Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone

Mon 22 Mar

Proposals may well affect you and our boating

In a stakeholder discussion on 18th March the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) announced that they plan to introduce a no anchor zone, covering at least the seagrass area where most leisure boats anchor, in this 2021 season. It will effectively ban anchoring in much of the southern half of Studland bay.

In that meeting an assertive consensus was expressed for providing recreational access, probably through moorings, and an introduction over a longer timescale. This came from broad range of interested parties and an academic source.

There will be a public discussion hosted by the Dorset Coast Forum on Thursday 25th March at 7pm. If you feel strongly about this issue you can attend and read about it by going to

Read More about Studland MCZ

The Dorset Coast Forum web page gives a broad description and as you scroll down the right hand side of the webpage you will see some relevant documents and a link to register to attend.

Poole Yacht Club Sailing and General committee Brian Snelgrove
Brian Snelgrove
Sailing and General committee

Response prepared by Brian Snelgrove (Sailing Committee and General Committee) and Howard Davidson (Volunteer Consultant)

The Future of Recreational Boating at Studland

Mon 1 Mar

Update to Poole YC members as at 28th February 2021

The MMO have reviewed the response to their request for evidence on the Studland Bay MCZ. Their email is appended and many of you who made individual submissions will have received your own copy. The email has a link to the MMO website where all their lasted published information is displayed. There is much detail on their site and we have tried to condense it

What are the key points

The MMO documents are extensive and cover anchoring, mooring, speed, diving, PWC, all subsea types etc. They have now concluded they currently only need to address the risks from anchoring. They believe the evidence shows that it has an impact on the sea grass beds, and consequentially the health of the sea horse population. The options that they are considering could range from voluntary no anchor zones through to a total ban on anchoring

They have concluded that the current moorings ( 13 ) are not numerous enough to cause a problem and they are therefore not going to take any action. They have said that any proposals for increased mooring would have to go through their normal application process to be checked that they will not damage the conservation interests. They have indicated they are willing to work with interested parties to look at new moorings.

What is the next stage

The MMO next want to engage in a focused discussion with all stake holders to examine the way forward. In early March they will be setting up a virtual forum with all interested stakeholders. We will keep you posted. If you sent a response to the December MMO request, you should be invited.

This discussion is intended to allow them to come to a conclusion on the detailed actions they will take.

What is the Club doing?

We have had a meeting RYA and PYA. The RYA have said that they are happy to take the lead in putting forward recreational boating interests. We will continue to work with them and other interested parties. We now need to wait for the MMO’s invitation and their more detailed opinions

What do you need to do

If you are invited to join the consultation please do. If you want to see what the MMO said about your individual comments you can see this in their FAQ section by following the link in their email below.

While we wait for the next MMO communication you may still have comments. Please email them to where they will be collated.

Summary position.

The club recognises that having a fantastic natural environment on our door step is something that we should cherish. We believe that the best way forward now will continue to work positively with the MMO and other parties. We would want to press upon them that the Yacht Club community want to find a way forward that allows us to continue anchor or moor in Studland Bay in a way that is compatible with allowing the sea grass and sea horses to flourish.

Poole Yacht Club  Sailing and General committee Brian
Brian Snelgrove
Sailing and General Committee

Flare Disposal

Mon 8 Feb

In case you are not aware below is important information about flare disposal.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has opened a new consultation on the disposal of pleasure vessel marine flares, and is inviting comments on four suggested options.

The consultation specifically focuses on flares carried on board leisure vessels and does not include those carried on board vessels used for commercial activities.

The options are:

  1. Allowing the current contract to expire with no further action.
  2. Continuation of the existing disposal service.
  3. Creation of a fully regulated framework for disposal of flares.
  4. Creation of similar existing disposal arrangements by the pleasure vessel industry.

The consultation period will run until 15 March 2021. You can respond to the consultation by downloading the response form and emailing this form to

“Lilla” Award for Outstanding Contribution/Achievement to The Poole Yacht Club

Tue 26 Jan
The Lilla Award

The “Lilla” Salver is awarded annually by the Flag Officers to a Club member or group of members who have made an outstanding contribution or achievement to our Club during the previous year. It will be awarded at our AGM in March 2021.
The award is for achievements or contributions for the period January – December 2020.

Any Club member from any membership category is eligible to receive the award. Members of the General Committee and Club Employees are not eligible. The eligibility criteria encompass any outstanding contribution or achievement. e.g., An outstanding contribution to volunteering, a truly exceptional racing result, exceptional assistance to other members etc.

Whatever the reason for nomination, the person or persons nominated will have made a positive contribution to other members in the Club or will have put our Club in the spotlight in a very positive manner.

Our members will decide who they wish to nominate and submit such nominations to the Flag Officers. The Flag Officers will consider all nominations received and their decision will be announced at the AGM and the “Lilla” Salver awarded.

