RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club

RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club

Edinburgh Sailing - minutes from the city centre, sailing on the Forth in the heart of the city. Sailing is now easier and cheaper to get into than ever.

Sailing is one of the best ways to get away from it all, leaving the grind of work behind and enjoying stimulating time on the water – whether that is the relaxation of cruising, pushing yourself physically in a race, or socialising with friends and family. For sailors based in Edinburgh, who want convenience and protected waters, Royal Forth Yacht Club offers sailing less than 15 minutes drive fr

Operating as usual


Thank you to all members for another successful year at the Club. We have a lot to look forward to next year.

May we take this opportunity to wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year.

Closure Over Festive Period

The clubhouse, office and yard office will be closed from Wednesday 20th December - Tuesday 2nd January inclusive.

If there are any urgent issues please contact by email either myself or the relevant Flag Officer.

The Commodore

Photos from RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club's post 08/12/2023

With added wine... 😋

Photos from RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club's post 08/12/2023

The clubroom is looking lovely. If you take any photos today at the Christmas Lunch, do send them to [email protected] for the family album. 😊🎅🤶🧑‍🎄🥂🍾


After the AGM and prior to the Club's Christmas Lunch... is that the storm prior to the calm or the calm before the storm?

We look forward to welcoming all members who have booked their seat for the festivities today. The tables are looking beautiful and the delightful menu, thanks to Will Davies is good to go!

Behind the scenes, the processes of finishing off for the year continue and please look out for the membership renewal message coming today!


Looking for a special Christmas present? How about a dinghy and a membership of RFYC? Check out Blue Marlin, looking for a good home. 🙂

Beautiful GP14 for sale, 'Blue Marlin'.
She comes with a launching trolley, mast and sails.

This is a project. Blue Marlin will probably need some minor work to bring her to her former glory.

Offers welcome, as the RFYC yard storage season has started and possession or uplift is required asap.​

Please contact [email protected] in the first instance.



We are delighted to share the brand new Royal Forth Annual Report for 2023. Annually, our Flag Officers and Office Bearers wrap up the year with an illustrated record of our key events, challenges and successes. We thank you all for your support, which is highlighted in another vibrant Annual Report.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our Annual General Meeting, to be held in the clubhouse Thursday 30th November at 7.30pm. Members are requested to attend in person, if possible. It is a lovely opportunity for members to get together and contribute to the running of the Club. There will be lots to talk about, as we look to continually improve the support, provision and value to all our members. We actively seek your perspective to develop our Club together.

The bar will be open from 7.00pm.

To view the full report, please sign in to your membership portal and view here: https://www.royalforth.org/council-committees/annual-report


An enjoyable time was had last Saturday evening when the fireworks and Prizegiving event was held.

Well done to all those who picked up prizes and thank you to the volunteers who contributed to another successful occasion.

If you are keen to read the Sailors' logs submitted, please follow this link to our website: https://www.royalforth.org/article/227287. The winning photographs are also highlighted there.

- CDRE McQueen Cup - log on the night: Sara Nichols, 'Two By Sea'
- Maja Trophy - Photo on the night, artistic merit: Hillary Sillitto, 'Fingal's Cave'
- Bells Shield - Photo on the night, amusing: Helen Horsfall, 'Red Rag to a Bull(s)'

Hillary's photograph of Fingal's Cave has the prestigious honour of becoming our annual Christmas Card sent to our Patron, Princess Anne.

See our facebook album of selected photos here: https://tinyurl.com/RFYCPrizegiving2023

Photos from RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club's post 17/11/2023

FINAL REMINDER: We look forward to seeing you for the RFYC annual fireworks and prizegiving this Saturday. If you want hot food, booking ahead is the only way we can guarantee you for Saturday night, otherwise it will sell out! Deadline for booking food and advance payment is end of day this Wednesday, 8th November. Book here 👇


Who's coming to Fireworks and Prizegiving on Saturday 11th November 2023?

The fireworks begin at 18:30 followed by the prizegiving for the season's winners.

