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Ashore Activities

Cycling, rowing, walks, books, art, photography, languages, yoga, dance, wine tasting and more!

Join our many activities ashore!

As well as our numerous boating-related activities, our members get together regularly for a number of different societies and activities. All members are welcome - and if members suggest or request a new activity, we will do our utmost to organise it!

Choose from cycling, rowing, walks, book club, art, photography, languages, yoga, dance, wine tasting, winter talks, suppers, quiz nights, movies for all ages and more! Take a look at the list below for more information about each activity.

Activities for members at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Following the success of the recent “Capture that Image” photography course held at the Club it has been suggested that we start a photography group or members and the immediate family of members of the club, of any age.

It is primarily a group of friends who share a common interest in photography and is not affiliated to any photographic society, association, club, or other group. 

The aim of the group is to focus on developing member's photographic knowledge, techniques, and skills through a mixture of hands-on learning, presentations, lectures, workshops and friendly constructive reviews of photographs in a relaxed and friendly social environment.

Members of any skill level or age who may join any of the meetings or activities by either prior arrangement or just come along and join in on a one off or regular basis.

The group aims to meet on a regular basis either in the clubhouse or at a variety of outside locations to concentrate on developing camera skills and techniques. At the moment it looks like Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00 is a good time.

From time to time there may be activities or events for which a nominal charge will be made to cover essential costs, this may include fees for associated or professional services or workshops.

It is hoped that group members will help each other to expand and develop their photography skills and knowledge of camera settings and their use.

There is no restriction or limitation on the photographic equipment supported, but knowledge of “film” cameras is very limited. Camera types supported might typically include Mobile Phone, DSLR, Compact, Mirrorless, Video, ActionCam (GoPro/DJI) and Aerial (Drone/UAV)

Software for editing, such as Lightroom and Photoshop, will often be referred to but detailed tutorials may be subject to specific courses that will be charged for due to the nature of the specialisation, these may be one to one or small group sessions.

There are a number of registered Photography Associations and Societies, such as RPS – Royal Photographic Society and Association of Photographers that some members may already belong to or wish to join and are independently working towards such accreditations. Members will always be encouraged to work towards these accreditations and may well benefit by teaming up to support each other.

New photographers will be encouraged to “buddy” with more experienced photographers to develop skills and techniques.

Benefits of joining the group include -

  • Sharing your hobby with like-minded people
  • Developing your skills
  • Social activity with Members
  • Access to a pool of knowledge
  • Special discounts at some local Photographic suppliers, Camera Shops.

For more information contact Paul French on paul@coolhat.co.uk

Yoga classes for Members normally take place at the club on Monday and Friday mornings. Please see the Club calendar for more information.
 

 
Our Book Club meets once a month. Contact Carolyn Trimming via the club office for more information.
Art classes run during the winter months on Thursday mornings, please contact the club office for more information.

Our annual Art Exhibition takes place in November, displaying some of the stunning artwork produced by our Members during the year.
 

2021 Annual exhibition of members' art


The 2021 Art Exhibition in November, it was on display in the clubhouse and online. Members were encouraged to vote for their favourite picture:

First place: Carolyn Howden – Dan Bran’s Shed

Dan Brans Shed by Carolyn Howden


Joint runners up:

Jose Nieves – Threading the Needles. Done AND David Earl – Hurst from Javelin.

Threading the Needles - Done by Jose Nieves   Hurst from Javelin by David Earl 

 
Both the Commodore’s and Rear Commodore House choices was also Carolyn Howden’s painting.

View 2021 Art Exhibition entries here

The Wheelies Cycling Group meet every Friday Morning. There are two different bicycle riding groups:

Hard Core Wheelies 

The "Hard Core Wheelies" group meets every Friday through the year, in or out of the sailing season. Every winter fortnight the group meets meets in a car park in the New Forest and cycles 14-15 miles, sometimes through light mud and often on forest gravel tracks, eventually ending up at a pub for lunch. Men and women take part and a minority have electric bikes.

Every other week there is a club ride, also around 14 miles which starts outside the clubhouse in the Bath Road car park at 11:00 and returns to the club in time for lunch. Some members leave a towel and a bag of clothes in the changing room to change into after a shower, before lunch upstairs. Contact gmikecoombes@outlook.com for details.

Relaxed Wheelies 

Every fortnight normally on a Friday, the "Relaxed Wheelies" group meets for a relaxed cycle to a well known pub for a relaxed and convivial lunch. The average duration is 12 miles and the ride is more road based (very little mud). The group welcomes men and women and is very social. Electric bike use is increasing but not necessary.
 
Both groups average from 10-20 persons on each outing as this is a good number for pubs to manage. If sufficient people come then the groups can split into two, ensuring they are safe on the roads and welcome in the hostelries!  Contact rodperry@btinternet.com for details.


Still going strong, even in the winter!!


Bridge classes take place on Mondays at the club during the winter months from September, with lessons for beginners and improvers.

Please contact the club office for more information and to get involved.
Year round, flower arrangements enliven our club and our put together by a wonderful team of talented Members.

If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers, please contact Elizabeth Andrews via the club office.
The Club's Scow Division organises walks on Thursday mornings over the winter, from the time the Potters stop in the autumn until they start again in April. 

Walks are led by a different volunteer each week and start points and routes vary. Walks are mostly of one and a half to two hours’ duration. Usually, we gather in time for a 10:30 departure and finish at about 12:30 in time for a pub lunch. Leaders are asked to give a good description of their walk so that members can decide whether the walk is suitable for them. Once a month we meet outside the Club for a sea wall walk. 

The ‘Strollers’ group, for those who wished to take part but cover a shorter distance than the ‘Striders', usually meet at 11:00 and aim to be at the pub before 'Striders'.

The walks success depends on Members being prepared to lead walks. The Walk Coordinator is Doug Rogerson, who may be contacted via the club office.

Scow Division Members who have registered an interest in participating will receive an e-mail notification of each walk.
 
During the year, a number of other classes and activities are organised for members at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. In recent years these have included:
  • Bridge classes
  • iPad classes
  • Photography classes
  • Art classes
  • Language groups
  • Jive dance classes
  • Nordic walking
  • Wildlife safari
  • Flower arranging classes
 Classes will be listed in our calendar, in the clubhouse and also in our regular emails to members.