Using the Club

Please use your card to sign in for Track and Trace and wear a face covering when in the buildings

Club Guidelines and FAQs


Takeaway service Weds to Sun until 31st July
Restaurant service from 1st August

The Bar and Restaurant

Covid 19

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

Read the Covid bulletins

Commodore’s Newsletter - The Bar Reopens

Fri 17 Jul

Dear Fellow Members

It seems like a lifetime ago, that we had to close the Club, whilst the world grappled with the Covid-19 epidemic.
We are now moving through the uncharted re-opening phase. Throughout this time, work put in by the Covid-19 Management Group, General Committee and staff has been truly exceptional and has brought out the best in how “teams” work.

We are about to switch emphasis from the all-embracing Covid-19 bulletins to individual Flag Officer briefings.

The Bar Reopens

The Bar Reopens

The bar will be open from today, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Openings times

Friday & Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Seating will remain as is (outside) until 1st August.
Additional tables will be placed on the upstairs balcony

Sit down Restaurant Service

Available from Sat 1 Aug, and will be open 7 days a week. Full details to follow.

Re-opening the Club

We are required to conduct risk assessments at every step and we need to prepare and brace ourselves for there being a possible resurgence of the Covid threat. To that end, we have assessed that there is the need to have make the following suggestion.

Chris Playfair, a member of the Covid-19 Group, has prepared these notes for us:

"Recently, we asked that you register your entry to the Club by using your club card or sending an email to, with the time of your entry. This was to comply with the Government’s Test, Track and Trace system. However, the official system has a long, built in time delay. If we were to have an outbreak here, it could be over a week before we were notified.

Our suggestion is that if you have been to the Club in the previous 3 days and develop the symptoms of fever, persistent cough, loss of taste and smell or breathlessness, you phone and tell the Club when you were here, where you went and who you had contact with.

This will allow us to have an early warning of potential trouble and we can take steps to minimize the risk of spread of the virus, long before the Track and Trace system is activated.

This is entirely voluntary and a way that the Club may be able to give its members an extra layer of protection. If you do develop symptoms, our suggestion is that you call 111 for medical advice, which we cannot give you."

Chris Playfair

Face Masks

We are all becoming used to the news that face masks / coverings will be part of the “new normal” in many circumstances and the wearing of them in the Club House will be a requirement. We are having some made and one will be available for you to collect, no charge, from the Office soon. We will let you know when they arrive. You will need to wear a mask when using the takeaway service.

Other matters

Our Annual General Meeting

Members will recall that due to the Corona Virus emergency measures, it was necessary to proceed with the 2020 Annual General Meeting by way of approval, by email, of uncontested items on the agenda such as election of Officers and the election of the two Committee Members.

The AGM was then adjourned ‘sine die’ (to a date to be fixed) and on advice, and discussion with Nye, I, as the then elected Chairman of that meeting, now declare the meeting closed. It is your Committees’ intention to hold the next AGM in March 2021, providing regulations permit, as would be normal at that time and in accordance with Club Rules and Procedures. It will then be open to members to put forward proposals (including those that could not be dealt with this year) in the usual way.

Sailing Professional

Recruitment for the Sailing Pro role is well underway with a selection process for the short listed candidates taking place on 23rd and 24th July.

Club Photographer

Mike Millard has retired from being our Club Photographer. Is there a “budding” photographer that would be interested in taking on this volunteer role? We could create a job-share. Mike was with us on nearly all the Regattas and Events and was really one of the team. I am happy to talk this over with any member(s) that might be interested. Kindly give me a call or drop me an email if you might be interested, or want to know more.

Please keep your comments and suggestions coming in.

Enjoy the Summer and I look forward to bumping into you at the Club You can always bend my ear on any topic on your mind, at any time (from 2 metres or on line).

Poole Yacht Club Commodore John Yonwin

Commodore's and Sailing Secretary’s Newsletter

July 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!

17 °C

Tides at Poole Harbour (m)

Spring Tide Time Height
Low 01:00 1.66m
High 02:30 1.79m
Low 05:30 0.53m
High 10:40 2.08m
Low 13:00 1.65m
High 15:00 1.94m
Low 17:50 0.78m
High 22:40 2.29m
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.

If you have been to the Club and then develop possible Covid-19 symptoms of fever, persistent cough and loss of taste and smell, you might like to inform the club on 01202 672687, so that we can take steps to reduce the risk to others. You would of course want to phone the NHS on 111 for your own health.

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.

Channel Islands and France

Guernsey and islands governed by Guernsey inc Alderney are off limits. Visiting yachtsman are not allowed even to anchor to break a passage without going ashore

But Jersey is more relaxed and yachtsman can anchor on passage without going ashore providing you inform the coastguard

French ports are currently operating normally and there are no additional arrival formalities due to Covid. Sanitary blocks are mostly operating with some cubicles closed

A good supply of masks is essential as masks are obligatory in ALL indoor spaces. But mask removal in bars and restaurants is allowed once at table to allow eating and drinking

Most businesses are open as normal

Incidence of Covid in Brittany and Normandy is mostly very low

Useful Links

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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