More News from the Cadets

The Cadet 2018 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 as 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.

Our full programme is now published and available here.  As previously reported 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.

And don't forget Cadet Week - the best week of the Summer Holidays, this year from 12-17 August.  Pop it in your diaries now!

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.

You’ll see that the calendar contains a mix of river and pond sailing. The Pond encourages our younger members to become sailors for life by giving them a gentle introduction to sailing.  With encouragement and hard work, our Pondies are soon preparing to buy their own boats and head onto the river.

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.

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

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 katherine@brightmediauk.com 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!

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:

RS ELITE NATIONALS 2017 REPORT

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?

Weekly News from the RBYC

Dear Members,

Sailing

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.

Catering
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."

Weekly News from the RBYC

Dear Members,

Trailers
We have made two polite requests for the trailers in the Eastern car park to be removed. We are now in a position where we have customers booked in to the accommodation this weekend, who cannot safely access the rooms. There is also a jungle of grass and weeds that cannot be cut back while the trailers are there.

Perhaps you don't know your trailer is amongst these, or just need to ask your yard to remove them, but please be advised they will be moved if nothing is done about them.

Bar and Catering
Our specials for this week are:

  • Smoked Salmon & Asparagus Quiche with salad & new potatoes
  • Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower Cheese, and Fine Green Beans

We will be serving our Bar Menu until 3:30pm on Saturday.
As we have formal functions on Friday and Saturday night, we are unable to offer any casual dining, but you are more than welcome to book in for those functions.

This Sunday there will be no Carvery lunch, but instead we will be serving a cold buffet lunch as well as a limited bar menu.

Club Events

  • Friday 19th - BOCCRC Prize Giving Supper
  • Saturday 20th - Aspirin Trophy Dinner
  • Sunday 21st - Aspirin Trophy Lunch Buffet, serving a selection of cold seafood, meats & quiches served with an array of salads & breads followed by a dessert buffet, all for £18.Bookings please via the normal methods.

The Whitsun Regatta takes place 27th - 29th May. The Notice of Race and Entry form are on the RBYC website, and the full programme is to be available shortly. On-line entry is preferred at Whitsun Regatta  and the full social programme will be released shortly.

Congratulations to Past Commodore Angus Bates and the crew of Assarain IV, winners of the IRC One class in the  2017 RORC Mainseries 'De Giungand Bowl Race' last weekend.

RBYC