What We Offer
CRUISING: The club undertakes cruises which can range from a day trip around the Solent to an extended expedition around the Mediterranean. The passage plan is determined by a club approved skipper within the limits of their inshore, coastal or offshore approval, but an inshore or coastal skipper can submit a passage plan to the sailing committee to apply for a temporary upgrade.
A highlight of the year is the summer cruise, and the club has been as far afield as the Baltic, Mediterranean, Spain as well as around Britain via the Caledonian Canal.
RACING: Spellbinder was a regular participant in the RORC series and Fastnet races, and both yachts usually do ‘Round the Island’ (RTI) race. The club has also taken part in Cowes Week, Cork Week and other regattas. We are excited that our new yacht, RelaX, is a newer and faster design than Spellbinder and look forward to moving up the scoreboard.
TRAINING: The club is a recognised RYA Training Centre, so there is plenty of opportunity to broaden your sailing experience. We are fortunate to have a number of RYA Instructors who can teach our members the range of RYA practical courses from Competent Crew, through Day Skipper to Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore. These are normally taught as five-day (Monday-Friday) courses, with Yachtmaster exams being conducted by an independent RYA examiner over the weekend following the preparation course. In addition to certificated RYA training we also teach useful skills development short-courses such as boat handling and spinnaker training,
Looking towards Haslar Marina from our neighbours Portsmouth Sailing Club
Phoenix Yacht Club was originally the BP Yacht Club
The cruising section of BPYC started in 1966 and in the beginning chartered boats but in 1969 the club bought its first cruising boat – Black Gold a Contest 25. This boat suffered somewhat from heavy club use and was replaced in 1971 by the first Spellbinder a Northney 34, purchased second-hand.
When BP chose to wind up their Yacht Club in 1994, some of the members decided to incorporate as an independent club and raised the money to buy the club boats from them. One of these boats was a Sadler Starlight 39, Spellbinder of Wytch, which was with us until early 2018 when we reluctantly sold her. Although many of our older members were sad to see Spellbinder go, we recognised that it was time to replace her with a newer yacht and we are thrilled to have found an immaculate X-Yachts X.40 RelaX, to support our cruising and racing programme in 2018 and beyond.
As a club, we cater for a wide range of members’ requirements. The sailing skills of our members range from Yachtmaster Ocean to absolute beginners, so no one is left out and all are made to feel very welcome.
Phoenix Yacht Club is a non-profit making private members’ club, run by the members, for the members. With members and their families drawn from all walks of life, the Phoenix Yacht Club depends entirely on its members for ensuring that the yachts are maintained to a high standard. Every time a yacht is used, the skipper and the crew are expected to leave the yacht in a better condition than they found it.
Professional yacht maintenance services are used to help with major repairs and improvements where the skills required are outside the scope of members.
The Phoenix Yacht Club is a company limited by guarantee and its overall operation is guided by a Management Committee. Day-to-day operations are controlled by the Sailing Committee. All Management Committee posts are elected at the annual AGM.
What Our Members Say
I just want to reiterate what a great thing PYC is. I really love the sense of community and the mentoring and support from friendly experienced skippers and crew. I can’t wait to get my daughter involved.
Thank you so much for yesterday you were great hosts and sold the club well. Ralph and I had a very enjoyable time and look forward to time on the water later in the year. Application forms with you, assuming we pass the formalities, do tell us what we owe. It was great to see Spellbinder again, I thought she looked really good for her years and being aboard brought back all sorts of great memories. For entirely personal reasons I have a sneaking wish that she survives the summer without a buyer…