Weekly News 03/01/18

Happy New Year! We hope you've all had a good holiday season.  It's a New Year and we plan to introduce a few new things, as well as continue with the member favourite events. We are keen to get more member feedback: what you want to see more of in the club, the type of events and how we can improve our products and services. We've already have a few suggestions from members and are very keen to put the plan into action!

Ant Law Reports...

The Icicle Race

The Payne-James Icicle Race took place on New Year’s Day with a convenient weather window neatly avoiding prohibitive strong winds.

Turnout is increasing despite strong competition from New Year hangovers and it was a pleasure to enjoy strong support from Burnham and Creeksea’s four other clubs.

Light southerly wind tested the ingenuity of the course setters for the  varied and numerous dinghies but a good race in tricky wind and tide tested the largest fleet of the day while the cruisers, gigs and predicted log went their separate ways.

Phil and Sally Harbott’s Mantra won the cruiser division by fifteen seconds on corrected time from Duncan Haley’s Double Trouble.

RBYC success was guaranteed in the gig race with both competitors representing the RBYC affiliated Burnham-on-Crouch Rowing Club. Wren won from Willow but there is some mystery as to why these brave female rowers allowed their male cox to collect the prize, hmmm!

Nauti Bear, finishing within a highly creditable two and a half minutes of their forecast time, won the Predicted Log, no doubt aided by the 2017 Town Cup winner seen lurking near the optics.
The overall Payne-James Icicle Race Trophy went to the winner of the largest class. Malcolm Hutchins in his Blaze (just one of his many weapons) was the winner, followed by Ian Simons in a Phantom and third place went to Ant Law in a Laser Radial.

OK, it did rain at the finish but all the competitors came ashore with a grin - just to be out there doing it at this time of year makes it worthwhile. But it wouldn’t happen without the excellent Race Management provided by David and Alison Osborne assisted by:  Sue Law, Nicola Hastwell, and Jerry Mecoy providing safety and laying of the leeward mark - Jerry and the Marklayers - could be quite a pop group?

The bar and dining room filled up for a post race drink accompanied by a witty and comprehensive address by the race co sponsor, Jason Payne-James which was much enjoyed by the assembled company whilst waiting agog for the results. Prizes were graciously presented by our President Judy Payne-James Including champagne generously donated for the winners. A charming winning address by Malcolm Hutchins including a touching reference to the co-operation between all the clubs along the river.

What a pleasure to see the Club full of smiling wet sailors at this time of year!

Notices to Mariners
The Crouch Harbour Authority has released notices regarding the planned dredging:
- for Burnham Marina, click here
- for the Essex Marina, click here

This week in the Club

is Sole & Steak Night is running as per usual. Bookings highly recommended as Dover Sole quantity is limited.
Saturday (evening) -  The club is hosting a private birthday party, and both dining room and bar will be very busy.
Sunday Carvery is going to be Roast Sirloin of Beef and Roast Pork.

Our Weekly Specials...
This week's Specials (03/01/18)

  • Tomato & Basil Soup
  • Fish Pie
  • Mushroom Risotto

Next week will be: (10/01/18)

  • Carrot & Coriander Soup
  • Pork Cassoulet
  • Mediterranean Vegetable Tart

Dates for your diary...
19th January - Bollywood Night
Pick from our curry menu and finish with an Indian dessert during our curry night. Don't fancy a curry? Drop by the club anyway! We will have fusion drinks while you enjoy watching the famous bollywood dance moves and enjoy bangra beat! Dancing is optional but will be encouraged! Booking essential.

RYA Race Officers Course
On-line booking for the RYA Race Officers course being run by Peter Saxton on 20/21 January 2018 is still open. Please go to the RYA's website for more information and to sign up:

21st January - Harker's Yard Gig Event
Please come and support our affiliated Burnham on Crouch Coastal Rowing Club when they hold their Harker’s Yard Winter Series race at RBYC on Sunday 21 January, with racing starting from 12 noon.  At least 16 boats will be competing in what has been a very close season so far.  BOCCRC have had some excellent results including a first ever win for the club with the Willow ladies team winning at Brightlingsea in November. After five races Willow is in fourth place and the newly acquired Wren is lying in tenth.  Their next race is at Marconi on Sunday 7 January, followed by the Burnham race on 21 January.

More details regarding the club and their recent successes can be found on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Burnham-on-Crouch-Coastal-Rowing-Club-703270959759628/.

There will be a post race Carvery at 16.30 in addition to the usual RBYC Sunday Roast, so please do book in and celebrate what should be another successful event with hopefully a podium spot or two with BOCCRC team.

27th January - Burns Night
An evening to celebrate the life and works of Mr Robert Burns’ a delicious three course meal with traditional music played by a piper accompanied by a wee dram or two! The price will be £26.50 per person. Call 01621 782044 or email the club to make your booking.

