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Here at BHYC we encourage all boaters to make the most of their pursuit, whether it be racing dinghies or cruising under power or sail. We have some of the best waters for sail training around the IOW and as a recognised RYA Training Establishment we seek to develop confidence and competence on the water through a varied programme for all ages and abilities. Our dinghy racing calender, one of the most varied and comprehensive in the Solent, is open to all sailors and we encourage members to get involved either by racing or in support roles, perhaps in a patrol boat, or as race officer. We look forward to seeing you on the water! Click on one of the links below to learn more about our activities and how you can join in. For more information, see the menu on the left hand side of this page.

Polly Schafer
Rear Commodore Offshore

New to sailing at BHYC? - there's more information below

For a printable version of the current Sailing Programme, click here.
For a printable version of the current Race Sailing Instructions, click here.
Click here to see a summary of the BHYC Water Safety Policy
       

The Sailing Committee

The Offshore Committee has charge of the Club boats and all matters relating to sailing, mooring, storage and parking of boats.

The current composition of the Sailing Committee is listed on the Club's Organisation Chart

Sailing Support

Our Club staffs nearly 200 series & special races plus the Regatta in August plus the Cadet Regatta, plus numerous Training events and Sail Training Week. This is a busy club. Would you like to help by helming or crewing a patrol boat or undertaking Race Officer duties? Training will be provided. All sailors greatly appreciate those who assist in this way. This opportunity is open to ALL members - not just those who sail dinghies regularly. Apart from sailing, what better way to enjoy our fair breezes and glorious sunshine than out on the ocean in one of our patrol boats. To learn more about sailing support at BHYC, please contact our Sailing Support Officer by email.

We use the Dutyman web based system to manage our sailing support roster. To see the current Duty Roster, click here. Use your browser back button to return to this page.

Weather

For a local weather forecast or a current weather report, click here.

Sailing at Brading haven Yacht Club

Sailing in the Harbour and in Bembridge Bay

From BHYC we have access to some of the best sailing waters around the Isle of Wight, including the harbour itself which has a long history of small boat sailing including local designs such as the Scow and Swan. Apart from dredged areas most of the harbour dries out at low tide, although dinghy sailing is possible from about 3 hours either side of High Water, which is only a few minutes different from HW Portsmouth. Sailing outside the harbour is magnificent for small craft, however fast tidal currents occur through the narrow entrance. Members may launch and recover their craft from the Club at any time subject to tidal constraints. For further information and local advice please contact the Club's Bosun (see contacts).

Launching & Berthing

The Club's Bosun is responsible for maintaining the Club moorings. Further information about the allocation is available on the website or from the Club Secretary. There are 3 pontoons at the Club. At the western end a slipway enables launching on most neap tides and from about 2 hours after Low Water on springs. Members may use the western deep-water pontoon for short-stay only (max 22hrs) for example for loading/unloading; please inform the Bosun of your intentions. Berthed on the eastern side of this pontoon are the Club's safety and support boats. Visitors may moor their dinghies on the outermost marked end of this pontoon when visiting the Club. Members are also asked to keep this pontoon area clear during race times (see programme). Fast-Handicap dinghies are mostly kept at the western end of the Dinghy Park and Slow Handicap at the eastern end; there is also an apron for Scows at the front. Members' tenders are put on the water inside the eastern pontoon for the summer months and in the stowage racks (or taken home) during winter. Please contact the Club Secretary for further information. Fresh water is available for hosing down boats but please use sparingly. A hand winch is available for recovering craft from the slipways (contact the Bosun). Changing rooms and shower facilities are located at the western end of the Club House.

Gear Storage

Members may store sails, rigs and outboard motors in the sail store at the western end of the boathouse. Please label items and keep the room tidy. There is a number lock on the door to store, please see the Bosun for the code.

Cruising Section

The Cruising section is led by the Cruising Captain. Rallies and social events are organised throughout the year:

Racing

A Programme of Racing and Sailing Instructions are produced each year (see the links above). All sailors are very welcome to join in the racing but must first sign an Annual Indemnity Form obtainable from the office. A chartlet showing race marks and buoyage is available from the Club bar. Those wishing to race must report to the Race Officer in the Sailing Centre at least 30 minutes prior to the race start, and 'Sign-On'. Many races start in the harbour from the Club Line, between the Sailing Centre and an outer black and white post on the old sea wall. However in the summer races are often started from a committee boat outside the harbour. Racing mainly takes places in three classes, Fast Handicap, Slow Handicap and Scow. In addition, Swans and Wayfarers currently have their own race series within these races. The BHYC Regatta is normally held in August, attracting boats from other clubs; a Cadet Regatta is held for our junior members. A popular Icebreaker Series, open to all Island sailors, is held during the months of January to March. Please see the Sailing programme for more details. BHYC is affiliated to East Wight Combined Clubs (EWCC) that co-ordinates inter-club events (www.ewcc.co.uk) and local regattas. All members are invited to volunteer for race support duties as Race Officer, crew or helm if suitably qualified. For further information contact dutyman@bhyc.org.uk

Training

There are many training opportunities at BHYC. The Club is a recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre and has its own Principal. Apart from regular Cadet and Novice training during the summer months, the Club has an annual Sail Training Week in late July/early August (details on website). Powerboat Courses are also held, led by qualified Club members and staff. In addition a winter training programme that may include First Aid, Navigation and VHF courses is organised. The training section can give you further information on the courses available. The Club takes seriously the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. Please contact the Office if you have any concerns (office@bhyc.org.uk). For details see website.

Borrowing Club Boats

The Club owns several sailing boats that may be borrowed by Club members for a nominal charge. Full details, terms and conditions are available here.

Contacts:

  • Club Secretary: secretary@bhyc.org.uk
  • Rear Commodore Offshore: offshore@bhyc.org.uk
  • Training Section: training@bhyc.org.uk
  • Bosun: bosun@bhyc.org.uk
  • Sailing Support: dutyman@bhyc.org.uk
 

Last updated 16:45 on 9 September 2020

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