CLUB OPENING HOURS
Wednesdays 5-10.30 pm
Fridays 5-10.30 pm
Sundays 10am - 5pm
The Club is open to members at all times upon presentation of membership cards.
CLUB BAR - temporary membership required. Temporary membership can be obtained for 10 Pula for the evening. This does not entitle you to access to the water.
Gaborone Yacht Club, or GYC, is a registered member of the Botswana Yacht Racing Association (BYRA), Botswana Sports Council and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The Club is run by a committee and is registered with Botswana Registrar of Societies
The Club caters for sailing, canoeing and rowing and is open to members and their guests. Visitors are welcome to share the best view in town on Wednesday and Friday evenings when the bar is open and food and snacks are served. Temporary membership (up to five visits) can be obtained at the gate at other times.
Safety is of highest priority to the GYC and anybody going out on a boat is obliged to wear a life jacket.
Caring for the environment is also important for the Club and we expect members and visitors to respect the flora and fauna on the island and not to litter.
Gaborone Yacht Club was established in 1965 with the first Commodore being Dr Standing. The club was originally located on the eastern side of Gaborone Dam, but in 1984 the Club secured a lease with Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) for the present site, at the tip of a peninsular on the western side. Constructions of the current facilities began in 1984 and the Club moved in in 1985.
In 1988 the dam wall was raised and when the dam filled the new site became an island. For many years, when the dam was full, the only access to the site was by ferry. We now have a raised causeway, which allows for vehicle access all year round.
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Gaborone Yacht Club is 50 years old!
Gaborone Yacht Club will be celebrating its 50th birthday this year with lots of events, sadly not sailing as the dam is now less than 5 % full. Keep an eye on the website for upcoming events.
No water in the Dam
The Water Utilities Corporation recently declared Gaborone Dam as failed. What it means is that drinking water can no longer be pumped from the dam. The dam is now down to less than 6 %. Sailing and rowing have been suspended for the time being due to the risk of hitting rocks and tree stumps. The dam is however still very good for canoeing and there are lots of interesting places to explore. The Yacht Club Club house remains open and we still offer the best view in town.
With Gaborone Dam only 5% full, sailing has become difficult. Our Social Sunday therefore focused on canoe slalom and racing across the swimming pool. The team Young enough not to care won the pool race with a craft made out of coke cans and a plastic bag, while Tom Farrington won the canoe slalom. It was a great Sunday. Thank you to the organisers, especially Julia Campbell, and to all participants.
FISA Umpire Seminar
A rowing umpire seminar and exam was held at Gaborone Yacht Club on 17-18 May, led by Patrick Rombaut and Michel Doutre from FISA. Two GYC members participated in this very interesting seminar together with participants from Rowing South Africa. GYC is very grateful for being given the opportunity to host this event. Thank you to Electra and Selwyn for organising it and to BAYGOC for funding the accommodation and meals.
The Annual Commodore's DInner was held at the GYC on 12 April. the theme was blue and white, with the guests matching the table settings. Our special guest speaker this year was Mike Main, a local historian who gave a very interesting talk about THe wreck of the Grosvenor - A tale of Endurance and Stupidity, Courage an, Cowardice and Humanity. It was a great evening. Thank you all who attended.
Robin Tilney's Memorial Regatta
Due to the low water levels, Robin Tilney's Memorial Regatta was held on the GYC swimming pool this year. A number of innovative boat design solutions were tested - non of them perfect, but at the end of the three heats the proud regatta winner was John Campbell. The regatta was followed by a braai and live music from Quest. Thank you to all who participated. Money raised will be donated to Robin Tilney's charity of choice, SOS Children's villages.
2014 Barclays Raft Race won by Smartswitch!
Thank you to all who helped make the 2014 Raft Race another great GYC event. Relive some of the excitement below. Proud winners once again was Smartswitch, an experienced team with several Raft Races under their belt already. New teams this year included the BROCAF 2014 Youth Team and two teams from DBGS. Thank you Barclays Bank for sponsoring this event. We could not have done it without you!!