We sail dinghies in the River Yar, sometimes venturing out into the Solent for races or trips “abroad” to Keyhaven, Totland, Newtown, etc. when we are sometimes accompanied by cruising members in their bigger boats.
The sheltered waters of the river are an excellent place for learning to sail and race, as well as providing a beautiful setting for pottering about and some extremely competitive racing. The only down side is that we have to work round the tides as we are not able to launch our boats or get to the moorings when the tide is low.
Enquiries about sailing matters should be directed to the Sailing Secretary, Melinda Measor (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01983 760462).
Our main fleets are Scows, Picos, and Optimists, with a few Laser 4.7s, RS Teras, Herons, Gulls, Mirrors, Toppers, RS Quests, etc. joining the Picos to make up a handicap class. Racing takes place at weekends from the beginning of April to the end of October and, in addition, we have fun races, trips further afield, and quiet sails throughout the season.
You can download our Standard Sailing Instructions, Safety Briefing and Emergency Plan from here (see below).
A group of members who prefer non-competitive sailing organise a series of group events which give those members who are not especially interested in racing, or who perhaps lack the confidence to go out on their own, a chance to get out on the water to hone their skills and enjoy a sail together with like-minded other members with the reassuring presence of patrol boats. (See Simply Sailing section)
The Club has a fleet of 2 Scows, 8 Picos, and 3 small rowing boats and, for juniors only, 3 RS Teras, 8 Europtis (similar to Optimists but sturdier) and two “Peanut” dinghies (for children learning to row). We also own a Wanderer, 2 RS Quests and an RS Feva, all of which may be hired by juniors who hold the RYA Stage 4 qualification and adults who are experienced sailors. They are used for training, racing and cruising, and can be hired by members for £10 a day/£50 a month (Feva, Quests, Scows, Wanderer and Picos) and £5 a day/£25 a month (Teras and Europtis). Anyone wanting to hire a boat must be competent to sail it and hirers of the Feva or Quests who need instruction on rigging or sailng them should contact André Usborne (email@example.com, 01983 759758). The bookings diary is available to download from this website (click on “Dinghy Bookings”). Log-in details can be obtained from Melinda Measor, Sailing Secretary (01983 760462, firstname.lastname@example.org). However, please note, that during Week 1 of Summer training, the club Optimists are not available for hire as they will be used by complete beginners, and in Week 2 of Summer training, the club Picos, Teras, Quests & Feva are all in use by RYA Stage 4.
Occasionally, when the tide is right, members can take part in a Quiet Sail. We have patrol boats on duty and those who are able to sail but who may not be confident to take out their boats without some support can get on the water and practise their skills. Although these are not teaching sessions and participants should be able to handle their own boats in the prevailing conditions, we aim to have an instructor on the water to give some help to less experienced sailors.
‘Family Fun at YSC’ and Swallows & Amazons
Our annual two-day Regatta normally takes place on the bank holiday weekend at the end of August.
Scows Week – an open event for wooden and GRP scows – takes place in late July or early August.
These are open events (i.e. we welcome all comers) and programmes for them will appear when published in the Sailing Programmes section of this website.
The Club is an RYA OnBoard partner. This is a programme which assists us to form links with local schools and youth organisations, the aim being to introduce more than 500,000 children nationwide to water sports over a ten year period, and keep 10% as regular participants. At the end of 2011 we achieved recognition in the form of the award of “IOW OnBoard Club of the Year”. This activity was suspended in 2017 as the training team felt that we do not have enough resources to run it for the moment.
If there is enough interest, we lay on a Winter Sailing Series (during November and December) for dinghies with a Portsmouth Yardstick handicap rating of 1085 or over. Sailors not currently YSC members may participate by taking out Temporary Membership at a special rate of £15 for the two months of the series.