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RVYC Annual Prize Giving : 16th December 2019

Published 10:53 on 19 Dec 2018

Lovely to see so many of you here for the RVYC Annual prize giving and great to have the last Frostbite race with such a turnout on the water ! Now we can all have a rest until the Commissioning Cup on March 24th 2019 !

Big shout-out to Martin Harrison who agreed to be our PRO for this series and we were delighted to have the use of SVYC's committee boat, Penguin.

Scows – How wonderful to have such a growing fleet of Scows back at RVYC , especially in this, the 70thanniversary of their introduction to the club. As Hilary explained in her recent Wednesday talk, their introduction back in 1949 saved the club, which was still in its original Ryde building, and gave it new life in the post-war years. Next year, they're having their own two-day regatta and we look forward to welcoming Scows from other clubs an the fleet continuing to build to, dare we say it, rival our Squib fleet!

This year the Merrydown Regatta came together in a spectacular fashion. Huge thanks to Rob Fraser and his cross-club planning group for bringing this event together. We've found the winning formula and it will continue for 2019. This event is the longest running sport event with the same sponsorship in the world and we are delighted we were able to take it on after Ryde Rowing Club decided they could no longer run it.

Our members have had some successes away from the club – most notably Steve Warren Smith, who won the Squib Gold Cup at Burnham – the first RVYC boat to take this prestigious trophy. Steve followed this with winning the Nationals at Cowes in the Squib's 50thyear and narrowly missed out on the hattrick with a second in the recent Squib inlands. Well done to Steve – and for all he has done, and continues to do, to promote our Squib fleet with as much enthusiasm as he can muster!

We hosted the Oppie travellers series back in May a great weekend with many young people and their parents making the cross-Solent journey Four of our senior cadets have been selected for the Island Games sailing team and are already in training for the event next year in Gibraltar. Nigel Talbot took Nitric to the MOCRA nationals in Poole – and was overall winner. Push the Boat out attracted a record number of visitors keen to see what we could offer – several have joined as a result of this event.

Our cadets go from strength to strength and we are delighted that Toby Beardsall has taken on the role of SI from Neil Griffiths, support by Tim Blake as chief instructor and Jim Sondergaard-Harris as Principle.

This season has been busy and not without its challenges. We continue to rely on our members to give up their time to support all events and especially racing. This year, we decided on an innovative approach to encourage you all to get involved – those who did the most race support duties have their names drawn out of a hat at the end of the season with a chance of winning several valuable prizes Initial reports do show a slightly higher level of engagement but we still need more.

Huge congratulations to all our series and prizewinners. Details are attached of individual prizewinners and cadet awards. Click on the following link to go to the gallery page for individual winners and their trophies.

See you on the water at the Commissioning Cup on March 24th 2019 !

Helen Vrba

Acting Rear Commodore Sailing


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