Tel: 01590 672677

Visiting the Club

We welcome rallies, visiting yachts, sailors and motorboaters.

Visiting Royal Lymington Yacht Club

We welcome visiting sailors, yachtsmen and motorboaters!


 

The Solent and its approaches provide wonderful opportunities for cruising as well as many hospitable places for lunch or an over-night stop along the way. Whether you are planning to moor on a Lymington Harbour pontoon, in Lymington Yacht Haven or in Berthon's Lymington Marina, you will find a warm welcome at Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Our fabulous bar and restaurant is managed by the world-renowned Mosimann's. Experience first class cuisine and exceptional service in our restaurant and enjoy drinks and our all-day menu in our bar or on our sun terrace, with stunning riverside and Solent views. To reserve a table, please contact the club office on 01590 672677 or email sail@rlymyc.org.uk.
 

Host your rally at Royal Lymington Yacht Club!


 

We welcome boating groups and rallies - please contact Gillian in the club office in advance who will ensure that we cater to your precise needs. According to your numbers and requirements, we have a number of private function rooms available, with flexible seating arrangements enabling a variety of dining, conference, celebration, lecture and training configurations.

If you would like assistance with organising a speaker or a particular training course, we can help. We can also organise for your group to access our expert boatman services - including our crane.

Special menus and catering rates can be arranged; when your rally dines at the club then we would love to offer your ‘Lead Boat’ a berth on our pontoon so you can kick start your evening on board. Please contact Gillian via the club office for more details.

If you are a smaller group and would prefer to eat in our normal restaurant and bar, please contact us in advance to make a reservation via our club office, on 01590 672677 or email sail@rlymyc.org.uk.

Visiting sailors


Sailors visiting the Royal Lymington Yacht Club for coaching, training or events, please note the following important information.


Getting afloat 

Any road trailers, please put carefully into the allocated area. The club has limited space in the entrance to the Balance Pond (by slipway). For some organised training and events the club will also allocate areas of the carpark for trailers and rigging. Please allow for other users to get their boats in and out and keep the road clear to the Harbour Master’s office, the RNLI and LTSC.

A slipway fee is due daily if you do not have a permit on your boat.  If you will be sailing regularly over the summer/ winter, you can pay for 12 months at the Harbour Master's office.  Check with the club for organised events, where the entry fee will include the slipway launch fee; for some training events, a reduced daily fee is required to be paid through the club.

Launching trolleys: pair up and ensure one of you places the launching trolley off the slipway at the top to right in the designated area off the public pavement and not encroaching on the slipway which may impede the inshore lifeboat launching.

Ferries have right of way at all times. Keep to the edge of the river out of the channel and respond to directions from the coach/safety rib at all times!


Ashore

Club facilities: if wet, please stay downstairs. When in wet gear, access to our restaurant for food can be via outside steps at end of building by crane. Our training rooms are downstairs: the Sail Loft and Slipway Lounge, with a small kitchen area.

Please keep sail bags in the changing rooms downstairs (please do not use the Ladies cloakroom for changing). There are small lockers for valuables under the main stairs.


Under 18 Consent Form and Adult Helper Forms

If you are going out on the water for a club organised event or training, all junior and youth sailors are required to have a signed Junior Consent Form completed by their parents/guardians and submitted to the club office, detailing any medical information.  

Adult helpers going out on water must also complete an Adult Helper Form

  • Arriving by land
  • Where to park
  • Arriving by sea
  • Where to moor

Postcode for Sat Nav users: SO41 3SE

If you are towing a boat, please ignore the Sat Nav as you approach Lymington and follow the brown tourist signs for the local marinas and/or the instructions below. Some Sat Nav systems take you down a narrow road which is difficult to manoeuvre whilst towing.


How to find Royal Lymington Yacht Club by road

From the Christchurch direction:

  • Follow the A337 to the roundabout just after the Fuel Station.
  • Turn RIGHT into Ridgeway Lane. There is a brown signpost to Riverside Marinas.
  • Turn LEFT into Rookes Lane.
  • At the Roundabout turn RIGHT into All Saints Road.
  • All Saints Road becomes Stanley Road. 
  • At The Mayflower turn LEFT into Kings Saltern Road.
  • Take the next RIGHT into the Bath Road carpark.
  • Royal Lymington Yacht Club can be found on the waterfront to the left of the slipway.

From the Lyndhurst direction:

  • Follow the A337, straight on at the two mini roundabouts entering the town.
  • Straight on at the traffic lights.
  • Follow the one way system heading towards Christchurch and New Milton.
  • At the roundabout just LEFT into Ridgeway Lane. There is a brown signpost to Riverside Marinas.
  • Turn LEFT into Rookes Lane.
  • At the Roundabout turn RIGHT into All Saints Road.
  • All Saints Road becomes Stanley Road. 
  • At The Mayflower turn LEFT into Kings Saltern Road.
  • Take the next RIGHT into the Bath Road carpark.
  • Royal Lymington Yacht Club can be found on the waterfront to the left of the slipway.


