Poole Yacht Racing Association (PYRA) offers coastal and cross channel racing to yachts and multihulls based in or near to Poole Harbour.

We usually enjoy some sociable chatter and beverages at the destination Rendez-vous.

Our objects are:-

“to promote, encourage, organise and coordinate racing for bona fide sailing yachts in association with the member yacht clubs based on Poole Harbour which sponsor it. (Currently these are Parkstone, Poole and Royal Motor Yacht Clubs).

We put on a varied programme of races see sailing program and social events. PYRA is about having fun and enjoying our sailing.

New this Season

If you need the inspiration to take the plunge into racing your own boat, then PYRA has a new class for you!
PYRA has introduced many owners of cruisers to the fun and competition of yacht passage racing.
The ‘New Look Class 4’ means you don’t have to have depend on large crews, two handed is the way to go! You can bring more but will have a percentage added to your rating.
Choose if you want to fly a spinnaker or not, just declare at the beginning of the season.
There’s no commitment to do every race, just choose the races that appeal to you.
The famous ‘Red Book’ will tell you all you need to know about Starts and Finishes and there is always someone to ask if your unsure!
Our rendezvous are great fun, with the emphasis on the social side of sailing.
Come along to our recruitment evening and find out more!

Selection Of The Boats From Various Classes

Racing is divided into 5 classes all actively supported

The precise split between classes 1, 2 and 3 is not decided until early April each season.

The divisions for 2016 were:-

Class 1 VPRS Fast Group TCC 0.951 and above, (Maxi 1100 to Humphreys 50 Custom)

Class 2 VPRS Medium Group TCC 0.881 to 0.950, (MG C27 to Jeanneau SO 349)

Class 3 VPRS Slow Group TCC less than 0.880, (Elizabethan 29 to Mystery 30 )

Class 4  Ideal for couples, shorthanded or newcomers – Straightforward Bay, Coastal and Channel racing in company – very good company!

Class 5 Multihulls

Annual membership from as little as £50 with a free VPRS Rating Certificate for monohulls, or £32.50 for multihulls.

For more information see  about us/FAQ .

To contact PYRA please go to  Contact Us .

Other points of contact are listed under about us/officers.

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