Peoples' Coast Guard Auxillary Presents:
Above - The 2012 "New Burgee"!
March 2012: There's a new Burgee (that little flag that flutters
from the back of rich people's yachts)! You can contact the DGYC
via their Facebook page about obtaining one. The price is $30
(shipping and handling extra, of course).
You can "friend" the DGYC on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003226404204 )
or email them at email@example.com. Their
Facebook page invites you to join - a lifetime membership is just $40.
Rebecca Greiner: The
yacht club was torn down right after I got
here last Feb (2008). All that was left for a long time was the
rotting deck and
path leading to the Brit Club. Last month it resurfaced again in
of a small yellow pre-manufactured building and a small deck and began
accepting members again. A few of us are hard at work shining it
up. We often find ourselves there, with an ice chest and a few
bottles, cruising between the decks of there and the Brit Club.
love the BYOB factor right next to the bar.
Mark Garner: The yacht club is up and running
again, and celebrating its 30th Birthday! They've got a website
with contact and membership information: http://dgyc.org/index.htm.
Note - it now appears to be off the ether (March 2012)
This photo was provided by
Mashing, in 1999. It shows the observation deck for the Yacht
with the Marina pier in the background. The DGYC is
(2003) undergoing a major facelift.
original webpage in 1999: "Now, as an AIR
I'm not much on things nautical, and so this page isn't done from
- and only reluctantly. In fact, the idea of going onto water
than about 4 feet, filled with big, and I mean big, fish, on a boat
a motor (you could get stuck out there somewhere and run up on a reef,
or worse), just seems to me to be something that other people should
Besides, my Grandpa, who was a Chief Bosun's Mate in the USCG told me
no uncertain terms that a boat is just a hole in the water into which
pour money, and to stay away from them. So I have, mostly.
However, lots of Diego Garcians love the water, and spent lots of time
(and money) at the Marina and Yacht Club, and they deserve a page of
own. I agreed to make one for them, but only after they told me
nowadays, the Yacht Club parties rival those I remember at the Brit
and I figure anyone who can slam down a Tiger Beer or tumbler of Mojo
be all bad, so here goes:
want to thank the PPDRDG partisans on the island for their assistance
putting this page together.
particular, Mango Razon, Mike Mashing, Mark Chandler, Gloria Barry, and
First, here's the Official Propaganda!
Photo by Mark Chandler, 2003
The Diego Garcia
Club was established in May 1979 by a group of yachting enthusiasts for
the mutual benefit of all island residents and transient personnel who
were interested in any aspect of the sport. Since it's
club has flourished and now has over 10,000 members on the island and
large. It is affiliated with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
and the United States Naval Sailing Association (USNSA).
The Yacht Club
and organized monthly 'socials' [yeah, neat euphemism], regattas, as
as instruction in windsurfing and sailing. The club also runs its
own shop, selling a variety of beach wear and leisure items.
FROM 2000: "We're currently under
extending our deck out towards the water and Marina, details and photos
to follow. The Seabee's will be doing construction. New
Commodore is the Brit XO Dave Ethel and Vice Commodore is Bub Lenior
Treasurer is John Champney (GEODDS) and Secretary Gloria J. Barry, (Air
Operations). George Gesner is the Windsurfing Commodore. Still working
on our web site , ran into a glitch with the URL ??? more to
From Gloria Barry, Feb. 17, 2000.
NEWS, 2003: "Ted - Well as you
tell by the photos, things have changed a little since 99'. The Brit
started first in 98 - 99 by building a huge deck on the beach in front
of their club. Originally it had a covered bandstand in one corner.
has since be converted into the DJ's boothe. It has a roof, lighting
Note: In late '99, the DGYC did the same. They built on and
observation deck so that the entire area in front of the club house was
covered. Since then they have removed the old observation deck,
the entire deck out closer to the beach. At high tide the waterline is
only about a foot from the deck. They also included a covered bandstand
on one corner. The club has also purchased its own fleet of windsurf
and rigs. So of course they had to build a sail loft out in from of the
clubhouse. Also sometime between 2000 and now, a connecting walkway
the Brit Club and the DGYC was put in. Makes it conveniately easy to
er... saunter between the two clubs.
