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Royal Southampton Yacht Club

INSIDE: • Club News • New Members • Racing • Cruising • Social Scene • RYA Training • RSYC Trust • Southampton Sailing Week • Blind Week • Weddings  • ‘Cycling Sailors’ • ‘Joli Coeur’ • ‘Going Dutch’


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Editor: Angela Rice Telephone: 07801 089676

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Email angela.me.rice@gmail.com Contributors: Tony Knight Brian Hinde Donna Redford Charlie Coleman Dave Stott Bob Trimble Carol Hadnett Will Bridge Bob Young Graham Tracey Paul Kilty Martin Alexander Bob Stevenson Laurie Bates Ann Bennett Priscilla Kilty Lesley Hinde

Features

(Credit Sam Kurtul)

Southampton Sailing Week . . . 20

Cycling Sailors . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Blind Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Going Dutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

RSYC Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Restoring Joli Coeur . . . . . . . 36

Weddings at RSYC . . . . . . . . 26

Making the Most of Membership . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Regular columns Commodore’s Letter. . . . . . . . 4

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New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Club Secretary’s Corner. . . . . . 7 Club News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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Racing Reports. . . . . . . . . . . 11

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Cruising. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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Lendy Cowes Week. . . . . . . . 13 Social . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Training. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Suhaili Sir Robin Knox Johnston’s iconic 0/21) (P2 k Wee ing Sail at Southampton

Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Wedding fever at Gins (Centrespread)

Gins Clubhouse St Leonards, Beaulieu Telephone (01590) 616213 Fax (01590) 616327 Front Cover photo: — RSYC Rear Commodore Sail, Dave Stott (Azygos, left), gives Hon.Treasurer Mike Garvey (Magec, right) a run for his money in the 2017 Twilight Series

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COMMODORE’S LETTER

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hank you to all who have served our members and who retired after the AGM. Past Commodore Brian Hinde and former Rear Commodore Sailing Bob Trimble continue to lend support by volunteering to stay on as the RSYC nominees for Cowes Week, to ensure continuity in changing times, and after 30 years of unbroken service from Committee member through to Commodore and to Guardian, Peter Whatley is stepping down. It is challenging finding Members who are willing to give freely of their time to the benefit of others. The management of your Club has been modernised moving to a position where the day-today management and the development of services to Members rests with our professional staff. This reduces the workload of committee members so that they can focus more on taking our Club forward. I hope that we can make use of the diverse talent within our Membership to help us achieve this and that some of you, free from the worry of “being left holding the baby” might volunteer. For very good reasons much time has been spent on getting the facilities on a sound footing and raising and maintaining the standards of food and service within our two Clubhouses. I would also like us to get closer to the

vision of everyone, from 8 until 80 and beyond, enjoying being on the water. Discussions with our neighbours, SWAC, are bearing fruit in terms of closer cooperation and the use of their Sonar Class keel boats. We hope that this will enable us to offer more boating opportunities for younger Members and the chance to learn how to race keel boats - with a view to Cowes Week in the future. We have an astonishing number of reciprocal Clubs, the most recent being Nansha Marina in China. I would like to lay down a challenge to all of our Members to visit, between you, all of these Clubs during my period of office and share with Members your experiences, especially those in far flung places. It is a wonderful opportunity for the RSYC to reach out across the world at a time when some in the world are looking inward. I am excited by the prospect of themed cruising (see Cruising section). I would like to see how we might get non boatowning members out on the water to join in this and the regular Wednesday cruises, which are open to all. Many of us are grandchildren carers and I would like to see what we can do to make Gins an even more “family friendly” place to visit to add to the many places to which we take our

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grandchildren on our care days. Perhaps we might have boats rigged ready and in place for use so we can just turn up and go, with diversions for the very young, for whom boating is something they can only look forward to. Those who were at the AGM will know that our overheads at Ocean Village have increased very substantially. MDL have embarked upon a maintenance programme for the basin, the first major one since it has been open. MDL did not accrue for this in the charges made to us over the years and we now face a recurring bill amounting to 16% of our membership income. For this reason, and after a prolonged period of modest fee increases, we have reluctantly sought a 10% increase in fees. In mitigation those paying annually by direct debit will see a proportion of this credited to their mess accounts, to encourage greater use of our facilities. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and views as we go forward together. Meanwhile I, my fellow Flag Officers and your representatives on the House and Sailing Committees send you our best wishes for Christmas and 2018.

Tony Knight Commodore

And it’s goodbye from him… A message from Brian Hinde, who completed his term as our Commodore at the Club’s AGM on 4th November 2017. ‘The time has come for me to write my last piece as Commodore. A question I am repeatedly asked is have I enjoyed my time as Commodore? Every time I answer “Yes, I consider it to be a fantastic privilege that the membership has granted me”. As Commodore, I have come into contact with all the sections of the club, and significantly the members who sit on the committees. These are the people with the passion and commitment to make things work; some I have known for a long time and others are new to me, but in every instance it is their enthusiasm that they have in common. Many of these members will continue in their positions, or move up, or in some 4

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cases - in accordance with the rules stand down. The time and effort that they put in is all directed at keeping the Club an active entity and moving it forward and for that I thank them. I must also remember to thank all those members and staff who started me on this path and encouraged and guided me over the last twenty years to achieve the highest elected position in our Club. This year saw the beginnings of two new events, the Triple Crown during Cowes Week and the first Southampton Sailing Week; everything must start somewhere before it becomes an established tradition. A Royal Yacht Club will always have a long history and lots

of traditions. Our familiarity with this code enables us to welcome new members, or those joining an event for the first time, to ensure they feel welcome. Remember we were all new members once. Please continue to support the Club and our team. As you settle into the Club you should perhaps look around at the other sections and consider trying them out? Better still why not join a committee? It is the best way to move our Club forward, to maintain its continuity and bring in fresh ideas. You never know, one day you too could be Commodore.’