Weekly News 29/11

It was busy weekend here at the club with both days packed with events. We had a very successful Quiz night last Saturday. Special thanks to Sid Livingstone for hosting and organizing  the event and the staff for providing a delicious mezze!

Ant Law Reports...
As there is not much sailing news to report,  a wealth of historical news is available from some of the logs submitted for this year's prizegiving event. Reports of cruises to remember, or possibly forget, are available from Peter Hooper and Iain Simpson. Please click on the names to view.

We still need your help...
The Cadets are looking for a 4-6 horse power engine (suitable for an 8 foot dinghy) and somebody happy to donate it for the Cadets to use. Let us know if you can help.

We are looking for volunteers to help put up the Christmas decorations in the club. We are doing it on Thursday, December 7 from noon onwards. Any help will be much appreciated! It should be a fun day!

Weekly Specials...

Starting 6th December

  • Winter Vegetable Soup
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Broccoli and Stilton Tart
This week at the club...
The kitchen will be closed this Thursday evening due to staff holiday. The bar will still be open as per usual.

Friday Night is Sole & Steak Night.  As usual, our Dover Soles are limited so please make your booking early to avoid disappointment.

The club will be packed this Saturday evening with both a private and a member's event happening simultaneously. Please note that the bar and the dining room will be very busy for the private function.

Sundays are proving to be popular and it is getting busier and busier every week. Please help us plan our meals better and book in early! We are having Roast Sirloin of Beef and Roast Pork Shoulder (with the crackling of course) all supplied by our local Secret Butchers.

Next week...

Just one week to go before the Family Christmas Carvery. Kick start your Christmas early and join us with festivities. Think of Roast Turkey, Christmas carols and yes, even Santa is making his appearance. Click here for full details.

Dates for your diary...

The Payne-James Icicle Race takes place on 1st January.  All classes are welcome.  Notice of Race will be published shortly.

On-line bookings for the RYA Race Officers course being run by Peter Saxton on 20/21 January 2018 are now open. Please go to the RYA's website for more information and to sign up:

December Social Highlights…….


Come and join us...

December is just around the corner and the club has lined up a few big events to celebrate the holiday season. There is something for everyone! Our Family Christmas Carvery on December 10 will kick start the Christmas celebration. We have Christmas carols and we even invited Santa!

Don't fancy cooking on Christmas Day? We've got you covered! The club will be open and is hosting a special Christmas luncheon where all your favourites will be served: turkey, trimmings, mulled wine, minced pies and more.

And last but not least, the New Year's Eve Celebration! Welcome the New Year in style with our Dinner and Dance Black Tie Event. We are serving a 4 course meal of a savoury Beetroot and Salmon Cheesecake starter, Roasted Duck confit with a cherry jus served with garlic and herb fondant potato, followed by Limoncello panna cotta and then cheese & biscuits. After dinner, dance the night away with our guest band, Jurassic Rock while we wait for the countdown to midnight. It will definitely be a fun and memorable way to welcome in the New Year!

Click on the posters below to see full details of each event.



To book, please call 0162 782044 or email info@rbyc.org.uk.

News from the Club

Trafalgar Night.....
On Saturday night, on the evening of  21st October 2017, around a centre piece of an extraordinary model of HMS Victory, kindly loaned to us for the event by Adrian Olsen, some 60 members and guests enjoyed an evening of frivolity and fine dining at the annual Trafalgar Day celebrations. After the feast the customary sea shanties echoed to the rafters, and a fine time was had by all.

All you ever need to know about prizes will be revealed at the Prizegiving and Laying Up Supper on Saturday 11th November 2017.

There is now only one trophy where we need nominations (and please don’t be shy about nominating yourself). The Courtauld Trophy, sometimes known as the ‘farthest from the bar trophy’ still needs a deserving candidate. Please nominate yourself or anyone you know who has gone further than the Roach under their own steam!

From Further Afield......
Simon Fisher (aka "SiFi") continues to dazzle by navigating Vestas Eleventh Hour Racing to victory in the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Sadly his draft won’t allow him entry into the Crouch, so the Courtauld Trophy is one impressive prize that will allude him.

Calling All Race Officers.....
The date has been set for a two-day RYA Race Officers course to be run by Olympic Race Officer Peter Saxton. The course will take would-be race officials up to the capability of running an open meeting, so follows neatly on from the introduction we ran earlier this season. Dates are 20th and 21st January 2018. Bookings will be through the RYA website, and as soon as details of the on-line booking are available, we will let you know in the weekly newsletter.

News from the Club

RBOD News...
The weather on Sunday 15th October couldn't have been better for the final RBOD race of 2017. A lively sw'ly breeze, bright sunshine with the temperature higher than many summer days. Apparently all caused by the approaching hurricane Ophelia.

