Commodore’s Newsletter June 2022

Dear Members,                                                                                                                    1st June 2022


     The Season continues to go well, with plenty of wind during May, providing great sailing for the “Early Season Sailors”. 


    There have been some notable events during May.  Nigel and Gavin Tullett went up to Holy Loch and came second in the Scottish Flying Fifteen Championships, in a very competitive Fleet.  During early May, the Welsh National Championships were held at Dovey Yacht Club on 7th and 8th May.  Robert Richardson and Ethan Leahy and Harry Frith and John Richardson attended.  They had a great time, with Robert third overall and Harry fifth, in a very competitive Fleet.       


     Riggy, our Sailing Secretary and Tony Houlihan, competed in the Fred Whitton Challenge.  This is one of the most popular sportives in the United Kingdom and is also famed, as being particularly difficult  and consists of a one hundred and twelve mile ride, around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of, Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn Passes.  Semi-professional top riders complete this in six hours, but, eleven hours and over, are not uncommon.  Riggy completed his in eight hours and forty minutes and Tony in eleven hours and seventeen minutes. 



     The Youth Sailing Club goes from strength to strength and the Paddle Board Club is coming along nicely, although, whilst the wind is good for sailing, it is not great for paddle boarding.  Summer Courses, Power Boat, Safety Boat, and Sailing Courses are all progressing well.  Adult Squad is seeing a good take-up on Sunday mornings.


Duty Roster for Safety Boat and Assistant Race Officer

     Despite my double reminder in the May Newsletter, we are still struggling to fill the Duty Rosters.  Whether you are a Social Member; sail for fun; or have a yacht moored on the Lake, the Club needs Members to volunteer for these duties. Doing duties on the Safety Boats is a great way to meet Members – both new Members and those who have been Members of the RWYC for many years. 


Social News

     For sometime, it has been apparent that with the Flag Officers only doing one year terms, the Social Scene can get a bit “lost”.  The Club is going to form a Social Committee, Chaired by the Rear Commodore, in order to get continuity from one year to the next.


     The use of the Pool Table is now free for the next three months, so please feel free to use it. 


Access to the RWYC Clubhouse and Social Events.         

     Please see the Club Website for details and/or on the Club Noticeboard, inside the Clubhouse.  In all cases, please contact Zoe to book and confirm attendance.


Website and Sailing Events, 2022 Sailing Programme:

     Ian Bertram has been busy updating the Website.  You will find much to interest you, including 2021 Racing Results and the 2022 Racing Programme. 



Events Planned for June 2022 (Commencing with 30th May).

There is still time to book in for the following events, although, tickets are selling fast.


Monday 30th May 2022 – First Seventeen Foot Race Week

Wednesday, 1st June 2022 – The Queen’s Jubilee Weekend starts with the R.N.L.I. Wine and Savoury Evening at 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. Tickets may be obtained from R.N.L.I. Committee Members. This is followed by a Two Course Hatch Supper, at 8.00 pm and will cost £12 per head. 

Thursday, 2nd June, 2022, Club Racing as per Programme.  A Carvery Dinner will be available in the evening.  Time to be confirmed.

Friday, 3rd June, 2022, there will be Sprint Sailing for all Fleets.  Six Races per Fleet; Windward Leeward Course;  Course Meeting at 12.00 pm.  More information on Sprints to follow!

In the evening there will be a Buffet and Band.

Saturday, 4th June, 2022, R.N.L.I. Racing followed by a Barbeque.

Sunday, 5th June, 2022, Club Racing and Tea and Cakes, completes the Jubilee Weekend. 

Saturday 25th June 2022 – The Windermere Challenge, in aid of the RNLI



   Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2022 – Cruiser Interclub Championships 2

   Sunday 10th July 2022 – GP 14 Northern Bell Championships

   Monday 18th July – Wednesday 20th July 2022 is the second 17ft Race Week. 


   Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August 2022 – Cruiser Interclub Championships – the RWYC will be

   Hosting this Event


   Saturday 25th September 2022 – Solo Open Meeting


     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)