio is now officially possible in groups of up to 6 from no more than 2 households but please follow the one-way system to order and pick up, and dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.

If you wish to consume on the balcony then this must be done in the marked area at the dinghy park end, with social distancing and leaving a clear access path to order food and drink.
The changing rooms and showers must remain closed until the Law allows.

Yard and Haven

There are no new changes to the Y&H with the launch service available until 19:00 at weekends (last service at 18:30); weekdays it operates from 09:00 to 16:00 (We are looking into extending the hours on weekdays and further advices will follow).


From Saturday 4th July you may meet outdoors (e.g. in the yard) in groups of up to 6 from different households but following the 1m+ social distancing rules.
You must be able to maintain social distancing and the rules on household contacts on a cruiser.
You may now stay overnight on your boat within these rules, from Saturday 4th July, but must notify the Club by email at including your car number plate if so doing.

Recreational Dinghy Sailing

We will continue to work within The Government and RYA Guidelines. As soon as further easing is announced, we shall not delay in advising you.
Our current risk assessment of this activity concludes, until further notice:

Distancing is not feasible in a dinghy so you should stick to the same household teams.

There should never be more than 6 people on the slipway (or anywhere else) in a group at any time.

Some members are getting in contact with each other to arrange to rendezvous on the water. If you do this you must ensure there are no more than 6 people in any group in the yard or on the slipway to rig and launch.

You must stay in your group of 6 on the water and return to the slipway as one group.

You must not mingle with another group of 6 and no more than 3 groups of 6 sailors from Poole YC are allowed to be in the yard and out on the water at any time.

Additionally, solo sailors are allowed to rig and launch away from any groups and must not form or join groups on the water.

Breaches of this will be treated very seriously by the Flag Officers, when we consider our responsibility towards our members, the wider Community and our Club’s reputation.

Club singlehanded dinghies (lasers and fusions) are 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.

Youth Training

The youth team is working out how best to start training within the necessary very restrictive guidance on numbers. Youth parents of the Start Race Group will be contacted in due course ready for a possible first Wednesday night of training on Wednesday 15th July.


With limits on groups larger than 6 it is difficult to see how we can restart Club organised racing just yet, but your Team Sailing are working hard on this and we will keep you posted as soon as we are ready.

Some final footnotes

It is proving to be a challenge to find our way through all this, so that we can safely and responsibly enjoy the type of sailing we all want to do and, step by step, “return to a new normal.” We continue to be driven by balancing our desire to deliver the Club and organised activity back to you, whilst needing to operate within the evolving Guidelines and the Law during this pandemic.

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
High 02:00 1.66m
Low 04:30 1.55m
High 08:10 1.69m
Low 11:30 1.19m
High 14:50 1.65m
Low 16:30 1.62m
High 20:40 1.95m
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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