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.

RBOD Itchenor

The Itchenor Sailing Club XOD team mobilised last weekend for the annual team race against the RBOD fleet - this year an away event for the XODs who entered Essex from the Dartford tunnel with military precision, expertly marshalled by Bill 'The Spreadsheet' Barnes. The RBYC had ordered extra supplies for the visitors who traditionally enjoy tea and cakes after racing - a novel concept which seems not to have gained any traction in the RBOD fleet as yet.

A good turnout of RBODs for the Saturday points series enabled the visitors to join in the racing and even field 2 full crews to coax rather weedy BERYL & WHIMBREL around the course. A range of cakes were provided after racing with the centrepiece marking 85 years of racing XODs at Itchenor; neatly sharing the 85th anniversary of the birth of the RBOD Class.  One visiting team member (identity withheld but sharing the name of the RBOD Class Captain) was persuaded to ignore team orders and enjoy a beer after racing. We hope any subsequent punishment meted out by the Cake Police was not too severe.
The third in the series of RBOD parties was held on Saturday evening when a lively crowd enjoyed an excellent dinner followed by dancing and the obligatory Max's Specials. Thanks to AMANDA, ARIEL, VICTORIA and MANDARIN for funding the drinks and band and particular thanks to Party-Barty for pulling it all together. The Itchenor team achieved an early victory with 100% attendance on the dance floor, leaving the RBODs to press-gang from the bar in an effort to compete with the dominant XOD dancing Kings and Queens..
A misty Sunday morning did not bode well for the team racing, but Race Officer Chris Slatter and his team did an excellent job despite the fickle wind and the 3 race series was completed as planned. The visitors got off to a strong start with the ISC securing a first place in ONYX supported by a second and fourth which gave them a convincing win. The RBODs were now on the back foot but managed to fight back in race 2 with a 1,3,4 making it one-all going into the deciding race. Things were looking very good for the visitors as RBOD boats RED JACKET and MANDARIN tacked towards the north shore into a substantial hole, achieving a very solid 7th and 8th losing position. Apparently the leading RBOD helm Paul Taylor's opinion of his team mates tactics was overheard and was not for broadcast before the watershed. However, Lady Luck came to the rescue of the struggling tail-enders and lifting pressure materialised inshore and the tables were turned, giving the RBODs a get-out-of-jail card and a 2,3,4 to take the series by the narrowest margin. Full credit goes to the Itchenor sailors who gave he RBODs a serious challenge in the most difficult conditions.
After a very enjoyable carvery lunch the prize-giving was held but improvisation was required as the trophy was nowhere to be found. Visiting team Captain David MacGregor graciously handed over a virtual trophy in the form of a photograph from the RBYC trophy book. Discussions continued over coffee as hazy recollections of previous events were shared in the quest to find the elusive trophy It is hoped over the next 12 months the silverware will be located in time for the return match in Itchenor.
Many thanks to all involved in the event and we look forward to heading south next year to defend the Scarlet Pimpernel trophy.

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 ....

Cadet Week 2016 Report

What an epic Cadet Week 2016 with tons of wind, tons of sun and most importantly tons of smiles – if we could bottle the warm, fluffy feeling we all had inside we would!  We welcomed old faces as well as new friends from our neighbouring clubs at the BSC and the RCYC and were thrilled to have numbers up 30% on 2015 – quite an achievement.  Racing on the river was keen and hotly contested and our sailors on the pond also did themselves proud, with everyone learning loads, from wind direction to knot tying and even real-life racing!

Every Cadet was a star – our teams (Orange, Blue, Pink and Green) bonded over a spot of healthy competition and threw themselves into all our off-water shenanigans – from an exceptional Fancy Dress Parade won by The Cardinal Buoys (the Murphy/Wright clan), a smashing Cadet Week’s Got Talent with a host of entries and some really exceptional performances our Cadets put on our extraordinary show.  The on-water Treasure Hunt and our Games afternoon kindly hosted by the Wood/Beale families at Sheepcotes Farm were similarly competitive – and for the second year running Alice Wood and Hannah Tucker’s Orange team triumphed as team winners, proving the adage that practice makes perfect, Under The Sea….

Our BBQ fundraiser was once again incredibly well-attended with 100 diners tucking into a fabulous meat feast, cooked to perfection by our fabulous Cadet parents, who also provided top-notch salads and puddings.  With prizes donated by our very generous sponsors (name check below) we raised around £2,000, which we will be using to ensure RBOD Belinda is afloat for the Cadets to use in the fleet’s 85th Birthday Celebrations next year, as well as buy vital new safety equipment on the Pond including new helmets.  We are so grateful to everyone who donated their valuable time (and cash) to help out.

