Coco’s Brasserie – Games Nights

Cocos Brasserie at Dale Yacht Club are running games nights every Thursday, starting on October 10th. For those who don’t fancy darts, pool or table tennis, there are playing cards and board games, including scrabble, chess, draughts, jenga, connect 4, jahtzee, battleships…

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Dale Regatta 2019 – photographs

Dale Regatta – 11th August 2019 – TO GO AHEAD AS PLANNED

Dale Regatta Sunday 11th August 2019: to go ahead as planned

The forecast for Sunday is for excellent sailing weather so the Regatta will go ahead as planned and we look forward to welcoming you then.

John Walmsley

Commodore Dale YC

Long Distance Race – 10th August 2019 – CANCELLED

Long Distance Race Saturday 10th August 2019: cancelled

Winds gusting to 50 knots are forecast for Saturday and because of this I regret to inform you that the long distance race which was to be held on Saturday is cancelled.

John Walmsley

Commodore Dale YC



Foiling Training Day

foiling laser dale

Foiling training day

During the Late May Bank Holiday, DYC members had the opportunity to try out the unique foiling Laser and Aero.

You can see a video of the foiling training on Youtube…




The Laying Up Supper 2018

Saturday 10th November

Put this in your diary to support and

welcome Chris Vane

to the yacht club restaurant and bar.

Menu price and booking details will be posted before the end of the month.


Dale Yacht Club is delighted to welcome Chris Vane who will be running the Restaurant and Bar in the Clubhouse. He brings a wealth of experience and successfully launched his restaurant Coco’s in Milford Haven earlier this year. The yacht club restaurant will be run as a sister to Coco’s in Milford and will be branded as

Coco’s @ Dale Yacht Club

Chris has some innovative ideas for the new branding; a promise of delicious menus and a warm welcome.

The Restaurant and Bar will be opening at the end of October 2018.

DYC Regatta 2018

Dale YC Junior Sailing 2nd May 2018

  • Mark Hughes is the newly appointed chief instructor for West Wales Watersports. He has a wide experience of tutoring outdoor pursuits including 8 years at the Edinburgh University sailing centre and at several outward bound schools.  He has also coached in New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland.
  • Registration will be at 18:00 on 2nd May in the Yacht Club, followed by an introductory rigging session. Sailing will commence on 9th
  • Fees will be £15 per night or £132 (20% discount) for the 11 week course (9th May to July 18th).  Please bring cash or a cheque book.
  • DYC Junior Membership Applications must be completed at Registration and the Junior Subscription of £10 paid, unless this is covered by Family Membership (note grandchildren are not entitled to be part of their grandparents’ Family Membership).
  • A further 6 week course is planned from July 28th to the end of August.
  • Volunteers are still needed for beachmaster and rescue launch duties. If you are able to help please record your availability at registration.
  • Sandwiches and chips will be available in the club house.

We look forward to welcoming you all next week and wish you an enjoyable sailing season.

John Walmsley

Commodore Dale YC

From Lou Boorman – March 2017

Winter Championships

Last weekend, junior members of Dale YC competed in the Topper Winter Championships in Weymouth, the host venue for the 2012 Olympics. Over 150 sailors competed in the blustery and challenging conditions over the weekend, with gusts of 30 knots. Saturday brought heavy gales that forced the Race Committee to postpone all races for both 5.3 and 4.2 fleets for two hours eventually making the decision to postpone until the next day. Similar conditions were seen on Sunday with only a small three-hour window shown in the forecast to race in before the wind increased above 30 again. Many sailors in the 5.3 fleet reefed onshore before the early morning launch – including myself who is about a foot shorter and 20kg lighter than my competition.

In the first race of the day, I rounded the windward mark 5th and was 1st boat with a reefed sail. But being reefed, sailors with full sails had the advantage of having a bigger sail so I lost a few places overall and finished 12th but still 1st reefed. As the wind increased with every race, more and more sailors chose to reef their sails so that capsizing wasn’t a constant battle. Four races were completed in total with one discard. The Welsh sailors had very good results, including those representing Dale YC: Jake Scott finishing 43rd, me – Lou Boorman with 30th and Finn Robarts with 17th in the 5.3 fleet of 122. Andrew Scott (age 10) in the 4.2 fleet, completed every race and finished 29th.


Junior sailors from dale have also been selected for high-standard squads this year: Lou Boorman and Finn Robarts are in the British Topper Squad, Jake Scott in Youth Development Squad and Andrew Scott following in his brother’s footsteps in South & West Regional Squad. If there are any sailors trying for a place in the higher squads such as Intermediate, British, Youth, you definitely need to compete in these events to be considered after applying, especially the qualifying events. If you’re trying for any Regional Squad, my advice is to compete in as many local CYRC’s, racing and training as you can to gain experience and confidence and to learn. If you’re trying for Welsh Squad, you’ll need to compete in the national events to show commitment to the selection panel but most importantly you’ll gain the experience of racing in larger fleets with bigger starts.

Coming up next

The next event in our calendar is the 3rd event in the national series at Carsington, a reservoir in Derbyshire, on the 18th and 19th of March. However, there are various training camps for different squads in the week prior to this event.

Everyone in the topper world has two big events that are taking over their calendars. The World Championships which will take place in Loctudy on the east cost of Brittany, France, drawing competitors from all corners of the globe for the week-long championships. Somewhere the sea will be warm!Topper National Championships hosted this year in Wales at Pwllheli SC where sailors from Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland will be competingagainst each other in a week-long competition in the sea of North Wales. Jake, Finn, Andrew and I will not only be representing Dale, but Wales and Britain as well.

I wish everyone good luck in their events, training and squad applications – Lou Boorman.