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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 full programme of bay & passage races (Bay racing). Club rallies are run alongside the passage races (Passage races).

Dinghy Section. 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 programme includes fun skill development sessions on Saturday afternoons and Club racing in Lyme Bay on Sundays. There is also a series of races held on the River Axe throughout the season (Dinghy sailing). 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 (Cadet & Family 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 Boats & Fishing).

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

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. Activities are grouped within four broad sections:

  1. Bay Sailing
    • Dinghy sailing & racing (bay & river race series)
    • Cruiser/day boat bay racing
  2. Coastal Cruising - Passage races, rallies & coastal cruising (yachts & motor boats)
  3. Cadet & Family Sailing - Dinghy sailing skill development for all ages, Cadet Activities Week
  4. Motor Boats & Fishing - Boat angling, power boating

Each section has a working group which runs and promotes their areas of activity and brings their ideas for development to AAC. The working groups work together to ensure a 'joined up' approach across the Club's activities. The Rear Commodore is supported by the Activities Afloat Secretary and the Chairs of each of the four working groups. The AAC also works very closely with the Training Committee which is led by the Club's RYA Training Principal.

Training: 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).

In 2015 AYC gained recognition from the RYA to run powerboat courses in addition to the shore based courses. The Club has recently been approved as a recognised training centre for dinghy sailing. See RYA Training for more information on courses.


RC Activities Afloat: Michael Crees

Activities Afloat Secretary: tbc

Bay Sailing: Ian Parker

Coastal Cruising: Greg Parkinson (sail), Huntley Evans (motor)

Cadet & Family Sailing: Paul Sammons/Carol Evans

Motor Boats & Fishing: John Coop

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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