2019 Sailing Programme

The Sailing Committee are pleased to announce the dates of club organised sailing events in 2019. Please read on for details of the:

Summer Cruise

The planned 2019 Summer Cruise will be from our base in Haslar Marina, to Brittany. It will start in early June and finish in late August – 12 weeks in total. The first leg of 11 days is intended as a ‘delivery trip’ to provide the experience of several days at sea in one block.

Inshore skippers can cruise for a week from Pornichet (22-29 June) or from La Rochelle (6-13 July)

Coastal skippers are able to cruise a number of passages:

  • 15-22 June – Port Louis-Lorient to Pornichet (40 nm)
  • 29 June – 6 July – Pornichet to La Rochelle (140 nm)
  • 13-20 July – La Rochelle to Pornic (130 nm)
  • 20-27 July – Pornic to La Trinite (110 nm)

Offshore skippers are required for some legs, however there is always an opportunity for Inshore and Coastal skippers to join these trips to gain experience of skippering longer passages under supervision:

  • 5-15 June – Gosport to Port Louis-Lorient/Pornichet (350/400 nm)
  • 27 July – 3 August – La Trinite to Brest (100 nm)
  • 3-10 August – Brest – Roscoff (50 nm)
  • 10-17 August – Roscoff – St Peter Port (90 nm)
  • 17-26 August – St Peter Port – Gosport

Also skipper assessors and trainers are  onboard some weeks and these could be upgrade passages and coaching for our less experienced skippers.

Summer Cruise Bookings:

Bookings will open at 0900 on Saturday 5th January 2019 and must be made by email to the Bookings Officer (bookings@phoenixyachtclub.co.uk) or through the form on the web site. Places will be allocated strictly in the order that they are received, based on the time stamp of the email.

Skippers who have previously expressed interest in particular weeks need to book too or they could lose that week. If anyone (skipper or crew) books for another member than that member must be copied on the email. 

As usual with the Summer Cruise, a £100 deposit per person per week is required to confirm your booking and should be paid immediately after the Bookings Officer replies to confirm your place. If you have not paid the deposit within 3 days of being offered a place, it will be offered to the next member on the list. Each member must confirm their own place by paying the deposit.

Cost will be normal sailing fees (i.e. five summer weekdays and two summer weekend days, for all except the first leg) plus a small daily supplement towards the cost of charts.  Places are likely to be oversubscribed, so please remember before booking that  you will be liable for the full cost if you cancel with less than four weeks notice and your deposit will only be refunded if your cancelled place is filled by another member – or, of course, if the cruise is cancelled by the club.

Booking will open for full members only. This is to ensure priority in case of being over-subscribed. Once it is clear that there may be spaces then booking for temporary members and associate members will be allowed. A separate notice will go out to all members when and if this situation arises.

More information will be published about each leg as plans firm up. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact Judith Hankey (cruising@phoenixyachtclub.co.uk)

LegDateFrom – To Skipper
15 JuneGosport – Port Louis-Lorient/ PornichetChris Maughan
215 JunePort Louis-Lorient/ Pornichet – PornichetTinu Cornish
322 JunePornichetTBC
429 JunePornichet – La RochelleTBC
56 JulyLa RochelleAndy Connor
613 JulyLa Rochelle – Pornic TBC
720 JulyPornic – La TriniteRichard Ash
827 JulyLa Trinite – BrestJudith Hankey
93 AugBrest – Roscoff TBC
1010 AugRoscoff – St Peter PortTBC
1117 AugSt Peter Port – GosportTBC

Please refer to the Bookings Calendar to check crew already booked and the number of available berths remaining.

Racing Programme

Sometimes a race becomes a competition to see who can keep moving with no wind!
Sometimes a race becomes a competition to see who can keep moving with no wind!

We are entering RelaX in the RORC series again in 2019, but do not feel we will have a sufficiently strong crew to participate in the Fastnet race this year. There is also the Round the Island for those that might prefer a shorter race.

For those who have not raced before, PYC takes a relaxed approach to racing (more cruising quickly) and there is certainly no sitting on the rail for our crews. We tailor our approach to racing to suit the needs of the individual crew member so if you are thinking of giving it a go then now is a good time to step forward. It is a great way to learn new skills, or strengthen old ones, that you can apply to the rest of your sailing career.

To check availability of crew places or book your place, email  racing@phoenixyachtclub.co.uk

 Date Race Format & Distance 
4 MayCervantes TrophyCowes to Le Havre (110 – 160 nm)
25 MayMyth of MalhamCowes to Eddystone and back (256 nm)
8 JuneDe Guingand BowlCowes around marks (120 – 150 nm)
21 JuneMorgan CupCowes to Dieppe (120 – 150 nm)
29 JuneRound the IslandRound the Isle of Wight
13 JulySt Malo RaceCowes – Dinard – St Malo (151 nm)
27 JulyChannel RaceCowes around marks (120 – 150 nm)
6 SepCherbourg RaceCowes – Cherbourg (75 nm)

Training Programme

Perfect your sail trimming…

As an RYA Recognised Training Centre we are able to provide the following practical courses to our members: Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and Preparatory courses for the RYA/MCA YachtmasterTM Exam.

In addition we provide a number of our own courses covering areas such as: Boat Handling, Spinnaker Training and Sail Trim.

A summary of the courses we will be offering in 2019 is shown below. For further information please contact Laurent Morlet our Skipper and Training Officer at training@phoenixyachtclub.co.uk.

9 – 10 March2 days weekendBoat Handling (RelaX)Tony Riley
18 – 22 March5 weekdaysRYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Prep (Quartette)Trevor Nicholls
23 – 24 March2 days weekendRYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Exam (Quartette)Examiner confirmed
23 – 24 March2 days weekendSail Trimming (RelaX)Tony Riley
29 – 31 March3 days weekendRYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper (Quartette)Laurent Morlet
11 – 12 April2 weekdaysBoat Handling (Relax)Peter Clare
13 – 14 April2 days weekendRYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper (Quartette)Laurent Morlet
11 – 12 May2 days weekendSpinnaker (RelaX)Tony Riley
13 – 14 May2 weekdaysBoat Handling (Quartette)Peter Clare
16 – 20 May5 weekdaysPYC Skipper Course with Skipper Appraisal (Quartette)Laurent Morlet
27 – 31 May5 weekdaysRYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper (Quartette)Trevor Nicholls
14 – 15 September2 days weekendSail trimming / SpinnakerLaurent Morlet
21 – 25 October5 weekdaysRYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper (Quartette)Tony Riley
26 – 27 October2 days weekendBoat Handling (Relax)Trevor Nicholls
27 Oct – 1 November5 weekdaysRYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Prep (Quartette)Trevor Nicholls
2 – 3 November2 days weekendRYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Exam (Quartette)Examiner confirmed
9 – 10 November2 days weekendBoat Handling (Relax)Laurent Morlet
23 – 24 November2 days weekendBoat Handling (Relax)Tony Riley


We are asking for deposits to be paid to confirm your training place at a rate of £20 per day, so a 2 day course will require a deposit of £40 and a 5 day course will require £100 to confirm your place. If you cancel, this deposit will only be returned if your place is filled and more details are available in our booking terms and conditions.

If you wish to develop your skippering skills then do read our skipper manual and read this article for more information. Get to know our boats and practise all the skippering activities under the tutelage of the PYC skipper you are sailing with.

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