Yacht Racing

The Plym Yacht Club hosts several events such as the Plymouth Gin Spring Series, two Friday Night Race Series, Keith Hyde fully crewed and Danny Sargent two handed crew memorial long distance races, the Plym Yacht Club Regatta, the Ullman Sails Plymouth Race Series, The Ullman Sails Plymouth Offshore Series and a Saturday Autumn series.

We run a season of friendly and competitive yacht racing, which includes both inshore (around the cans) and coastal events. Competitors include those quite new to the sport, family crews and some who have experienced racing at a high level. Boats taking part need to be able to race safely in strong winds without rescue boat cover and they currently range from comparatively small keelboats and sports boats to larger cruisers. Specific safety requirements for entrants in all races are given in the Notice of Race.

The inshore programme starts early in the season with the ‘Plymouth Gin Series’ which takes place over 4 or 5 Sunday mornings in March/April, with two short or one longer race on each day. Our most popular event, which typically attracts a total of around 20 boats, is our Friday evening racing. This consists of two 10-week series of races, with the first series starting in April and the second series ending in early September.

The Autumn series takes place on Saturday afternoons for six weeks in September and October. In addition to these series, the PYC has also run the ‘cruiser’ racing for the Port of Plymouth regatta. After each inshore race day, there is a short prizegiving in the club and with lunch or supper available on Sundays and Fridays.

The coastal programme consists of a ‘Long Distance’ day race, a weekend racing to Fowey and back and in most years a weekend racing to Salcombe and back. The coastal races also contribute to the Plymouth Ullman Series.

Handicaps: Most racing takes place under the RYA NHC scheme, with IRC, ORC or one design racing also being available when level of entries permit. Many events also include a White Sail Class for those who prefer to race without the excitement or inconvenience of a Spinnaker!

Most Series racing generally takes place in Plymouth Sound, utilizing the various channel and cardinal buoys as race marks.  Plymouth Sound is a sheltered sailing ground with local tidal and wind effects to make the racing very challenging and tactical at times.