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CLUB NEWS

New Members Royal Southampton offers a warm welcome to the Members below who have joined the Club during the last six months. We wish you many happy years with us, on and off the water. NAME

ADDRESS

BOAT NAME

MOORING

Steve & Cathy Lacey

Swanage

Wild Rival

Poole

Anne Farrelly Toby & Kate Paxton

Southampton East Boldre

Seaspell Apache

Beaulieu Bucklers Hard

Richard & Emma White

Southampton

Purrfection

Ocean Village

Paul & Camilla Pearse Ross & Jenny Cowan Pav Barwicz Barbara Hill

Brockenhurst Salisbury Southampton Southampton

Never Can Tell CJ’s Wilde Child

Beaulieu Torquay Itchen Marine n/a

Mark & Alison Bridger Peter Brown Bill Peach Joy Palmer Mike Arkell Stuart Bates David Read & Sheila Lawton Samuel May Joe Webb Steve Hurst Janie Martin Hannah Machin John Reynolds Andy Walker & Lynda Palmer Howard & Linda Fair Donald Francis & Fiona Stewart Ross MacDonald & Ruth Henderson Dominic Haworth Rupert Mole & Mo Redford

Ampfield Andover Lymington Winchester Lyndhurst Maidwell Southampton London Southampton Lymington Exbury London Southampton Southampton Southampton Oxford Southampton London Southampton

Carla Hall Simon O’Brien Sandra Rose

Southampton Berkshire Eastleigh

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n/a Jamin

n/a TBA

Ocean Village n/a Beaulieu n/a Italy Beaulieu n/a n/a n/a Beaulieu n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Hythe n/a TBA

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n/a Kalandia n/a Heritage Silver Sula n/a n/a n/a Merry Fisher n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Robin Hood

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Club news

Club Secretary’s Corner Club Secretary Donna Redford reports on her first year…

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can’t believe that almost a year has passed since I joined Royal Southampton. It has been a very busy year during which several of the team have changed. We said goodbye to Carly who took some much needed ‘time out’ and spent some time in sunny Spain. Carly is now working more sociable hours in a very different role. We have welcomed Mike Bull as Front of House Manager with 6 years’ hospitality management experience. Mike’s team has been enhanced by Krista Ireland who has some 11 years’ experience in restaurant and bar service.

Club Secretary – Donna Redford

Charlie Coleman left us in August to pursue a new career path in Insurance. Charlie joined the Club straight from School in 2014 and was supported through an Apprenticeship and NVQs 2 and 3 in Business Administration. We have been fortunate in recruiting Nikki Ganter to replace Charlie. Nikki brings a background in Administration and comes from a Sailing family, having grown up sailing with her parents on their Moody 36. Nikki has been involved with the Southampton Boat Show in the past and was able to bring initiatives and experience to the RSYC show stand this year. SMART Training joined me this year to provide role specific training to the entire Front of House team. This has improved the way we look after our members and visitors to ensure that we deliver a memorable and inclusive experience. We are proud to invest in our staff to motivate them and recognise their potential. One of the team has recently embarked on a BIIAB Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership (QCF) and a second member of staff is about to commence a Diploma in Hospitality Management (QCF) Level 4 - City & Guilds 7148-41 Higher Apprenticeship. The Wine List was enhanced in the Spring with an intention to regularly introduce new wines by the glass. This process is in its infancy and we hope to introduce wine and spirit tasting experiences for our members in the New Year. We are launching this initiative with a ‘Port and Game’ night at Gins on 2nd December 2017. By now I hope many of you have been over to Gins Clubhouse and enjoyed the best spot on the Beaulieu waterfront, perhaps sitting on the balcony with a chilled glass of Cotes de Provence. Following the departure of Chef Bob Owen, who was looking for a role better suited to his family responsibilities, our recently appointed Exec Chef Nigel Popperwell stepped in and introduced new enticing menus and has regularly filled the Clubhouse to capacity with the ever popular Sunday Carvery. The kitchen at Gins is now headed up by Chef Robert Thomson who has some great ideas for the autumn and winter menus: you can look forward to game and other seasonal dining experiences. June and her small team have welcomed members, rallies and visiting yachtsmen (and women) as well as coordinating three weddings this summer. The feedback has been exceptional. All in all we have had an exciting and challenging year but we continue to rise to the occasion – And are resolved to do all we can to continually improve our offer to all our members over the festive season and in 2018! Donna Redford Club Secretary

CLUB NOTICES • Members are respectfully reminded of the importance of checking bills they wish to be

From the Top, Mike Bull, Krista Ireland, Nikki Ganter and Robert Thomson

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charged to their Club Account before leaving. Any concerns about incorrect allocations of food or drink should be clarified with the serving staff prior to departure, as it is regrettably very diffficult to ascertain the facts at a later date. • Please be aware that the Club Pool at Ocean Village will not be available for berthing over the winter months, due to the works currently being undertaken by MDL. • Please also note that during the closed season at Gins the electricity and water supplies to the pontoon will be switched off. yachter Autumn/Winter 2017

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Club news A fond farewell from (and to) Charlie! My time at RSYC has been unforgettable.

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ince joining back in November 2014 I believe my journey along the way has helped me develop not only workwise but also in myself. As a nervous 16-year-old I joined the team with next to no experience of admin or sailing, but I was welcomed with open arms by the team and the Members. Though my time here has been short compared to others I truly have experienced almost every aspect, which helped me get to know the Club more. I was also given the opportunity to complete two courses, NVQ Level 2 Business Administration and Ext Diploma Level 3 Web and Social Media, which have certainly extended my knowledge. One of my biggest challenges here has been taking full ownership of the Training Section since the departure of Cathy Crawley. Not being a sailor this was brand new territory for me, but I have learnt along the way. While people have come and gone, one person has remained, my office partner, Maggie Puleston, who has personally helped me to learn and extend myself further. After working so closely for two and a half years the realisation that I was leaving was a sad moment. She is however still talking to me, thankfully. After meeting many wonderful people and lifetime friends I sadly have to say goodbye to RSYC to start a new career but I would like to personally say Thank You to you all for welcoming and helping me. I could not have wished for a better place to start my career. Charlie Coleman

Delighted to welcome you… N igel joined the Club in April and took the reins at Gins Clubhouse which has been thriving throughout the summer, bringing many positive comments. Member weddings have taken place in May, June and July at Gins this year and all have produced outstanding feedback. Since September Nigel has been overseeing the dining offer at Ocean Village, and has introduced new menus for both à la carte and events evenings. Nigel trained in classical cooking around the world and then on the Cunard flagship, the QE2, cooking in their First Class restaurants. Nigel was entered into the Michelin Guild and the Good

Food Guild in his first year as Head Chef in a Restaurant in Dorset in 1989 and accepted in the Worlds Master Chefs Society in 1991. He has been awarded AA rosettes for over twenty years for food standards in hotels and restaurants. Nigel has cooked privately for President F W de Klerk, Prime Ministers, Heads of State and European Royalty and catered the Princes Trust charity concert at the Albert Hall in London cooking for Gary Barlow, Lulu, Jason Donavon and HRH the Prince of Wales. In private households Nigel has been the Chef to the Mercedes Benz heirs (working for

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them in London and Gstaad in Switzerland), Designers Tommy Hilfiger and Valentino Garavani and also Popstar, Robbie Williams. Now it’s your turn to enjoy his food!

The Ocean Village restaurant is open for Lunch (12.00 to 14.00) and Dinner (19.00 to 21.00) from Wednesday through to the Carvery on Sunday lunchtime (12.00 to 14.30). Call 02380 210879 to book.

