News from the RB Cadets

Welcome Cadets, Cadet families and all our friends to the RBYC Cadet 2018 Season.  With spring in the air, we simply can’t wait to get back afloat!

An epic 2017 saw record numbers on the River, Pond and taking part in our much-loved and super-famous Cadet Week (this year 12-17 August).

For  2018 we are adding an extra Race Weekend to our schedule – a Whitsun two-day regatta, which we hope everyone will support.  Allen Brothers have kindly agreed to sponsor our racing again this year, so we have some fabulous prizes winging their way to HQ – you’ve got to be in to win it!

Last year you helped us to fundraise enough money to pay for the much needed repairs of our six pond Optimists.  We are also renovating a plastic scow, which we hope to be able to use for training, giving our cadets the chance to experience two-man dinghy sailing in a sedate style!  Other aims this year include the renovation of a pair of rubber dinghies with outboards for use by our coaches on the river and the restoration of the RB Cadet dinghy rowing boat – to be located in its rightful place at the end of the pontoon!

As you can see, everyone’s contributions during the year support our younger members to become sailors for life by giving them a gentle introduction to sailing. We are so grateful to everyone who donates their valuable time (and cash) to help out.

On the subject of volunteers, we really need help in a number of areas to allow us to continue to offer sailing - from River training to Racebox, running the Second Hand Clothes Rail, helping out with Pond activities and Pond training, planning our Social activities, helping with the maintenance of the Club boats, tidying up the Dinghy Park as well as Fundraising & Sponsorship.  Please email if you can help.

This season will kick off for the majority of our young sailors with our annual Easter Egg Hunt – this year taking place at the Pond during our first Pond Session on Easter Sunday 1 April from 10am to 1pm.  Afterwards, we’ll be heading back to the Club to enjoy an Easter Sunday Carvery Lunch. The session will be open to River Sailors and Pond Sailors alike – we’d love to get all the Cadets together, both junior and senior, with some of the more seasoned sailors taking the newbies on the water for their first sailing of 2018.  And of course, there will be sweet treats for all! Please do book in for both sailing and lunch it gives us a chance to prepare: Easter Sunday is the traditional start to our season and we’ll be able to talk to anyone with questions about the year ahead.

In advance of Easter, we will be holding a river training session. This is for those who have done a full year on the river. Please contact Katherine if you are uncertain of whether you are eligible as unpredictable weather means that this one isn’t necessarily suitable for ‘all’. And of course, winter sailing kit is a must.

You will find our provisional programme below:
Sunday 25 March – River Training (open to those who have completed one year on the river)
Easter Sunday 1 April – Easter Egg Hunt and Pond Session from 10am to 1pm at Boro Waters
Sunday 15 April – Pond Session 2 – Please note, this will be a later start time than usual.
Sunday 29 April – River Training 1
Sunday 6 May (PM) and Monday 7 May (AM) – Clare Cup
Sunday 13 May – River Training 2
Sunday 27 May (PM) & Monday 28 May (AM) Whitsun Trophy
Saturday 9 June (PM) Pond Session and Cadet BBQ
Sunday 24 June – Fun session on the River
Sunday 8 July – River Training 3
Sunday 22 July – Pre Cadet Week Pond to include race starting and capsize drill for river sailors
Cadet Week Sunday 12 August – Friday 17 August
Sunday 7 October Hooper Cup

2018 will see the now-regular Clare Series and the Hooper Cup (racing for both seniors and juniors, where we encourage younger children with coached races, adults or older Cadets with a younger crew, basically anyone else who would like to join in) together with a new Whitsun two-day regatta. These events are open to all abilities and we welcome members of other clubs.

The river training is open to our members only, and although there are opportunities to join in with our Pond sessions as non-members, we look long-term to encourage those who wish to part take in the training to become members. However, we have set a non-members pond rate for those who would like to come along to get a feel for what we do.

Pond Sundays are held at the farmer's pond over at Boro’ Waters (Ratsborough Farm), between Burnham and Southminster. Children are coached from kayaks until they are confident enough to sail around a course on their own.  We also use the pond to teach more advanced techniques to our river sailors in a calm, non-tidal environment and this year will be focussing on starts and capsize drill.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities for the pond or the river are always gratefully enlisted – we really do have a fun time and it’s such a rewarding job to watch the children progress and see their confidence fly. There are so many areas where you can volunteer, not necessarily only on the water. And we are always delighted to see our past and senior Cadets coming back to the pond to show the little ones how it’s done.

First bookings go to members, so it’s a good reason for non-members to sign up and join the club! Sailing for the kids, the chance to jump on a boat on the river for their designated parent, and a rather nice bar and restaurant to boot… Please do book in for any event - and help us make the best arrangements for you in advance.

This year we will be having a Cadet BBQ at Boro’ Waters – an afternoon session on the Pond for all-comers, followed by a feast of food.

Cadet Week is a phenomenal week (this year, Sunday 12 to Friday 17 August), and we pride ourselves on making it fun for the whole family, from the smallest child, teenagers, the parents, godparents, aunts and uncles through to the grandparents. It embraces social and sailing activities at lots of levels, and we welcome non-members from visiting clubs.

2018 is looking set to best yet – see you on the river very soon!

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

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

Payne-James Icicle Race 2018

The Notice of Race, Entry Form and Sailing Instructions are now all published on the website.

Link to Payne-James Icicle Race Notice of Race, Entry Form and Sailing Instructions.

As ever, the race offers an opportunity to shake-off those over-indulgences and get on the water on 1st January. The bar will be open from 12 noon onwards, and hot toddies and bar snack (plus "special") menu available after sailing. First start is at 11am. Courses for dinghies, cruisers and gigs will be available in the bar at 10am. Predicted Log will be published on the website no later than one week in advance.

All craft are welcome, whether cruiser, keelboat, motorboat, dinghy, rowing gig or any other not listed - although "any other" will need to be by prior arrangement.

If you do not wish to sail, but would like to be involved, we are looking for volunteers for safety boats ....


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.