"The DGYC bar has been taken over by MWR and is open Wed - Sun
They (MWR) bring live music in as well, a couple evenings a week. Since
the return of Mango, the clubhouse has been undergoing a facelift. new
paint inside and out. Currently the Seabees are building a shower and
facility between the Yacht Club and the Marina. No more walking to the
other side of the Brit Club to use the bathroom!
"The Marina has gone through changes as well. The have an all new fleet
of sailboats. Hunter 170's and 240's, really quite nice..." From
Mark Chandler <firstname.lastname@example.org> July 2003.
here's what it looks like in 2003,
from the Marina pier showing the shower under construction (photo by
Another of Mark's photos - a view of the "bandstand" (note
the Marina in the background):
Here's the Marina, 2003 (also courtesy of Mark Chandler):
This photo by Gloria in 2000 shows the Marina pier, with
on the left.
Want to buy DGYC Souveniers, but
to spend a year on the island (again) to get them?
Try contacting Northwest Embroidery and
them to make you a shirt or hat!
Here's a sample:
Go to the "For
Sale" Page and find out how to contact them...
NOT a paid advertisement - Caveat Emptor!
Here's the Membership Application:
I've received a huge
of requests about how to get aboard the DGYC.
Over the years,
people have broken the code one way or the other. For historical
buffs, here's how Bjorn Endresen
out how to join up back in '05:
Sat, 17 Sep 2005 17:32:02 +0200
As suggested I wrote to the editor
DG news, he forwarded it to the DGYC, and got the answer you see below.
It's great, he's welcoming new
and they still have the life long membership oppurtunity for 40
I've sent the form and the fee and will let you know if things are
Maybe you want to keep the info in
some other ignorant comes up and asks you - your name pops up quite a
when googling for Diego Garcia Yacht Club.
Thanks again for your help.
From: "Hastings, David G. ET2 (NSFDG)"
To: "'email@example.com'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: DGYC membership
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 10:00:07 +0600
Thank you for your interest in the DGYC, as the current
and Tresurer, I invite you as a member. Here is the information
as well as an application, What I need from you is to have you fill
application out and submit the lifetime member fees of $40 and send to
the address below.
WELCOME TO THE DIEGO GARCIA YACHT CLUB
The Diego Garcia
(DGYC) was established in May 1979 by a group of yachting enthusiasts
the mutual benefit of all island residents and transient personnel who
were interested in any aspect of the sport. Since it's inception,
the club has flourished and now has over 10,000 lifetime members
The DGYC is affiliated with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and
United States Naval Sailing Association (USNSA). In Jan 2005 the
DGYC changed its classification from a private organization to special
interest group under Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).
The Yacht Club sponsors
organizes monthly socials, regattas, as well as instruction in sailing
and windsurfing, assisting MWR. The DGYC also has its own line of
clothing and leisure items that are available thru the MWR Marina.
* Socials & Regattas - As
* Monthly Member's Meeting - 1st
of the month @ 1700
* Escape the Rock - Build something
that floats to race
* DG Windsurf Cup - Annual
* Chagos Challenge - Annual Sailing
DGYC MEMBER BENEFITS
* Guest benefits at affiliated
* Use of Yacht Club Sailing
* Storage for sailing, windsurfing
and Kite boarding gear
* Camaraderie amongst fellow
Windsurfers and Boarders
HOW DO I JOIN THE DIEGO GARCIA YACHT CLUB?
The DGYC is located
the MWR Marina and the Brit Club. Anyone wishing to join will be
welcome, not only experienced sailors, but also those who are
All that is required is to fill out the application form, submit
for a lifetime membership of $40 and the desire to have some fun.
If you wish to be an active member or assist with any
events please contact one of the Yacht Club Officers. We very
look forward to seeing you.
