Welcome to Portland Yacht Club

A warm welcome from your Commodore

The PYC was formed in Oct 2010 with objectives to:

  • Provide a social network for members
  • Develop an annual PYC calendar of events that will mature annually.
  • Be a focus in Portland and Weymouth Harbours for on-water enthusiasts.
  • Promote and facilitate participation in Yachting and Motor Boat Cruising.
  • Offer an informal club for members to join in events and share experiences.

In these strange and worrying times we have decided to change the front page for a little while. Firstly we hope you are all keeping safe.

Well we are staggering to the end of the most strange year ever. All of you who managed to get some boating in, well done.

 

Not long now, we are getting closer to some sailing adventures this year

 

Current Covid Advice

The Cruising Association has just published some very clear advice in their newsletter and I quite unashamedly publish it below.

This is the CA’s understanding of what may happen; if you have a marina it’s worth asking for their guidance too.

For England the key dates (all subject to change) are:

  •     From March 29: Stay at home order ends. If your boat is in England you may visit it, and day sail, but you may not stay overnight on board.
  •     April 4: Easter. You will probably not be allowed to stay away from home anywhere in the UK.
  •     From April 12: Shops, gyms and self-contained holiday lets open. You may stay overnight on your boat in England, and sail with anyone in your household or support bubble. A taskforce will report on the feasibility of overseas travel from the UK.
  •     From May 17: You may sail with people from another household. International travel may begin, dependent on the taskforce report. Events will be allowed, with limits on the number of attendees.
  •     June 21: Legal limits on social contact are due to be removed.

Once international travel opens up, many countries will require visitors to have either a vaccine passport or a negative Covid test. At present travellers from the UK face extra restrictions. Updates from a few key countries include:

    France is seeing soaring cases in some locations. There is no date at present for a review of the rules and virtually no travel to France from outside the EU.

    Sweden is increasing restrictions including mask-wearing. A negative test and quarantine are required for travellers.

    Italy has extended a ban on internal travel.

    Denmark, like the UK, is introducing a roadmap for gradual lifting of restrictions.

    In Spain the Balearics are likely to be the first region to open for tourism (the Canaries are already open). The curfew will continue until May.

    Greece is allowing visitors from most countries; anyone arriving from the UK is subject to quarantine and testing. Red zones, eg Athens, have stricter rules.

    Most of the Caribbean is already open to US visitors but Europeans may be less welcome.

If you are an inveterate cruiser then The Cruising Association is a very useful organisation to join https://www.theca.org.uk