How to nominate a member for the Flag Officers “Lilla” Salver:

  • Two members must propose the nominee.
  • There must be a statement for proposing the nominee.
  • The statement must be no longer than 200 words. If necessary, the Flag Officers may wish to discuss the nomination with the proposers to further understand the proposal.
  • The proposal must be sent by email to our General Manager, Mark, headed “Lilla” Proposal:
  • Closing date for proposals is 28th February 2021.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

General and Sub Committee Schedule 2021*

Fri 22 Jan
Month 19:00 (W)
20:00 (S)
H, B & C*
Y & H*
18:00 (W)
18:30 (S)
19:30 (W)
20:00 (S)
19:30 (W)
20:00 (S)
Mem. *
Jan 11 11 11 11 FORUM-26
13 12
Feb 8 8 8 8 22 17 9
Mar 8 8 8 8 AGM-20
17 9
Apr*** 12 12 12 12 26 14 13
May 10 10 11 10 24 12 11
Jun 7 7 7 7 28 16 8
Jul 5 5 5 5 26 14 6
Aug No Committee Meetings In August # #
Sept 6 6 6 6 27 15 7
Oct**** 4 4 4 4 25 13 5
Nov 8 8 8 8 29 17 9
Dec 6 6 6 6 20 15 7

* Meeting Times/Days may change please see agenda when sent out.

** Flag Officers meeting will be held thirty minutes prior to General Committee meeting.

Bank Holidays: 1 Jan; 2 Apr & 5 Apr; 3 May & 31 May; 2 Aug & 30 Aug; 25 Dec & 26 Dec.

British Summer Time Begins: 28th March / Ends: 31st October
*** Meetings start as per Summer times. **** Meetings start as per Winter times

Opening remarks for the Club Forum from John Yonwin

Wed 20 Jan

Welcome to the 2021 Club Forum

Thank you for zooming into this important Club Event:

First off….a THANK YOU to the vast majority of members that have supported all the bulletins of dos and donts that have been issued over the last 11 months, necessitated by the Covid pandemic…it seems like a life time….As you can imagine, the Covid Group and your General Committee took no pleasure at all in having to put in place such draconian measures.

Whist in thank you mode, the hours put in by the Covid Group and other committees over the last year has been fantastic and we members do owe a big vote of thanks to those members for the all the time put in, also to our great band of Night Watch Team Member Volunteers. Thank you to our team of staff colleagues for all their efforts during the last year.

Past Commodores briefed me by saying “Being Commodore is easy peasy, just don’t drink too much at the round of Cocktail Parties you and Pat will attend….” Well, the first year has turned out slightly different than that, not so easy peasy and not a cocktail party in sight!

But let us hope that we may be beginning to turn the corner with this retched virus and we can, just may be, start to see our lives return to some form of new normality and the our Club can fire up again in the not too distant future.

So, now to the Club Forum:

Those member new to the forum process…..It is held at this time of year to give you, the members, the opportunity to ask questions to the panel.

Tonight we have Adam Deary, Vice Commodore Yard & Haven, Tracey Lee, Rear Commodore Sailing & On The Water Activities, Simon Philbrick, Rear Commodore House, Bar & Catering, Kate Mellor, Honorary Treasurer, Tim Edom, Chair of the Membership Sub Committee and Mark Fulton, General Manager.

Some questions have been submitted already and thank you for those.

There will be an opportunity for you to submit your questions live via the zoom chat box and this evening’s Zoom Administrator, Kate Macgregor, will help us through the zoom process. Lorna Whitehead is also assisting with the handling of the questions.

To start….The Flag Officers will each speak for a few minutes on their respective areas of responsibility and interest within the Club; looking at the recent past and turning to look towards the future.

We can learn from the former and work on the later. We will do our upmost to answer the questions as fully as possible during the Forum. If we need to research to give the answer, we will get back to however raised the question, after the Forum.

As in previous Forums, we do not keep minutes of the Forum, by Mark does keep notes so that we can capture these and raise them at General Committee for consideration or / and review.

Our Annual General Meeting is approaching:

I am very mindful that our AGM lead-in is almost upon us. I am sure that in recent years, as a result of the Forum, some members have decided to put in a proposition to the AGM for the membership to consider a Rule or Policy change. Will this year see the same?

Additionally, you may feel the time is right for you to consider standing for General Committee and / or one of the Flag and Officer positions. All Officers and Flag Officers have to be voted in annually.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my years on General Committee and the various volunteering jobs I have undertaken, and if you feel the time is right for you to stand, why not put your name forward?


I have been proud and pleased to have been elected as your Commodore and I know that our Club is one of the best around. When asked, especially by prospective members, why I feel that; it just seems to work so well with all the various classes, events, members, the volunteering, fantastic club house, our team of staff colleagues and great access to one of the best stretches of water anywhere….

Whilst being your Commodore, I will do my utmost to ensure that the objects and traditions of our great Club are protected and nurtured and we will journey into the future with confidence.

Now to over to our Flag Officers….

Zoom set up guidelines

Wed 20 Jan
  1. Download Zoom:
  2. Follow the Zoom log in requirements using the meeting ID and password you received in your Club Forum email.
  3. When entering the meeting room, you will be on mute. When you have a question, you can use the ‘raise hand’ function, shown below. Please wait until you have been invited to ask your question to avoid members talking over each other.
  4. Alternatively, you can type into the chat box shown below. When writing in the chat box please state your name and then the question.