The fight for the Albert Inkstand trophy was between AMANDA, WHITE ROSE and RED JACKET - each with a chance of a series win. A fascinating race developed as AMANDA had to get at least one boat between her and WHITE ROSE to win and WHITE ROSE had to beat AMANDA for the series victory. RED JACKET needed her main rivals to have a very poor race if she were to be successful but mathematically it was possible. PHALAROPE and MANDARIN would require the application of 'alternative facts' to be in with a chance but who cared - it was a perfect day to be on the water and the legendary lunch was getting closer.

The RBYC race box team, temporarily on loan to the RCYC, kindly set a special course of Cliff Canewdon x 2 which provided an excellent basis for the game of cat & mouse.

AMANDA managed to hook WHITE ROSE and get a nose ahead at the start on the south shore with the rest of the fleet favouring the north shore. In a short-lived moment of glory MANDARIN led the fleet until PHALAROPE & RED JACKET powered through. Crossing at the marina, AMANDA & WHITE ROSE merged with the fleet falling in behind PHALAROPE, setting the scene for WHITE ROSE to try to break free from the vice-like cover and for AMANDA to herd other boats between her and her closest rival.

Towards the end of the second beat to Canewdon it looked safe for AMANDA who was by now in the lead with WHITE ROSE struggling down the order, however a masterstroke of a tack to the south shore on the approach to Canewdon catapulted WR back into second place which she held to take the series. Well done to AMANDA and RED JACKET for making such an exciting finish to the season.

It was wonderful to see so many of the regular supporters joining in for lunch - the RBOD Class greatly appreciates this loyal following who help make this such a sociable Class. After an excellent carvery lunch, the now traditional bended-knee presentation took place and the inkstand was soon duly awash with the drink of choice - the sophisticated WHITE ROSES selecting bubbles rather than those dangerous shots.

We now bed the old ladies down for the winter and look forward to 2018 which will herald another new era in the Class that never rests on its laurels. We look forward to seeing BLUE JACKET back in the fleet under new ownership as well as one or two other returnees.

Onwards and Upwards.

Next up - the RBOD AGM on 11 November


Arthur Brown wins the Hayling Qualifier!
Even picking up a Black Flag on the final race couldn’t stop Royal Burnham YC’s Youth sailor Arthur Brown winning the Hayling Qualifier overall. He found the light winds and relatively strong tides very much to his liking.

Arthur won UK Laser Association Noble Marine Laser Radial Qualifier at Hayling Island Sailing Club over the weekend of 14th and 15th October. The qualifiers are not youth-only events, and seventeen year old Arthur beat some of Britain’s finest dinghy sailors including the Apprentice Masters World Champion and coach of the Chinese gold medal winner! Due to his sterling performances over this year Arthur has also qualified to join the RYA Laser Radial Youth Squad again, and is one of only five boys selected from the whole of the UK.

None of this is a surprise. It is said that ‘time on the water’ is the way to yacht racing success. It is rare not to see Arthur hurtling past the Club in a variety of craft throughout the year.

Weekly News from the RBYC

It's been a busy week at the club the it will be another busy one in the coming week. Here's a summary of what's happened during a very successful Hooper cup.

A glorious Autumn day heralded the annual Hooper Cup on Sunday 8 October, kindly supported by Allen Bros.  Good wind and glorious sunshine brought 22 junior sailors on to the River Crouch for a great morning’s racing, with three races held back to back.  The handicap fleet was won by Ben Hutton-Penman and Dylan McPherson in an RS200, with Arthur Brown and Amelia Kilgour second in an RS Feva and Dylan Collingbourne third in a Laser Radial.  Racing in the Optimist fleet was fiercely fought, but the girls prevailed and the trophy was won by Lucie Prior with Harriet George in second place and Arthur Sturmer third.  Lily Root placed fourth, took home the coached fleet trophy.

The Halloween Party is fast approaching – please book in asap for fearsome frolics and ghoulish grub! (poster below) to guarantee your place.

RBOD News...
Amazingly the end of the 85th season is upon us and the RBOD fleet will sail the final race on Sunday 15 October, starting at 1100. You may recall that this race was switched from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning some years ago to allow the hoards of participants and supporters to enjoy an exceptionally jolly end of season apres-race lunch. This has proven to be extremely successful; yet another pioneering initiative from the fleet that never underestimates the importance of the social calendar.

As if the prospect of lunch wasn't exciting enough, the Autumn Series has reached a breathtaking climax with 3 boats in contention for the small but perfectly formed Albert Inkstand trophy (reborn in the RBOD Class as a silver shot glass). AMANDA, RED JACKET and WHITE ROSE are within a point of each other after the one discard has been applied. The trophy will be presented at the post-race lunch and no doubt filled with a variety of liquids - none of them ink-based (we hope).

