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This is the Official Website of the

Bristol Channel Yachting Association.

(It's a dynamic site, last update 27 06 16)

Britain's Second Biggest and Friendliest

Yachting Association.


Our purpose is to encourage sailing and

motor boating activities in the Bristol Channel and promote interclub relations.


Please Scroll down for breaking news

or use the top and side menues for regular items.

You are welcome to request a link be inserted rather than copy which 

will inevitably become stale.

Safety is a state of mind, not a list of equipment,

it's everyone's inescapable responsibility

and eternal vigilance is it's price.


The B.C.Y.A. Supports the Yachting and Boating World (Y.B.W.) Forum... Click the link below to go straight to the forum.




Click on the buttons below to go to the B.C.Y.A. Facebook & Twitter pages... 

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B.C.Y.A. Handbook

The latest edition of the "Bristol Channel Handbook"
affectionately known as ‘The Blue Book’ is available now...

Wholesale price... £8.00.    Retail price... £12.00.

It's the latest Guide to harbours, anchorages and yacht clubs In the Bristol Channel
(Ideal as a Xmas or birthday present)

The ‘Blue Book’ is available at Force 4 Chandlery in Cardiff,
Swansea, Bristol and Watchet Marina.

Or direct from...  E:- gordon.cbs@gmail.com    T:- 01453 811021.
Handbook updates...  Just click: "B.C.Y.A. Handbook & updates" on the top navigation bar.

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A free display stand is available which holds 12 books,
(a convienent size for counter tops, bars etc.)

Supplied full, on the basis that there is no initial cost,
we call periodically, count the books on the stand,
top it up to 24 and invoice for the number of books sold.

This Is AlsoThe Place To Download Leaflets and Posters For Your Notice Board...

Click here to  download B.C.Y.A. flyers and other documents for your notice boards...  BCYA Noticeboard Flyer A5.odt

Looking after the interests of all Bristol Channel boaters. Please visit our web site where you will find much  useful information on the Bristol Channel    postcard_launch.pdf


Click here to see... B.C.Y.A. Sailing programme 2016... 

The Welsh Coast Rally is just round the corner on the 9th 10th July.

All people need to do in order to book in is PHONE KERRY ON 07745 121498 
or e-mail him on kerrydouglas9@hotmail.com

FREE ENTRY for all members of BCYA affiliated clubs

DISCOUNTED Mermaid Quay pontoon rates—£22 for up to 4 days when booked through the BCYA in advance, or normal rates at pontoon machine.

In conjunction with The International Food & Wine Festival—Lots to do !

COMPLIMENTARY Drinks reception and prize ceremony for best dressed boat on the pontoons at 1800 hrs on Saturday the 9th.

Saturday evening “Social” with food at Cardiff Yacht Club

REGISTER NOW by contacting Kerry Douglas on

T:- 07745 121498 E:- kerrydouglas9@hotmail.com

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I wanted to provide you with a quick status of things here in Watchet, for you to be able to brief your club.

I am the owner (and now manager) of the marina here in Watchet and over the last few months have been making changes and investing heavily to improve the operation and upgrade the general experience that our customers receive.  

Firstly, the gate is now fully back in commission and fully automatic, which is a major relief and has now been working reliably for some months. 

Secondly, dredging has now been completed in 80% of berths in the marina and we have now allocated an area that will allow visiting boats to be afloat at all states of the tide and moored together to facilitate group visits. Further dredging is planned but this will not impact visitors.

Thirdly, we are currently upgrading our WC facilities and these will be completed in the next 2 weeks. We recognise that clean, modern WCs / showers are a pre-requesite to a great visitor experience which is our aim.  

Lastly, we have now opened our own on-site cafe offering amazing all-day breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas from 8am to 5pm. A great place to recover from the journey to Watchet. 

We have now printed our 2016 marina year books - If you would like some copies, please let me know.

I look forward to seeing you and your members in Watchet soon.

best regards

Tim Taylor 
01984 631264

Congratulations to Nigel of Thornbury sailing Club, Nigel is a member of Thornbury Sailing Club. His boat is called Niarbyl and he sails widely all over the Bristol Channel.

Classic Boat Awards 2016

                                     BRISTOL  CHANNEL  BUILT YACHT WINS NEW CLASSIC BOAT AWARD 2016


A new Eventide built at the Underfall Yard in Bristol is the winner of the Classic Boat Award 2016 in the New build under 40 foot category.

Niarbyl was commissioned by Nigel Vaughn. The presentation of the award was made in London by Tom Cunliffe. Nigel who is a member

of Thornbury Sailing Club will be sailing Niarbyl all over the Bristol Channel in the coming years. The two photographs show Niarbyl under sail and

the presentation ceremony with Nigels wife Alwyn accepting the award.

Hello all,


You may remember that I asked you, back in December, whether you could vote for my new-build 25 foot wooden sailing boat, built at the historic Underfall Yard in Bristol, which had been selected by Classic Boat magazine as a candidate for their Traditional New Build Under 40 foot category.  Well, we won!  So thank you very much to those of you who voted.  I attach a picture of her under sail and one of my wife, Alwyn, and Dutchman Win, the boss of Star Yachts who built her, receiving the award from yachting legend Tom Cunliffe at a ceremony in London (I was away in France on business unfortunately).  She is currently in Portishead – the list of jobs go on – but will be off on a circumnavigation (of the Bristol Channel, that is) in a few weeks.

Best wishes,



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