York RI Sailing Club (formerly York Railway Institute Sailing Club – see below) is a small and family-friendly dinghy sailing club based on the River Ouse just outside York, England.

Our main activity is sail racing, but we welcome everyone whether they want to race or not. We are an RYA accredited training centre and run an RYA sailing course each year. In addition each year we run a novice racing series on top of our full race programme – which is also open to all members, however experienced.

You don’t need a boat to join YRISC. We believe that starting as a crew for an experienced member is one of the best ways to learn to sail. If you have sailing experience, or once you have gained some as a crew, we have boats that members can use for a fee of just £2 per half day.

Our sailing season runs from early March to the end of October. There is racing on Sundays throughout the season and a Wednesday evening series runs from May to August. See the Racing section for more details.

Visitors are welcome. If you’d like to know more, pay us a visit on a Sunday during the season. Bring a change of clothes and a packed lunch and we’ll most likely get you out sailing if you want us to.

Location: York RI Sailing Club is situated in the village of Bishopthorpe just to the south of York. See the Location Map for more details and directions.

Two GP14s

Boats: Members sail a wide variety of boats at the club, including GP14s, RS200s, Lasers, Toppers and RS Aeros. There are currently five club boats that are available for members to use: two RS Visions, one GP14 and two Toppers.

Cruising and other activities: It’s not all racing. Members also cruise on the river, and we hold various other events, from “try a boat” days to “cake days” and BBQs. The club has an annual trip to Ullswater in the Lake District in summer, where members take their own and club boats for a weekend of sailing on some open water. Key features of this weekend are the Saturday-night football match (normally in the dark) and the Sunday 5am sail for the hardcore insomniacs!

What’s in a name? York RI Sailing Club used to be known as York Railway Institute Sailing Club (alias British Transport Yacht Club York Division). York Railway Institute was founded in 1886 as a sports and social club for railway employees. It was based in the city centre, and over the years it spread to several other sites around York, catering for an ever wider range of sports, as well as eventually allowing non-railway staff to become members. The sailing club was established in 1957, beside what was then the main east-coast line to London. The railway line closed in 1983 (the main line now follows a route a little further to the west), and the former railway line is now a cycle track. York Railway Institute formally ceased to exist in 2016, when it became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) called simply York RI. The sailing club is now part of this new organisation. So the answer to the question “What does the RI in YRISC stand for?” is that it used to mean Railway Institute, but now it means, well, just RI.

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