OMG I hear you gasp - what do I have to do to be part of this grand finale ??

Simple - just book in for the Sunday lunch by contacting the RBYC in the normal way. Booking is essential as demand will be very high. The Sunday Carvery will be Roast Sirloin of Beef - supplied by our local Secret Butchers.

See you there......

Upcoming Events

There's a few events happening in the club and around Burnham this weekend. Due to a number of members attending these events plus low bookings, the Bollywood Night (booked for Saturday, 14th October) is postponed until further notice. For those that have booked, thank you for your support, we will individually send you an email to inform you about the changes.

Christmas Day Lunch: Thank you very much to those that have filled in our survey. If you haven't already done so, the survery is still on. Follow the link to cast your vote. https://s.surveyplanet.com/HkGBbtAi-x 

Remember: Please only say “yes” if are certain of going. Otherwise, place your vote on “maybe”. Thank you.

This week's specials are:

  • Soup of the Day: Brocolli & Stilton
  • Hungarian beef goulash and tagliatelle
  • Mushroom Bourginion served with Mash and peas
  • 8oz Lamb and mint burgers with a cucumber relish served with onion rings and fries.

More bookings and more information, please call 01621 782044 or email: info@rbyc.org.uk

An Open Letter: 

Speaking of bookings, we'd like to stress the importance of booking for an event - whether it is just for Sunday Carvery or one of our bigger events. We have officially entered winter season and are now operating on minimum staffing. Any sudden increase in numbers could result in delays and breakdown in service. We understand that schedules change all the time but when you do know, can you keep us posted please? It is very important we get the club properly staffed (and stocked) to avoid delays or complaints on the day. For those taking the time to book, thank you very much. We appreciate all your support.

Coming this week...

12th October (Thursday) - Private Event - Library Dinner
13th October (Friday) - Steak & Grill Night - alternative options are available such as Grilled Dover Sole or a vegetarian dish
14th October (Saturday) - Private BBQ Evening- Billiard room
15th October (Sunday) - RBOD Last Race of the Season + Carvery - this is going to be a busy one. Make your Carvery bookings now!


Don't forget the Trafalgar Dinner on the 21st!

RBYC Cadet Week 2017 results

For results of RBYC Cadet Week 2017, and the list of trophy winners, go to our Cadet Week page.

Cadet Week page

Report of the week to be published shortly, but in the meantime visit the RBYC Cadets Facebook page where you will find day-by-day reports and photographs.

Link to: RBYC Cadets Facebook page

Diary date: RBYC Cadet Week 2018, 11th to 17th August 2018

We will be sending out a feedback survey shortly to let you help us decide whether you would prefer the Saturday to Thursday format adopted this year, or would prefer the Sunday to Friday schedule. We welcome all feedback - Watch this space ....

Weekly News from the RBYC

Podium Place for Roy .... Yet more good news from the waterfront!  Travelling abroad is becoming the big thing, and we have heard that Roy Hart also made the wet and windy crossing of the Thames estuary to compete in the Swale Barge Match in his 19ft gaffer 'Greensleeves', again securing a place on the podium. Well done!

Update on Red Diesel .... Looking further afield, it would seem that the Belgian government has decided that there will be no further fines levied on British flagged vessels carrying red diesel until a planned meeting of the EU Committee on Excise Duty on the 18th September. For the next 6 weeks it appears that Ostende can be back on the itinerary for the cruising fraternity.

This week's specials ... As already reported, it is a quiet week in the Club, with no formal functions planned for this weekend.

Our specials this week have a distinct Asian flavour:-

  • Lamb Rogan Josh, and
  • Vegetable Curry (Butternut Squash, Spinach and Chickpea)

both served with rice and the usual curry accompaniments of Poppadoms, Chutney and home made Onion Bhaji. Just the thing for this wonderful summer weather we are enjoying!

Then, it's onwards and upwards towards Cadet Week!

Cadet Week programme on the webiste ... the full Cadet Week programme is available on the website. Paper copies will be available in the club and at registration for all competitors, but if you want a preview, please link to RBYC Cadet Week full programme 2017

The Dinghy Park Project

There are 12 tenders in the Dinghy Park, and we have no idea who they belong to. Clicking here will take you to a larger  picture of these tenders. If any member recognises one of these as belonging to them, we would be grateful if he or she would contact the office and let us know.

Dinghies, Tenders and Trailers that have paid will have a 2017 Dinghy Park sticker, so no need to worry.

Boats and trailers that don't have a 2017 sticker by the 7th August will, in accordance with the RYA Abandoned Boat Policy, be removed to a safe storage area off the Club site. A collection fee may be required for their return.

Our aim is to keep the Dinghy Park presentable and serviceable for our members.

To arrange payment and obtain your sticker for 2017, please contact Beccy Haley at accounts2@rbyc.org.uk