RSYC was at the Southampton Boat Show again this year, where we welcomed visits from existing Members and received many enquiries from potential new ones. www.rsyc.org.uk

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RACING REPORTS

David Stott, incoming Rear Commodore Sailing (and formerly Captain of Racing) reports on RSYC’s Spring and Summer Race Series

2017 Spring Series The winds for this year’s Sunday morning Spring Series were usually very light or quite fresh. Those who reacted early to the shifts in the light airs always prevailed. There were some noticeable performances from Michael Livingstone’s 1720 Rum ‘n Cork and Stuart Danby’s Mustang 30 Respect, but as last year, it was Magec who was the most consistent over the 10 races to claim the series.

Results 1st – Magec X-362 Mike Garvey 2nd – Respect Mustang 30 Michael Livingstone 3rd – Domaine J32 Chris Burbridge

2017 Koris Double Handed Series Koris Spring Double

Spring Double winners were

Around 40 boats gathered in the central Solent on an almost perfect Spring Bank Holiday Saturday morning. A fairly taxing and, as the wind freshened, physical course, lasting around 3 ½ hours resulted in lots of big smiles even on the tired faces! The outstanding boat of the day was the J109 of Mike Yates & Rob Oakley who not only took line honours but pulled out a handsome lead on the other Js in class 1.

IRC 1 – Jango Mike Yates & Rob Oakley

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IRC 2 – Mandarin Paul Dunstan & Michael Prince RSYC 3 – Magec Mike Garvey & James Hill RSYC 4 – Bedouin Ian Ward & Sam Hatch Below: Competitors ‘Magec (left) and Axygos (Right) battling it out.

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RACING REPORTS

2017 Koris Double Handed Series Koris Weymouth Double The fleet set off just after 06:30 in a light south westerly breeze which was forecasted to increase up to force 5 and then drop down again late afternoon. Line honours was taken by the class 40 Concise 2 followed by the Sweden 45 Songline, the latter taking the class 3 win. Class 2 was very close with less than 3 minutes separating 2nd & 5th on corrected time. The following morning was very light resulting in some longer elapsed times than usual, but all managed

to finish at 3E just west of the Beaulieu River entrance before the ebb tide spoilt things. Despite the varying conditions the same boats won each leg of their classes. The Weymouth Leg 1 & 2 winners were IRC 1 – Jo Jo Gunne Bill West & Steve Council IRC 2 – High Jinks Christopher Miles & Mike Sellers RSYC 3 – Songline Alan Rudge / Giles Livingstone RSYC 4 – Chartreuse III Paul & Vanessa Newell

Koris Island Double This event was due to be held in the middle of June, but after days with consistent forecasts of little or no wind the race organisers took the decision to postpone the event with enough notice to avoid unnecessary travel and give competitors time to arrange other weekend activities. On the day of the postponed race the judgement was proved to be the correct one. However, there was obviously no way that the race management team could have been absolutely certain of this until then. Therefore, the club would like to thank all those who relayed messages of support, particularly from competitors past and present in what was a very difficult situation. Race Officers Rob Lamb, Simon Pickess and BobTrimble -

Koris West Princessa Double

Koris Le Havre Double

Mid July was the end of this summer’s hot weather as 32 boats in four classes set off from the central Solent in a cool south-westerly F4-5 breeze towards the West Princessa cardinal. A flood tide and high boat speeds brought the apparent wind on to the beam and sometimes forward resulting in debates about kite use. As usual it worked for some but not for all. After negotiating the ledge of Bembridge and the tide at the mark, the money was on keeping up to avoid putting in a tack before the finish at Deloitte SC buoy south east of the Bramble.

The August Bank Holiday is traditionally the long distance double and the Friday evening flood tide suggested that Le Havre was a good venue for this year. However with the wind rarely more than 4½ knots and quite often nothing at all it was going to be a long trip. The author threw the towel in before light after having to use the engine to keep clear of shipping. Only the J105 of Rob Nelson and Bobby Drummond had the skill, patience and the equipment to make it to the finish. 31½ hours is a long time for a channel crossing, well done Bigfoot!

A special mention in the IRC 2 class should go to the Ole Bettum and Paul Heys in their J97 Alamara B III; they put in a storming elapsed time. However, it is difficult to beat a well sailed Folkboat (Mandarin) and Eeyore, an Alacrity, so Allamara B II had to be content with third.

1st – IRC1 Bigfoot Rob Nelson and Bobby Drummond (no other finishers) Jiminy Cricket

The West Princessa Double winners were IRC 1 – Mzungu Tony & Sam White IRC 2 – Eeyore Jo Richards & David Rickard RSYC 3 – Songline Alan Rudge & Giles Livingstone RSYC 4 – Jiminy Cricket Mike Harrison / James Cradwell www.rsyc.org.uk

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RACING REPORTS

Left: Firecracker, a 1962 South Coast One Design

2017 Twilight & Summer Series The light evenings facilitate two 6 race series, each Thursday from the end of May until mid-August with a break for Cowes Week. The first 6 races saw the saw some very close racing between the Dufour 40 Azygos and the X362 Magec, with Azygos coming out on top on points when the final race was cancelled due to insufficient wind.

Twilight Series Results RSYC Class 1 Winners 1st – Azygos Dufour 40 Dave Stott 2nd – Magec X-362 Mike Garvey 3rd – Glass Onion Evolution 22 Jacob Mackenzie Class 2 Double Handed White Sail Winner Glass Onion

1st – Jaslan J97 Helen Hoffman The second six races (known as the Summer Series) saw 3 wins for Magec, 2 for Tearaway and in the final race a win for Glass Onion in which just 4 seconds separated the top 3.

Tearaway

2017 Summer Series Results 1st – Magec X-362 Mike Garvey 2nd – Tearaway Hunter F1 Bob Gardner & Deborah Boles 3rd – Glass Onion Evolution 22 Jacob Mackenzie

Class 2 Double Handed White Sail 1st – Change of Pace Moody 31 Cathy Pickering 2nd – Fusion IV Dehler 32 Will Bridge Photos: Brian Hinde

Future Events

White Heather

The Winter Series (Started 8th October) This is a ten race series running two short races on most Sunday mornings in the shelter of Southampton Water. Entries are welcome from all boats and levels or experience; please see the racing page on the RSYC website for entry. Boats are handicapped according to a self-measurement form and the perceived ability of the crew. So if you haven’t raced before, say so, and come along and have a go. www.rsyc.org.uk

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LENDY COWES WEEK

Credit: Paul Wyeth / CWL

A message from retiring Rear Commodore Sailing, Bob Trimble -

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fter four interesting years as Rear Commodore Sailing, I would like to take the opportunity to offer my sincere thanks to all the members who have given their time to serve on, and make such valuable contributions to, the various Sailing committees during this time. Thank you also to the Members and the non Members who have supported the Club’s Sailing activities - and none of this could have happened without the much appreciated, dedicated and friendly help of the Club’s staff. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as a Flag Officer of the RSYC. I know that our new RCS, Dave Stott, will build on all aspects of the Club’s sailing life with energy and enthusiasm and I wish him all the best in the role.

