Lochaber Yacht Club

LYC was established in 1954 and our members have been actively sailing on Loch Linnhe since. We are an established RYA sailing establishment and offer come and try sessions for anyone interested in learning to sail. We are a family sailing club and do everything we can to get young people involved in sailing.

We have a number of social events throughout the year including a sailing regatta, sailing courses and ongoing Thursday Night Club Nights. We have an annual Prize Giving and Fitting Out Supper. We also host a successful Hill Race in association with Lochaber Athletic Club. Runners are ferried across the loch to run up and down the hill opposite the Clubhouse – and a tasty barbe afterwards.

The Club supports the Soling yacht – a former One Design Olympic boat. There are five active Solings racing and sailing on the loch most weeks during the summer. If you would like to come try sailing a Soling, please contact the Secretary.

Click all the links on our site to find out more, or give our Secretary a call if you like. You are welcome to come down on a Thursday evening during the summer to see what we are up to.

If you would like to join our sailing club in Fort William there is an application form on this page. Before you join come down the water on a Thursday evening to see what’s going on – just introduce yourself to someone to say you are interested in finding out more….

From time to time the Clubhouse can be hired for a private event – please ask for details.

If you would like to be kept up-to-date about Club activities and events, please signup to our Weekly Club Newsletter.

Location

Lochaber Yacht Club is on the shores of Loch Linnhe only 15 minutes walk SW of the town centre of Fort William. If you are arriving by car then the yacht club is directly off the A82 about 1km south of Fort William. If you are using a satnav use the coordinates below.

GPS co-ordinates:

56°48’39.0″N 5°07’25.6″W

Clubhouse Facilities
After a disastrous fire in November 2006 a new club house was built. It was formally opened by Charles Kennedy MP in March 2008 on the occasion of the first dinghy race of the season the Frostbite. It is a modern building on the shore of Loch Linnhe. We have good changing rooms including facilities for the disabled, a large galley, and a large general use area complete with log-stove and good views across the loch. Also there is an elevated race office which makes for easy management and supervision of activities an the water. The club house is used for social functions as well as sailing events. By arrangement from time to time visitors use our facilities for a meeting or functions.

Adjacent to the club house there are 3 securely fenced dinghy parks and a car parking area – all built by the club. Also the 5m wide slipway is central and at an easy gradient. Dinghies can be launched at all states of the tide usually at right angles to the prevailing wind. Keelboats on trailers can be launched when there is half tide or more. There are 24 moorings just out from the club managed by the Achintore Moorings Owners  Association. The Club also has a visitor mooring which is available on a first-come basis, and a modest nightly charge is made.

Our clubhouse is maintained to a very high standard and the committee would like members to help them look after our fabulous facilities.

Showers, toilets and changing rooms
If you use the showers after swimming or dinghy sailing, please mop up all the puddles of sea water from the floor. Leaving sea-water all over the floor causes the clubhouse to stink and is not pleasant for other club members – it only takes a couple of minutes to mop up. Leaving puddles on the floor causes mould to form too. Mops and buckets are provided !

Visitor Moorings
LYC has visitor moorings which can be rented for daily or weekly rate. Contact the Secretary if you would like to book one or check availability

Clubhouse Stove
LYC has a large log-burning stove which provides a high level of comfort after sailing. It burns up a lot of wood. If you know of a source of firewood, please let a committee member know about this so we can make arrangements to collect it and season it for heating the clubhouse.

For more details please contact our Hon Secretary.

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