Quick (actually quite long) name check – thank you to: Fambridge Yacht Haven, Barton Marine, Pro-Boat, Musto, Indian Fire Bowl Company, Church and Hawes, Springfield Autocare & Car Sales, Dolphin Sails, Secret Butchers, Hill Piling, The Oyster Smack, Old Salt Loft, Taywell Scott, The RBOD Fleet, Hills Prospect, Blush Beauty, Bella’s Italian Bistro, The Jolly Fryer, Mecoy, The Lovely Shop, The Limes, Essex Embroidery & Print, Yachting Solutions, Cabana Soft Drinks, Grey Simmons, Jane Pycroft-Tritton, The Commodore, Crouch Ridge Vineyard, Landrover BAR, Rosemary Kembal, HeadCase, Emma & Stuart Robinson and Nick Wood.  And also to our supporters at Winenet and R.J. Prior & Son.

The Friday night prize giving was a wonderful affair – with the Cadets looking mighty fine in their formal wear and a host of prizes dispensed to some worthy winners. Early in the day the new Cadet Committee was elected and is published below – good luck to the new Cadet Captain Jack Polturak and thank you to our amazing outgoing Captain Harry Cole who charmed us with his speech.

There are other dates for your diary which will be published  soon, but here is the date you’ve all been waiting for:

CADET WEEK 2017 – Saturday 19 to Thursday 24 August!  For a host of reasons, including another event taking our normal slot, we will be starting next Cadet Week on a Saturday – with registration in the afternoon.  Put the date on your calendar/smartphone/scrap of A4 so you don’t forget and we’ll bring you a full schedule next year. Needless to say, it’s going to be awesome.

Here are the 2016 Cadet Week prizewinners!

Pond (Purple Group)        
The Happy Trophy: Amelia Kilgour
Endeavour on the Pond: Louis Martin
First to Capsize: James Martin
Best Junior Cadet: Molly Burden
Coaches Trophy: Natasha Adkins
Most Improved Sailor of the Year: Harriet George
Most Improved Sailor of the Week: Joslyn Berry and Charlie Rawling
Pond Race Results (overall winner): Rory Martin (Stars)
Pond Group Race Winner Hearts: James Martin
Pond Group Race Smiley Faces: Alice Bird
Pond Group Race Diamonds: Olivia Burn

Optimist Fleet Race Group River
1st Overall Trophy: Angus Beale
2nd: Harry Courts
1st Year on River Racing Trophy: Sebastian Batchelor-Walsh
Most improved Teaser Cup: Arthur Sturmer
Optimist Long Distance Race: Angus Beale

W Ritchie Tankard (overall points): Amy Robinson
Scow Crew Tankard (first crew): Bella Warren
Laughton Cup (1st Long Distance): Amy Robinson, Bella Warren and William Sturmer
Perren Pot (Best Kept Scow): Raffles 445 Amy Robinson and Bella Warren
1st Traditional Scow ‘Bigmore Scow': Amy Robinson and Bella Warren

RS Feva         
Feva week's points ‘Margaret Galloway Trophy’: Alice Wood and Arthur Brown
2nd overall: Freddie Pitcher and Jack Robinson
3rd overall: Hannah Tucker and Natasha Skeens
Long Distance ‘Westcliff Trophy’ Winner: Mary Harris and Ella Morgan
2nd: Henry Dean and Harvey Minks
3rd: Rory Cole and Max Manders

Other Dinghy          
Laser Trophy (Best Dinghy Performance): Jack Polturak
Topper Trophy  (1st Topper): Charlie Tucker
Mirror Crew Awards 1st: Henry Miller-Wood and Thomas Courts
Handicap Long Distance 1st Overall: Charlie Tucker
RBOD Long Distance 1st: Phalarope, Arthur Brown and crew

Special Prizes         
RBYC Crabbing Cup (crabbing competition): Natasha & Olivia Adkins & Alisha Clark (29 Crabs)
Youngest Sailor on The River: William Sturmer
Ladies Cup 196 (Best Ladies Performance): Alice Wood
RBODs Cadets Challenge Trophy (1st helm Cadets in RBODs): Louis Polturak (Red Jacket)
Dallimore Cup (runner up Cadets in RBODs): Harry Cole (White Rose)
Ali Law Trophy (2nd boat in largest fleet): Freddie Pitcher and Jack Robinson
Best Crew: Jack Robinson
Best Aunty: Jack Polturak
Polturak Pot: Will Sturmer
McKinley Mourchon: Jessica Hawkins
Progress Cup: Toby Warren
Heathcote Endeavour: Jos Tritton
Shamus Young Trophy: Louis Polturak

