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Visiting Us

Please note that as of 31st December 2020 , we are unable to receive visitors due to Tier 4 government guidelines .

Updated 3 December 2020

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. AS WE ARE OPEN ONLY AT CERTAIN TIMES, WE ASK THAT, WHERE POSSIBLE, PAYMENT IS BY BACS - WE'LL LET YOU HAVE BANK DETAILS WITH CONFIRMATION OF YOUR BOOKING.


It is great news for the Island to be one of only three Tier 1 areas in the UK and we are keen to support maintaining this and ensuring we're comfortable and safe. It is, however, important that anyone residing in Tiers 2 or 3 areas, understands the implications.

People living in a Tier 2 area who visit the Island must adhere to Tier 2 rules : they must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their bubble indoors, outdoor sport participation is permitted. The same potentially applies for anyone travelling to and from a Tier 2 area for work. Individuals living in a Tier 3 area should not travel or stay overnight away from their home, outdoor sport activities in their own areas can continue but they must avoid close contact.

Here are some reminders of what we can and cannot do, both on and off the water :

  • Members or visitors from Tier 2 areas must only socialise inside the Clubhouse on their table of six with their immediate family or bubble.
  • Tier 2 members or visitors can participate in recreational and club sailing events. Tier 3 members or visitors cannot use the club at all at this time.
  • Individual sailing is allowed for Tier 1 and Tier 2 members or visitors, or double-handed if from the same household. Tier 3 members or visitors cannot take part at this time.
  • You may bring guests to the club.
  • Please wear a face covering when entering or moving around the clubhouse. It can be removed while you're seated.
  • The changing rooms will be open but the showers remain closed. Toilets must be left clean and tidy following use - disinfection wipes and sanitiser are available and we ask that you use these.
  • If possible, we would like you to wipe down your table after use. Disinfection spray and wipes are available around the clubhouse.
  • We are still required to request and record your contact details if you haven't checked in with the NHS App scanning the QR code.
  • The RYA has issued some updated and helpful FAQs which you can read here.

Thank you all for helping us keep you and the club safe and well during this time. As always, if you have any questions, please get in touch

At the moment, our usual bar and Galley Bistro are not open due to Covid-19 constraints. We do have a volunteer-run pop-up bar, open at certain times (mainly Friday evening and Sunday day time).

We also have a temporary pop-up food outlet we are delighted that club members, Guy and Jojo Scott (who usually work in the film industry), have relocated one of their Matthews Street Catering outlets to our lawn and are providing members and visitors with delicious food.
Please check with the club for our opening times. Please email office@rvyc.org.uk for up-to-date information and to book your pontoon space.

We had some fantastic comments from our recent visitors :

We were most impressed by the can do attitude of all we met at the RVYC in the present time. We made good use of the pop up bar and the pop up catering.

May your club go from strength to strength.

Thank you for a lovely stay, the pop up food van is really excellent and thank you to the members for running the pop up bar, it works a treat.

We had a delightful overnight stay on your pontoon. The Matthews Street Li wagon served a superb steak and chips, a totally unexpected bonus and the pop-up bar popped up with my favourite beverage (thank you Peter). 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 soon.

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 the sea

The RVYC welcomes visiting yachts, 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.

Pontoon berth charges are £5 for a short stay (one tide), £2 per metre for monohull and multihulls.

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

You can pay your mooring fees at the bar, 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.

New 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, therefore if 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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Last updated 10:57 on 1 January 2021

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