Commodores March Newsletter

Dear Members,                                                                                              1st March 2023

It has been good to see Members using the Club with several very successful Social Events and Carvery, which were all well attended, during February.

2023 Membership Subscription Invoices:

 Your Membership and Boat Parking Invoices will be arriving during March.  Please follow the Club Guidelines to pay your Invoice. When paying by BACS, a clear reference is needed, Direct Debit is available also.  These are the preferred means of payment.

Winter Storage for Cruisers and Tenders finishes the 31st March, you must remove your boat by then.  There is a financial penalty if your boat is not removed. This was outlined in our Op’s Sec communication of the 16th February. 

Access to RWYC Clubhouse:

 Winter hours are still in operation.  If the Bar is shut, access is gained by using your Gate Card. Members should be aware it is open seven days a week, even in Winter.  If you wish to have a coffee, remember to bring your debit or credit card as the new machine does not accept cash.

Duty Roster      

As in all my previous Newsletters, I ask Members to remember that, whether they are Social Sailors, people with Cruisers, or those who race, part of being a Club Member obliges you to help.  For new Members, it is a good way to meet like-minded people.  Currently, the Duty Roster still has spaces to fill for the middle and end of the Season. 

Dates of Social Events:

For all Social Events, please book in with Zoe and support them.  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.   Friday Evenings are great ways to get together, if you are new Members you will always be made welcome.  Friday nights’ are a good time to meet Class Captains’ and Commodores’ who are generally down at the Club.

Thursday, 9th March – 7.30 pm, A Talk and tasting by Richard Jennings about Chocolate.  This is limited to 60 and many people are already showing interest.  For those who don’t know our Member, Richard Jennings, he kindly spends a lot of time doing Safety Boat Duties.  He is a Master Chocolatier and I’m sure, his talk will be interesting and tasty.

Saturday, 11th March – noon.  Royal Windermere Yacht Club’s Annual General Meeting.

Saturday, 18th March – Tidy Up Day from 9.00 am.   “Many hands make light work” Bacon Butties will be provided. Please bring your brushes, shovels and general gardening equipment.

Saturday, 1st April – Waking-Up Supper with Live Music.

Saturday, 8th April – 7.00 pm – Talk by Four times Flying Fifteen World Champion Steve Goacher – “Mystic Meg meets the Troutbeck Doctor-Think your way around the race course”

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April – For the whole Weekend, the Flying Fifteen Fleet will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary with the Lakeland Grand Prix , Open Meeting and associated social events. 


We are looking forward to a great Sailing Season in 2023.  The Programme has some interesting and exciting changes.  Our Sailing Secretary, Riggy, is planning two weekends of Super Sunday Sprints; a Long Distance Race; two Pennant Weekends with Live Bands and Music.  Commodore’s Day and Hogg Roast will take place on Saturday, 2nd September 2023.  These events will be exciting, whether you are a Social Member or Sailing Member, they are for everybody and guests will be welcome. 


The Training Team, headed by our Principal, Richard Broughton, are looking forward to another great year.  Our Centre Manager Matthew Daly, will be providing:

  • Regular Youth Training
  • Summer Fun Weeks
  • RYA Sailing and Power Boat Courses.

We will also be holding Power Boat Refresher Courses. Contact Zoe for details [email protected]

The Adult Squad will be starting again at the end of April.


Your Results Cards from 2022 and Programme for 2023 will be available for collection at the AGM on the 11th March 2023.


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)