There will also be food available at £12.50 per head for an adult and £10 for a child.

Please book if you are intending to have some food as it helps the kitchen enormously in preparation. Chicken and Gammon Pie, or Vegetarian Chilli and Rice are on the menu. https://www.royalforth.org/event/rfyc-prize-giving-and-fireworks-1

This is always a great social evening for members, family and friends.

Please do come!


In August 2022, RFYC lost a dedicated member, a good friend and a great character, TOM WILSON.

One of Tom's last wishes was to have his ashes scattered in the Sound of Mull and this film is a record (filmed earlier this year) of the journey undertaken by some of Tom's family and closest friends to honour that wish.

The film not only features the dedication to Tom, at Lochaline, it also captures the voyage from Granton and the beautiful scenery of the Caledonian Canal and the west coast of Scotland.

Come and join us.

The bar is open from 19:00 and the film starts at 19:30.

Photos from RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club's post 18/10/2023

Some excellent shots there for the annual report!
Team work!
Happy Lift Out 2023 !!


Thank you to everyone for taking part in another very busy, complex and successful day.
Particular thanks to the volunteer organisers and our excellent Piotr on Yard management.
The spirit of Lift-Out is pretty much encapsulated in this hearty jig.
Well done everyone!
And now?...
Relax for the winter months.
As if...

Photos from RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club's post 13/10/2023

The Royal Forth Yacht Club welcomed three well-travelled visitors to Edinburgh for a combined Scottish as well as the British Dragon Association Classic and Vintage Dragon Championship. It was a dramatic and memorable two days of racing on the Firth of Forth, and the H-Boat National Championships.

Congratulations to the winners!

* Classic Championship winner Meteor Peter Cook
* Vintage Championship winner Basilisk Michael Hayles
* 1st and winner of Race One Basilisk Michael Hayles
* H-Boat National Championship winner Grand Cru Stewart Robertson

Thank you to all members who ran and catered for this challenging event.

Thanks to Torben Sell and Mark Taylor for the photographs...

and Thank you to Cathy for this excellent report on the BDA website:

Read on...:https://www.britishdragons.org/scottish-classic-and-vintage-dragon-combined-championships-2023/?fbclid=IwAR3UmoMEMTB6XeMok2oQjuxxzLQDQylNifIQXDhdMFW6ud13YOO3RPRHvyU


Quicker than you can say, LIFT OUT, it's back for another year.
Monday 16th October marks the new season for neighbours & for RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club members.

Members not participating in Lift-Out are welcome to come down & show support from the clubhouse bar & kitchen which will be open throughout the day.😋

Any questions, write to

See you there.


All members are welcome this coming Thursday to the first of our Autumn talks:
Selling Everything to Sail the World, Thurs 5th Oct, 19:00 - 22:00

Join Iain & Brioni from Sailing Red Seas on an unforgettable voyage, leaving behind land life for the thrilling world of full-time sailing. Over the last 3 years they have encountered everything from cannibal tribesmen to conquering the world's largest ocean, and they've taken their YouTube followers on a wild adventure aboard their cherished Leopard 47, SV Indioko.

With boundless creativity and a shoestring budget, these young Scots have transformed their ex-charter catamaran into a true bluewater sailboat. Brace yourself for captivating stories, contagious laughter, and edge-of-your-seat triumphs over treacherous conditions.

If you're not an RFYC member and interested in coming along, write to [email protected] and we'll see what we can do.

w. www.red-seas.com
v. www.youtube.com/redseas

Facebook - Red Seas
Instagram -
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Beautiful GP14 for sale, 'Blue Marlin'.
She comes with a launching trolley, mast and sails.

This is a project. Blue Marlin will probably need some minor work to bring her to her former glory.

Offers welcome, as the RFYC yard storage season has started and possession or uplift is required asap.​

Please contact [email protected] in the first instance.


Photos from RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club's post 15/09/2023

The Jubilee Cup !...