Bob will be continuing as a Club’s CWL (Cowes Week Ltd) representative

RSYC field a strong race team at Cowes Week 2017

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owes Week is one of the major fixtures of the world’s sailing calendar and your Club plays a big role in its organisation. The Royal Southampton is one of the nine Solent yacht clubs that share the ownership of the event and as such we provide a Director to sit on each of the two Boards that oversee it and also send a representative to the Sailing Committee, which steers the implementation of the Regatta. More importantly, your Club’s Race Management Team (RMT) fulfil one of the most important roles – running an independent race area for some of the sportiest ‘White Group’ boats. Cowes Week boats are divided into a ‘Black Group’ and a ‘White Group’: The bigger keel boats from around 25 feet up to 100 plus feet

are in the Black Group and the smaller, but more numerous, day boats and sports boats are in the White Group. The RSYC team are given more autonomy than any other team on the water and this year were setting, laying and running courses for the SB20 and J/70 classes, a role that they have been perfecting over the past three years. The feedback from the competitors has been so positive, and your RMT have been so successful, that future Cowes Week Regattas are likely to see more of this type of racing which has been pioneered by your Club. This year’s Cowes Week Race Management Team was led by John Whyte as Chief Race Officer assisted by Tina Scott as his Deputy RO.

Our thanks go to the full team who were:

Kay Abbott - Allan Beswick - Jan Cox Neil Cox - Cathy Crawley - Peter Davill Dave Martin - Mark Mathews Sue Neath - Ben Pishgoo - Clare Pitman Rebekah Pitman - Tina Scott Rosie Shorman - Julie Smith Peter Stuckey - John Whyte - Bob Young A big thank you to all who took part in Cowes Week this year and helped make that event such a success. Congratulations also to Cowes Week 2017 competitors - As usual, the RSYC was well represented on the water at this year’s Regatta. Well done to all Club Members who were racing in Cowes Week this year, either as crew or on their own boats. Bob Trimble

For full details of all our planned activities please refer to your copy of our annual ‘On the Water and Ashore’ publication and you can keep up to date with the latest information about everything going on at the Club via our website at www.rsyc.org.uk www.rsyc.org.uk

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he Race Management Team are always happy to welcome new team members. There are no age or experience pre-qualifications other than being a full Club Member. Prior boat, sailing or race knowledge can be an advantage but is by no means necessary, as full training is given, including manning and driving the Club’s boats. Help is also given to gain the more formal RYA Race Officer qualifications for those who want to go further. Being a member of the RMT is a great way to get out on the water and enjoy the companionship of fellow Club Members. The Club runs racing all year round, mainly on Sunday mornings from October until April and then on Thursday evenings from May until August. They also run the world famous RSYC Double Handed Series from April to October and take part in Cowes Week, which is usually in the first week of August. Tempted? Just drop a line to anyone in the Club office today and they’ll put you in touch with the RMT and get you out on the water!

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COWES WEEK SAILing WEEK SOUTHAMPTON

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SOUTHAMPTON SAILing WEEK

First Southampton Sailing Week launched at RSYC I

n May Commodore Brian Hinde hosted the Launch Party of the first ever Southampton Sailing Week at the RSYC Ocean Village Clubhouse. Attended by over 50 people, and with guests of honour the Mayor of Southampton and Sir Robin Knox Johnston, the event started the week in style. The organisers estimated that up to 1,000 people got out on the water during the week. Many had never tried sailing before. Many more people are estimated to have taken part in the week’s festivities, which included everything from sailing club open days and coffee mornings to dinghy sailing and an outdoor cinema night. The highlight of Southampton Sailing Week was a parade down Southampton Water from the Itchen Bridge, comprising a huge diversity of craft. Sir Robin Knox Johnston led the parade in his famous yacht Suhaili, preceded by a giant Svitzer tug shooting plumes of water into the sky. Around 150 schoolchildren had the opportunity to try dinghy sailing during Southampton Sailing Week, a collaboration between the event organisers, Park Lives, Active Nation and Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC). A series of taster sessions enabled children who had never sailed before to get out on the water. Local businesses also got the chance to test their sea legs. The RSYC provided race management expertise and on-the-water logistics support for a series of yacht races. The inaugural Business South Champions League yacht race was won by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and the first ever Southampton Property Cup went to Dutton Gregory the following day. Organiser Chris Rees said the sailing sessions for newcomers embodied the spirit of Southampton Sailing Week: “The whole reason we launched Southampton Sailing Week was to celebrate sailing and allow people from all walks of life to experience the thrill of the sport. Seeing the smiles on the faces of those who raced with us really was rewarding.”

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Chris added “The response to this year’s Southampton Sailing Week has been great so we’re very keen to make it a permanent fixture in the sailing calendar. Southampton really is at the epicentre of sailing so it’s only right that the city should have a regular celebration of the sport.” Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas, an official partner of Southampton Sailing Week, added: “The city’s inaugural sailing festival was a brilliant success, which saw thousands of people across Southampton get involved. It was fantastic to see our Solent marinas buzzing with activity, both on the water and land, celebrating the spirit of sailing. Festivals like this help to inspire the next generation of sailors and we are committed to showcasing the very best of sport on the water.” Cllr Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Leisure at Southampton City Council said: “Southampton’s first ever Sailing Week was a fantastic success. It was great to see all ages, backgrounds, businesses and schools, coming together to collectively celebrate Southampton’s maritime history and identity. Thousands of people took part, and for many of them, this would have been their first experience of taking to

the water. I hope this will inspire many more to get involved and take advantage of the amazing facilities that our great city has to offer.” “I’m confident this event will go from strength to strength, with even more opportunities on offer for the people of Southampton to experience the thrill of sailing next year.” Other highlights of Southampton Sailing Week included: The Great Coal Row – organised by the Coalporters Amateur Rowing Association, the event saw people come together and row over three days. An exhibition and BBQ was also held as part of the celebrations. Music in the Marina – MDL’s Ocean Village Marina was transformed into an outdoor concert venue as scores of classical musicians and singers performed from the pontoons and waterside. Chances to explore local sailing clubs and marinas – Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Weston Sailing Club, Southampton Sailing Club and various MDL marinas were among those to host Open Days. Carol Hadnett Keep an eye on www.southamptonsailingweek.co.uk for details of future events. yachter Autumn/Winter 2017

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COWESWEEK BLIND WEEK

2017 Blind Sailing Week – RSYC Centre Stage! C

lub members again played a leading role in one of the U.K.’s major watersports events for visually impaired sailors which started and finished at the Ocean Village clubhouse in June. The event gathered over 20 volunteer skippers and their yachts, each crewed by two sighted and two VI crew. Divided into four fleets of five or six yachts each, the cruise itinerary ranged from Chichester to Poole over a week of, well, typical English summer weather! As usual the first day afloat was focused on orientation to the boats and safety procedures. The skippers (particularly the five who were new to the event) were amazed by how quickly their VI crew found their way around – both above and below decks. One skipper with many miles under his keel, and sporting an impressive bump on his own head, remarked that his VIs were far less clumsy than he was!

