Commodores April Newsletter

Welcome to my latest newsletter. Last month at the Annual general meeting I spoke about the terrible weather that we endured in 2023 especially early on and hoped that this year would better. So far, it is not looking good! with named storms and gales forecast we have had to cancel three days racing in advance. It is a very hard decision to make but, on all occasions, it has been the right decision. I hope to not have to repeat this again this year.
Despite spring being just one day (Easter Sunday, when I got the grass cut😊) members have been very keen with launching parties held for two new F15, one new Hadron Dinghy and a Beneteau 21.7 Cruiser. One of those boats (Vice Commodores) has already celebrated its first win and Andrew Smith ‘The Navigator’ won his first race of this season, in his new boat last Sunday providing fizz again!
This weekend sees the Flying Fifteen open meeting with 28 boats entered and the promise of better weather, it should be a busy weekend at the club so please bare that in mind as the car park will be pretty full!
Good luck to all our club sailors and thank you to all our race volunteers, who enable events like this to be run.
The following weekend sees the first 17ft Yacht race who are in their 120th year! They will be racing for the Chip Challenge Cup and Charles Crossley Cup. This is always a lovely time at the club when you can get close to the yachts to inspect the beautiful woodwork and varnish, as they launch and rig up before going out onto their summer moorings. If you see one half sunk (the lake is not deep enough to fully sink it!) tied to the jetty, do not worry as this is normal for the older boats as they leak quite badly until there planks swell up and become water tight!
Saturday racing for the 17’s, Cruisers and Flying Fifteens.
Sunday sees the return of the Sprint Races, where there are lots of short quick races for all classes. These are great fun and good practice for all with many starts and finishes, followed by prize giving in the evening.
Monday afternoon sees normal racing 17′ fleet, Cruisers and two races for the Flying Fifteens and Dinghies, however there will be no Dennis Hope evening race.
After this we should be into our normal summer sailing programme, please check the 2024 programme on the website for any details.
Social wise we enjoyed an excellent Waking Up Supper with Jacob Join party food, followed by an indoor yacht racing regatta. Peter Frith was crowned champion with a wooly hat!
John Summerfield travelled great distance with a fleet of boats in his wife’s car,  he was the race management keeping us in order and making the rules up!
A big thankyou goes to John and Sue, as it was a great night and I hope we can repeat it in the future.
Friday 10th May; the annual RNLI Wine & Savoury evening is being held, this is always a busy and pleasant evening raising money for the charity.
Tickets can be purchased via the RNLI or Zoe on the bar, this event will then be followed on with a one course hatch supper at 8pm upstairs in the dining room, places must be booked for the meal in the usual ways; on the club notice board or via [email protected].
Friday 17th May is the 120th annual 17′ fleet dinner.
Training at RWYC
Unfortunately, the club’s Chief Instructor resigned from his post at Easter.
At present we cannot provide any training at the club, the Management Committee are working hard to resolve this so that training can hopefully be provided in the near future.
Adult squad is still running and meeting on Sunday mornings at 10am and the first session is being held on the 28th April, we will not be sailing that day but we will be rigging the club Dinghies so any help would be gratefully received.
The club have 2 Bahia’s, 3 Feva ‘s, Pico’s, Tera Dinghies and Paddle Boards all available to hire for leisure use (during bar opening hours only) or to get involved on race days. There is a fee to use a club boat and they must always be booked and paid for before using them and you can do this by emailing; [email protected]
We now have a very good competitive race GP14 which will be used for the Southport 24-hour race this year and a Laser with 3 rigs and brand-new sails. These can also be used to sail in the club dinghy races if you are a competent sailor. The same rules as above apply regarding booking them.
The 2024 season brings us a great race programme and a variety of social events, lets all enjoy our club and good luck to all for the season ahead.
Kind regards
John Richardson
RWYC Commodore