Most modern sailing yachts have auxiliary Diesel engines which skippers rely on heavily for close-quarters maneuvering. For the motor cruiser, the marine Diesel engine is the prime source of power.
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This year the Club will be closing for Christmas after 19:00 on Wednesday 22nd December 2021 and will reopen at 11:00 on Tuesday 4th January 2022.
The Clubhouse, bar and restaurant facilities are now open from 1100 to 1900 Monday to Thursday, and 1100 to 1700 on Fridays.
The bar will be fully stocked with ale and wines as selected by members and the restaurant light lunch menu (see the "Food and Drink" section) will be available all day with no booking necessary. Coffees and a wide selection of cakes, bakes and sweet treats will also be available all day.
Our normal Club social, sailing and training events continue.
For more information on current and future events please see 'At the Club', ‘Regional events’, 'Training' and 'On the water'.
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Some people find the RYA Dayskipper Theory course the most enjoyable of the RYA shore-based courses because no prior knowledge is required.
Courses available in 2022.
The RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased course extends the techniques learned on the Day Skipper course. Some aspects of navigation are studied in more detail and additional seamanship subjects are introduced.
Food and drink
Our dining room is open to our members and RYA Gold members, Royal Navy and Merchant Navy members, and any members of RYA affiliated sailing clubs for personal dining only.
All day menu: 11.00 to 19.00 (Monday to Thursday); 11:00 to 17:00 (Friday).
Booking is not required.
Our menu dishes are prepared in environments that are not totally free from allergen ingredients. Should you have concerns about the ingredients in our dishes; please do not hesitate to ask a member of our catering team who will happily assist you.
Soup of the day & sourdough bread 5.50 (v)
Classic club sandwich 9.50
Chicken, crispy bacon, lettuce and tomatoes, mayo
British Caesar salad 10.50
British chicken, streaky bacon, tomato, lettuce, anchovies, parmesan, toasted sourdough croutons
Seafood ‘Charcuterie’ 12.50
Salmon, mackerel, smoked trout, pickled herring, rye bread, capers, lemon
Bloody Mary prawn cocktail with sourdough 7.50
Smoked salmon & cream cheese, rocket bagel 6.50
West Country cheddar & farmhouse chutney baguette 5.25 (v)
Rustic sausage roll with Dijon mustard 3.50
Spicy Mexican bean roll with lime mayo 3.50 (ve)
Flat White 2.80
Hot Chocolate 2.90
Double chocolate brownie 3.10
Lemon drizzle cake 3.20
Chilli crackers / olives / nuts 2.50
Honorary Port Officers
Our Honorary Port Officers are scattered across the globe. Each one knows how to get the best out of any port you visit. Navigational approaches, berths, where to go, what to do, what to eat and how to make the best of your visit.
Published by Adlard Coles, this latest volume by Anthony Burton (text) and Derek Pratt (photographs) is well written and beautifully photographed.
Designing by the seat of my pants - Memoir by Ron Holland
Excellent advice from a expert
Advice at every level, for cruisers and racers alike. Words and pictures. Even moving pictures.