John Ford and family heading out


Huge thanks from Ant and myself to all our members in 2020.  Without your support we couldn’t keep The Club and the bar and restaurant running.  And if you’d like to renew your membership for 2021 that would be wonderful! For ease, photo or scan your filled out form and email to or return completed application to the address on the form. Forms are also available at The Club.

PNYC Club Rules can be downloaded here: PNYC CLUB RULES

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We have three types of memberships:

Social Members – £25
Can use the club facilities, receive our irregular (!) newsletter, get 10% off their alcoholic drinks, can fly the club burgee and, through their kind support, help us maintain The Club. However, Social Membership does not allow you to launch kayaks and paddle boards from our slip.

Download 2021 Membership Form

Mooring Members – £25. Click on MOORINGS section for more information
Everyone who has a mooring or rack must be a member of The Club and they can use the slip and pontoon to launch from. They also get all the above benefits of Social Members. Only pontoon members may leave their car in the car park while out on the water. We ask everyone else to unload and then park in the village on the left had side of the road below the chapel.

Download Mooring Fees & Application

Launching Members – kayaks and paddleboards
There has been a growing number of people looking to regularly launch kayaks and paddle baords from the slip and pontoons at The Club. If you wish to do this regularly, we can offer a Launching Membership:

The difficulty we have is with our very limited parking. Parking is strictly reserved for pontoon members, people staying at the Upper and Lower Decks and people using the bar and restaurant. So you are welcome to unload and re-load but you must park in the village before going out on the water. Please park on the left hand side of the road towards the Chapel and ideally not in front of houses in the village. (NB There is a public slip in the village).

Launching Membership Application 2021

To enquire about membership, permanent summer and/or winter moorings, or visitor and short term moorings, email Tom at or call 01326 340525.

You can rent boats from Helford River Boats which is 10 minutes away by water and from Sailaway who will deliver to the club.

The Children’s Sailing Trust run fantastic courses for all ages from The Ferry Boat.

Or have a fabulous fast rib experience with August Rock Adventures.

05 Oct

PNYC Black Rock Race

It happened!  After a seven year pause and inspite of dire weather warnings of Force 11 winds a couple of days before the race, our Black Rock challenge took place on Saturday. We had 12 hearty boat crews ranging from a classic gaffer to a 26ft racing catamaran to a 44ft modern Jeanneau. The plan was to start from a line just off Durgan and then race via the August Rock buoy, around the Black Rock and back again to the finish line.  

True to form, all three of our current boats wouldn’t start.  Simon Boote kindly allowed us to use his boat and that wouldn’t start either. Luckily Iain McLaren came up trumps with his small tender with which we could time the starts, while he kindly provided his big rib as the safety boat. So one crisis over. 

When Ant and I got to the start line, there was not even a hint of wind.  With three classes of boats, we grandly started the Sprat Class of four yachts. 

Dragun (Charles Richardson) got away, somehow, but the other four spent an hour making almost no progress.  And in the case of our gallant Race Captain, they went backwards and never managed to cross the start line for an hour until they resorted to their engine!!!  It was pretty much the same for the next two classes of boats, Pilchard and Mackerel Classes – so crisis number two.  After another half an hour barely moving from the start line, the decision was made to allow everyone to motor to the August Rock and then to start the race from there – with the exception of Dragun who led the race out into Falmouth Bay under sail all the way.  

Another 45 minutes of no wind at August Rock followed by 95% of the PNYC racing fleet milling around like a flock of birds flying round in circles waiting for one bird to decide on which way to go. I contemplated cancelling due to lack of any motion (with the sole exception of Dragun) but was assured by Rob that the wind would come.  And low and behold, some two hours plus into the race the wind arrived.  

What followed was a cracking race to, round and back from The Black Rock in a steady Force 5-6 wind with the two catamarans, Lindy and Mirri, and Dragunleading the way and Cicada bravely bringing up the rear. It was lovely to see PNYC’s 12 boats in line astern racing across an empty Falmouth Bay. Along the way we had pretty much every kind of weather except snow.

Cicada bravely bringing up the rear

A huge thanks to all the crews who took part with great humour and patience, particularly at the start.  And massive thanks to Iain McLaren for providing the vital support boats and his time and support – couldn’t have done it without him.  Finally thanks to Rob Templeton, our PNYC Race Captain, whose enthusiasm knows no bounds, unlike his boat! We have learnt a lot for next time – like make sure we have a working committee boat and make sure we actually have a radio on board!

