The Isle of Man Yacht Club is situated at the heart of the quaint fishing village of Port St Mary at the Southwest end of the Island. The club was founded in 1910, has over 400 members and moved into the present purpose-built premises in 1975. Read More about the History of the Club here
The club is a recognised RYA Training Establishment offering members a wide range of courses, both ashore and afloat.
Clubhouse, Membership & Boat Park
The purpose built Clubhouse has a training room, showers and a fully equipped kitchen on the ground floor and a bar and function room on the 1st floor. The Clubhouse can be booked for private functions and parties.
The Clubhouse now has free WiFi Access
Download IoM Yacht Club Forms & Documents
Pig Racing Night - Saturday 11th October
The Club is hosting a fun-filled evening of pig racing on Saturday 11th
October with proceeds going to the Club's Training Section.
All ticket holders will be able to enjoy a pasta bolognese supper
(served at 19:30) and the bar will be open from 19:15.
To help us organise the catering, please book your tickets in advance
(only £6 each) at the bar (telephone 832088) or email Cathie Ashurst at
Port St Mary Harbour - Notice from Neil Collister, Harbour Keeper
Port St.Mary Harbour Keeper, Neil Collister:
IOM Harbours are having a concerted effort to tidy up the harbours and remove derelict craft. Please can all boat owners ensure that their craft have IOM boat registration numbers clearly displayed, or in the case of tenders, the name of the boat to which the tender belongs should be clearly displayed. The harbour authority also wish to remind all boat owners that storage of only a single tender on harbour authority land, per fee paying boat, is permissible and any additional tenders should be removed. Please help support this initiative which will benefit all boat users by giving us a tidy and better maintained harbour.
Social Dates for your diary
Forthcoming Events - Dates to be advised
Talk by Martin Allen about Cunard Ships
Basking Shark Presentation
Saturday 11th - Pig Racing Night
Saturday 8th - IOMYC Annual Dinner
Sunday 7th - IOMYC Commodores Christmas Lunch
Friday 19th - IOMYC Christmas Carols & Quiz
See the Social Page Tab for more details of events coming up at the Yacht Club
2014 / 2015 Courses
- The Club will be running the following Training Courses over the course of the 2014 / 2015 Winter Season:
Race / Event Reports
Report - Barts Bash - 21st September
RS Feva Worlds -Carnac, France & RS 200's Eurocup at Lake Garda, Italy
The IOMYC was well represented at the recent RS Feva Worlds with 4 boats taking part. After the 1st day of light airs, the following two days brought heavier winds, followed again by light winds at the end of the Regatta. The large fleet of 184 boats was split into Gold, Silver and Bronze groups with around 62 in each group. Greg Kelly and his crew George Catchpole scored an excellent 2nd and 3rd places in two of the early races, and finished a very credible 31st overall in the Gold fleet. Ben Batchelor and Erin Murphy were also consistent all week to finish in 43rd place, and Dave Batchelor and Rupert Jameson followed in 60th position (although it's possible that Dave would have got 1st prize for being the oldest competitor in the Regatta).
Ffinlo Wright and his crew Robert Harding raced well in the Silver fleet to finish 19th (from 62 / 81st overall).
Meanwhile, Russell & June Collister and Phil Hardisty and Ciara Kaneen had travelled to Lake Garda, Italy for the RS 200 Eurocup. After a couple of days of medium airs, with big windshifts causing races to be delayed or abandoned and very long days on the water, the last 2 days saw the full Lake Garda Aura arrive and some spectacular downwind runs in these very speedy little asymmetrics. Phil and Ciara sailed extremely well to finish 17th overall, and Russell and June finished 14th (from 28).
MSCC Regatta - 12th & 13th July
MSCC hosted their Summer Regatta over the weekend of 12th & 13th July. You can view the Overall results here and a report will follow.
IOMYC Summer Regatta Race Report
First Away on Friday evening were the cruisers with a small course of a couple of laps across Port St Mary Bay as the winds were light from the SW.
The First Class 8’s of Ali Hinds and Brian (yogi) Quayle along with Genesta sailed by Mick Kneale opened up a lead from the other competitors.
Yogi lead into the last mark but made an error allowing Ali and Mick through to take 1st and 2nd.
The first session for the dinghies didn't look very promising with the light breeze,but Race Officer, Pete Hinds cleverly managed to find a small pocket of wind just outside of the harbour area - good enough to complete 2 races. The fleet quickly employed chess-like tactics to keep their boats in the mix. The RS 200's of the Collisters and the Batchelors made the best of it with the 3 Lasers of James Walker, Mike Pridham and Simon Pressley in hot pursuit. Ben Batchelor led the Juniors home in the Tera Pro fleet, ahead of Patrick Cope, Erin Murphy, and Matthew Perry
Light winds were forecast for Saturday afternoon but the wind had switched to the North west. Whilst the rest of the Island sweltered in sun and no wind Port St Mary had a fresh 18knts of wind across the bay.
