Letter from The Commodore

Dear Members,
We visit Falmouth quite often and whilst there we watch some of the racing which takes place in the harbour. We particularly like the working boats distinguished by their topsail which is part of their 600 square foot of sail area. They race two evenings a week and week-ends in the Summer Season and it is a local spectacle. They start and finish on a fixed line at St Mawes just across the road from the basic clubhouse which is adjacent to a very good pub. I often wish that we could attract the same numbers of spectators to watch our own Windermere Class racing but we are often well off shore and miles away from the clubhouse in the upper or lower lake.        

Whilst browsing in the Falmouth Book Shop I noticed a new publication on The Falmouth Work Boats and consequently bought a copy. I am now even better informed on the class and thought that what a good idea this may be for our own Windermere’s. I was therefore both delighted and surprised that on my first visit back to The Club after our Falmouth break to find a new book put together by one of our members with the most wonderful photographs of our 2017 fleet of Seventeen Footers. If you are interested, take a look, there is a copy behind the bar and additional copies can be ordered from Zoe.

I try to make it to the Club on a Friday evening for a bar snack or just a drink in the bar however, my crew Paul was staying the night and suggested attending The Staveley Beer Fest at Hawkshead Brewery. It was a tough call, do we have a pint of the Yacht Clubs EPA or sample 80+ beers at Staveley. The Beer Fest won and we found ourselves sampling several half pints with interesting names, Hurricane Jack, Frazzle Rock, Pocket Rocket and Disintegration amongst them and who could resist a last half of Happiness at 6.5%. Surprisingly enough we both felt OK the next morning and managed to get a good result in the race. Real Ale is, without exception, Britain’s finest invention. It’s better than penicillin, the internet, the corkscrew, Marmite and Viagra put together – and I should know as last Saturday I did put them all together and could not sail at all the following day. I therefore recommend a pint of our very fine EPA at the clubhouse, it is quite rare, in fact I have never seen it sold anywhere else. There is an area at the back of the clubhouse heavily guarded by dogs which brings me to think, has our stewardess Zoe started her own micro brewery?


The RWYC will be hosting a regatta for the Broad One Design yachts from the Norfolk Broads. There will be 17 visiting yachts arriving Friday afternoon, 8th September. It is scheduled that they will be racing  Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning, (weather permitting) before setting off back home in the afternoon.
I would like to man TANGO, BLUEBOTTLE and RUBBER DUCK for these races, so if anyone is interested in helping out over this weekend, To man the Escort Boats, please contact Peter Gooch, Sailing Secretary. Many thanks.


Saturday 5 August - Bowness Bay Boat Parade - come and enjoy the parade from the best viewing platform in Bowness Bay - with 'Pay as you Eat' Barbecue, and Music from DJ McVey.

Saturday 12 August - Cruiser Class Dinner

Saturday 26 August - Caribbean Evening - Meal and music with a Caribbean theme.

Sunday 27 August - Marathon Fun Day - a whole family fun day on the water with barbecue.

Wednesday 30 August - Race Week Buffet

Saturday 2 September - Talk on Arthur Ransome by AR expert Christina Hardyment - food available.

Wednesday 13 September - Visit to Windermere Jetty (formerly Windermere Steamboat Museum) - as construction is still taking place, numbers will be limited (although we may be able to arrange another date if numbers warrant it).  Visit will commence at 4.00pm.  Zoe will be serving the Friday evening menu afterwards.  Names on list in the club, please.

Saturday 16 September - Flying 15 Dinner

Saturday 7 October - Dinghy Class Dinner and Dennis Hope Prizegiving

We would be grateful if people didn't , "Borrow", shackles or other pieces of equipment from the training boats please.


I have changed my email address, as so many people were having issues getting emails through to me on the previous one. So to make a booking or to contact me please do so on.........  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Catering is available every week at the club; during summer and winter we serve;

The bar menu on a Friday evening between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. This has become a very popular evening again, and booking is advised to avoid any disappointment. We are now going to take bookings at fifteen minute time slot intervals; at the designated time we will come and show you to your table or take your order; then you can carry on drinking and socializing in the bar until your meal is almost ready to be served.

Saturday and Sunday; Lunches are available between 12;00pm and 2:00pm 
However Sunday times will alter when the carvery lunches begin again in September.

As of Thursday 10th August, we are going to trial the bar menu on a Thursday evening, this will be available every week during the sailing season to all members; booking is advisable. This will be run in the same format as a Friday evening.

Please book in with myself if you would like to attend any of the upcoming social events.



The card machine is back up and running again; sorry for any inconvenience that was caused and thank you for your patience.

As gin has become very fashionable again; we now have four different types behind the bar..Hendricks, Gordons, Bombay Sapphire and Strawberry Banks' Rhubarb gin. We are also now stocking the fever tree tonics to compliment the gins, and have even been out and bought some new gin glasses, why not pop in over the weekend and treat yourself to a well earned G&T.


When members access the club house with their membership cards could they please not hook the main door open or leave the sliding doors open as there has been several occasions where these have been left open until Zoe does her night time security checks prior to setting the alarms.