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

 

The Adventures of Brimwolf

 
PYC members Chris and Sally on Brimwolf left Portland back in June on an adventure to the mediterranean for a few years.
 
Here is their first update.
 
So far the voyage South is going well. We have covered 605 nm. Since leaving Portland on 300619 we have travelled 605nm, calling at Alderney, Sark, Guernsey, Ille de Brehat, Trebuerden, Morlaix estuary, L' Aber-Wrach, Camaret, Saint Evette, Benodet, Lorient,  Belle Ille, Pornic and La Rochelle. We have anchored most of the time except whilst carrying out repairs in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey and La Rochelle marinas. We also sought shelter from a storm in Pornic marina. 
 
The weather has generally been good for us, a few days of light or no wind and one storm. It is very warm and sunny currently 24 degrees C in La Rochelle. 
 
We hope to have repairs completed and cross the South East corner of Biscay later this week, probably heading for Bilbao.
 
 
 
Belle Isle
Belle Ille
 
La Rochelle
La Rochelle
Brimwulf update 22nd August 2019
 
We are now anchored in Puerto De Bilbao. We arrived here at 0922/150819 after a 46 hour passage from Ile D'Oleron. Passage distance was 210nm. Total distance of our cruise to date is 829nm. 
 
The first day of our Biscay crossing was light winds or no wind. The second day we made good progress in W. F4. By 0400/150819 the winds were gusting to 25kts, with two reefs on the main and 3 on the genoa we were still reaching 7kts boat speed. As we approached land the depth decreased rapidly from 1800m to 150m resulting in a 4m swell. The swell remained until our final approach to the outer break waters. Total engine run time for passage was 14 hours. 
 
We derived a huge sense of satisfaction having achieved our first Biscay crossing. This will be the longest passage until we head for Sardinia next year. 
 
The weather here is really warm into the high twenties each day. The port is surrounded by mountains. As we approached the port at dawn the views were spectacular with a mountainous coastline. 
 
Bilbao is 12km inland from the port and about 25 minutes on the metro. It has many old buildings and a vibrant atmosphere, with streets full of all age groups late at night. 
 
We plan on port hopping Westwards soon. 
 
Brimwulf in Bilbao
Brimwulf in Puerto De Bilbao
Chris in Algorta
Chris in Algorta

Brimwulf update 15th September 2019

We are now anchored in Leixoes, Portugal.  Total passage distance to date is 1,411 NM.
 
Since Bilbao we have put in to Castro Urdiales; Santander; San Vincent de la Barquera; Lastres; Luanco; Luarca; Ribadeo; Viveiro, this was our first marina since La Rochelle and our fist sighting of pilot whales as we entered the Ria; A Coruna, another marina visit in the heart of a nice old city with the Tower of Hercules the oldest working light house in the world; Ensenada de Mera; Corme; Camarinas; Ezaro, a lovelly anchorage in a far corner of Ria Finisterre; Ria de Vigo, another beautiful anchorage off Praia de Negra; whilst sailing from Finisterre we saw a huge whale about a mile off our starboard beam, then as we entered Ria de Vigo we sighted more pilot whales.
 
We then entered Portugese waters and anchored at Pavoa de Vazim and now Leixoes.
 
The Atlantic Portugese coast does not offer the same opportunities to anchor so we may have to use marinas as we head further South.
Brimwulf anchored off Praia de Fries
Brimwulf anchored off Praia de Fries near Ezaro, with Mount Pindo in the back ground.
Chris & Sally
Chris & Sally looking good

 

Sea Squared Tests New Sails May 2017

In May 2017 Simon Brody took this video of Sea Squared testing her new sails. Turn up the volume it has a nice soundtrack.