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

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!

Link here to:


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!