Royal Tay Yacht Club
Fort William House, 34 Dundee Road, West Ferry, Dundee DD5 1LX
Promoting Sailing Since 1885
Great Sailing, Social and Training Facilities
" At a meeting of gentlemen, favourable to the formation of a Sailing Club, held in Lamb's Hotel Dundee on Friday 27th March 1885, it was unanimously resolved by those present to form themselves into a Sailing Club to be known as the Tay Corinthian Yacht Club"
Over one hundred and twenty five years ago this group of gentlemen set the foundation of what is now known as the Royal Tay Yacht Club. Since then, a lot of water has ebbed and flowed past the club’s base in West Ferry Bay and despite all the challenges faced over the years the club has developed into Tayside’s leading yacht club.
However despite its ‘Victorian’ heritage and ‘Royal’ title the club has developed into a modern family friendly club where despite the competitiveness of its members, they still put high emphasis on the ‘fun’ side of sailing.
The club offers a range of excellent facilities for members and guests. Firstly there is the main clubhouse, known as ‘Fort William House’, a former Victorian shipping magnates holiday home developed into a prestigious clubhouse overlooking the River Tay and the clubs sailing waters. Fort William House boasts two bars, restaurant, cadet room, training room and garden area suitable for visitor camping during major events.
Below the main clubhouse are large spacious changing rooms with usual facilities for sailing plus a large roof balcony again with panoramic views of our sailing waters. Weather permitting this balcony is a popular club feature at major events
Nearby on the beach there is the original Club House, still used to water and feed sailors during events, an elevated Race Box and large secure dinghy parks with storage sheds and lockers. The club has its own parking facilities at both the main clubhouse and at the beach. Also down at Broughty Harbour the club own extensive boat storage facilities known as the Harbour Shed.
The RTYC has a comprehensive sailing programme with regular sailing and racing events to cater for both the casual and competitive sailor. Both keel boats and dinghies are catered for at RTYC.
This includes evening and weekend sailing with both club and open events. Such is the reputation of the RTYC, that we frequently host major, both Scottish and National, events with travellers coming from all parts of the UK and beyond.
The RTYC actively encourage youth sailing with a cadet section (age 10 to 18) sailing/training on Wednesday evenings throughout the sailing season. Normally during the last week of the Summer school holidays there is a Cadet Regatta Week to test all the theory learned but again with a high ‘fun’ element.
The club is a registered (RYA) training centre under the auspices of the Tay Sail Training Association. Go to http://www.taysail.org/ for details of all the courses available.