Dear Members,


I do hope that those able, and so inclined, have managed to get afloat by now; although still cold, there has been good wind for our sailing programme and a little bit too good at times! Paul Monaghan and I have managed to get the new Windermere 17ft Class, Falcon II, afloat. We raced for the first time last week end and celebrated victory in our third outing on Saturday!

 

My aluminium tender “Rin Tin Tin” has been replaced on the Dory Trotts by a much more forgiving RIB, a small Ribeye with 6hp Yamaha which I have on loan. On Monday, with wind gusting over 25mph from the East and still on our mooring with sails flapping, we noticed that our Ribeye was no longer attached: I couldn’t blame Paul as I had tied the bowline myself but we soon spotted the runaway boat approaching the new Windermere Aquatic marina extension.  Not much gets past that!  The Vice Commodore and Derek, however, came to our rescue and then proceeded to beat us and everybody else in the race!

 

Last week, and on behalf of RWYC, Anne and I were invited to attend the opening party of the phase one refurbishment of The Windermere Hydro.  The Hotel is now owned by Squire Hotels who also operate two other hotels in the North of England.  The dining room and bar areas now look magnificent with no expense spared on carpeting and soft furnishings: it would be well worth calling in for a drink just to have a look at the transformation.  We were served champagne and canapes by waitresses wearing stilts (and not much else!) and treated to songs by Rat Pack singers who were finalists in the recent ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Competition.  During the evening we also had acrobats and fire eaters performing.

 

We are, of course, having our own Opening Party for our Dining Room and Kitchen next month on Saturday 3rd June and it may be good to ‘steal’ some of The Hydro’s ideas.  If any members can stand on stilts and has a pair of fishnet stockings, please contact Social Committee.  However, fire eating acts need not apply!

 

The Commodore

 

From the Sailing Secretary

April was the first month on the Club’s Sailing Calendar. On the 22nd and 23rd April, the RWYC hosted the Waples Wines Northern Traveller’s Series for the flying Fifteen Class. The event was very successful, in spite of the lack of wind on the Sunday morning which caused postponement of racing until approximately 13.30 hours. However, eventually all five scheduled races were completed with 20 boats taking part.  

Congratulations to the overall winner, David McKee, of Dovestones S.C. sailing in a classic yacht with a sailing number of 759. The RWYC again won the Club entry; congratulations to Steve Goacher and Nigel Tullett who came second and third respectively. Other Club sailors, Phil Snewin, Julian Newman, John Atkinson and David Heron finished sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth respectively. Well done to all!

My thanks for the exceptional assistance provided by Mike Hynes, on the Committee Boat, and to the Escort Boats manned by John Summerfield, Paul Farr, Jeff Jones and the Commodore.

Activity on Dutyman has been hectic with many swaps and various requests for covering duties. My thanks to everyone involved which has allowed all races to be carried out.

May continues with normal Club Racing completing at the end of the month with the first Race Week for the 17ft Class.


Social Events

Saturday 20 May: A relaxed evening of live music with local duo ‘CROSS THE SEA’ was planned, unfortunately they have had to cancel. We are trying to source some local talent and will send out a press release shortly.  

Saturday 27 May: An evening for the whole family from 5.30pm – young and old, games, quiz, Pay as You Dine Barbeque, Music from DJ Simon.  Please sign up for the Barbecue.

Saturday 3rd June: Opening Party for the Dining Room and Kitchen; dress code smart/casual.

Saturday 10 June: Evening Picnic by Boat – venue tbc.  All welcome; we will help find spaces in boats so please add your name to the list.  If you have a boat with space for fellow members/guests, please let us know.   Bring your own food and drink.

Saturday 24 June – Midsummer Dance: Dress code smart; 3 course dinner; disco.  More details to follow.

Saturday 22 July: RWYC’s Got Talent - Entertainment for the whole family!  Time to dust off your party tricks!  Magic, comedy, music – virtually anything goes! More details to follow.

Saturday 5 August: Boat Parade/BBQ/Music - It would be great if we could put a good show on from RWYC for this multi-club event in Bowness Bay.  Have you any ideas how to dress up your boat?

 

Cruiser Class

The Cruiser Class are urgently seeking to replenish numbers in this class: we urge members with an interest in this type of sailing to contact Class Captain Trevor Bonson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Class secretary Claire Maclaine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) . If you wish to receive regular updates about the cruiser section sailing/racing programme then please forward your email address to either of the above. We would be most happy to provide free advice and guidance to any interested parties, both on and off the water. We look forward to hearing from you!


Catering: Exciting News

As you may know the kitchen and dining room are both ‘back up and running’.

Regular weekly catering for days and evenings are now fully restored:

  • Monday evenings after racing (around 8pm) there are sandwiches available from the bar; for a payment of £2.50, please help yourself to the items from the platters on the bar.

  • Thursday evenings after racing (around 8pm) the ‘Dinghy Supper’ is served in the restaurant from the service station. The cost is £6.00 per person with a choice of two main courses and a potato and vegetable dish included.

Please book for this event: the list is posted, on the functions board in the club, every week.

  • Friday evening: bar snack menu is served in the restaurant between 7pm and 9pm. The bar snack menu is available on the website to view, and there is also a specials list available each week: bookings are preferred, to guarantee a space, but this is not essential. This had become very popular with members, and some dishes sell out very quickly, so please order earlier rather than later to avoid disappointment.

  • Saturday and Sunday Lunches are served from the service station in the restaurant, between 12pm and 2pm. There is a different variety of sandwich fillings available each week, which can be made into salads, sandwiches or baguettes. Also available are chips, homemade soup, sausage rolls and pies. A lunch price list is available on the website.

Just a few reminders as Club catering has not been available for almost a year: -

  • Please do not bring your own food and eat it inside the clubhouse; please take this onto the balcony or speak with the Stewardess before eating it in the dining room.

  • No hot food should be eaten in the bar area (chips or soup from lunches), unless it is from the bar snack menu and eaten on the designated tables.

  • All food purchases from the lunch menu or bar snack menu: please pay for these upstairs and not at the bar.

  • The catering is a separate business to that of the Yacht Club and payment can only be made with cash or cheques as there is no facility for credit, debit or membership cards.

  • If you would like to book in for an event, please either ring the Club and speak directly to Zoe or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (all capital letters).

  • If you are having a family party or just a general ‘get together’, why not use the club?

Be it a dinner party, large family gathering, BBQ or just nibbles and drinks, hire the club instead of having to do all the work yourself!!

 

I hope you all have a good season this year and make the most of this beautiful club.

The Stewardess

 

For Your Information

Payment at the Bar: A reminder that you can use your membership card for payment at the bar if you have placed a previous down payment either of cash or credit/debit card. (Particularly useful if you are sailing as you don’t need to leave money in the changing rooms!)

Saturday Bar Opening Hours: The bar is open until 10.00pm during the summer hours (9.00pm during winter) unless there are no members present in which case it will close at 9.00pm.

Dogs: Dogs are welcome at the Club, except inside the clubhouse and on the upper terrace. However, they must be kept on a lead at all times: thank you in advance for this.