Located deep within England’s most extensive natural harbour and behind substantial breakwaters the club offers complete protection. Safe access is available in almost all reasonable conditions, night or day, and at all states of the tide.
Keyfacts for Poole Yacht Club
SummaryA completely protected location with safe access.
Position and approaches
Haven position50° 42.449' N, 001° 59.836' W
This is the position of the East Cardinal Beacon that marks the head of the western breakwater at the entrance, Fl (3) 10s.
What are the key points of the approach?
- Continue past the Port of Pool Ferry Terminals to the entrance to Poole Yacht Club Marina
Not what you need?
- Port of Poole Marina - 0.3 miles E
- Poole Town Quay - 0.3 miles NE
- Poole Quay Boat Haven - 0.3 miles ENE
- Cobb's Quay - 0.5 miles N
- Brownsea Island - 0.6 miles SSE
- Lake Yard Marina - 0.6 miles WNW
- Shipstal Point - 0.8 miles SW
- Parkstone Yacht Club - 0.9 miles E
- Salterns Marina - 1.1 miles E
- Goathorn Point - 1.1 miles SSE
How to get in?
Poole Yacht Club is located on the Hamworthy shoreline on the western end of the Port of Poole. It has more than 350 berths and can accommodate yachts of up to 12 metres LOA and 2 metres draught MLWS when vacant berths are available. Approaches through Poole Bay and Harbour provide drafts of not less than 6 metres CD to the Port of Poole and the final run into the marina has nothing less than 2.5 metres.
Poole Yacht Club holds no specific visitor berths but will accommodate visiting yachtsmen from recognised clubs in the berths of members that are away. Berths are allocated on a first-come basis and should be secured in advance of any approach by contacting the club P: +44 1202 672687 or by VHF Call Sign [Pike] on Chanel M or 80.
Entry into Poole Harbour and the run up to Poole are covered in the Poole Town Quay entry. Continue past the Port of Pool Ferry Terminals where the Poole Yacht Club Marina entrance will be seen enclosed by its substantial breakwater.
Lights are exhibited on both sides of the entrance, Fl. G. 5s starboard side and an East Cardinal Beacon will be seen at the head of the western breakwater, Fl (3) 10s. About 150 metres northwest of the beacon the club Race Hut will be seen on the breakwater.
Berth as directed by the club office. Proceeding into the marina where the heads of the four main pontoons ‘A’ to ‘D’ will be seen, ‘A’ being the easternmost and ‘D’ being the westernmost. Even numbered berths are on the west side of the pontoons, odd to the east. There is also a Waiting Pontoon.
Why visit here?Set on the historic shoreline of Hamworthy, detailed in the Lake Yard Marina entry, Poole Yacht Club’s history goes back to 1935 where it had very humble beginnings.
Today the club is known for its excellent facilities and busy sailing programme. Each Tuesday evening it hosts races where over ninety keelboats regularly turn out and on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturday afternoons, it hosts dinghy races that often attracts up to 60 boats. The club is also renowned for its welcome and social life with a variety of events that take full advantage of its well-appointed, spacious facilities.
From a visiting boating perspective Poole Yacht Club is a little haven of peace tucked on to the quieter western end of the Port of Poole. Though technically attached to the port it feels miles apart. With views out over the Arne Peninsula to the southwest, a nature reserve and area of outstanding natural beauty, Long and Round islands to the south and Brownsea to the southeast, the club’s outlook is entirely that of the natural aspects of Poole Harbour.
All of this is readily accessible by a serviceable dinghy and outboard by taking Wills Cut to Brownsea or by cutting across Balls Lake to Shipstal Point. Though more of a day outing, the historic Saxon town of Wareham, that lies five miles west of Poole Harbour, may also be easily addressed by taking a dinghy up the Wareham Channel and the River Frome.
Most importantly the historic Town of Poole, detailed in the Poole Town Quay entry, with its lively cafés, bars and restaurants is only a fifteen minutes’ walk out behind the port and over Poole Bridge. All this with the excellent club welcome and facilities, in a restful and out-of-the-way place where one can lay back and enjoy a good night’s sleep, makes it a wonderful location for members of recognised sailing clubs to come and explore Poole Harbour.
What facilities are available?All pontoons have power and water, and the club has excellent toilet and shower facilities. Built in 1984, and extended in 2010, the clubhouse also has excellent facilities that includes a bar and restaurant that seats more than 180. The restaurant is always open for hot and cold lunches.
With Poole Harbour catering to an annual fleet of 5,000 leisure craft and having a world class boat builder, the area in general, can cater for almost any conceivable marine service or facility a vessel could require.
Poole’s town, stretching from the water’s edge at Poole Town Quay up to the Dolphin Shopping Centre, is about 20 minutes’ walk. A water taxi to the Boat Haven on the east end of the pier is operated by marina staff. Within a few strides The Quay and Old Town provide a range of small, independent shops, including a well-stocked and capable chandlery, a host of pubs, take away outlets, a mini supermarket and good restaurants. Dorset's largest indoor shopping centre, ‘The Dolphin Shopping Centre’ that has 110 stores covering all items is a 15 minute walk along the high street.
Poole railway station is located in the town and is served by London Waterloo to Weymouth express and semi-fast services. From east to west these call at Branksome near the border with Bournemouth, Parkstone, Poole railway station in the town centre and Hamworthy. Most local bus services are run by ‘More Bus’ who are based at the town's bus station. It operates networks across Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Salisbury, in addition to operations on the Isle of Purbeck and the New Forest. Poole is also a calling point for National Express Coaches, which have frequent departures to London Victoria Coach Station. Direct services to the Midlands, the North of England and to Heathrow and Gatwick airports can also be found in the town.
Bournemouth International Airport is on the periphery of Bournemouth only 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Poole Town Quay. Ferry services from Poole Harbour to Cherbourg are provided by Brittany Ferries who operate one round trip per day.
Any security concerns?Access to the marina area as a whole is secured by a formidable steel perimeter fence and gates. Only club members can opened the gates.
With thanks to:Michael Harpur
Poole Yacht Club Overview
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