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.PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE'RE UNABLE TO ACCEPT VISITORS TO THE PONTOON ON FRIDAY 1 AND SATURDAY 2 JULY. THIS IS BECAUSE WE ARE HOLDING OUR OPEN DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ON SATURDAY 2 JULY AND REQUIRE ALL THE PONTOON SPACE FOR BOATS TAKING OUR GUESTS OUT ON THE WATER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.
We do ask that you email firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of your visit and to book your pontoon space. Our office is not currently staffed on a regular basis 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 the 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 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 at 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.
We're happy to host your rally. Please email email@example.com 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
The Catertemp team are now providing hospitality at the club - food and the bar. I hope you will support Danny 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.
Our opening times are
*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
Please contact Danny & his team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 07534-859739
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.
A change has been made to the Club's byelaw :
Smoking is only allowed in the designated smoking area. No smoking, including e-cigarettes, is allowed anywhere else on the Club premises
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 (see above).
The nearest shops are at Wootton Bridge, about half an hour walk from the club.
Ownership of the RVYC pontoon has changed. Since April 2015 the end (seaward) section 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.
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 one 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, lifting 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!
Last updated 14:33 on 24 June 2022