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Members enjoy a diverse range of water-sports including dinghy sailing, yachting, motorboating, angling, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, and kayaking.

Sailing: Whether your interest is sailing a dinghy, a day boat or a cruiser, racing or just pottering, there is something for everyone at AYC.

Coastal Cruising is a very popular Club activity, with AYC yachts & motor boats being regular visitors to other ports along the south coast, across the Channel, and further afield (Coastal Cruising).

Cruiser Racing. For those keen to race as well as cruise, there is a programme of bay & passage races (Cruiser Racing)

Dinghy Sailing. Dinghies launch from the beach in front of the Clubhouse to sail in Lyme Bay, and also have the benefit of being able to sail in the more sheltered surroundings of the River Axe & Axmouth Harbour. Following the award of a Sport England grant in March 2016 for a project to encourage more adults & older teenagers to try dinghy sailing, the number of dinghy sailors at AYC has increased significantly. The dinghy sailing sessions includes fun skill development sessions and Club racing in Lyme Bay. There is also a series of races held on the River Axe throughout the season. Cadets take part in all aspects of the dinghy sailing programme. In addition, a Cadet Activity Week is held during the summer holidays, which includes a range of water based activities and social events for cadets & their families. (Dinghy Sailing)

Motor Boating: The motor boaters enjoy a range of activities including angling, power-boating, scuba diving & water ski-ing. Some motor boats are moored on the pontoons during the season, whilst others use the slipway for launch and retrieval (Motor Boating from the Axe).

Family Membership & Cadets: Some families join AYC to get involved in the Club's dinghy sailing programme, whilst others take to the water on board their yachts, day boats or motor boats. Whether your interest is sailing or motor boating, our aim is to encourage young people and their parents to get out on the water and have fun. (Family Membership & Cadets).

Help & Advice

All harbour users are strongly advised to read the Pilotage notes - AXMOUTH HARBOUR PILOTAGE

Members of the Club have a wealth of experience of boating in Lyme Bay and in coping with the vagaries of the river mouth. If you are new to the area or to boating you may wish to consider the following:

  • Seek the advice of other members or the Bosun James
  • Arrange an RNLI Sea Safety Advice on Board session - this is FREE of charge and addresses the question of what safety equipment to carry on board and may assist you in what safety equipment to concentrate on in the first instance. (see RNLI safety on board)


  • Take an RYA theory/practical course - At AYC you can improve your knowledge & skills with an RYA recognised training course either on the water (powerboat level 1& 2, safety boat) or shore based (VHF radio, diesel engine, first aid, yachtmaster, day skipper). See RYA Training for more information on courses.

Activities Afloat Committee

All activities on the water are overseen by the Activities Afloat Committee (AAC). This is chaired by a Rear Commodore who is a Club Officer elected at the AGM each year. The AAC also works very closely with the Training Committee which is led by the Club's RYA Training Principal.

RC Activities Afloat: Michael Crees

RYA Training Principal: Tim Dyer

Activity on the water is supported by a range of social activities in the excellent Clubhouse located on the beach - Clubhouse Facilities and Social Programme

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