Welcome to the Douglas Bay Yacht Club website

Find out all you need to know about the Yacht Club activities on and off the water on this site. We look forward to seeing you at our Club soon!


On the Water

Douglas Bay Yacht Club has an extensive racing program, round the cans in the bay during the summer months, with longer coastal racing during the Autumn and Spring. We also have yachts which take part in the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association races (ISORA) which focus on long distance races around the Irish Sea.

Cruising is well supported at Douglas with sailing (of course!), BBQ’s on the beach, visiting other yacht clubs and enjoying their good hospitality etc. Trips usually run from Easter through to September and can take from half a day to around 3 days.

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Off the water

The Bar offers a great place to relax and enjoy a friendly night. Food is served on Thursdays evenings and a monthly Sunday Lunch. Regularly seating up to 100 diners the function suite caters for weddings, birthdays and other special events.

There is an active social programme which includes, BBQ’s, Commissioning Suppers, Buffets, Quiz nights, 9 ball nights, Darts nights and Lectures.

The Douglas Rotary Club shares our clubhouse and regularly joins in the fun and celebrations the yacht club has. Manx Divers Club also uses our clubhouse as their headquarters on the Island.

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RYA Training Centre


RYA Training Centre

One of the strengths of the RYA is its training schemes for all aspects of boating, from windsurfing to offshore cruising. The principle underlying each of these schemes is Education rather than Legislation, because the RYA believe that a higher standard of competence can be achieved by voluntary training rather than by legislation requiring registration and driver licensing.

The courses described on our website are run at Douglas Bay Yacht Club which is one of a network of RYA Recognised Training Centres around the world. RYA recognition is your safeguard, ensuring that you will be taught by experienced, qualified instructors in suitable, seaworthy boats, to the syllabus given.

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Club facilities

Situated at the centre of the harbour and 5 minutes walk from the town centre,  the Club has a beautiful sunny vantage point with views of the marina and the bustling quay side.

A 100 seater function suite with full disabled access is available for your special occasions. Food available from a light buffet to a cooked three course meal. The venue is big enough to have a live band. Contact us to arrange a visitor or make a booking.

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The following companies sponsor Douglas Bay Yacht Club.
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A brief history of Douglas Bay Yacht Club

The Douglas Bay Yacht Club was formed in the 1860’s by retired naval officers and local merchants living in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man. By the 1890’s there was a flourishing racing programme, featuring large cutters with professional crews, racing in Douglas Bay and offshore. This continued until the First World War in 1914 when the Club ceased operations.

Club sailing in Douglas did not start again until 1957 when Douglas Motor Boat & Sailing Club was set up with premises in St Georges Street. The Club moved in 1977, taking over and refurbishing the Trafalgar Tavern on the South Quay. It held regular Cruiser Racing on the sea in the summer and Dinghy Racing on the West Baldwin reservoir in winter. In 1991 the Club acquired the rights to the original name and changed to the Douglas Bay Yacht Club.

When the lease on Trafalgar House expired, the Club invested over £100,000 on the reconstruction and outfitting of former workshops on the Tongue at the top of Douglas Harbour to create the present Clubhouse, which was officially opened in June 2000.

The Club holds regular Handicap Racing for Cruisers from 23ft (7m) to 36ft (11m) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Douglas Bay, with regattas, coastal and offshore events on weekends. There are also a good number of Cruising yachts owned by Members. There is a Motorboat section too, and many members, both power and sail, cruise regularly in the Irish Sea and beyond.

The Club is an approved Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre and runs a variety of theoretical and practical courses from basic “Learn to Sail” courses in the fleet of Club Sonatas up to the full “Yachtmaster Offshore” Theory Qualification.

The Club has an active social life and excellent facilities. There are showers and toilets, two lounges, two bars, a balcony overlooking the Marina, TV, a pool table, darts and facilities for the disabled. The Club has its own Catering facilities, providing evening meals after racing, Sunday lunches and catering for functions.