Yealm Yacht Club
Racing, sailing and flying the flag on the Yealm
It’s only natural that the stunning estuary of the Yealm River would have its own yacht club. For a relatively modest village, the Yealm Yacht Club, or YYC as it’s known, attracts a broad membership from seasoned yachties, to those learning their first sailing manoeuvres, as well as those who just want to enjoy the social scene.
Alongside the RYA affiliated sailing programme, Yealm Yacht Club offers a lively social calendar with a popular talk series, themed nights, live bands and dinners at the YYC bistro. Popular fixtures include:
- Wednesday night dayboat series – racing starts at 6.30pm in Wembury Bay and finishes at the club for a sailor’s supper
- Spring and Autumn Yacht Series – Sunday racing with a typical course to Plymouth Sound and back for lunch
- Dinghies & Cadets – Fun and competitive races in the river, launching from the club’s own foreshore
In addition to off shore races, most notably June’s Trebeurden race, the YYC has welcomed a rather different fixture to the calendar in recent years – the 3 Creeks Race Team Adventure. This team race contains teams of 5 who, between them, must run, sail and row their way from Dartmouth via Salcombe into the Yealm over the course of a weekend. Kindly sponsored by Marchand Petit and The Yealm, the race, takes place every May.
Famous Club Members
One YYC member became more famous than perhaps he intended in 2017. Mervyn Wheatley was aboard Tamarind, partaking in the OSTAR transatlantic event, when violent storms forced him to seek refuge in none other than the passing Queen Mary 2. That was a particularly well subscribed ‘talk’ at the club.
Conrad Humphreys is a triple, round the world sailor and the fifth British yachtsman in history to complete the legendary Vendee Globe race. His most recent exploits saw him captaining the recreation of Captain Bligh’s story of survival, in a televised series, Mutiny, travelling 4,000 miles in an open 23ft boat! If ever there was a candidate for Wednesday night sailing…
Images courtesy of Russell Talbot Photography
Membership of the Yacht Club starts from £8 a month including options for country, ordinary and family membership.
Visit the Yealm Yacht Club for more details.
14 Luxury Apartments
The Yealm Development consists of 14 luxury apartments, comprising the restored former hotel, two woodland area buildings and one beautiful contemporary house. See the entire development by clicking below.
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