It started with a call from Frank (Forth Corinthian) to Sarah (RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club) early in the year suggesting that we reinstate the Jubilee Cup, which has been the prize for a joint RFYC/FCYC passage race in recent years, as an inter-club competition. Frank suggested team racing, RFYC agreed, and then several months of planning followed - finding 6 willing RFYC owners to lend their boats, invent an approach etc.

The resulting event was a very entertaining afternoon of team racing on Sunday 29th August, with perfect wind conditions, in H-Boats, with 6 FCYC sailors and 12 RFYC sailors (in addition to the team, each boat was "minded" by an owner's representative). The camaraderie made the event, and although RFYC won all of the races, the spirit with which the FCYC team took on unfamiliar boats was impressive. We are all looking forward to next year.

Photos from RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club's post 14/09/2023

Last weekend RFYC hosted the . A fleet of 7 boats mainly from the home club had better-than-expected racing in a shifting NW-W-SW wind on Saturday. John Robertson PRO set a variety of short and long courses across 4 races to make the most of the conditions ahead of a poor forecast for Sunday. There was close competition between the first 5 boats however Kevan Gibb and Peter Taylor were consistent and gave an impressive performance to become overnight leaders. As predicted there was very little wind on Sunday so after a short wait the PRO decided to call it a day and the rather impressive championship trophy was awarded to the winners.

Well done Kevan and Peter!

For full results link to the RFYC website here: https://www.royalforth.org/series/8085

National Squib Owners Association

Photos from Largo Bay Sailing Club- LBSC's post 12/09/2023
Photos from RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club's post 30/08/2023

This year we again invited our neighbours at Forth Corinthian Yacht Club to join us in the Festival Series. The event was a great success!

Read on: https://royalforth.org/article/222833


The Commodore with Royal Anglesey Yacht Club's Commodore at the 2023 Menai Strait Regattas. This is a predominately classic yacht regatta attracting competitors from local sailing clubs and held on the scenic waters of the Menai Strait, Anglesey.

Photos from RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club's post 08/08/2023

The RFYC has four tenders that have been left unclaimed for several seasons now. We are giving away two that we believe not to be of worth (except possibly for a garden display or yard. Both have fibreglass structures), and have decided to sell the following two with proceeds to the Club:

Triss 25
8ft x 4ft a good, sound fibreglass structure

Dory with oars
8ft x 4ft also a good fibreglass structure

Please contact the office if interested: [email protected]

The cost for storing a boat on the racks on the pier is listed here: https://www.royalforth.org/page/moorings-yard-fees

These are the two for sale: https://www.royalforth.org/page/for-sale-triss-25-and-dory-with-oars
and these are the two we are giving away. We would be very happy to hear from local community groups who might want them for their outdoor displays.: https://www.royalforth.org/page/free-to-a-good-home-two-tenders-for-garden-or-yard-ornament


All ROYAL FORTH Cruisers are invited to join in THE FESTIVAL SERIES

This is the second Season of this new venture and is back due to popular demand.

The two day event with racing on each evening will be tailored towards encouraging cruiser boats to take part.

When? On the evenings of Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August 2023

There will be a briefing in the Royal Forth Yacht Club at 18:00hrs. First race start at 19.00hrs with a time limit of an hour and fifteen minutes with an extension of 30 minutes if any yacht finishes within the time limit.

Where? In the vicinity of Wardie Bay.

Entry Fee? None, it's free!

How Do I Enter? Please e-mail: [email protected] as soon as you know you will be racing!

Please find the official page with further information in downloads here: https://www.royalforth.org/race-events/the-festival-series-2023

Forth Yacht Clubs Association


Just a reminder of this fab Cruise 'n' Race event planned for RFYC members this Saturday 29th. New members and beginners do not fear - there is separate cruising as well as racing - you don't need to take part in both. There's plenty of room on our cruisers.

Contact Ken Allan without delay if you're keen to join. See details here: https://www.royalforth.org/article/220563


Dear RFYC Member,

We plan to hold the Club Cruise and Race on Saturday 29th July this year, heading for Aberdour. We will all arrive at Aberdour around the same time, some folks racing round a course and others cruising across to Fife.