GARCIA YACHT CLUB
466 BOX 15
CAN'T GET THE BRITS TO GIVE
YOU PERMISSION TO GO TO DG, BUT WANT TO
IF YOU'VE GOT YOUR OWN YACHT, HERE'S HOW (A/O 2007):
Headquarters British Forces
British Indian Ocean Territory
NOTICE TO ALL MARINERS OF THE NEW
WITHIN THE BIOT
As of 1 January 2007 anyone wishing
the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) by yacht will need to apply
a permit in advance from the British Indian Ocean Territory
(BIOTA) in London. e-mail: mailto:BIOTAdmin@fco.gov.uk The mooring fee
will also be increased from USD $ 100 for 3 months to GBP Pound 500 for
1 month, payable in advance.
On receipt of a request for a
by email, Fax or post) a Visit Permit Request form will be sent. Once
completed form and mooring fee (by bank transfer) have been received by
the BIOTA office a Permit, Laws & Guidance for Visitors and maps
co-ordinates showing where yachts may be moored will be issued.
Please note, that under BIOT law
who enters the Territory, including its 3 mile wide territorial waters,
without a permit is liable to imprisonment for up to 3 Years and/or a
up to 3000 Pound.
Mariners are also reminded that
will be enforcing British India Ocean Territory "The Imports and
Control Ordinance 1984" and "The misuse of drugs Ordinance No5 of
The BIOT Drug dog will be deployed on future BIOT Patrols of the area.
You are reminded that any breach of these ordinances may result in a
D G Howard
British Indian Ocean Territory
Fax: +44(0)20 7008 1589
Tel: +44(0)20 7008 2961 or 2890
Address: British Indian Ocean
King Charles street
now, for something completely different...
Stephen McWilliams photo of the Marina in 1979.
anyone know the history of this boat? Let
From Bill Marshall
May 1, 2008: Regarding the derelict boat in the photo on the
club page 1: I don't have much info on the boat but I remember it being
there on the beach in '77 when I arrived. I think it had the name
"Saratoga" on the transom, so I assume it was of American origin.
I have no idea when it might have arrived at its final resting place
how long after the photo was taken that it deteriorated into the sand
I'm sure it must have done.
photos or stories they'd like included on this page
From John Duning
is John "jd" Duning, ETCM, USN, RET. I was aboard Diego Garcia
from Feb. '76 to
Feb. '77. Ran the Transmitter site for
most of that time as an ET1. VERY
involved in sailing while I was there.
Garcia Yacht Club that I was familiar with was formed in late Feb. 1976
courtesy of the CEC Captain that was out there with the Sea Bee
that time. He first taught me how to sail
and then made me the sailing instructor when he left. I passed it
on when I left, but evidently the
program died shortly after to be resurrected in '79. We had half a
Lasers, a Hobie 14, a Japanese knock-off of a Coronado 15 and a British
sailor known as a "Bosun". I
still have my membership card and Burgee.
boat in the picture........arrived in Diego Garcia in the fall of
The story was that a Dutch gentleman
purchased it sight unseen somewhere in the general geographical area of
Indonesia. Gave his brother some money, flew him out to the boat
with instructions to get it "seaworthy" and sail it to the West
Indies for complete restoration. The
last port of call before Diego Garcia, the boat reportedly bounced
sand bar. Crew chose to keep going. By the time they
reached the general area of
Diego Garcia, they declared an emergency....they really were slowly
Brit Rep of the time granted them entry approval. They beached
the boat to keep her from
sinking in the lagoon. Their choice was
to get the boat seaworthy within the week or be flown off the
With no materials and no real skills, the crew
was flown off in a C-141. She was a
wreck when she arrived. All turnbuckles
completely frozen. All standing rigging
galvanized and rusty. Cotton sails that
were completely blown out shape wise.
The surprise to me is that there is anything at all left of her.
I would be
glad to share whatever information I may still have in my memory about
Island. It was a demanding tour, but a
very satisfying one. Led directly to my
being able to become a Master Chief, Commodore of San Diego Naval
Commodore of Navy Yacht Club San Diego, and to have lived aboard my
Freeport 36 for the past 17 years.
regards & Happy New Year,
thanks to the yachtsmen and yachtswomen out there in August 1999 for
am now certain I should have spent more of my on the water and less