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2022 – Cruising, Racing and RYA Training

This is our plan to go sailing. We have sail cruising, yacht racing and RYA training available through the year. At all other times the boats are available to be booked for ad-hoc cruises.

  • Summer Cruise
  • Racing Programme
  • Training Programme

Sail cruising – our summer cruise

Normandy and the Channel Isles in Quartette

Sail cruising in Normandy

St Valery en Caux marina

Our summer cruise is a two part exploration of other sailing areas during our summer sailing holidays and destinations include the beautiful ports of Honfleur which has a locked entrance and Fecamp, which is high water access. As you hop along the coast you might also visit le Havre or Dieppe or St Valery en Caux pictured above.

We start with a channel crossing to Normandy and our hand-over will be in the marina at Ouistreham which is near the ancient town of Caen. Then we have three weeks cruising based there followed by one week’s crew takes Quartette from Normandy to the Channel isles, in particular St Peter Port Guernsey.

The following three weeks are in the Channel isles and then crossing the English channel back to Gosport.

Week Date Date From To Skipper
1 Fri 10th June
Sat 18th June
Gosport Caen
Offshore 8
2 Sat 18th June Sat 25th June Caen
Inshore 7
3 Sat 25th June Sat 2nd July Caen
Inshore 7
4 Sat 2nd July Sat 9th July Caen
Inshore 7
5 Sat 9th July Sat 16th July Caen
St Peter Port Offshore 7
6 Sat 16th July Sat 23rd July St Peter Port St Peter Port Coastal 7
7 Sat 23rd July Sat 30th July St Peter Port St Peter Port Coastal 7
8 Sat 30th July Sun 7th August St Peter Port Gosport Offshore 8

A short West Country cruise in RelaX

sail cruising in Cornwall
Polruan and Fowey
Week Date Date From To Skipper
9 Fri 29th July
Sat 6th August
Gosport Falmouth Coastal 8
10 Sat 6th August Sat 13th August Falmouth Falmouth Inshore* 7
11 Sat 13th August Sat 20th August Falmouth Falmouth Inshore* 7
12 Sat 20th August Sat 27th August Falmouth Falmouth Inshore* 7
13 Sat 27th August Sun 4th September Falmouth Gosport Coastal 8
* Offshore Skipper to go the Scillies

The West Country part of the cruise is designed to allow a trip to the Isles of Scilly should the weather prove favourable. But several other lovely harbours are there to be explored too as many of us found in summer 2021, such as Helford, Fowey (pictured above) and Salcombe.

Yacht Racing

yacht racing in the Solent

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

This year we will enter the Junior Offshore Group (JOG) and RORC races.

These races provide a great experience, both for keen racers and those who have never raced before. Many of the races are actually two races over a weekend, with a night in harbour in between, so this allows us to enter (if necessary) with smaller crews and no need for overnight watches. There is also the Round the Island which is sure to book up quickly.

For those who have not raced before, PYC takes a relaxed approach to racing, with opportunities to take part in foredeck, cockpit, and helming.  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.  Also we will be running some training weekends and you are encouraged to attend these before going on your first race.

Booking Dates Race Dates Race Race Distance
13-15 May 13-15 May X-Yachts Regatta & Social
20-22 May 20 May JOG – Alderney 75nm
18-19 June 18-19 June JOG – Cowes-Yarmouth; Yarmouth-Cowes 35nm, 35nm
25-26 June 25 June Round the Island 50nm
8-15 July 8 July RORC – St Malo, followed by cruise 151nm
10-11 September 10-11 September JOG – Cowes-Poole; Poole-Cowes 25nm; 25nm
Note – No allocated Offshore Skipper for 10-11 September – so this sail might not take place.

RYA Training and other opportunities

RYA training and sail trimming

Perfect your sail trimming…PYC is an RYA Training Centre and as a sea school we are able to provide the following practical courses to our all members: Competent Crew and Day Skipper. We also run Advanced Skipper Training and Development for our Club Skippers: 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 2022 is shown below.

Date Duration Course Instructor Boat
12-13 February 2 days (weekend) PYC Pilotage training (day & night) Tony Riley QT
15-16 February 2 weekdays PYC Boat Handling Tony Riley QT
17-18 March 2 weekdays PYC Boat Handling Tony Riley Relax
9-10 April 2 days (weekend) PYC Sail Trimming / Spinnaker Tony Riley Relax
25-29 April 5 weekdays RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Prep Andy McGhee QT
30 April –
1st May
2 days (weekend) RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Exam Examiner QT
7-11 May 2 days (weekend)
& 3 weekdays
RYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper Laurent Morlet QT
30 May –
3rd June
5 weekdays RYA Coastal Skipper Andy McGhee Relax
17-21 October 5 weekdays RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Prep Andy McGhee QT
22-23 October 2 days (weekend) RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Exam Examiner QT
12-13 November 2 days (weekend) PYC Boat Handling Tony Riley QT
21-25 November 5 weekdays RYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper Andy McGhee QT