Commodore’s April Newsletter

Dear Members,

     In contrast to last year, March has been one of the wettest months on record, with the Lake regularly over the jetties.  This has led to a delay in getting the winter storage boats off the Car Park.  It is expected that the Car Park will be cleared by Easter.  Please make sure all trailers are removed.  Thanks to all of those who moved boats around to make sure that nothing got washed away.   Already, the weather is improving, with the long range weather forecast for April, being a lot drier than March.  

     Thanks to those who attended the “Clean up day” which was on the 18th March 2023.  Although the weather was not great, we managed to get a lot done and the grounds now look much better.  As ever, the Bacon Butties provided by Zoe were delicious and most welcome.  

     The Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 11th March 2023, was well attended with the Clubhouse full and many people “streamed in”.  Our retiring Secretary, Ian Smith did a sterling job for three years, and his knowledge and expertise was a major contribution to the smooth running of the Club.  At the Annual General Meeting, we welcomed Sue Heron as our new Honorary Secretary.  David Heron, our new Rear Commodore, stepped down from his position as Honorary Operations Secretary, which he had done for several years.  Our new Honorary Operations Secretary, Chris Garner, was elected at the Annual General Meeting. 

     Matthew Daly, our Centre Manager, has already welcomed students from Bangor University which the Royal Windermere Yacht Club has been hosting for the last five days in March.  They had a great time, in spite of the weather, a lesson to us all!  Matthew is looking forward to the forthcoming Season.  During April the Club is offering Power Boat and Refresher Courses for the Safety Boats.  Please contact Zoe for details.     

     The Winter has been particularly severe on our marks with many being lost or moved out of position.  During April, Steve Bewsher will be replacing them.  Please be aware that temporary marks may be used during racing. 



     The RWYC is run by volunteers who do their best to provide a great programme.  The Duty Roster is an important part of what Members can do for the Club.  Volunteering for Assistant Race Officer and Safety Boat duties, is a great way to meet Members.  Please volunteer for as many duties as you wish.



     Ian Bertram has been busy updating the Website.  You will now find the Boat Park Plan, both on the Website and Club Noticeboard.  Much further information can be found on the Website.  If you have any difficulties, contact Ian Bertram. [email protected]



     Easter is a good time to meet up with Flag Officers and Fleet Captains and get your boats on the water.  It is also an opportunity for families to come down to the RWYC to meet Members and sort out training opportunities with Zoe and our new Centre Manager, Matthew Daly.



     Renewal Invoices, including Boat Charges, if any, have now been sent out by Email.  If you do not receive the Email, do check your Spam/Junk Folders first, failing which, please Email the Honorary Treasurer at:  [email protected] to request a Postal Copy.



Please see the Club Website for details. 

For all Social Events and Meals, please book in with Zoe. 

You will be able to find them on the Website and/or on the Club Noticeboard, inside the Clubhouse.  In all cases please contact Zoe to confirm attendance.




April 2023

Easter Weekend – 8th, 9th and 10th April 2023 – Races to take place as per Fixtures and Entries Programme.

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April – Flying Fifteen Open Event and 60th Anniversary of Flying Fifteens at Royal Windermere Yacht Club.

Please note Club Members may not launch or retrieve boats over this weekend.

Saturday 22nd April – First counting 17foot race.

Sunday 30th April – All Fleets Super Sunday Sprints.


May 2023 –

Friday 5th May 2023 – RNLI Social Event

Saturday 6th May 2023 – Coronation Day.  The Royal Windermere Yacht Club celebration will be late afternoon / early evening with Jacobs Join, Barbeque, Buffet Food brought by Members,

In House Music. 

Friday 19th May 2023 – 17 Ft Dinner


June 2023

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2023 – Pennant Weekend and Live Music (Fleetwood Mac tribute band). 

Book this in your diary, there will be something for everyone. 


    Penny and myself are looking forward to seeing you at the RWYC. We are generally around on Friday evenings throughout the year and Saturdays’ during the Sailing Season.  


With Best Wishes,


Nick Aubrey (Commodore, RWYC)