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The sailing community at BHYC has organised a number of sections
to bring together members with common interests on the water:

  • The Scow Section is for the many members who sail Bembridge Scows, both in Club and inter-Club events.
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    Mike Bottoms
    Scow Captain

    If you would like to read more about the history of the Scows, please click here.

    The Bembridge Scows are a local class to the area. They are a single handed boat, easy to sail, with a gaff main sail and no jib which suits the conditions found in the area.

    There are about 40 Scows in the club which can be seen parked along the front apron with more based around the harbour. They race as a class in their own fleet at BHYC and may also join the Slow Handicap fleet having a Portsmouth Yard Stick number of 1600. There are Scow Trophies for the various series as well as one off Trophies for the Club Regatta. There is an Open Championship each year in August with Scows competing from several local clubs. Brading Haven has an annual Scow team racing competition, with home and away matches against Yarmouth Sailing Club.

    The Club has a Scow, sail number 577, for hire to members - please book here.

    If you require more information please look at the Sailing Programme or contact Mike Bottoms at the Club.


  • The Bembridge Swan Section at Brading Haven Yacht Club.
  • Linda Bryant
    Swan Captain

    Designed by Alan Coombes in 1955, the Bembridge Swan has been a familiar sight at Brading Haven Yacht Club (BHYC) for many years.

    The older Swans were built of wood and a few of the 20 or so that were built in the 1950's still survive, a testament to their owners' dedication. The GRP version joined the fleet in 2005, built by E Wade & Co. Moored together in Bembridge Harbour, their colourful hulls that rise and fall with the tide are a delight to behold.

    The "Swan" is a stable, half decked day boat with a main and jib. It is a versatile vessel, roomy enough for a family picnic and fast enough to make class and handicap racing interesting.

    They race with the slow handicap fleet having a Portsmouth Yard Stick number of 1290; however they do have their own series and the annual Swan Championship. Designed for longer passages, owners can also enjoy day sails further afield, either racing or recreational. If you require more information please look at the Sailing Programme or contact Linda Briant at the Club.

    Linda Briant, Swan Captain

    If you would like to sail Scotty, our Club Swan, please book here.

    The Swan World Cup 2017 was hosted by Brading Haven Yacht Club, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, UK on 16th August. This video is a collage of moving and still images of the event, produced by Christopher Offer.


  • Laser Sailing at Brading Haven Yacht Club.
  • Karl Schafer
    Laser Captain

    Whether you are a complete beginner or a top Club racer, Brading Haven Yacht Club has a lot to offer for Laser dinghy sailors. With a growing fleet on the Isle of Wight, we can offer racing and coaching sessions. So if you're starting out in the Laser or want to join Club racing come and see what we have to offer.

    At Brading Haven Yacht Club you can sail and race all year round. With organized racing every weekend and programmed coaching sessions, there are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water.


    Brading Haven Yacht Club has developed a coaching programme that enables new Laser sailors to engage with the fleet and progress into Club racing.

    There is a clear progression pathway for coaching and a good support network in the fleet. We have different levels of coaching over the year, so have something for everyone.

    Lasers for hire

    For those sailors who don't own a boat, the club has Lasers available for hire via a the Club website, click here to book.


  • The Cruising Section organises cruises in company in the summer and country walks with pub lunches in the winter.
  • Ian Jeffries
    Cruising Captain

    The Cruising Section is an active and well supported part of the Club, and above all it is friendly and accessible to all. We cruise in company to local ports during the sailing season and always welcome new members to our section.

    During the months of September through to April the section organises monthly walks all over the Island, ranging from short local strolls to bracing hillside treks and always followed by lunch at a nearby pub or sailing club.

    For full details on all our cruises and walks for this current year please see the Sailing Programme and look out for the detailed information in the Newsletter and on the Club notice board closer to event dates.


  • Ladies that Launch
  • Ladies have been sailing socially and competitively at Brading Haven Yacht Club since 1950. BHYC is proud of their legacy and want to build on their successes and encourage even more women into sailing. The Ladies that Launch group has been supporting women sailors of all abilities since 2013 and many of those who joined us as beginners are now regularly participating in social sailing and racing.

    The Ladies that Launch ethos is to ensure that everyone has opportunities to improve their skills and confidence. That might be through RYA accredited group and individual training led by the training team or mentoring and practice sessions supported by Club Members. We enjoy the fun, friendships and camaraderie we forge as we hone our confidence and technical skills out on the water.

    Many friendships have been formed on the back of our training courses, workshops, social sailing and racing activities which take place throughout the year. We also enjoy off the water social activities. All details are advertised in the Club newsletter, Facebook or our Ladies that Launch WhatsApp group. If you are interested or would like to know more about joining us please contact Linda Briant or Polly Schafer by email or come along to our monthly BHYC social and sailing evenings (first Friday of the month from 6.30 at the bar). We look forward to welcoming you.

Last updated 16:42 on 18 September 2021

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