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The first day away from Ocean Village was notable in being the windiest of the week. A stiff southwesterly breeze against a rip-roaring springtide challenged the two fleets going to Lymington and Yarmouth, whilst the two fleets going east congratulated themselves on their foresight! The start and also the end of the week was sunny and warm. Indeed some (deliberate!) swimming (all well tied on to the boats) was seen around Calshot and Osborne Bay on the last day as yachts returned to RSYC. The midweek rain didn’t dampen spirits. It allowed some participants a long and sometimes musical pub lunch, others a visit to Portsmouth dockyards, and even some sailing theory classes below decks. This year’s total of 45 visually impaired crew included 13 new to sailing, several very experienced blind racers on the UK team, and many regulars with wide experience - ranging from tall ships to ocean

passages. All participants reported an excellent week of learning, companionship and fun. Sighted crew were again impressed both by how much of the sailing VI crew can do, and how much they as “sighties” themselves learn in the process. As one remarked, it’s “a truly two-way street” Overall event organiser Will Bridge and RSYC local team leader Bob Young have continued to welcome to the event both new RSYC club members and new partnerships from around the Solent. This year we linked up with Geoff Holt’s “WetWheels” operation. Their specially adapted 300 hp high speed powerboat rendezvoused with two of the fleets and gave VI crewmembers a most amazing ride. Warsash Sailing club hosted another fleet overnight, and arranged for VIs to join their twilight pursuit race. Our excellent links with the smaller but successful East Coast VI sailing

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BLIND WEEK

Disability-friendly Wetwheels provided the opportunity to experience the fun of power as well as sail.’ charity also flourished, with two of their yachts sailing round from Ipswich to join us. Early in the week, the new RYA Sailability program manager, Joff McGill joined several Blind Week yachts as they cruised off Keyhaven with VI crew at the helm, hoisting the sails, and practising tacks and jibes. The RYA rib and camera crew were also on hand to record a great day on the water for a YouTube video which can be found at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= KRcuegEsGdw&app=desktop This video gives a great feel of the Blind Week event as a whole – we do hope that Club members will

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take a look at it and feel encouraged to join the event in future years! Blind Sailing Weeks on the South Coast alternate annually between the Royal Southampton, and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Clubs and this year’s event was generously supported by the RSYC Trust. In 2018 the event will be based in Falmouth from Saturday 30th June to Saturday, 7 July 2018. During the preceding week or two, a number of RSYC members and their yachts will make their way (sometimes in company) westwards to that wonderful cruising ground. Some will do so as a great way of starting a summer cruise in the West Country, the Channel Islands or beyond.

Why not join them in summer 2018? We are always looking for experienced RSYC skippers/yacht owners to participate in the event. We welcome and support anyone who would like to give Blind Week a go – sometimes initially learning the ropes by crewing for a skipper experienced in sailing with VIs, and sometimes skippering their own yacht with one or two sighted crew with past Blind Week experience. If you would like to explore this possibility, do please contact us: Will Bridge: mail@willbridge.com Bob Young: bobfosteryoung@btinternet.com

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RSYC TRUST

What is the RSYC Trust?

Trustee Graham Tracey explains…

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t is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation named The Royal Southampton Yacht Club Trust (Charity Registration Number 1164006) Prior to the formation of the Trust Royal Southampton had for many years supported various causes through its Commodore’s Charity. The Commodore of the time selected the charity the Club would support during his or her tenure. Many of these were linked to sailing and boating, such as Toe in the Water, the Ellen MacArthur Trust, RLNI, The Tall Ships Youth Trust and The Jubilee Sailing Trust.

who are Club members: Gordon Agnew (Chairman), Brian Hinde, Bob Trimble, Graham Tracey and Mike Garvey (Treasurer). The Trust Secretary is General Manager, Donna Redford. We do not employ any staff. All of the Trustees and helpers are volunteers. Administrative and operational support is provided by the staff of the RSYC and club member volunteers. Funds go totally towards our targeted beneficiaries. Thanks must go to all members and friends who have supported the Trust through donations and help in organising events.

In 2015 the RSYC Executive Committee decided to expand its charitable efforts and form the ‘RSYC Trust’ to enable it to deliver more direct benefits to worthy causes. The prime charitable purpose is the advancement of sailing and associated waterborne activities for the public benefit by making grants and awards or through the physical enabling of those activities. This being a very broad objective, we have initially focussed on the promotion of participation in boating by those who are disadvantaged by reason of youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances in the South of England. We are currently targeting very neglected groups, including Young Carers Associations and local schools. The RSYC have appointed Trustees

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develop. Here we are working with the New Forest Activities Centre. We are also working closely with our neighbours in Southampton, the Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC). Our association with these organisations provides an additional benefit to Club members, as they can also arrange to use their facilities. Most importantly, Members know that they and their club are helping to introduce people to take part in activities afloat, grow the boating community and provide valuable respite and rewarding activities to young carers and others who would not otherwise have these opportunities.

Funding The majority of our funding to date has come from RSYC events run for the Commodore’s Charity and from the club’s 50:50 lottery, so a huge thank you is due to the Club and its Members for this. Whilst this funding is much appreciated and vital, in order to increase and develop the work we have started, we need to seek other funding sources. Applications are being made to funding bodies like Children in Need, National Lottery, Local Authorities, Barker Mills, Greggs and Persimmon Properties, to name a few. The extent of our activities has depended on obtaining support and funding. We have a small fleet of sailing dinghies and kayaks at our Gins clubhouse on the Beaulieu River which we are hoping to

Ambassador The Trust is proud that Paralympic gold medalist Helena Lucas MBE agreed to be an Ambassador for the Trust and help us in our endeavours.