We would expect to be back in Granton at around 15:00hrs.

Whether you sail or motor, cruise or race or both, have a boat or not, are a new member or are well engrained in the annals of the Club, this event is for you.

Bring a picnic! Aberdour Sailing Club are a very accommodating club and will give us access to their toilets. This is the first day of their Fair Week, so there will be lots going on in the village.

The plan is to meet at our Club at 0900hrs.
This will also be when the briefing for the race will be held, with the course outlined.

We may take our committee boat, Royal Forth too with some folks who would prefer to travel on her.

The day will be governed by the weather, but we do ask that you let us know in advance whether you wish to attend and if a boat owner, how many 'extra' crew you would have space for on the day. For organisation purposes, it is important that we know who is coming and which boats are planning to sail.

Please contact [email protected] or call/text 07974 379254 and let Ken know your intentions asap.


🎷🎸🪘 Hi there! 🪕🎻🪗 It's open music night again at the RFYC, Friday 30th June.

There will be a 🎹 piano 🎹 to play with and the usual crowd +. If you are a shy member or new member, there's no time like the present to show up and join the chorus. 🎼🎤

We look forward to seeing you!

The bar will be open, and usual bar snacks available. Sorry no hot food tomorrow night, with our trusty volunteer chef away racing his boat! 😊 These things rely on our volunteers to go ahead, so if you're keen to join the crew, we welcome you with open arms.


Open Sailing @ RFYC Tuesday 27th June 2023

We were so lucky last night (Tuesday) to get a break in the poor weather conditions to allow us to take our guests out on the water.

Throughout the day, heavy showers and lack of wind threatened this event to be cancelled. However, once again, these conditions did not deter our skippers from turning out to offer their services and take to the water for what turned out to be a most enjoyable sail.

Most boats were becalmed shortly after leaving the harbour but perseverance paid off and they were rewarded with a brisk sail when the wind filled in shortly before their return.

A huge thanks to all our skippers for turning out and to Cathy and Helen for attending to our guests' needs when they returned to the club for refreshments afterwards.

On the whole, a thoroughly enjoyable evening's sailing with most guests expressing a wish to do it again at some point.

Our next Open Sailing event takes place on Tuesday the 11th July 2023.

If you are interested in attending any of our Open Sailing events, whether as a RFYC skipper or guest interested in joining us, contact: [email protected]



Photos from RFYC - Royal Forth Yacht Club's post 23/06/2023

Some social, some volunteers, some winners and some winning Gin. The 'behind the scenes' of the Edinburgh Regatta and VX Ones. 😊

Edinburgh Regatta & VX One Nationals 2023, photos Dale Sandercock 23/06/2023

Some more lovely photos of the weekend action courtesy of Dale Sandercock. Thank you Dale! These represent racing on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June, including the Edinburgh Regatta competitors and VX Ones.

As well as hosting the VX One National Championships, RFYC also ran the annual Edinburgh Regatta jointly with the Forth Corinthian Yacht Club. A total of 35 yachts entered the combined events with visitors from Fisherrow and Port Edgar YC for the Edinburgh Regatta and from Ireland and the north of England for the VX One Nationals.

The event was a success both on and off the water with 8 races total in increasing north easterly winds plus amazing catering from Will Davies on the House team ashore. The VX Ones said they had their best ever class dinner on Friday.

Great fun was had on the water and enjoyable socialising onshore.

Visitor feedback included... "Just wanted to drop a note to say thanks to Royal Forth for running a great VX event at the weekend, very well organised with a very friendly club, great weather and excellent catering. Hope to be back in the near future" and "Thank everyone for their friendly welcome and hospitality. We loved the club with its interesting history".

For Edinburgh Regatta results, go to the Edinburgh Regatta 2023 tab on our website: www.royalforth.org/edinburgh-regatta-2023/2023-edinburgh-regatta-results-overall

for VX Ones results, visit: https://www.royalforth.org/page/vx-one-nationals-2023

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