Dear Members,

It’s hard to believe that the racing season is nearly over, I am still waiting for Summer to arrive.

My boat, only one of two remaining in The Bay, came off the water this week, leaving the seagulls and ducks just one target to aim at.  It took me two days to de-rig and put the boat away, and a further two days to clean the covers.  With water over the jetties and more storms imminent, don’t leave it too late to get your own boats safe for the winter unless of course you are taking part in the week-end racing each week-end until the end of the month.

I have not long returned from working at Southampton Boat Show.  I know that I am retired but it is an old habit that has been going on since 1985.  I volunteered to man a sailing boat stand which we have recently become new dealers for, a large French brand with a name difficult to spell which I won’t mention as it will only get edited out.  Usually I only did  half of the ten day show as I was too valuable to be away from the office for the whole time.  This year being old and decrepit I did the whole show and on the Monday with another week to go, I doubted if I had made the right decision.  It was however nice to meet other sailing folk although I did try and avoid anyone over 65 wearing a Bretton Cap.  One memorable afternoon aboard my designated forty footer, a gentleman descended backwards down the saloon steps with the words emblazoned on his T-shirt, “Sex Yachts and Sausage Rolls” which gave me a chuckle and I thought what a good present this would be for fellow member and recently married yacht owner Richard, who like me, was also working on a nearby stand.  Did I take any orders? Well the only thing that was definite and waiting for me in the post, was a speeding ticket, 35 in a 30 limit in Southampton.

Returning home and to The Club after almost a fortnight away, I was relieved to find that I still had a wife, my boat was still on her mooring, and that The Club and its activities were still ticking along nicely.

My thoughts are now occupied with the last few Club events before I take up my new role as Immediate Past in November, ie. Dinghy Class Dinner, my last General Committee Meeting and Sailing Committee Meetings as Chairman, Elderly Brothers Concert and new style Annual Prize Giving and Dinner at The Club.  What could possibly go wrong.


Last month, over the weekend of the 8th  and 9th September, the RWYC played host to a Regatta for the Broad's One Design yachts from the Norfolk Broads. In total, 14 of their yachts arrived to compete over the weekend. They had arranged the craning in/out of the yachts and for holiday moorings, through the Lake Wardens office. It became our responsibility to tow the yachts to their respective moorings, then ferry the competitors to/from these moorings for the racing. My thanks go to, Robin Rose, Tony Rothwell, John Summerfield, Jeff Jones, Fred Tattersall, Les Gorton, Zoe, Roy Gambie and David Hall, who all helped with these duties and to Steve Bewsher, who handled the craning jobs. They raced the Saturday afternoon, on the same course as our Windermere 17ft's, which made a fine spectacle of 27 magnificent yachts sailing in the North Lake. Unfortunately the weather on Sunday was not pleasant and it was decided they would explore the Lake District instead of racing. On the Monday morning, the winds were light, but we did get them on the water and eventually the wind picked up and they managed a pretty good race.

Back to the Club for lunch and Prize Giving, before we started to ferry the yachts back to Windermere Marina for lifting out of the water.

Feed back from the members of the Broad's One Design has been extremely good. They had a wonderful weekend, enjoyed the lovely scenery of the Lake District and the exceptional hospitality from the RWYC.

TROPHIES: Another reminder for all Trophies to be returned to the club soonest in preparation for the Annual Prize Giving Evening on the Saturday 4th November.

 Winter 2017/18 Social Calendar  
Thursday, October 19, 2017 The Elderly Brothers
Saturday, October 28, 2017 Hallowe'en Party – fun for all!
Thursday, November 2, 2017 Quiz Night (Supper available)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 Annual Prize giving & Dinner
Saturday, November 11, 2017 Live Music – ‘With Nay & I’
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Carvery Lunch
Thursday, November 16, 2017 Supper & Talk -tbc
Thursday, December 7, 2017 Quiz Night (Supper available)
Sunday, December 10, 2017 Carvery Lunch
Saturday, December 16, 2017 Christmas Party
Friday, December 22, 2017 Christmas Canape Evening
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Boxing Day Buffet
Sunday, December 31, 2017 New Year's Eve
Thursday, January 4, 2018 Quiz Night (Supper available)
Sunday, January 7, 2018 Carvery Lunch
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Supper & Talk -tbc
Saturday, January 27, 2018 Burns Night
Thursday, February 1, 2018 Quiz Night (Supper available)
Sunday, February 11, 2018 Carvery Lunch
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Supper &Talk -tbc
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Valentine's Evening
Thursday, March 1, 2018 Quiz Night (Supper available)
Sunday, March 11, 2018 Carvery Lunch
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Supper & Talk -tbc 
Saturday, March 17, 2018 St Patrick's Night
Saturday, March 24, 2018 AGM
Friday, March 30, 2018 Good Friday


The annual clean up will take place on the 11th of November at 9AM, so please bring along any spades, wheel barrows and leaf blowers you may have.                                     Bacon butties and coffee will be provided as usual.

As it has now come to October, the club is on to the winter opening hours until April 2018 

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - Closed
Bar - Closed (unless there is an event on)
Club - 9:00 - 9:00
Bar - 12:00 - 2:00 / 5:00 - 11:00  
Club - 9:00 - 11:00
Bar - 12:00 - 9:00
Club - 9:00 - 11:00
Bar - 12:00 - 8:00
Club - 9:00 - 11:00


As it has now got to winter, Lunches will be prepackaged and served from the bar until April, unless it is a carvery lunch.
Friday nights are now bookings only through winter also, which you can do by phoning the club or emailing...
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Watch out for the larger measures of spirits and wines by the glass at the bar. Some prices have increased and some have decreased. The cask ale will not be on tap during the winter months.


The first winter quiz night was a great success hosted by our Quiz Master Paul Langley. The Dinghy Dinner was a fantastic evening with speeches of note by our Commodore, Tony, followed by Matt and James Nield. The evening could have been renamed, "Dinghy Dinner, Dennis Hope Prize Giving and Stand Up Comedy Evening," You had to be there to witness the impact of the speeches, so put a note in your diary to attend next years event.  Congratulations to Simon McVey on winning the Trophy. There is a dinghy owners meeting on Monday at 18.30.
The Elderly Brothers evening on October the 19th has very few places available so book now to avoid disappointment.
The Hallowe'en Party is on October the 28th. With a spooky new menu provided by Zoe. Book on the club noticeboard or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RSVP to Rachael, our secretary, if you would like to attend. This promises to be an excellent evening with the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of our winners (and losers) at our premier event in the club's social calendar. Book early as numbers are limited in the dining room.