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WEDDINGS AT RSYC

James & Sian Maltby - Saturday 20th May 2017 - J ames and Sian were married at Ocean Village clubhouse, and sailed over to Gins for their Wedding Breakfast followed by an evening reception in a large marquee. (James, till recently RSYC’s Captain of Dinghies, has been a member of the Club since 2009)

Simon & Michelle Green - Saturday 17th June 2017 - S  imon and Michelle arrived at Gins by boat for their wedding breakfast and reception. (Simon has been a member of the club since 2009).

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SUMMER 2017 ‘Royal Southampton Yacht Club did a fantastic job. Our wedding day went perfectly. Our friends and family were really impressed too (and won’t stop talking about it!) We had asked a lot of them, but all the staff delivered everything we asked - Everyone was brilliant. The food was amazing: some of the best food we have ever had at a wedding. Luckily, it was our own! We were very fortunate that we were able to completely personalise our day and didn’t feel we were on a conveyor belt, as at some venues. Ocean Village and Gins are very special locations, and we will always remember our big day beside the Beaulieu River. Thank you Royal Southampton!’ - James and Sian

Aaron & Hollie Mcloughlin - Saturday 8th July 2017 - H  ollie and Aaron arrived at Gins by boat for their wedding breakfast and reception. (Hollie’s Mother has been a member of the Club since 2002.)

James & Noha Robinson - Sunday 27th August 2017 - J ames and Noha held their Wedding Ceremony at Ocean Village Clubhouse – arriving in in a vintage VW Camper van!

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lub Members and keen sailors Carol and David Hadnett recently completed the Manche2Med Challenge, cycling in a group through France from Caen on the Channel coast to dip their toes in the Mediterranean at Montpellier 15 days later. Carol describes their experience Last year we cycled just over 1000 miles, from Lands End to John O’Groats, averaging 65 miles each day for 16 days, continuously. So when we committed to the ‘Manche2Med’ we knew that we could handle the physical demands of not only covering this distance but, importantly, of repeating the exercise day in, day out, over the requisite 15 days. I should perhaps mention that the average age of our group of cyclists was 63, with four members over 70. The oldest was 73. It was motivating to be able to anticipate improving weather as we moved south each day, crossing the Loire, the Auvergne the Dordogne, through the Massif Central and on to the Hérault Valley before reaching the Mediterranean coast 700+ miles later. This being an ‘assisted’ tour we didn’t have to worry about carrying luggage on panniers, but the logistics were nonetheless very demanding; we still needed to travel light, as bags had to be unpacked from the tour van every evening and re-packed every morning to be moved to new accommodation.

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The evening routine, having arrived at the hotel as early as possible, was to enjoy a relaxing drink, deal with any mechanical issues, find our room, shower, wash our cycling gear, then attend the Organisers’ briefing about the next day’s ride, have dinner, check the weather forecast for the following day and select the right clothes, replenish our pockets with supplies of snacks and drinks, charge the phone and bike lights, check and download the following day’s route to the Garmin, re-pack as much as possible, set the alarm - and try to get an early night! It had elements of the discipline necessary on an ocean passage – but without the night watches! Endurance cycle trips demand real focus and rarely allow much time for sightseeing. They are not to be undertaken lightly. It’s really important to have road cycling experience, good health and to be trained up and as mentally and physically prepared as possible. A comfortable and reliable bike and some basic roadside skills, like mending punctures, are essential too. Just like some sailing challenges, at the outset they have the potential to seem overwhelming, but we have learned to stay in the moment, think about the here and now, deal only with things as they arise and to not worry about anything else. This strategy allows the miles to unfold, the minutes, hours and days to

pass by with less anxiety and the special moments can be savoured along the way. The camaraderie and respect that builds amongst a group of complete strangers from the outset, the fun and magic at meal times when stories are shared and individual characters emerge, the sense of achievement as the miles tot up and the line on the map draws ever closer to the destination, and the huge rush of excitement when the end is in sight make every hour of training and planning worthwhile. The buzz is tremendous. Most of all, it’s incredible to experience what strength our middle-aged bodies can muster and we are truly in awe of what we’re physically capable of. Not to mention the amusing conversations we have with youngsters in the family who are no longer surprised by our tales of derring-do, but who dine out on stories about what the old folks are up to this time! We’re already contemplating next year’s challenge and maybe that will involve conquering Spain on two wheels. Who knows? Having seen footage of the America’s Cup racing, particularly Emirates Team New Zealand’s hydraulics technique, maybe our combined cycling and sailing skills could be needed on a hydrofoil sometime soon. Watch this space… Carol Hadnett

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Paul Kilty, Captain of Cruising, Reports on this Summer’s Rallies and Plans for 2018…

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ince our last publication of The Yachter the first of the Cruisers’ rallies was to Chichester. Seven boats took part, a mixture of power and sail. Taking the eastbound tide a great sail was had to the Harbour, where we berthed in Chichester Marina, some of us timing our arrival for free-flow. After a jolly pontoon party hosted by Anton and Laurie we had the logistics problem of getting Laurie, who was unable to walk after her recent operation, to The Boatyard restaurant. So the Captain of Cruising did his duty and located a wheelchair. Thus we all enjoyed a lovely meal at The Boatyard Restaurant. Sadly due to the inclement forecast for Monday, several boats opted to leave on the Sunday westbound tide, missing the planned Sunday walk.

Our annual cross channel event followed at the end of May, with an excellent turnout in St Vaast. (Please see Bob Stevenson’s separate account of this everenjoyable event) Our Hog Roast at Gins was fully booked, attracting both cruising members and non-cruisers. Sadly, although the hog itself was tasty, the external caterers rather let us down with their disappointing accompaniments. The unfavourable comparison with the excellent standards of dining provided by our own Gins’ staff has persuaded us to plan a ‘Surf’n Turf‘ there instead next year. Due to the inclement weather the rally at Keyhaven to watch the Round the Island Race had to be www.rsyc.org.uk

abandoned, and instead boats opted for the shelter and facilities of Gins. Thanks to the initiative of John Cavanagh, who introduced us all to the GroupMe application on smart-phones, our informal cruising has been revolutionised and brought into the twenty-first century! Informal cruisers have been able to broadcast to fellow cruisers where they are going, inviting others to join them. In particular cruisers opting for the West Country were able to meet up and dine together. Anyone spending a couple of nights in Newtown, for example, would announce this hoping for some company. The GroupMe application has really caught on and is being used constantly. However there was a plaintive cry received on GroupMe from the aptly named Grumpy Bear, who was all alone in Brittany, while many cruisers were partying in the West Country! The Island Harbour Rally was hosted by Martin Alexander and nine boats took part in a very absorbing weekend which coincided with the end of Cowes Week. Some of the members took the water taxi down to Cowes to watch both the Red Arrows and the Fireworks. All agreed it had been a great gettogether with an excellent BBQ. Two boats, Arabesque and Solent Blue, anchored to watch the Bournemouth Air Festival; they were rewarded with beautiful weather and greatly enjoyed the air display. But the weather let us down for the Bembridge Rally, with 35-40 knot winds forecast. However, as

