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:

  • £175 for the Summer Season – 1st April to 31st October 2021.
  • £125 for the Summer Holidays – 1st July to 15th September 2021.
  • £125 for the Winter – 1st November to 31st March.

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.

PNYC Clothing

A number of people have asked about PNYC branded clothing so we thought we would do a trial.  We are offering a sweat shirt, a polo shirt and a baseball cap. Each order will be bespoke – so you can decide on product size, colour and wording on the products – eg with your name or without your name.  

  • Fruit Of The Loom Polo Shirt 100% cotton – 22 colours available. Printed logos. £31 + delivery charge.  Choose your design, colour and size with me.  
  • Gildan Heavy Blend Sweat Shirt 80% cotton, 20% polyester – 11 colours available. Printed logos. £35 + delivery charge. Choose your design, colour and size with me.
  • Baseball Cap Slazenger – embroidered burgee logo on front of cap – 6 colours, 1 size. £25 plus delivery.

I will do a group order and split the delivery costs.  Contact me at  Possibly good Christmas presents!

16 Nov


We have finished painting the dining room.  Hopefully it’s a bit fresher than it was. What the painting has done is make the swirly carpet stand out even more!  The carpet is going and will be replaced with a wooden floor – probably in the New Year.  We are also adding a little more lighting to the dining area so that you can see better who you’re sitting with. That obviously has some pros and cons.  FYI – the lights will be fitted with a dimmer switch so you’ll be able to ask for the lights to be turned down if you wish to eat in obscurity. 

16 Nov


The Children’s Sailing Trust has 5 Regatta rowing dinghies.  These are used by the trust for younger kids when the wind is too strong for their modern sailing dinghies. They are also used by Port Navas and Durgan Regattas each year and are a great help in providing a standard rowing boat that can be used by anyone wanting to take part in a race. 

They need a bit of TLC.  There are some wooden parts that need to be replaced or repaired; the old varnish needs to be removed and repainted; they need to be anitfouled and painted inside; some of the oars need attention; and we would like to rig up a system for the Regattas to take an old Oppie rudder so that the kids can use these rudders rather than an oar.  

We are looking for some volunteers. The aim is to do the work in the late Spring but we would love to get an idea of who might be able to spare a day or two. One option is to work on the boats at Henry Collins’ Farm at Calamansac where the Trust have a shed and access to power. However, if someone wanted to work on one boat themselves this could be an option.  

One final “ask” is whether anyone has any inside storage for the 5 boats for the Winter – November to May each year from next year. When stacked side by side they take up a space of a large trailer.  

16 Nov


A collective thanks to everyone for a pretty smooth transition from Summer to Winter.  And congrats to Andy Bennett for his beautiful beach mooring set-up…a hand made cradle…

…and the commitment to dive around the boat to check everything was good. He is available for hire I believe!

16 Nov


We are offering PNYC polo shirts for men and ladies in a large range of colours (£31 + postage) and thick weave sweatshirts (£35 + postage); and finally a baseball cap with embroidered logo (£25 + postage).  See members page for more information. Or email 

28 Oct


Thanks to our membership fees, we have been able to re-cover the seats and stools in the clubhouse with new blue leatherette. No-one has so far commented so we’ll take that as a positive that we haven’t drastically changed the character of the club!  

28 Oct


Cornish Shrimper, Crevette. 19ft, 1980, Sail No.23. Re-varnished mast and boom 2020 and all new rigging.  Some new stainless steel fixings.  Currently on Pontoon No.26 so viewing available. £9,000 ONO.

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.