The above instructions are just a guide, you may find that Zoom will show differently on different devices.

Christmas Opening Hours

Fri 18 Dec
Date Day Bar Catering Club House Office
23rd Wednesday 10:00 - 22:00 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
08:30 - 22:00 08:30 - 17:00
24th Thursday 10:00 - 18:00 12:00 - 15:00 08:30 - 18:00 08:30 - 15:30
25th Christmas Day Closed Closed Closed Closed
26th Boxing Day 10:00 - 18:00 11:00 - 15:00 *08:30 - 18:00 Closed
27th Sunday 10:00 - 16:00 12:00 - 15:00 08:30 - 16:00 Closed
28th Monday 10:00 - 16:00 12:00 - 15:00 08:30 - 16:00 Closed
29th Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00 12:00 - 15:00 *08:30 - 18:00 Closed
30th Wednesday 10:00 - 22:00 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
*08:30 - 18:00 Closed
31st New Year's Eve 10:00 - 20:00 12:00 - 18:00 08:30 - 20:00 Closed
1st New Year's Day 10:00 - 16:00 12:00 - 15:00 08:30 - 16:00 Closed
2nd Saturday 10:00 - 18:00 12:00 - 15:00 08:30 - 18:00 Closed
3rd Sunday 10:00 - 16:00 12:00 - 15:00 08:30 - 16:00 Closed
4th Monday 12:00 - 18:00 12:00 - 15:00 08:30 - 18:00 08:30 - 17:00

Surplus Furniture

Mon 14 Dec

Following the refurbishment of the Clubhouse, the Club has a range of surplus furniture.

We are offering this to members for thier own use or for an organisation that they represent e.g. Scouts etc.

We are not charging for the furniture however a donation to the Commodore's charity Julias House would be apreciated.

If you are interested please email

The Future of Recreational Boating at Studland

Fri 27 Nov

Hello everyone,

Last year Studland became a designated Marine Controlled Zone (MCZ) and there is now a request for comments and suggestions on how it will be managed. The closing date is 15th December 2020.

It is the responsibility the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to determine the management of the Marine Controlled Zone at Studland.

The MMO is considering what needs to be done for the preservation of the environment and marine life in that area.

A meeting attended by representatives from Poole YC, The RYA, The Poole Yachting Association including Parktone and Royal Motor Yacht clubs, and Salterns Marina was held to discuss the options put forward by the MMO and the implications for recreational boating activity in that area.

Broadly there is a consensus that The RYA should respond on behalf of all boating activity, recognising the need for conservation and protection of the seagrass beds at Studland, but at the same time seeking a largely voluntary code of practice. The yacht clubs will each be making their own representations on the specific options and in line with this consensus.

There was a general consensus for a statutory speed limit in the Zone and very much against a total ban on recreational boating; the latter option is the most severe of those put forward by the MMO.

If you wish to make a personal statement to the MMO, details can be obtained at where there is a response form and further information about the consultation.

We will keep you posted as to developments on this issue and thank you for your support in this.

Signed Tracey Lee RC Sailing & On the Water Activity

Poole Yacht Club  Sailing and General committee Brian
Sailing and General committee

Ellie's latest kite foiling success

Tue 8 Sep

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

Club Guidelines and FAQs

Fri 15 May

Rules from Monday April 12th 2021

You Can

  • Visit the club, provided you sign each person in using your card or via
  • Sail, kayak and race as you wish, whilst observing social distancing rules
  • Work on your boat
  • Engage a contractor to work on your boat
  • Use either Club entrance (please lock the beach gate after you)

You Must

  • Observe social distance at all times, even if you have been vaccinated
  • Wear a face covering in any indoor situation
  • Register your attendance at the Club for track and trace using your card or
  • Avoid putting our staff and members at unnecessary risk of Covid-19

You Cannot

  • Form a group of more than 6 people or 2 households
  • Use the showers
  • Enter the main part of the clubhouse, except for the changing rooms and catering service

General Points


  • Sailing is once again encouraged
  • The racing program is underway
  • You can stay overnight on your boat, alone, or with members of your household
  • Friendly Fridays/Social Sundays starts on April 23rd
  • Youth Training has restarted
  • Hiring Club Dinghies will restart soon
  • Adult Training restarts in May
  • Launch service to Swinging Moorings operating normally but observe social distancing
  • Open Events, Regattas and Parties restart with the Osprey/Fireball Open May 29th & 30th


Changing rooms
You must wear a face covering, only use them to change in, be as quick as possible to allow others in. Please do not leave your kit in there. Spray and wipe surfaces after use. Only 6 people changing at a time
The changing room toilets are in use. Please wear a face covering wash your hands and observe social distancing
Out of use
Please call or email. You can speak to the office staff through the exterior window if you need to.

Angus Kemp makes GB sailing team Laser radial youth squad

Tue 15 Oct
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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.

2019 Formula Kite Europeans

Fri 4 Oct
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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.

YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year

Fri 20 Sep
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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

ITCA Nationals

Wed 21 Aug
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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!

Mirror Write Up

Wed 21 Aug
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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