General Information


More weight needed – photo Marion Heming


We sail dinghies in the River Yar, sometimes venturing out into the Solent for races or trips “abroad” to Keyhaven, Totland, Newtown, etc.  Those with bigger boats may join the Cruising Section for longer trips (sometimes overnight stays).

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 (, 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, and a Winter Series over three weekends in November and early December.

You can download our Standard Sailing Instructions, Safety Briefing and Emergency Plan from here (see below).


Simply Sailing

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).


Club-owned Boats

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, a Laser Bahia 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.

These boats can be hired by members for £10 a day/£50 a month (Feva, Quests, Scows, Wanderer, Bahia and Picos) and £5 a day/£25 a month (Teras and Europtis).   Members may purchase a Season Ticket for £150 which will entitle them to hire any of the Club dinghies (except the Quests) as many times as they like during the sailing season (March to December).  Under this scheme they may not book any boat more than two weeks in advance.  Temporary members are required to pay double the hire charge and are required to prove to the Sailing Secretary or the Club Bosun that they are competent to sail the boat.  Repair of any damage caused during the hire or replacement of any part lost (or the insurance excess, whichever is the lower) must be paid by the hirer.

Anyone wanting to hire a boat must be competent to sail it and hirers of the Feva, Bahia or Quests who need instruction on rigging or sailing them should contact André Usborne (, 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,   


Quiet Sails

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 ‘Family Fun’ days are very popular and run concurrently with some of our Quiet Sails when we encourage as many YSC members as possible to come to the club and offer short taster sails to all members of a family – especially Mums and Dads who normally don’t sail.  Following the sailing, parents and children stay on at the Club for a snack supper (typically pizza and salad) or, when the weather is right, a barbeque.  In 2017 and 2018 our Swallows & Amazons weekend has seen a group of children and adults going up to Newtown and camping for a night.  This is a huge success.  It has been followed in early September by The Pirates’ Revenge (2017) and Hunt the Pirates (2018).  See “Swallows & Amazons” section on this website.
 Special Events

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.


Winter Series
We organise a Winter Sailing Series (during late November and early December) for dinghies with a Portsmouth Yardstick handicap rating of 1080 or over.  Sailors not currently YSC members may participate by taking out Temporary Membership at a special rate of £15 for the month of the series.



Yarmouth Sailing Club Safety Briefing 4

YSC Emergency Plan update 06 Sept 2016