Perfect conditions for the 8 yachts and 16 dinghies sailing.
For the Cruisers a testing course was set with a short reach to Kallow point followed by a 2 mile sleigh ride of a reach to Scarlet Point.
Mick Kneale once more lead from the pack of FC8’s of Mike Wilson, Ali Hinds and Yogi Quayle all flying spinnaker’s. Jen Kneale also in a FC8 chose to spend the leg up the mast retrieving a wayward spinnaker halyard (Very Impressive skills). Two short beat and run laps between Scarlett and Fishers hill Tested all the boats with Mike Wilson taking a good lead over Ali Hinds and then Mike Kneale.
It was now Mike Wilson’s turn to go the wrong way and let Ali Through to take the lead on the last mark. Genesta was next shortly followed by the 3 FC8s all within yards of each other.
Mike Wilson and Jen Kneale both got past Mick on the last beat back to the Harbour to finish 2nd and 3rd .
In the Dinghys the fast action began. An exillerating 3 races were run where errors often meant a quick swim as well as lost time. The speedy asymetric RS 200's took off, and enjoyed some very close racing with James Kelly and his crew Anna and Phil Hardisty and his crew Kiera joining the mix. The Collisters managed to pinch the line honours on corrected time in the first 2 races, but were not able to fend off the Laser of James Walker in the 3rd race, who out raced them to win by 8 seconds. The stronger winds also suited the RS Feva of Ffinlo Wright and his crew, and secured them 2nd and 3rd places from 2 of the first 3 races.
Sunday Morning was once again Sunny and Windy.
In The Cruisers this time Ali Hinds made no mistakes and lead from Start to Finish. It was a FC8 Benefit with the first 4 boats all enjoying very close racing.
Ali Hinds Picked up the First Silverware of the season along with the First Nomination for the Rock Hopper Trophy (“we thought we would get away with that, sorry Pete”).
In the Dinghies Mike Pridham had found his form in the Lasers, despite injuring his elbow, giving him a 6th & a 2nd place ahead of James Walker. Ben Batchelor, showing that he can sail in all weather conditions, again secured some well placed results a 4th & two 5ths, topping the Tera fleet, but the RS Feva proved just too tricky to beat in the windier weather, giving Ffinlo the Regatta Prize of Best Junior overall Ben was 2nd Junior and Matthew Perry 3rd. Roger & Helen Cave did well to get through the weekend in a respectable 9th place, despite suffering a breakage a day. A snapped Jockey Wheel on the trolley was followed by hitting the keel on a rock and then the rudder fixings shearing off! Chris Cope also did well, making come back to sailing in his full rig Laser, as did youngsters Alex Cope and Rory O'Donahan in the small Tera Sports.
Full results Dinghies
Overall 1: Collisters ; 2: Batchelors; 4= Ffinlo Wright (1st Junior) & Mike Pridham ; 6: Ben Batchelor; 7: Phil Hardisty; 8:Matthew Perry; 9: Patrick Cope; 10: Caves; 11: Erin Murphy; 12: James Kelly; 13: Rory O'Donahan; 14: Chris Cope; 15: Alex Cope; 16: Simon Pressley
Overall 1:Headfirst (FC8) Ali Hinds; 2: Jesticulate (FC8)Mike Wilson and Pete Ashurst; 3=Equal Genesta Mike Kneale and Albert Penguin (FC8) Jen Kneale and Keith Poole; 6: Upd8 (FC8) Brian Quayle;
6: Sorcery (Sigma) Mike Stanton; 7: Missherd (FC8) Robert Floatt and Tony Randle; 8: 21.7 Mark Quayle
RS Feva National Championships - Weymouth & Portland Sailing Centre 24th - 27th May
Several of our Youth Squad sailors competed at the RS Feva National Championships this weekend at Weymouth. All produced good results on the first day of racing:
Greg Kelly & his UK based crew, George Catchpole scored a 3rd, 6th & 4th to place them 7th overnight
Ben Batchelor & Erin Murphy scored 17th, 13th & 11th to put them in 24th overnight
Ffinlo Wright & Robert Harding scored finished 39th, 19th & 13th, placing them 32nd after day 1.
The wind however was very light and variable on both the 2nd and 3rd days, resulting in only one more race taking place in very tricky conditions. All three Manx crews scored mid-fleet results, to give them final overall places:
Greg & George 8th
Ben & Erin 36th
Ffinlo and Robert 45th
BAKER TILLY ROUND MANN OFFSHORE RACE
Congratulations to Jenny Kneales crew on the First Class 8, Albert Penguin, finishing in 1st place o=in a time of 11:49:55.
