Its been a busy Summer at the RVYC !
Published 13:10 on 26 Sep 2018
Champagne sailing over the weekend of 8/9th September 2018 bought a very busy summer sailing season to a climax with the Merrydown Regatta 2018. Over 48 boats jostled for positions for coveted trophies with 6 races on the water and shore-side entertainment kept the non-sailors happy.
It has been a superb Race sailing calendar this year with very successful turnouts on Thursdays and Sundays for the TST & Wightlink series. The Optimist Traveller series on 12/13th May saw podium places for some of our RVYC cadets and visitors from the Rooster Southern circuit. The Autumn race calendar continues with the Harrison Black Series, Squib regatta and the Frostbite through till prizegiving.
Adult sailing on a Wednesday was full to capacity with new members.Thanks to Fishbourne residents Sue Gee and Nigel Talbot for all their hard work in putting together this year's adult sailing and to all the instructors, group leaders and volunteers who helped to make it a huge success.
Our cadet 2018 season is drawing to a close with 78 cadets battling mainly tide & no winds on a Friday night! Cadet week in late August however was a huge success with all 46 cadets gaining their RYA certificates and this year also saw 5 new assistant instructors and 6 new Dinghy Instructors on board. We are looking forward to hearing Natasha Lambert from Miss Isle talk at the Cadet Laying Up Supper on 21st September 2018.
Other notable mentions for RVYC members have been selection for the Island Games 2019 for Charlie and Harry White and Alex Downer. Lendy Cowes week 2019 had a fleet of over 99 Squibs and further congratulations go to Fishbourne resident Steve Warren Smith on Aquabat as National Squib Champion for 2018.
Our annual Open Day for people with disabilities was another huge success on 30thJune with
This year, over 190 guests ranging in age from four to 90 enjoyed the day and managed over 450 people trips out on The Solent. Twelve boats were used - for the thrill- seekers on fast RIBs that went to Osborne Bay, to Victoria pottering up and down Wootton Creek. The longest waiting list was for 'Spirit of Scott Bader' – the Disabled Sailing Association's specialist wheelchair-carrying yacht that supports the event every year. It was a magnificent sight to see this catamaran in full sail with so many smiling faces on board.
Off the water, members have enjoyed Ladies lunches, themed catering events along with the Summer Ball and Commodores Cocktails – now a distant memory! The Clubhouse has hosted many visiting boats enjoying the vintage summer weather too. It doesn't stop now the sun has gone in with the Winter Talks starting on 3rdOctober and our Laying Up Supper on 13th October 2018. Don't forget too Club Fireworks on 2nd November and Prize giving and Carols on 16th December 2018.
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