Congratulations to Ellie Aldridge winning a silver med at the 2020 Formula Kite European Championships in Poland.

General Questions

  • Can I come to the Club?

    You are welcome to enjoy your Club, provided you are well. If you are unwell, please stay at home. If you have developed fever, persistent cough or loss of taste within 5 days of being at the club, please inform us on 01202 672687

    Face Coverings:
    Please wear a face covering in all of our buildings, including toilets and changing rooms.

    Social Distancing

    By law, you must not meet with more than 6 people from outside of your household or bubble. This means no groups of more that 6 people are allowed at the Club

  • Can I sail?

    Yes. Follow the restrictions and suggestions below.

    Cruisers

    You may sail as you wish, within the government rules concerning groups of 6, social distancing, households and bubbles. If you plan to stay overnight, please email the Club with crew names and car registration details.
    signin@pooleyc.co.uk
    You must be able to maintain social distancing on your boat.

    • Cruiser Racing
      1. Maximum average wind strength 20 knots
      2. spinnakers at the discretion of the RO in consultation with the Cruiser Class Captain
      3. Maintain 1m social distance
      4. Face coverings if closer than 2 m
      5. Max 6 on a boat from different households or bubbles
      6. Decontaminate the boat after racing or leave it for 72 hours
    • Haulouts
      Contact the office by phone or email
    • Launch service to Swing Moorings
      1. If possible use your own tender to access your swinging mooring
      2. Launch hours are:
        Mon - Wed – 08:30 -16:00
        Thur - Sun – 08:30 - Dusk.
      3. Maintain Social distancing at all times
      4. Maximum 2 people and from same household plus driver in the launch at any time
      5. Maximum luggage one small pack or bag – plan your trip to bring the boat in to the waiting pontoon to load and unload provisions, people and equipment
      6. Follow the launch driver’s instructions
      7. Board the launch before the driver, sit as far aft as possible
      8. Climb aboard your boat from the aft step in the launch to maintain social distance from the driver.

    Dinghies

    • No maximum group size on the water, can be mixed household crew and helm. It is the sailors responsibility to follow the RYA guidance and risk mitigations for mixed household crews.
      Read the RYA Guidance
    • Maximum group size of 6 people on land
    • Maximum of 3 groups of 6 on land at any one time. Request a 3-hour group time slot on Facebook, to prevent wait times due to lots of groups at the same time.
    • Maximum of 6 people on the slipway, please wait until boats are recovered/launched before entering the slipway.
    • Individual sailors only restricted by social distancing and slipway numbers i.e. you cannot all launch and recover together
    • Class captains can organise their own racing for solo or same-household boats, within the regulations." Class Captains can request safety cover for class organised events via volunteerteam@pooleyc.co.uk
    • Adult Training
      Contact training@pooleyc.co.uk
    • Youth Training
      Last session 11th September
    • Friendly Fridays/Social Sundays
      Evening sailing has finished but Social Sundays have started.
    • Trophy Races
      All were rescheduled. Only the wind prevented them all being run
    • Hiring Club Dinghies
      Lasers, Fusions and Rigiflexes are available for hire.
      To minimise the risk of infection from the covid 19 virus, all surfaces including the covers must be sprayed and wiped down before and after use. Cleaning products and a cloth have been placed in each boat for this purpose.
    • Open Events
      Not possible
    • Regattas and Parties
      Not possible

    Facilities

    • Entrance Gates
      Open as usual
      You must register your attendance by either using your club card at the main gate or by emailing the names of all in your party to signin@pooleyc.co.uk.. This applies to members, children and guests and is for the Track and Trace system. Please lock the beach gate.
    • Office
      Open as usual with a perspex Covid-19 screen. Call 01202 672687
    • Clubhouse
      Open but undergoing refurbishment.
      The main entrance and changing room doors are open as usual. Please wear a mask.
      Catering may be accessed from the main entrance or the west balcony door
      The lift is working normally
    • Toilets
      Open as usual. Please wear a mask, wash your hands and observe social distancing.
    • Changing rooms
      Open
      1. Maximum of 6 people at a time
      2. Please stay within your marked space
      3. Wear a mask
      4. Be as quick as you can to make room for others
      5. Spray and wipe down surfaces after use
      6. Do not leave your kit, as it will prevent others from using the facility
    • Showers
      Closed
    • Bar and Catering
    • Sailing Office
      Open for races and training
      Contact details; training@pooleyc.co.uk
    • Haven Office
      Open as usual.
    • Race Hut
      Open with social distancing and reduced capacity

    Conditions of Club Use under Covid-19 Restrictions

    1. IF YOU FEEL AT ALL UNWELL OR HAVE A FEVER, COUGH OR COLD DO NOT COME
    2. 2 metres social distancing or 1 metre plus
    3. Pontoons. People coming ashore have right of way.
    4. Face coverings must be worn at all times in the clubhouse or in the toilets (these may only be removed once seated at your table in the restaurant)
    5. Contact Office on 01202 672687 if you have been to the Club and develop possible Covid-19 symptoms so that we can take steps to reduce the risks to others

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Another club member’s success!

Angus Kemp has gained a place in the GB sailing team Laser Radial youth squad. He is one of only seven boys and five girls from all of the UK and Ireland. The squad starts formal training early in November with their first international event in Palamos Spain late December. Needless to say Angus is "Really chuffed"

For Angus it all began over 10 years ago with a tiny little six year old in his Opi of Hamworthy beach on the end of a 100m floating line. He was way too young to do Wednesday nights but the Opi Start Race coach at the time, Tim Edom, said if he did OK at the Club Regatta on the White Course he could join in. Angus went on to win the White Course and so his journey began.