Arriving by train

The Lymington line is a branch off the main Waterloo to Weymouth line, change at Brockenhurst for Lymington Town and Lymington Pier (for the Ferry). It’s a ten minute scenic ride along the Lymington River to Lymington Town Station – and then on to Lymington Pier if you’re heading to the Isle of Wight via ferry to Yarmouth. 

Lymington Town Station is very close to the centre of Lymington. On leaving the station car park, turn left into Mill Lane and follow the road past Haven Quay. Follow the path along the river to the Town Quay, then follow Quay Road to Bath Road. Walk along Bath Road, past Berthon Marina and Bath Road park. You'll find Royal Lymington Yacht Club on the left of the Bath Road car park.

Brockenhurst Station live departures

Lymington Town Station live departures

Lymington Pier Station live departures

National Rail Enquires journey planner 

Car park

The Car Park at the end of Bath Road is owned and operated by New Forest District Council (NFDC). The Royal Lymington Yacht Club accepts no responsibility for cars parked in the NFDC car park. 

The car park is pay and display, with cash or Ringo (location 2560). The charging Period is all year round 06:00 to 22:00 (Seven days a week including Bank Holidays). Please note:
  • Blue Badge Holders / motorcycles are free.
  • No overnight sleeping / camping allowed.
  • Parking must be in marked bays.
  • Trailers should be left attached to the vehicle.  
  • Please remember that parking should also be paid for any trailers and should be placed in the windscreen of the towing vehicle. 
  • Amenity Parking Permits and Long Stay Clocks do not cover the trailer.
Due to its unique use by yachtsmen the NFDC is aware that on occasions the car park needs to be used for more that the allocated 20 hours. In this case the driver of the vehicle should purchase enough tickets to cover the vehicle and trailer for the length of stay. The tickets will all have the same date and time of expiry but the Parking Attendants are aware of this and that all they have to do is count the number of tickets.


Boat parking during events 

For specific events, we will organise for a section of the carpark to be cordoned off for boat rigging and storage. Full details of this will be available with the specific event information, including details of any trailer storage during the event.

Arriving in Lymington by sea

Lymington Harbour is a leading destination for yachtsmen in the UK and is also a commercial port for vehicle and passenger services to the Isle of Wight. It can be entered by day or night and at all states of the tide by vessels with draft up to about 2.5m metres. 


Lymington River channel

The channel is marked by red piles with square top marks to port, green piles with triangular top marks to starboard.
  • Approach to the river WPT 50° 44'.20N 01° 30'.28W. 
  • Leading lights 319 degrees, fixed red 12/17m 8M.
  • First port hand mark: Jack in the Basket - post with barrel - Flashing red (2 seconds).


Navigate with caution

There is a constant flow of leisure traffic on passage to and from marinas and river moorings. The fairways, which extend from the southern-most Harbour Limit at Jack in the Basket beacon to the railway bridge at Town Quay and beyond, should be navigated with caution and due regard to other vessels.

All vessels are required to keep to the starboard side of the fairway when practicable. However, large commercial vessels can often only navigate in the centre of the fairway and smaller vessels must not impede their passage.


Lymington River hazards

The main hazards when approaching Lymington Harbour are:
  • Yacht racing starts in the vicinity of the entrance to the main navigation channel and the race starting platform.
  • Vehicle and passenger ferries entering and leaving Lymington and particular when arriving or departing the ferry berth.
  • Strong tidal streams running across the navigation channel from the entrance upstream to number 5 beacon.
  • The shallow ground either side of the marked navigation channel.
  • The rock breakwaters in Short Reach either side of the navigation channel.
There are a number of great places to moor in Lymington:


Lymington Harbour

During the winter period Lymington Harbour has a limited number of walk ashore rafting berths for visitors. The berths are located on the downstream end of the Town Quay Pontoon and are available on a first come first served basis.

During the summer season Lymington Harbour has 3 visitor pontoons as well as 32 fore and aft moorings. All pontoons have free water (own hose required) and Wi-Fi. The Dan Bran and Town Quay pontoons also have electricity (subject to socket availability).

Find out more about Lymington Harbour visitor moorings here

 

Lymington Yacht Haven

The first marina you reach as you enter the Lymington River, Lymington Yacht Haven has excellent facilities, including fuel. It is a short walk from the marina past the Lymington Sea Water Baths to Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Find out more about Lymington Yacht Haven here



Berthon Lymington Marina

Located a little further up the Lymington River from Royal Lymington Yacht Club, you'll find Berthon Lymington Marina. The marina has excellent facilities and fuel.

Find out more about Berthon Lymington Marina here

 
Participants shall be guided by the RYA document Sailing & Racing in Mixed Households and by the control measures outlined in the Royal Lymington Yacht Club risk assessments for Dinghy Sailing and SUP, Pontoon and On The Water Activities and Clubhouse Operations.