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Community Support


The Royal Motor Yacht Club is centrally placed in the local Community and feels that it is important to support both local charities and national organisations.  The level of support ranges from the donation of premises and Club facilities to allow organisations to hold fundraising events, through to storage of boats and the use of landing facilities and direct contributions to charities.

The Royal Motor Yacht Club supports two local charities and donates the use of Club function rooms and staff to allow them to hold Fund Raising events.  These always prove to be most popular and help the charities, in a small way, to realise their funding for the year.   The Club encourages members and viewers of this site to follow the links and give generously.


Julia’s House is Dorset’s only hospice dedicated to children with life-limiting conditions.  The majority of the children that they care for are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18.

Julia’s House cares for life-limited and life-threatened children throughout Dorset. The charity provides nurses and carers who regularly visit children in their family home; looking after the child’s every need. This is invaluable to parents who are under enormous pressure, allowing them to spend valuable time with each other and their other children. The children can also visit Julia’s House in Corfe Mullen, where they can enjoy a wide variety of toys, arts and crafts, specialist equipment and multi-sensory therapies.


Julia’s House receives approximately three per cent of its funding from the Government, the remainder of its income is raised by the Dorset community. It will cost £1.9m to provide our vital services in 2008.

For more information about Julia’s House, please contact 01202 607400 or visit the website.

Lewis-Manning Hospice

Lewis-Manning Hospice is Poole’s local voluntary hospice offering a warm and supportive environment in which they hope everyone feels welcome.  They provide specialist care to over 600 local people each year living with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.


In their day hospice they do much more than offer pain & symptom management. A range of therapies such as physiotherapy, creative arts and relaxation techniques help patients adapt to their condition.

They also run a lymph oedema clinic and breathlessness clinic.

All of their services are free.
For more information about the Lewis-Manning Hospice, please contact 01202 701000 or visit their website.

RLSS Poole Lifeguard Phoenix

The Royal Life Saving Society UK is a registered charity with a vision ‘To safeguard lives in, on and near water’.

They are the governing body and leading provider of training and education in lifesaving, life guarding, water safety and life support skills in the UK.   Their mission is ‘To inform and educate everyone in water safety and resuscitation and to increase progressively the number of people trained in water rescue.’

Each year over 10,000 volunteers train approximately 1 million people in water safety, rescue techniques and life support, including 95% of all pool and beach lifeguards.

The RMYC has provided a secure storage facility for their training boat for a number of years and also support launch and recovery activities to allow the organisation to concentrate on training Beach Lifeguards who man the local beaches throughout the season.

To find out more please visit their website

Poole Flying Boats

The RMYC has had a long association with the Poole Flying Boats and was used as Royal naval Air Station during the Second World War.  The Club was pleased to host the black tie event celebrating the Centenary of British Aviation on the 18th September 2008.

During the 1940s, Poole Harbour became the hub for both military and civil flying boat operations, seaplane training and air sea rescue in central southern England.


The passenger and mail carrying ‘boats’ of BOAC, which had been relocated from Southampton Water at the beginning of the war, took off from Poole ‘trots’ (the Short Sunderland flying boat equivalent of a runway) for a vast array of destinations around the world. During the time when the ever-lurking U-boat endangered sea traffic these vital links kept Britain’s communications with the Empire and her allies open. At the same time military aircraft from both the Royal Air force and Royal Navy conducted wartime operations along the Channel and out into the Western Approaches and beyond from respective bases located at opposite ends of the harbour, namely RAF Hamworthy and HMS Tadpole at Sandbanks.

To find out more about this charity please visit their website

Brownsea Island

The Royal Motor Yacht Club has been pleased to be able to support the Brownsea Island National Trust for many years.  The Club regularly provides access to our facilities which enables boats and services to be easily transferred to the Island.


This peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a rich diversity of wildlife island and offers the following facilities:

  • Fine walks and spectacular views of Poole Harbour
  • Home to the endangered red squirrel
  • Famous for being the birthplace for Scouting and Guiding
  • A haven for wildlife, including Sika deer and wading birds
  • Trails and Tracker Packs for young smugglers and explorers

Escape the noise and stress of modern life and discover nature in this unspoilt setting

What’s new this year
They are the proud hosts of the BBC’s popular Autumnwatch programme, which will be broadcast on BBC2 from Monday 27 October 2008 for two weeks, Monday-Thursday, 8pm. Find out more about Autumnwatch. Brownsea opening times.


This year is conjunction with Dorset Wildlife Trust the RMYC has provided a broadband connection to allow them to stream live video images of the lagoon. This link builds on the Autumnwatch series and allows you to keep up to date with the action. Visit their website.

Poole Harbour Watch

Working together to make marine community even safer.

Dorset Police and Poole Harbour Watch are working together to make the county’s marine community even safer as the dark winter nights draw in.

Poole Harbour Watch is a voluntary group, set up in 1995, involving the Poole Harbour Master, local boat owners, representatives from local marinas, local businesses and the RNLI.

Working closely with Dorset Police, the group aims to deter and detect crime in the Poole Harbour area by providing a Neighbourhood Watch service in the marine community.

Alongside the Force’s Marine Section, Poole Harbour Watch is the ‘eyes and the ears’ on the water in Poole and the partnership between Dorset Police and the group has been very successful.  If you are a member of the Royal Motor Yacht Club and are interested in joining our boat crews please contact the RMYC Office.

Dorset Police and Poole Harbour Watch are issuing the following advice to the marine community of Dorset:

  • Never leave anything valuable on display
  • Never leave anything loose in the cockpit or on deck
  • Always take your engine keys with you
  • Keep boat and engine keys separate
  • Always lock your boat when there is no-one onboard
  • Use strong padlocks or rim locks on all your hatches, entry points and cockpit lockers
  • Make sure all your equipment is security marked, by etching, use of ultraviolet pens or smartwater

To find out more please follow this link

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