that Saturday coincided with the Last Night of the Proms, some of us opted instead to drive to Gins. There we enjoyed a lively party and sang along with the TV - and everyone else in the country! For the 2018 Calendar, Cruising Committee member John Cavanagh has introduced the idea of themed rallies. With Food as a theme, there is the Dorset Seafood Festival in Weymouth and the Lymington Seafood Festival. The Literature theme will take us to the Cowes Literary Festival, and the Music theme to the Bembridge Jazz on the Quay. Of course there will also be our traditional favourite rallies, such as the Frostbites, Easter, Bembridge and Newtown Creek. There is a new initiative for the motor boat owners in the Club. Of the approximately 400 yachts in the Club, over 130 are motorboats. Accordingly, a workgroup has been formed within the Cruising Sub Committee, to promote events that may specifically interest this section of the Club. An inaugural motor boat owners’ evening was held in September 2017 with a supper, a presentation on the Cowes -Torquay Power Boat Race and an open forum on possible Club events that may be of interest to motor boat owners. Many ideas were discussed and the 2018 RSYC Cruising Programme incorporates a selection of these. Additional events will be added during the year if there is demand. Club members who are not motorboat owners are very welcome to join in. yachter Autumn/Winter 2017

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ST VAAST (and Beyond) RALLY 2017 O

ur Rally to St Vaast at the end of May has been a key event in the Cruising Calendar for many years. This year nine Club boats made it across the Channel for this very special event.

organiser Rex delegates, as only Rex can, the various purchases of wines, cheeses, salads, meats, oysters (for which St Vaast is famous) langoustine and breads, mostly purchased from the huge town market in which we spend most of Saturday morning - with frequent breaks for coffee and fellowship.

Rex Woodgate, our leader, still seems to have a direct line above, so the weather was again kind to us which encouraged parties aboard as soon as the first vessels arrived. Hospitality gathered pace on a daily basis before the main event which always takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday.

On Saturday evening, after a sharpener or two, groups set off to dine at one of the many wonderful local restaurants. The oysters at Bisquine are particularly good!

To ensure that this gala event on Sunday goes without a hitch,

Sunday morning sees more oysters shucked, strawberries hulled, meats

The entrance to St Vaast harbour at low tide

barbecued and salads prepared before the commencement of the noonday pontoon party. The feast that follows is, of course, as delicious as you would expect it to be and we linger in the warm sunshine exchanging our exaggerated tales of cross-channel adventures. A wonderful occasion. By Monday morning we all feel as though we have been to the moon and back and with happy memories our rally disperses, some back to home ports but others remain French side to enjoy the “Beyond”. Bob Stephenson (Arabesque)

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A Delight of Dolphins

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aving crossed to the “Dark Side” some twelve years ago, I expected that I would never again have the pleasure of being escorted by a pod of dolphins as I had been when sailing. I was sure the noise of Arabesque’s powerful twin engines would always deter these most friendly of creatures.

But in June Arabesque was returning to the Solent, passing south of the Eddystone Light when a pod was spotted ahead. I slowed to tick-over speed, six knots, to allow their safe passage but no, the whole pod headed our way and played off our bow wave for a good fifteen minutes before their leader called time and they were away. Bob Stevenson www.rsyc.org.uk

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CRUISING FEATURE

GOING DUTCH Laurie & Anton Bates slipped away to Holland this Summer – on SLIPAWAY!

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nspired by so many other intrepid sailors, and appreciating the opportunities that moving to motor provides, we allocated six weeks of the summer to visit to Holland aboard Slipaway, our Broom 39, a fairly powerful powerboat. Previously, as sailors, we had headed for the French coast and Channel Islands, as time and distance limited our explorations. This time our limits were due to Crew 2, whose knee decided to prevent ambulatory access to many of the summer delights on offer. The six weeks happily slotted in between various surgical attempts to restore the knee’s functions, so we headed East. Actually, we headed West to Yarmouth, to briefly join a West Country cruise of the Broom Owners; we bid them ‘bon voyage’, then we headed East. A brief stop in Gosport gave us a chance to catch a good film before progressing to Brighton. We made a note of the impressive bumpiness available off Selsey Bill, where we threaded through the pretty narrow red/green avenue. The lumps continued to Brighton as we surfed into the harbor to find a very quiet and welcome berth. We introduced ourselves to another Broom, Sunshine Coast,

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owned by a retired Australian couple who are touring Europe by boat for a few years, having sold up, re-homed the dogs and set forth on quite an adventure. They were supposed to be marshalling at Wimbledon but something went wrong with their work visas so they could only go to watch the tennis. Shame, eh? As we set off for Dover they headed to Ramsgate and Chelsea Harbour. Dover Harbour requires notice of intention to enter the West Entrance at two miles and again at 200 metres to gain permission, to avoid any traffic otherwise clogging the entrance. From our berth we were able to see over the wall and admire Dover Castle and made a note to ensure a visit on our return. In the morning we waited for the sill to clear and permission from the Harbour office and we set off to intersect our 90 degree crossing point of the shipping channel. Fortunately, the weather, the waves, the sun and the traffic were kind and we crossed quickly. Friends met us at Niewpoort and took our lines, providing a warm welcome to the Continent in the traditional way, involving wine, nibbles, cheese and chat. Impressed with our progress, we did not allow the warps to dry for long and in the morning followed the coast to Breskens in Holland, then crossed the Westerschelde and made our first entry into the canals

at Vissingen. Over the next four weeks we became more proficient at managing locks, lassoing cleats, sneaking under bridges and waiting for other boats. Travelling in a convoy simplifies the opening systems, which run pretty much as promised. Some locks separate salt and fresh water so that on the inside canals we admired children and others diving and swimming, plus lots of kayaks, all enjoying the benefits of clean, well-ordered water systems. Some canals are, as you’d expect, long and narrow spanned by bridges, while others are open seas with islands which have wellmarked routes round and through to the next mooring challenge. Through the Veerse Meer to the Oosterschelde, Hollands Deep and lastly to the Meer at Dortrecht was as far as time allowed. Middleburg, Zierikzee, Williamstad, Goes and Dortrecht offered fascinating delights in their museums, restaurants, and lots of local colour. Names of places and food were wonderful but impossible to spell or pronounce, with menus particularly puzzling. We didn’t find it as easy as promised to find English speakers, but after a while the ‘point and hope’ system worked well enough. There were many extremely large barges, most with a car aboard, keeping goods off the roads. Pleasure craft and elegant Dutch powerboats provided a holiday atmosphere in

