Welcome to Lochaber Yacht Club

A Fort William sailing club on Loch Linnhe, in the Outdoor Capital of the UK, just 15 minutes walk from the town centre. Lochaber Yacht Club was established in 1954 and has been very active ever since.  If you live in the area and are interested in a new sport, you are welcome to come down to the Clubhouse on Thursday evenings to see around and look at some of our boats. We are a friendly club and welcome new members at any time of year.

COVID-19
Watersports are now possible for club members where activities are within the government’s laws.

Current  membership is  about 120 which includes individual, student and family memberships and a few country members. The  clubhouse is located on Achintore Road on the way into Fort William from the south. We welcome new members all the time and you are invited to come down on a Thursday evening to find out more about sailing on Loch Linnhe – or send an email to our Secretary.

We have a large selection of dinghies which you can find out about from other pages on the site, and a small fleet of keelboats, including Solings, which are former Olympic boats.

We are also a recognised RYA teaching establishment and organise sailing courses each year for anyone to join.

If you’d like to find out more about sailing, you are welcome to come down on Club Nights after 7pm to watch sailing and to see what’s involved.  Lochaber Yacht Club has a full sailing programme of race nights, club nights and trophy races. We also have a good social programme of events including our Annual Regatta, and at the beginning of the sailing season, the Fitting Out Supper.

Anyone interested in sailing is welcome to come down to the clubhouse when we there something on to take a look around and find out about sailing and joining in.

Thursday Club every week from 1000 hrs. All welcome. There are always jobs to do from maintaining the club boats to chopping firewood – you could even try sailing.

Sailing in Fort William Scotland is a great sport. We are a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised teaching establishment with a great resource of enthusiastic and experienced sailing coaches and instructors.

Club members – please see the Members section for more information, club events, fixtures list, rotas, results etc.

Junior Sailing

Juniors (anyone under 18) can join the club. We run a beginners sailing course at sometime during the season and usually on  Thursday Club Nights from 1830 pm.  If you are interested and would like to have a go first, you can come down to the club on a Thursday evening and introduce yourself to someone, or contact the Secretary beforehand. We can arrange to get you out on the water to see if you like it, then we can make arrangements to start a formal RYA Level 2 sailing course over a period of time.

On Thursday Club Nights we also run club dinghy racing so you might be able to crew for someone who is pleased to take you out for a sail.

Visitors to Loch Linnhe

Lochaber Yacht Club welcomes visitors. Sailing dinghies and yachts are most welcome to join us sailing at any of our events. Launch your dinghy from the club’s slipway. Please contact a committee member if you need any more information. A donation towards club costs in maintaining the slip, clubhouse, and car park will be much appreciated.

We enjoy seeing visiting yachts on Loch Linnhe and the club has one visitor mooring available on the outer trot, opposite the Club. There are nearly always other moorings available on the two trots which are run by Achintore Mooring Owners Association – Contact Hamish Loudon Tel: 01397 702370 or Mobile 07879651851. There is a daily fee for the moorings. Long stay by arrangement.

Water and Fuel

Water is available at the Clubhouse. For fuel the nearest filling station is at Morrisons Supermarket. Or diesel can be obtained if you pay to go into the Caledonian Canal basin.

A drop off/pick up pontoon is now available at the north end of the West End Car Park provided by Fort William Marina and Shoreline Company Ltd.