After a couple of seasons in the Opi doing the class Nationals (not very well he was ill) Inlands and several national rankers he moved, following his sister, into the Topper. At nine he was the youngest sailor to make the South Zone Squad, which he did for two years, then at 11 he was the youngest ever to make the Intermediate Squad. After a season in Intermediate he advanced to the National Squad, which gave him two more seasons of high-level training. In his last year of Toppers he won every Southern Traveller event, missed out on winning the Worlds by a fraction, ask him about checking toe strap lines! Angus won his last National Series event and then waved goodbye to the Topper and tried out for the Laser National Squad in the 4.7 rig.

This summer he took part in the Greek nationals on the coast off Athens, followed a few days later by the Youth Europeans at the same venue, a couple of days later the Kemps were off to Germany from Athens, along with one of the girls, as they had both been selected for the GB team to compete at the German Europa Cup. Then home, a day or so later Angus was off to Scotland for the Nationals, straight back to Poole the day after they finished to do Parkstone Youth Week with most of his old 4.7 mates. The Impala Nationals followed a day or so later in Weymouth, then Poole Week back in the Laser, with the summer finished off by the Sonata Lift Keel Nationals, sailing with a bunch of his Laser mates, he was only at home for a hand full of days all summer.

Looking at the diary today, he only has one weekend free between now and Christmas, the rest taken up by two World/European qualifiers, squad training with the Radial Squad, open class training, the Inlands plus the Radial lads are also all starting to train this winter in the standard (full) rig so they are in a good position to transition into standard rigs over the next eighteen months to two years, probably helped by the lure of the 2020 Under 21 Worlds (raced in standard rigs in Garda next summer). Just before Christmas he is off to Palamos in Spain for their Christmas Regatta then the 2020 season starts in earnest.

For any of our Junior Sailors coming through Wednesday nights with aims and passions: train hard, spend as much time on the water as you can, perfect your skills and make sure you are as fit as possible. Try different boats when you can, get involved with our Commodores’ Challenge, you will gain huge transferable skills from that alone but most of all make sure it’s fun.

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Poole YC’s Ellie Aldridge, a dinghy sailor who only began foiling a year ago, took second in the Open Europeans and lifted the European crown with stellar racing that beat off challenges from Australia's Breiana Whitehead and Russia's Valeria Garashchenko.

"It feels a bit mad," said Ellie. "The racing was so intense; so good. Everyone's improved so much. It's really tight racing. It's ridiculous to think that we have all come so far in the space of just a year. All the girls are pushing each other so much."

Aldridge was also part of the British team, paired with Connor Bainbridge, that was victorious in the inaugural Mixed Relay European Championship, when one day of the regatta was allocated to the Paris 2024 Olympics' format event. The duo just edged out the Russian pairing of Alexey Chibizov and Garashchenko.

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Picture courtesy of YJA/Sally Golden

Lucy MacGregor with the coveted trophy, congratulated by MS Amlin's Keith Lovett.

The YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year and the YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year Awards were presented during a Gala Dinner at the Grand Café Southampton on September 13, following on from Press Day at the Southampton International Boat Show. The event drew together the great and the good of the marine world, distinguished guests and many previous winners of the awards.

Lucy MacGregor, four-times winner of the Women's Match Racing World Championship after her victory at the Lysekil Women's Match in August, is the YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year. '

The YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year 2019 is Matilda Nicholls, winner of the Women's Laser Radial Youth World Championship at Kingston, Canada.

The MS Amlin Seamanship Award, presented by 2018 winner Sean Rose. The trophy, previously awarded for acts of seamanship in the Round the Island Race, has been extended worldwide in 2019, this year being presented to Roy Disney, the owner of Pyewacket who rescued the team on John Sangmeister's Santa Cruz 70 OEX during July's Transpac 50 Race after they were forced to abandon ship due to water ingress from damage to their rudder post.

Next up was the YJA MS Amlin Young Blogger of the Year Award which was presented to Alex Rabbitt, who produced a fabulous short video story, filmed over a year, which is about the experience a group of youngsters went through in passing their sailing instructor course in Manchester, called 'Journey to Instructor'.

In 2018 the vote was split between two great sailors from different generations - Tracy Edwards and Nikki Henderson - the first time this has happened in the history of the event. Conrad invited Nikki to the stage to present the award to Lucy MacGregor - four-time winner of the Women's Match Racing World Championship after her victory at the Lysekil Women's Match in August. 'Team Mac' took the final 3-0 against French skipper Claire Leroy. -- Mark Jardine

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Well done to all the PYC youth members that travelled to Largs in Scotland for the Topper Nationals.

Amber Hale came 1st in the Bronze fleet and Devon and Mason Green grabbed 1st and 2nd in the Regatta Fleet… Brilliant results!

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Well done to Steve Bland and Steve Thompson for coordinating a successful National Mirror Event at PYC 11th – 14th August.

It was great to see the harbour ablaze with colour from the 35 boats that were entered. Well done to a number of our Youth members that borrowed boats so they could participate in the event and to the PYC members that received trophies for their efforts

The final results can be found here Results Page

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