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Old Pangbournian Yacht Club


The Old Pangbournian Yacht Club was founded in January 2012 and is open to all OPs - the two main events are the Arrow Trophy (a regatta racing 40 identical foot yachts against alumni of some 30 public school) and an annual Summer Rally (could be anywhere along the UK coast and normally comprises of about 60 members).

Boat ownership is not a necessity as we have plenty of members who always need crew. We are an RYA Affiliated club and can offer discounted sailing courses both ashore and afloat.

We also enter a number of other races such as Round the Island Race, JOG, ARC and RORC)

The OP Yacht Club's chosen charity - named in honour of one of our OPs - is the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

We have a range of exclusive club branded clothing and merchandise available to members too. These include baseball caps, ties, fleeces and t-shirt.

Contact List:


View our Yacht Club Gallery

OPYC Autumn Newsletter 2018

OPYC Membership Application Form

OPYC Event Entry Form


Event Announcement

Peter Kewish is putting together this year’s OP entry into the Arrow Trophy Yacht Race. For those that don’t know about it, it’s a weekend of racing against alumni of some 28 public schools in the Solent in identical 40 foot yachts. 

He said: "It is always great fun both on and off the water and a truly unforgettable experience. No sailing experience is needed as we have a core crew already. Subsidised places are available for the under 25s."

Should anyone fancy the challenge, please email him at events@opyc.org.uk. Crew numbers are limited to 12 so get your application in early. 

More information is available on the OPYC Facebook page and www.atyra.org.uk.


Upcoming Events


  • Saturday 28 July: Bembridge Family weekend rally.  4 boats booked so far. Jeremy Owen has taken over the organisation from Charlotte Butterworth for this event.

  • Friday 7 September: RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) Cherbourg Race (75 miles)

  • Saturday 29 September: ISC (Island Sailing Club) Nab Tower Race

  • Friday 12 October: Arrow Trophy sailing weekend

  • Sunday 25 November: The Atlantic Race for Cruisers leaves Las Palmas for St. Lucia; Our Vice Commodore, Jeremy Owen is taking part on board the 60ft Whitbread/Volvo Yacht “Challenger”. Jeremy has promised to keep a daily Blog for feedback on the OPYC’s Facebook page, and possibly the OP Website/next issue of The Pangbournian.



  • April (Date TBC):  A “Folly Jolly” rally to Cowes

  • April (Date TBC):  Royal Thames YC Belvidere Cup inter-schools racing at Queen Mary Reservoir

  • Saturday 4 May: RORC Cervantes Trophy, Cowes to Le Havre (110-150 miles) in case the Fastnet Team don’t complete Cherbourg

  • Saturday 25 May: RORC Myth of Malham, Cowes/Eddystone (256 miles)

  • Saturday 15 June: Three peaks Race. Andy Roy and “Troubadour” entering with 5 crew.

  • Saturday 29 June:  Round The Island Race

  • July: A two/three week rally to the Channel Islands and northern France

  • Saturday 3 August:  The 2019 RORC Fastnet Race (600  miles) - more details can be found here. Andy Roy has entered Troubadour for this exacting race and asked the OPYC to help form his crew. The Race finishes at Plymouth and we are planning a Rally to welcome Andy home.

  • 11/12 Sept:  Merrick Rayner advised that there will be an OP/OW event at the Royal Yacht Squadron’s ‘Haven’ that weekend.

  • Wednesday 26 December: Sydney Hobart Race. Still in the planning stage.



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