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Visiting Us

July 2021

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME VISITORS AND RALLIES TO OUR PONTOON. WE DO ASK THAT YOU KINDLY BOOK AHEAD OF YOUR VISIT - PLEASE EMAIL OFFICE@RVYC.ORG.UK TO BOOK.

We do ask that you email office@rvyc.org.uk ahead of your visit and to book your pontoon space. Our office is not currently staffed on a regular basis at present so email is the preferred method of contact.

Visitors fees are : Short stay £5 and overnight is £2 per metre. Payment direct to the club by BACS is preferred. The details are :

Account name : Royal Victoria Yacht Club | Sort code : 20-60-55 | Account number : 10769401

Please include the name of your boat and date of visit as payment reference.

If you visit when the club is closed, you can also pay by cheque or cash using one of the envelopes located in the boxes as you come up off the pontoon and by the front door. Please place envelopes in letterbox to the left of the front door.

The toilets and changing rooms are accessed via the back door the code for the door is 2415. We are sorry but our showers are currently not in use due to Covid restrictions. Shower heads have been removed and we hope you respect this situation.

We had some fantastic comments from some of last year's visitors :

We were most impressed by the can-do attitude of all we met at the RVYC in the present time.

May your club go from strength to strength.

Thank you for a lovely stay,

Many thanks for your warm welcome. RVYC remains one of the Solent's best-kept secrets!

Thank you for a lovely stay. We all agreed it was just what the doctor ordered.

Now is a good time to discover this lovely place for yourself and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Rally organisers

We're happy to host your rally. Please email office@rvyc.org.uk for details of special rates and also if you'd like a special dinner during your visit, our caterers will tailor a menu to suit you.

NEW CATERING AND BAR ARRANGEMENTS

Daniel Ashley Walker and his Catertemp team are now providing food at the club and also running the bar. I hope you will support Dan and his team, who have all worked at other island sailing clubs and so are aware of our particular needs and constraints of tides and weather, etc.

After more than a year, you can have real beer in glasses ordered from the bar. Our opening times are

Bar

  • Monday - closed (unless bank holiday when hours as Sunday)
  • Tuesday - closed
  • Wednesday - 12 noon to 9pm
  • Thursday - 12 noon to 9pm
  • Friday - 12 noon to 9pm
  • Saturday - 11am to 9pm
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays - 12 noon to 8pm

  • Galley Bistro

  • Monday - closed (unless bank holiday when hours as Sunday)
  • Tuesday - closed
  • Wednesday - 12 noon to 3.30pm and 6pm to 8.30pm
  • Thursday - 12 noon to 3.30pm and 5pm to 8.30pm
  • Friday - 12 noon to 3.30pm and 5pm to 8.30pm
  • Saturday - 12 noon to 6pm (later if visitors and/or rallies pre-book)
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays - 12 noon to 3pm
  • *When there is evening racing, the bar and catering are usually open later.

    There is a selection of menus at the foot of this page. Click on each one to open (as a PDF). Please let us know if you have any food allergies

    VISITING DOGS

    We welcome visiting dogs are welcome, but please note this byelaw :

    DOGS: to be kept on leads and under proper control at all times both inside and outside the Clubhouse. No dogs (except guide/assistance dogs) are allowed in the dining area.

    Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs if fouling occurs anywhere on the Club premises.

    COVID UPDATE FROM 19 JULY 2021

    It is absolutely essential for us all to realise that whilst moving out of lockdownis fantastic news, the pandemic is far from over and it is important that we still retain as many of the safeguarding measures that we have put in place over the last 18 months as possible. Washing hands, using masks in certain contexts and maintaining distance between one another have been proven to reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus. We would, therefore, urge you to maintain these regimes and others as we move forward, for the foreseeable future.

    We are certainly not yet 'back to normal' and we must all remain cautious in our approach to our operation, both on and off the water.

    We are all relieved to have arrived at this point and we look forward to making the most of what we hope will be a busy summer for the club. At the same time, we need to remain vigilant and not 'tear the pants out of it'.

    Some members and visitors may well have very differing views on how they feel about the current level of risk and the recent easing of restrictions. Please remain sensitive to those views and respect members' and visitors' choices to wear masks, maintain social distancing and so on.

    If any members or visitors feel particularly apprehensive about returning to the club and, for example, ordering food and drink inside from the bar, please be reassured that there will be several tables outside specially for you and from where you'll be able to order your food and drink from staff and have them delivered back to you. We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy our facilities and feel safe and secure in doing so.

    We would ask that members and visitors still check in with the QR codes at the front door and on the snug door for test and trace purposes. The app is apparently being updated and changes made to the frequency of 'pings', but at the time of writing, there is no further information on this.

    Thank you for your cooperation I know all our members and visitors will do their best to comply and ensure we continue to operate in a safe and secure manner for everyone.

    We look forward to welcoming you.

    Thank you!

    DIRECTIONS ON LAND

    From either Newport or Ryde take the A3054 towards Wootton. Follow the directions for the car ferry terminal at Fishbourne.

    The club is located on Fishbourne Lane adjacent to the Wightlink Fishbourne ferry terminal. The driveway is immediately before the ferry entrance.

    DIRECTIONS FROM SEA

    You may moor your boat alongside the pontoon for a short stay or overnight.

    The club is situated at the mouth of Wootton Creek next to the Wightlink ferry terminal.

    Please note that the moorings in the mouth of the creek are private as are the seasonal National Squib moorings to the east of the RVYC race box. The Squib moorings will not take the weight of a cruiser. Anchoring in the mouth of the creek is also not permitted.

    Rally organisers, please contact the office for special rally rates.

    You can pay your mooring fees at the bar or by BACS, or if the club is closed please drop it in the letterbox at the side of the club entrance.

    The nearest shops are at Wootton Bridge, about half an hour walk from the club.

    PONTOON ARRANGEMENTS

    Ownership of the RVYC pontoon has changed. From April 2015 the end section (seaward), is now privately owned. If you do moor on this section you may be approached for payment by the owners.

    In October 2014 the RVYC installed new piles inboard on our section of the pontoon, thereby removing any brackets on the east side, and increasing berthing space.

    How will I know if I am on the RVYC pontoon?

    At the start of the RVYC section of the pontoon you will see a gantry sign, any spaces south of this sign are for visitors to the RVYC.

    But as a quick and easy guide, the RVYC section has piles with white caps on, a few metres north of the first RVYC pile there is a white line on the pontoon deck, this is where our pontoon begins. Any section from the white line to the walkway is RVYC berthing. Short stays and overnight fees can be paid at the bar.

    PONTOON DEPTH

    There is a popular misconception that one side of the pontoon has deeper water; this is untrue, There is however approximately half a metre difference in depth from one end to the other - the Club end being shallower. The actual depth at any point in the tidal curve is approximately 1 metre above chart datum for Portsmouth. If, therefore, the current depth for Portsmouth is 4.5m we will have a pontoon depth of 3.5m.

    DOES THE PONTOON DRY?

    Yes. If you want to stay overnight and are a bilge keel, lift keel or are happy to take the mud (which is soft), then you will be OK. We do not encourage fin keel boats to stay.

    However, all but the big fin keel boats should be able to visit us three hours either side of high water, but keep an eye on the depth and don't leave your departure until the last minute!

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