2nd place went to Shellan, Richard Bakers Dehler 35, and 3rd to Cadenza, skippered by Jim Edge. David Holbournes, Dancing Demon came home in 4th. Results here
Congratulations to Ben Batchelor, the 2014 IoM Youth Champion.
The IoM Youth Championships were held over the weekend of Saturday & Sunday 17th & 18th May. On form, Ben Batchelor took four 1st's and two 2nd's from the 6 race series to win the championship in his Tera Sport, with Ffinlo Wright in 2nd place and Matthew Perry 3rd. View the Results here. A full report will follow.
Deep Water Moorings Port St. Mary
DEEP WATER MOORINGS PORT St. MARY
2.If you need a deep water mooring for 2014 season there may be one available. Please contact Russell as above.
FOR EITHER OF ABOVE PLEASE MAKE CONTACT ASAP
Andy Green has added some photos to the Dinghy Photo Gallery of the Topper Fleet from somewhere around 2002. Have a look and let us know if you can identify any of the individuals shown. (Go to the Dinghy Tab and click on the Photo Gallery icon).
Annual Dinner Dance
What a Ball! A fabulous time was had by all at the Club's Annual Dinner Dance held at the Falcon's Nest in Port Erin on Saturday 9th November. Commodore, and Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Phil Scott and an excellent job he did too.
It was a pleasure to welcome so many guests from the other Clubs around the Island with the event being a sell out
View more of the pictures on the Social Page, along with a list of the Prize winners.
Mike Pridham on the Podium at Laser Worlds in Oman
Mike Pridham sailed consistently well over the week long campaign at the Laser Worlds in Oman.
Competing in the Laser Radial Grand Master division, Mike scored two 1st's, two 2nds and three 3rds during the 12 race series, which placed in 3rd Place overall at the end of the week out of 23 competitors.
The PICO Challenge Results
Ben Batchelor continued his winning streak to take overall 1st place in the Pico Challenge, beating James Walker into Runner Up spot.
For once the weather was calm to say the least, as Competitors have faced at least a Force 3+ for this event over the last few years. Sunday however proved to be un-seasonally warm with a light southerly breeze - perfect conditions for the smaller and younger sailors. 13 competitors took part - 6 Adults and 7 children, and it was good to see newcomers Christine Wright, John Harper and William Wright taking part. It was impressive to see how much all of the young sailors have improved, with some very tight racing and lots of tactics before the starts.
After completing the early rounds, Ben, James, Ffinlo Wright and Len Arnold had secured the win in each of their Flights and so were through to the semi-finals. First up were James and Len, and despite being well placed to squeeze James over the line, Len hadn't quite left himself enough room to clear the Committee Boat and had to go behind, leaving James free to race ahead. Race Officer, Russell Collister decided that an Umpire would be required for the next of the semi's - Ffinlo v's Ben. As expected, these two up & coming youngsters were very keen to gain the advantage and there were a lot of manoeuvres, nip & tucks before the start. It was very close between them all the way to the windward mark, but Ben just managed to get a nose (or a bow) ahead and held the lead until the finish to put himself in the final against James.
The Umpire thought he'd have to keep a close eye on the final pairing, but in the end Ben positioned himself perfectly, forcing James over the line at the Committee Boat end, and as James had to dip back to clear the line, Ben was able to establish a 30m lead. James did his utmost to pull him back, but the weather definitely favoured the lighter sailor and by the time they rounded the windward mark, Ben looked in a commanding position for the downwind leg.
Results: Overall winner & Junior champion - Ben Batchelor: Runner Up & best adult - James Walker
Flight Results: Flight 1 - 1st James Walker; 2nd John Dowling; 3rd Mike Newby
Flight 2 - 1st Len Arnold; 2nd John Harper; 3rd Christine Wright
Flight 3 - 1st Ffinlo Wright; 2nd Cameron Findlay; 3rd James Arnold
Flight 4 - 1st Ben Batchelor; 2nd Matthew Perry; 3rd William Wright; 4th Rory Donegan
The Full 2014 Sailing Programmes for both Dinghies and Cruisers will shortly be available on the appropriate Tabs at the top of the Page
If any of you (or junior members) know of any youngsters wanting to do a sailing course this year, please encourage them to get in touch (contact details below)
See the photos from this season so far and upload your sailing photos to our website to share your holiday / competition experiences. Also the monthly photo draw may win you a framed copy of your photo. http://iomyc.piwigo.com/. See the Yachts, Motor Boats & Dinghy Pages for more information & quick links.