Sailing Offshore

Offshore Sailing from Coquet Yacht Club

What more could anyone ask for from a cruising area? Castles, Islands, beautiful coastlines dotted with anchorages, history, copious amounts of wildlife and the odd micro brewery to row ashore to after a hard day’s exploring. Sailing from Amble and Coquet Yacht club has it all and more!

The Yacht Club itself boasts easily accessible river moorings, secure storage ashore for tenders, a bar with stunning views up river to Warkworth Castle (a view to die for as the sun slowly dips behind the keep) and evening meals whilst the nearby marina has berths available. The marina is within 5 minutes walk from the CYC Clubhouse and the marina itself is less than 5 minutes walk from shops such as Tescos and copious amounts of “eateries” catering for all tastes from the chippy to Italian, pub food to Indian; and so on.

As you leave the harbour entrance you are greeted by views Coquet Island (Grace Darling’s brother used to run the lighthouse here), home to seals and thousands of turns. During the Summer months many groups of puffins can be seen around the waters.

Heading North you have from the piers you can immediately see Warkworth Castle to your Port and the silhouette of Dunstanburgh Castle “dead on the nose”. Leading away from you is the beautiful sandy beaches of Alnmouth bay. Progressing North you will pass Howick Haven (a snug little anchorage with a prehistoric settlement recreation above it) and soon be able to see the Farne Islands and the anchorage of “The Kettle”.

Don’t forget to look in on Newton on your way to the Farnes. A well loved spot in the shadow of Dunstanburgh Castle with plenty of shelter and an easy row ashore to the Ship Inn for a tasty crad sandwich and a sample of the locally brewed ale.

North of the Farnes of course you can see Bamburgh Castle and then Lindisfarne (Holy Island) with its anchorage below the old ruined priory. Another short row ashore to the slip way and you are onto the peaceful island with the odd pub, shop and the castle to look around.

In short, a brilliant place to explore from and to come back to.

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Offshore Racing from Coquet Yacht Club

Coquet Yacht Club has regular offshore racing between the months of April and November each year with well attended weekly races each Saturday.

The sailing program caters for all tastes from quick couple of hours around the cans in the bay; to longer distance races up the coast to Newton or down the coast to Blyth.

Races are well attended and the racing hotly competed for. Unlike a lot of clubs who run a standard fixed measured handicap rating or a fixed PY handicap Coquet Yacht Club operate a rolling handicap allowing for handicaps to be adjusted up or down dependent upon the boat’s performance. This removes the opportunity for a single boat continually winning everything and the other boats getting discouraged. If you aren’t doing so well as you get used to the boat, don’t worry. Through adjustments within the handicap the gap will reduce between you and that elusive first place.  We have had boats from 41 feet to 26 feet finishing within seconds of each other on corrected time after 3 hours of racing. Close stuff and always interesting.

CYC has the tag line of “The Friendliest Club in the Friendliest Port”. This extends to the racing as well. All skippers happily share suggestions for better sailing or adjustments with other boats in order to maintain that close quarters thrill. Well we share “most” of our secrets but perhaps not all….. you can’t make it too easy for everyone now can you?

Come along, have a try of the racing. It’s not all rule shouting and protest meetings at CYC. Racing from CYC gives you an ideal chance to hone your sailing abilities and tune the boat so you can get to your cruising destinations easier and in perhaps a more relaxed style.

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