Team Points – ‘Grays Simmonds Salver’
1st: Orange Team (37)
2nd Pink Team (35)
3rd Green Team (31)
4th Blue Team (27 points)

Cadet Week 2017 – Trophy Winners

RBYC Cadet Week Prizegiving 2017
Pond (Purple Group) The Happy Trophy chosen by senior cadet Beatrice Long
The Happy Trophy (runner up) Teddy Kilgour and Louis Martin
Endeavour on the Pond chosen by senior cadet Matilda Spring
Endeavour on the Pond (runner up) Ben George
First to fall in (certifcate) Vikram Hancock
Best Junior Cadet Charlie Birchall
Coaches Trophy James Martin and Harry Daniels
Most Improved Pond Sailor of the Year Alice Bird
Most Improved Pond Sailor of the Week Rishi Hancock and Oliver O'Brien
Pond Race Results (overall winner) Rory Martin
First to capsize Ed Mellish
Optimist Fleet Race Group 1st overall Trophy 3rd Lucie Prior
2nd Harriet George
First overall Arthur Sturmer
1st Year on River Racing Trophy first overall Harriet George
Most improved Teaser Cup Sebastian Batchelor-Walsh
Optimist Long Distance 3rd Sebastian Batchelor-Walsh
2nd Harriet George
Optimist Long Distance Arthur Sturmer
Scows Laughton Cup (1st Long Distance) 1st Mary Harris and Bella Warren
RS Feva 3rd overall James Pitcher and Arthur Brown
2nd overall Hannah Tucker and Amy Robinson
Margaret Galloway Trophy (Feva week's points) 1st overall Freddie Pitcher and Charlie Corbett
Westcliff Trophy 3rd Toby Warren and Amy Robinson
2nd Rory Cole and Max Manders
1st Long Distance Charlie Harris and Robert Pleasance
Dinghy Handicap Overall week's points 3rd Henry Dean
2nd Jack Tucker
Laser Trophy (Best Dinghy Performance) 1st Jack Polturak
Topper Trophy 1st Henry Dean
Handicap Long Distance 3rd RS200 Scott Ellis and Henry Bean
2nd Topper Charlie Tucker
1st overall Laser 4.7 Jack Tucker
RBOD Long Distance 1st Arthur Brown, Will Sturmer, Louis Martin, James Pitcher and Josh Hobday in Beryl
Special Prizes RBYC Crabbing Cup (crabbing competition) 58 CRABS Lucie Prior, Amelia Burden, Molly Burden, Macey Mecoy and Oliver Burn
Fancy Dress - Solo Xander Taylor
Fancy Dress - Group Amelia Kilgour, Teddy Kilgour and Charlie Rawling
Youngest Sailor on The River Molly Burden
Ladies Cup 196 (Best Ladies Performance) Hannah Tucker
RBODs Cadets Challenge Trophy (1st helm Cadets in RBODs) Harry Cole (White Rose)
Dallimore Cup (runner up Cadets in RBODs) Arthur Brown (Mandarin)
Ali Law Trophy (2nd boat in largest fleet) Harriet George
Special (discretionary) Best Crew (nominated by cadets) Harvey Minks
Best Aunty (nominated by younger cadets) Mary Harris
McKinley Mourchon (best first year cadet) Hugo Levett
Progress Cup (most 'progress' in the week) Angus Beale
Heathcote Endeavour (Endeavour) Charlie Levett
Stokes Scow (services to the RBYC Cadets) Jack Warry
Shamus Young Trophy (epitomises Cadet ethos) Arthur Brown
Team Points Grays Simmonds Salver 4th GREEN Max Manders and Amy Robinson
3rd BLUE Izzy Hobday and Arthur Brown
2nd PINK Tish Skeens and Josh Hobday
1st ORANGE  Alice Wood and Hannah Tucker

Optimist Class – Long Distance Race

1st Arthur Sturmer

2nd Harriet George

3rd Sebastian Batchelor-Walsh

4th Lily Root

And finishing places under the X flag (as amended) go to: Charlie Rawling, Charlie Levett, Olivia Burn, Joslyn Berry, Amelia Burden, Lucie Prior and Amelia Kilgour.