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Yarmouth Sailing Club sits next to the swing bridge over the River Yar at the western end of the Isle of Wight. It's a friendly, informal, inclusive club with between 800 and 900 members run mainly on a volunteer basis. A welcome is always extended to visiting yachtsmen.

Club Officers

Commodore - Martin Palmer

Vice-Commodore - Tom Gregory

Rear-Commodore Sailing - Tom Bignell

Rear-Commodore House - John Peters

Honorary Secretary - Susan Hotchin

Honorary Treasurer - Rhod Powell

Membership Secretary - Ann Smyth

Sailing Secretary - Melinda Measor

There is a very active sailing membership and weekly racing is laid on for Scows, Optimists and Handicap Class (Pico, Quests, Lasers, Topper, Mirror, etc). Races take place both in the river and in the Solent and, weather permitting, we run passage races and picnic trips further afield, to Keyhaven, Totland, Newtown, etc.


Simply Sailing is a group organising non-competitive sailing in the river as well as events like picnic trips in the river and the Solent. Read more about them under the Sailing section.

The Cruising Section for yachts and motor yachts, is for those who enjoy cruising to other ports on the Solent or further afield. All members are invited to take part - just email or phone the Club and we'll see where we can fit you in. Come along in your own boat, crew or just enjoy the sail. Read more about it under the Sailing Section.

In 2010 we gained recognition as an RYA (Royal Yachting Association sailing's governing body in the UK) Training Centre. There is training for junior members in the Easter and summer holidays. After school training is offered to local children during the summer term, and there are a number of adult training days during the summer. Read more in the 'Training' section.

Members may hire club dinghies - we have 1 RS Feva, 1 Laser Bahia, 2 RS Quests, 2 Scows, 1 Wanderer, 1 O'pen Bic, and 7 Picos for hire at £10 per session (£50 per month) per boat, and for children 6 RS Teras and 6 training Oppies at £5 per session (£25 per month) per boat. They can be hired by contacting Tom Gregory ( During 2022 the boats will be free of charge to children who are racing or training at YSC.

Other events include an annual 2-day Regatta, open evenings and Scows Week a week of racing and social events in the river and the Solent for GRP and wooden Scows. These are all open events, i.e. open to all comers.

The bar, run by members, is open for social events. It is also open from 6.15 - 9.00 p.m. on Friday evenings. Visiting yachtsmen are very welcome.

A varied winter programme of popular social events is arranged and several special interest groups meet in the club (see Social section):

Male Voice Choir the Slipshod Singers

Reading Group

Art Group

Fundraising If you shop online, you can raise money for the club by logging on to and naming your preferred charity as Get Kids Sailing at Yarmouth Sailing Club. Every time you shop at one of their participating stores, a small sum of money comes to the club.

If you'd like to join the club, come along and ask for a form, download one from the membership page on this website, or contact the Membership Secretary, Ann Smyth (07528 231794,

Rallies Package in partnership with Yarmouth Harbour

We offer rallies coming to Yarmouth Harbour an opportunity to use the club for social gatherings, when we can arrange catering for them, provide a marquee, etc. Any group wanting to take advantage of this offer should contact:

Last updated 11:40 on 24 March 2022

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