MoD Owned Yachts

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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
Rassey

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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