Two very important changes were approved or approved in principle by members at the AGM.

1.     The proposal to permit larger sail windows was approved at the AGM.  The rules have been changed accordingly and will come into effect on 1 January 2017.


2.     The wording of a proposal to permit newly purchased red fleet yawls to sail in the blue feel for up to two years if certain criteria were met has been approved subject to clarification on the wording by your Committee.  The wording has been debated and now agreed by the Committee as follows:

“A red fleet yawl purchased post August 2016 shall be allowed to race in the blue fleet for a maximum of 2 years from the date of its first race in the blue fleet or until winning an Open Meeting series (including SYC Regatta) if sooner, after which the boat must revert to racing as a red fleet yawl. This applies only to an owner (or helm) who is inexperienced in racing. Any person wishing to exercise this option shall apply in writing to the Committee stating their circumstances.If the above criteria are met, the Committee shall issue a letter of consent for that helm to race. When sailing in a handicap race, the yawl shall have a red fleet handicap.”


Yawl Weight Database

You can check and see what your weight is and when it was last waighed.

Click: Database 2022 April PDF
Database 2021 xl 

Click: Weighing Instructions 

Yawl Handicap

If a Red and Blue boat sail a 100 minute race the blue boat will win by 2 min 59 sec. At the SYC sailing committee meeting held in October 2011 it was agreed to change the Yawl handicaps for next year to: Red fleet 1096 Blue fleet 1133

Yawl Specification

The object of these rules is to produce a boat of traditional construction for racing and family sailing. It is intended that the given tolerances shall be used to build individual Yawls, which express the ideas of the owner, designer and builder.

Click: Salcombe Yawl Specification 2017

A Short History of the ‘Envelope’

Just thought that it may be helpful to fill you in on some history of the Yawl class – it’s easy to forget how many years I’ve now been involved with the fleet but it must be in excess of 50! The crunch came in 1988 when 141 was built, to the design of Phil Morrison. His first design was rejected by Dave Gibbons as being too fine forward and he was worried that going on the foredeck to pick up a mooring the boat could capsize, so Phil produced a second ‘less radical design’ which is the 141 that we see today. As class measurer with many years experience of measuring other classes, my advice was sought in the winter of 1988, with a brief to sort the problem out and stop any even more radical Yawls being built.

John Donovan

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Sail Measurements

There shall not more than 4 battens in the mainsail. The material of the battens is optional. The maximum width of a batten shall be 51mm. The top batten shall have a maximum length of 1440mm and the other battens a maximum length of 1041mm

Click: To Download the Salcombe Yawl Sail Measurement Guide

Click: In House Sail Certification under the World Sailing IHC Scheme

The Salcombe Yawl Register of Sail Numbers, Boat Names, Builders and Owners.

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The Fleeting of Yawls in Open Meetings and Regattas.

The fleeting of Yawls 2011/12 in Open Meetings and Regattas has constantly changed over the years as the numbers of competing Yawls change. Future Race Organisers must have the freedom to organise the racing as they think appropriate.

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Salcombe Yawl Owners Association Constitution

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Salcombe Yawl Owners Association AGM Minutes

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