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

Weekly News from the RBYC

Dear Members,

More news this week of our intrepid travellers. Trevor Greenway has posted a harrowing account of the Elite fleet's escapades in Lymington on the web site. Not quite what you expect from Summer sailing!

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And elsewhere ... better news from the Medway area, where David Smith, Will Dallimore and Charlie Renwick campaigned David's Old Gaffer in the Swale Barge Match, and achieved a podium finish in their class.

This week it is all back to normal, not that there is anything normal about the weather at the moment. There are no formal functions this weekend, so casual dining is the order of the day.  Specials this week are:

  • Supreme of Chicken, with a Tomato, Olive and Chorizo sauce, and
  • Herb Crusted Cod Fillet, with a Creamy Leek sauce

both served with New Potatoes and a selection of Vegetables.

There is then another quiet week before the run up to Cadet Week. Maybe just the time to organise that quiet Library dinner you had always promised yourself?

Twenty-nine of the 31 RS Elites entered for the Zhik RS Elite National Championship made it to the start line on Day 1.

Apologies for the late report but I and the rest of the fleet have only just about recovered from the battering we got down at Hayling Island. Not only were the winds very strong but the journey from Sparks marina to Hayling Bay across the sandbar was more than a little hairy with all crew members in the back of the boat to prevent submarining on the return journey. Overall I can honestly say this was survival sailing and not at all enjoyable, thank heavens for the safe waters back at Burnham.


Day 1 

The winds were 21 knots gusting 26 and peaking at 31 which is at the limit of our boats and crew: only two of the four RBYC Elites managed any racing on day 1 due to breakages, notably Serious Moonlights boom snapped in half.

Day 2

All racing cancelled due to high winds, most crews took the opportunity for a bit of sightseeing and some additional ale consumption

Day 3

The winds today were very strong again with 18 knots gusting 23 and peaking at 30. All our fleet were out today and the first two races passed without incident apart from numerous black flags. Then the heavens opened as if we weren't wet enough already and some crew resorting to the use of buckets as head ware. There was a short postponement while the rain and 30 knot winds subsided and then the final two races got under way.


Afraid nothing to boast about here as we are just not used to sailing in such extreme conditions but all crews made a valiant effort.

19th Place:- Neil Fulcher & Nick Radley:- 104 points

25th Place:- Oink Squeal-Dave & Fran Wood with Steve Cook:- 120 points

26th Place:- Serious Moonlight-Richard Bavin, Joey Thompson & Duncan Haley:- 123 points

31st Place:- Anduril:-Adrian Olsen, Mick Lovell & Trevor Greenway:- 176 points

Weekly News from the RBYC

Dear Members,


The RBODs are joining in the RCOD Regatta this weekend and the RS Elites are off to Hayling Island for their Nationals. We wish good sailing and good fortune to all our teams.

The Cadets have their annual camp-out on Saturday evening, followed by pond sailing on Sunday. Full details have been sent out via a separate email, For further details contact katherine@brightmediauk.com

Dinghy Park

We have made a great effort to tidy up the Dinghy Park, and whilst doing so have noted that there are quite a few dinghies, tenders and trailers that have not paid the 2017 storage fee.

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 Stage 1 of 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 Dnghy 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.

Any queries please contact Dan Wastnage on 07771 896 798

Havengore Bridge: Non- operational
We are informed that due to a mechanical fault, Havengore Bridge is currently non-operational and closed to maritime traffic. Engineers have been called to attend and we will alert you as soon as the bridge functionality has been reinstated.

The specials this week are:

  • Moroccan beef meatballs served with herb couscous and salad
  • BBQ pulled chicken Burger.
    8oz burger topped with pulled BBQ chicken served with wedges coleslaw and onion rings
  • Mediterranean vegetable and feta tart.
    A puff pastry tart topped with medley of Mediterranean vegetables and feta served with new potatoes and salad

There are no formal social functions this weekend. Normal bar menu is available Friday and Saturday lunchtime and evening. On Sunday, we will again have our Sunday Buffet of hot and cold choices.

Powerboat Course
The Sea School is running another Power Boat Level 2 course this weekend. This is fully-booked, but if you are interested in a mid-week bespoke course, please contact the club.

Your Rear Commodore (Sailing) reports……

St matthewYour Rear Commodore (Sailing) reports......

"We won the St Mathew Cup with the team based around the RBOD class. Our victorious team was David Smith, Stephen Herring, Roger Martin, Chippy Cole, Nicola Hastwell and Tom Corrigan.

The Committee boat was excellently managed by Alison Osborne, Alistair Munro, Paul Taylor and the PRO was Ant Law.

Big thanks to those who lent their boats. It was very exciting with eight short windward/leeward races in ideal conditions. The racing was close and held in good spirits with many changes in position on the last leg. The decider was a 'nail biter' not only on the water but in the protest room, prior to Mayor Bob Calver's presentation of the trophy."

News from the RBYC Cadets

News from the RBYC Cadets

Early Bird Offer for Cadet Week Ends 21 July and Book In Now for the Cadet Camp Out on 22 July!

Entries are flooding in thick and fast for Cadet Week 2017 (19-24 August) and as the planning hits a frenzied level we can assure you that it's going to be a truly wonderful week - with rumours that it'll be the best yet!  Don't forget that the Early Bird discount for entrants ends on 21 July so please book in online asap - Cadet Week online entry form - it's so simple to enter via the website thanks to Lizzie Brown's amazing work!

Next up is the Cadet Camp Out at Boro Waters overnight on 22/23 July.  Dust off your tent and let us know if we can book you a pitch - we will have a massive BBQ so all you need to do is bring your own food (and tent..)  And we'll be sailing on the pond on Sunday 23 July - so again, please book in with us (by email to katherine@brightmediauk.com) if you would like to join us.

One last date to flag for Cadets and members alike - Saturday 19 August, the first day of Cadet Week, will this year be the evening of our annual RBYC Cadets Fundraising BBQ. We usually cater for over 100 members and friends and with another awesome prize raffle as well as some very special entertainment we'd be so grateful if you can book in and help support our youngest members' sailing activities. As always, thank you!


The Commodore’s Ball

The Commodore’s Ball

Viewed at any level, the 2017 Commodore’s Ball can only be described as an outstanding success. Over 150 members and guests dined and danced the night away, slowed only by the Ball 2amazing sight of 2000 balloons cascading down into the Courtyard at midnight, with a hardy number tucking into breakfast in the early hours.

I am pleased to be able to report that we were able to achieve our stated aims of replacing the Courtyard awning and providing the hardwood decking on the River Room balcony. However, this would not have been possible without some very generous donations which we received in addition to the donations from the attendees. I have written to those involved privately to thank them for their support and generosity.

By this email can I also thank all who attended and supported the Ball, and all those who worked so hard, both staff and member volunteers, to make the whole thing happen. It was a superhuman effort, and showed the Club off at its best.
Ball 1
Whilst, as mentioned, the Club has the benefit of the main aims of the Ball, we have also achieved a surplus of around £1,500 for the refurbishment fund, which will enable us to address some of the other pressing maintenance issues in the Club.  Indeed, we have already made a start on this, by replacing the external lighting of the building with modern energy saving LED lighting, and will shortly be re-sealing the balcony floor surfaces, hopefully to prevent further water ingress.

Martin Smith