MoD Owned Yachts

From a recent FOI request;

The MOD owns and operates the 34 yachts detailed below that are used exclusively for Core Maritime Skills professional or Adventurous Sail Training by uniformed members of the three Services. All of the yachts were purchased directly by the MoD using public funding and are maintained to the appropriate standards for Commercially Coded Small Craft iaw MGN 280(N) using public funds.

All of the yachts belong to Defence Equipment &Support; the two in Cyprus are paid for by the Army and the remainder funded by Navy Command.

The Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre (Gosport) operates 23 yachts:

Type MoD Hull Number Date Built
Challenge 67 91101 1991
Challenge 67 91102 1991
Challenge 67 91103 1991
Nicholson 55 359701 1973
Nicholson 55 365200 1975
Nicholson 55 365249 1974
Nicholson 55 1006491 1975
Sigma 38 9106 1991
Victoria 34 8972 1990
Victoria 34 8973 1990
Victoria 34 8974 1990
Victoria 34 8976 1990
Victoria 34 8977 1990
Victoria 34 8978 1990
Victoria 34 8979 1990
Victoria 34 8980 1990
Victoria 34 8981 1990
Victoria 34 8983 1990
Victoria 34 8984 1990
Victoria 34 8985 1990
Victoria 34 8986 1990
Victoria 34 9080 1990
Victoria 34 07002 2007

Royal Marines (Poole and Plymouth) operates three yachts

Contessa 38 8270 1982
Contessa 38 8271 1982
Hallberg 9317 1993

HMS Raleigh (Jupiter Point) operates one yacht:

Westerly_ 33 – 9001 1990

HMS Neptune (Faslane, Scotland) operates one yacht:

8274 1982

The Cyprus Joint Adventurous Training Centre (Cyprus) operates two yachts:

Jeanneau 36i – FRSPBNJ370C909 2009
Jeanneau 36i – FRSPBNJ372C908 2009

Additionally the MoD owns four yachts operated by Britannia Royal Naval College (Dartmouth). These are used for core professional training and Adventurous Training:

Contessa 38 8269 1982
Contessa 38 8272 1982
Contessa 38 8273 1982
Contessa 38 8275 1982

Servicemen and women also have access to a number of yachts owned and operated through the Service Sailing Associations that are non-publicly funded. As these are members only clubs, all their activities, including the purchase and operation of their yachts,  are managed directly by the associations.

Just in case you ever wanted to know!

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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
October 23, 2014 8:37 am

Can UKSF/ RWW use any of em? ;-)

October 23, 2014 8:49 am

With the knowledge of 32 extra surface vessels, I can now see why the Navy needs all those admirals ;-)

The Limey
The Limey
October 23, 2014 9:44 am

Given the inevitable press coverage that will follow, I think the MoD has made an error here in calling them ‘yachts’: that’s certainly not how I’d describe them if it’s just things like Contessas.

October 23, 2014 10:54 am

The above data is not complete as it does not include the one in Gibraltar. It certainly wasn’t being used for training, more like drinking in Ceuta harbour.

October 23, 2014 10:58 am

Stick a brace of 12 pounders and some swivel guns on each of them and then we have some sloops-of-war !
On a more serious note the opportunity to learn sailing in the raw is a great way to build confidence and a deep respect for the sea.I enjoy sailing when ever I can which very unfortunately is far to far apart for my liking . My brother just having built his new house with its own quay which is begging for something pretty to moored up against gives me hope for more opportunities , just have to persuade his wife a joint purchase is a good idea!

October 23, 2014 11:10 am

Cetua , ah that great Spanish city , on the Africa coast , founded by the Portuguese , whose population who after been annexed by the Spanish during a Spanish -Portuguese war decided they wanted to remain Spanish in perpetuity on the cessation of hostilities and who despite their neighbour Morocco trying to take possession insist to this day they are part of Spain, reminds me of another city opposite on the European coast called Gibraltar