• Cardiff Yacht Club House
  • Cardiff Yacht Club pontoon A
  • CYC view of Cardiff Bay 1
  • CYC view of Cardiff Bay West
  • CYC view of Cardiff Bay West
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Welcome to Cardiff Yacht Club

Cardiff Yacht Club is a thriving yacht club that was originally founded in Cardiff in 1900. Today, the club is centrally located on the edge of Cardiff Bay, overlooking the Wetlands Nature Reserve, with panoramic views over the Bay and the Bristol Channel beyond.

We have about 300 yachts and motorboats permanently moored on either our trot moorings or pontoons in the freshwater bay. There are over 50 dinghies in the club and we have a fully equiped boat yard with 2 boat hoists.

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Yacht section

We meet every Thursday evening in the club bar from 20:00, and in Summer months sail beforehand from 17:30 either within the Bay or out in the Bristol Channel as the tide allows. We have regular cruises in company and other events for members to enjoy such as the Blue Book Challenge.

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Fishing section

We have an active Motorboat section and also a very successful fishing section who fish the waters of the Bristol Channel. Many species of fish are caught in these waters. In the summer months you are likely to come across conger,mackerel, bass, pollack, bull, huss, smoothhound and many species of ray. While in the winter months it is an anglers paradise for cod and whiting with some cod reaching the 40lb mark.

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Dinghy section

The dinghy section is run by a variety of dinghy sailors who meet in the club bar on Wednesdays from 20:00 after sailing from 17:30. The dinghy section has it’s own website here.
Over the years the dinghy section has enjoyed a healthy relationship with Cardiff University, whose sailing club enjoy the use of CYC and share the dinghy section compound. During the term time, various RYA courses are offered to members and the University Magno, Argo, Pico, Buzz and Firefly fleet can be seen regularly out on the bay.

How to join CYC

The yacht club depends totally on it's members to survive and develop. We are always keen for new members to join as individuals or as families.

Currently, the best way to join is to visit the club house and pick up an application form at the club bar on the first floor of the club house. The club is usually open from mid morning on the weekends and usually open on Thursday and Friday evenings from about 8pm.

If you've got any questions please email or phone.

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The club is located in the most desirable part of Cardiff Bay, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and theatres. The clubhouse is a purpose built building constructed for us in 2001 and has 2 bars, a large function room, training room, workshop, WiFi, kitchen and toilets with wet changing rooms with the warmest of showers. The view from the clubhouse bar is stunning and we have a panoramic view of the sailing within the bay and out over the sea to Somerset. The kitchen serves food at the weekends and you will not find a better curry at any other yacht club. The car park is large enough to not worry about a space.

There are over 300 boats in the club that are located on either trot moorings or floating pontoons. These boats are secure in the sheltered bay and because the water is fresh water, it is normal for boats to remain in the water all year.

We have two dinghy safety boats (RIBs) and 2 dinghy slipways. Dinghies are stored on either hard standing areas close to the jetties or within a special inner secure area. Our training school offers dinghy courses for adults and children, powerboat courses, and navigation theory courses.

We have a fully equipped boat yard with water and mains, pressure washers, boat supports and has its own deep water slipway with 2 mobile boat hoists. The boat yard has a committed super helpful team of volunteers who dedicate themselves to making sure the boat yard is well managed and operated safely.

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Visitor Information

We invite visitors from other clubs to pay us a visit, and enjoy all that Cardiff Bay has to offer. We do not charge our visitors, but do ask that guests support our club by making use of our bar. There's no need to book, but you may need to raft on busy weekends. We are able to accommodate vessels up to 36 ft in length, 12ft beam and maximum draft of 2m.

We have toilets and showers available to visitors when club members are present to unlock the access doors - normally during the day light hours. The club is usually a busy place but please bear in mind that if you arrive late you may find everything locked up.

Directions by boat. To enter our visitors area, once through the Barrage locks, make for the mouth of the River Taff under the elevated road section, then turn to Starboard once past our trot moorings, passing between 'B' and 'C' pontoons. Once past the length of 'B' pontoon make another turn to Starboard to enter the visitors area. See map below.

Also visitors should be aware that if they leave the compound they may not be able to enter the locked compound without the assistance of a club member to unlock gates.

Please be aware that discharging tanks or heads into the bay is strictly forbidden.

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  • Cardiff Yacht Club main entrance

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    Cardiff Yacht Club
    Windsor Esplanade, Butetown, Cardiff, CF10 5BG

    Cardiff Yacht Club, Windsor Esplanade, Butetown, Cardiff, CF10 5BG

  • Club House

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    Purpose built Club house with bar, kitchen, balcony, showers and panoramic view over the Bay

    Club House with ample parking

  • Boat yard

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    Fully equipped boat yard with 2 boat lifts & HIAB crane

    Fully equipped boat yard with 2 boat lifts & HIAB crane

  • Visitor boat Entrance

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    Enter the visitor area and direction to jetty here

    Enter the visitor area and direction to jetty here

  • Visitor boat area

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    Visitor area

    Visitor area

  • Pontoon A

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    Floating pontoon mooring

    Pontoon A

  • Pontoon B

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    Floating pontoon mooring

    Pontoon B

  • Pontoon C

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    Floating pontoon mooring

    Pontoon C

  • Dinghy jetty

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    Dinghy launch jetty

    Dinghy launch jetty

  • Trot moorings

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    CYC trot moorings

    CYC trot moorings

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51° 27' 35.02'' N, 3° 10' 23.68'' W

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