The race was followed by a cracking night at PNYC Bar and Restaurant.  A lovely set meal from Mike, a maritime based quiz (which was won by Jonathan Thornton and TeamCalico) and a bit of a lock in at the end.  And not a mask in sight!  Team Cicada and Mormendill finally left at 12.45, Cicada to bravely spend the night on their boat at the end of the pontoon. After locking up, Ant and I set off home, only to run out of petrol at High Cross Garage followed by an hour’s walk to get home. Crisis number 3. Perfect day. 


Sprat Class Winner on handicap: Marty Ritchie skippered by Don Garman

Pilchard Class Winner on handicap: Mirri skippered by Roger McDonald

Mackerel Class Winner on handicap: Sea Otter skippered by Andy Cooke

Overall Winner (and only boat to sail the entire course): Dragun skippered by Charles Richardson.

Sprat Class: Cicada, Rob Templeton; Dragun, Charles Richardson; Mystery, Andy Bennett; Marty Ritchie, Don Garman.  Pilchard ClassGuinevere, Paul Clark; Mirri, Roger McDonald; Calico, Jonathan Thornton; Katie, Angus MacArthur.  Mackerel Class: Mormendill, Phil Clark; Yamanja, David Tippett; Sea Otter, Andy Cooke; Lindy, Keith Wilkinson. 

31 Jul


The August Rock gig crew, with Ottie and JC, popped in a for pint earlier this week. It is so lovely to see these gigs coming into PN.  

I can report that it was almost pitch black when they headed home! 

21 Aug


Sorry to raise this in August…. but if you already know that you would like a Winter mooring with us can you let me know. The pontoon is charged at £28.50 per foot (with no minimum size) and we have had boats up to 30ft wintering on the pontoon and taking advantage of being able to sail all year round and work on the boat in the early Spring.  The trots are £18 per foot and the beach is £20 per foot for boats over 10ft long (we already have a number of large yachts booked in).  

21 Aug


In very good condition. Repainted this year.  New stainless keel strips. New custom fit cover. Raymarine Chartplotter and Fishfinder included. Marine VHF included. All fenders and other accessories including rear seats included. Regularly serviced by Robin Curnow.  A perfect boat for The Helford. If sold to a member, the mooring on the pontoon at PNYC would be available.  The boat used to belong to Giles Williams. She is currently on Pontoon No.16 if you want to have a look at her. 

21 Aug


The tender has been returned to her place on No.1 as indicated by the new sign on the landing pontoon.  We had moved it to the outside of the pontoon so that we could get everyone back onto the pontoon as a couple of people wanted their moorings back after taking a season off for covid but it needs it’s own dedicated space. So everything has gone back to normal.   

21 Aug


If you see Mike Maguire floating around in the water, just leave him. He’s swimming. For the first time in many years. 

It was lovely to see Brian Roper and family heading out onto The Helford a little while ago – well done Brian.  

21 Aug


It was a total delight to see the Regatta again at PN after a year off. We estimate some 350 people attended with lots of kids and teenagers – we had 60+ people in the fun race all trying to collect a duck and get it back to the quay without oars. There is a report on the Port Navas website ( along with lots of photos and a few video clips. The whole thing was made possible by the work of the committee and a great group of volunteers – so if you want to be a new volunteer next year, just email me at .  

Next year’s PN Regatta is set for Saturday 23rd July – start time tbc.  

The only casualty of The Regatta was the ladies loo at the club. We had to destroy the cleverly constructed boxing to get access to it so while the loo now works again, there’s some work that needs to be done to get it back to normal.  Aaaagh!

PS Now forget this image and concentrate on the beautiful images below…..


Lee Frost and Melissa Cooke have put together a fabulous PN calendar with the help of lots of locals. It is a collection of photos and paintings. They are taking orders and can do a second print run.  The calendar is A3 in size and will be sold for £10 per copy with a clear protective sleeve or £10.50 with an A3 card mailer so it can be posted out to family and friends.  You can buy one (or several!) after August 7th by phoning Ann Frost on 07952 622237 or emailing These will make perfect Christmas presents and all profits from sales of the calendar will be shared between the PN Regatta charities and PN Village Hall.