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everything worked: the streets were clean, the rubbish controlled, the canals well presented, waterways are safe and clearly marked and service was fast, efficient and friendly throughout. There are lots of rules and systems but that seems to be why it is so nice to be there. Of course we have yet to discover Amsterdam and other large cities which must tell a different story, but for our first visit, we are well enamoured of our near neighbour. Remember that glorious, hot, clear spell in June? We were in Holland. Remember when it got all blowy and rough in July? That was when we headed for home. A few extra days in Dunkirk were charming, and we managed to head across the channel after the lumps cleared. Dover Castle was well worth the stopover and we enjoyed the excellent facilities at Eastbourne Marina. Violent thunderstorms brought heavy weather which kept us in Brighton for a week but the winds did abate and we jumped into that elusive weather window, scooted

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Restoring JOLI COEUR Ann Bennett relates how Howard Seymour and she brought Joli Coeur back to life…

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e had certainly no plans to buy a barge, much less a 24 metre one, but suddenly in August 2013 we were the owners of a 1904 Dutch tjalke (pronounced tchalkuh). Some weeks previously as he looked at the sinuous lines of the bow of the mud-covered and sad barge in front of us, it whispered to Howard “perhaps there’s a deal to be done”. If you know Howard, you know that thought is irresistible to him. Simon Evans, who owns the yard Evans Marine in Migennes, filled him in on recent events. In May the river Yonne in Burgundy was running very fast and the locks only opened for a brief few days. The current carried the barge onto a hidden metal projection on the lock wall which holed the hull above the water line. Two locks later, the bow wave had forced its way through a relatively small gash and Joli Coeur was sinking bow first. It took Simon and the local pompiers three weeks to stablilise, pump out and tow her back to Migennes. The gash had been plugged with quick setting cement before a permanent welded repair could be made. Three months of hot fine weather had dried her out well. And what a sad sight she was inside!

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I could hardly bear to go in, so redolent was she of dreams broken. Howard had no such qualms! Apparently the insurers had paid out in full and were looking to dispose of her quickly and a silly offer might secure. And so an even cheekier offer was made and accepted and within three weeks we were the owners not only of the barge but a lot of the damaged furniture and fittings. Our first visit that August was a massive cleaning and disposal operation, whilst still trying to salvage anything we possibly could for renovation. The expensive and almost new generator in the engine room was brought home, hopefully for repair. Very quickly, Howard decided that as we had contacts with all the necessary trades in Southampton, it made sense to have her brought back home for a refit where we could also ensure progress was on target. By the time the projected cost of a lift-out and low loader had reached 20k and rising we decided another solution had to be found. Over the following winter Simon flushed and reflushed the DAF lorry engine and replaced the gear box and by spring the

basic mechanics were functioning. So sailing her back under her own power had become a realistic option. Tides and weather looked good for mid May. At this point I have to say if it had not been for the enthusiastic assistance of our friend and neighbour, retired ship’s Engineer, Brian Weaver (and his long suffering wife Marie) the project would never have come to fruition. He and Howard’s son Graham came out with us in May 2014 and over a week got basic services to the galley running and the engine room in basic working order so we could start moving her. Meanwhile I carried on scrubbing and cleaning away the fine silt from every crevice. Mattresses on the floor provided basic sleeping arrangements. Despite primitive conditions it was a fun trip, sailing past all the sights of Paris. We leap-frogged the car as we moved towards the coast, catching trains to collect it. It took about a week to make Honfleur, the weather holding reasonably fair. Rouen to Honfleur takes a long, long day. There are no intermediate moorings but there can be vicious tides, so it has to be a pre-dawn start and favourable

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a more open and contemporary feel, lighter, and more like a home than a vessel. The linings and loose insulation were cleared out and the superstructure repainted internally with two coats of bitumen. The bilges, except below the saloon, where there was a massive fresh water tank, were treated with Dutch wax. Specifying a building one tries to permit water vapour to escape; the physics of an iron barge are the total opposite. No vapour at all can be allowed to condense unseen on any of the hull. 50mm depth of spray foam was the answer. It took only two days of the professional’s time to cover 90 per cent, but days and days of mine, insulating all the remaining odd projections, braces and awkward corners. I was determined to have no hidden problems. By now we had commissioned Balliol Fowden, a barge surveyor of great experience, who already knew the boat, to do a full survey of the hull, a general inspection and provide his invaluable advice. Good news and really quite bad news. Although the insurers had provided a basic thickness report on the hull which was satisfactory, it was pock marked with pitting and needed replating over the majority of the underwater areas. The good news was that as a foreign registered vessel which was to be converted into living accommodation, he could certify that VAT on most items was zerorated. That covered all his fees and more! For various reasons, it took two lift-outs to survey and complete all the replating. Autumn and winter of 2014 saw a few mega-jobs undertaken. The cement slurry on the walls of the fresh water tank in the bilges had started to flake off. So this was replaced by several large plastic water tanks. To get these in place, we had to have a hole cut in the roof and the floor directly below. This also neatly facilitated the insertion of a beautiful timber lantern light in the roof which was

made by Wood Scott of Axminster; this not only gives more light but also an area of extra height in the saloon. We decided to also install grey and black water tanks to meet future regulations and enable us to have standard domestic WCs. Our idea was to convert the existing bathroom into a bunk-bed room for the grandchildren. Some adjustments in length allowed the existing WC opposite to become a proper shower room. The fore cabin was to be the master suite so an en-suite was added. Throughout, where possible, I tried to incorporate towel radiators, radiators and slim cupboards in recesses in the slope of the topsides. On first sight of the aft cabin, the black hole of Calcutta sprang to mind, especially with the waterlogged and mouldy mattress still in situ! Much more light and a more streamlined wall profile were the order of the day - plus some style! A full en-suite was not feasible, but by putting a tiny loo in an unused corner of the galley to serve both wheel house and cabin, we were able to install a vanity unit centrally placed between a small shower enclosure and a wardrobe. A massive improvement in light was achieved by a long, slim, high-level window. This had been made possible by shortening the gas bottle locker and changing the wheelhouse step from solid metal to a grating. Meanwhile with the spray insulation complete, armoured cables, capable of carrying 12 volt, 24 volt or mains supply, were being installed, as were water and central heating pipe runs, plus a sophisticated system of pumps and bilge pumps. The large old boiler was replaced by a small but highly efficient diesel Kabola boiler for central heating and hot water. Once services were complete a second layer of wall insulation was added, generally multi-foil quilt, and the new wall linings.

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I took a chance on using Fermacell boards, which are water resistant, very dimensionally stable and good acoustic insulators, but are generally used on buildings. The joints are all glued but did require a lot of final filling and sanding (my task, together with all the painting!) So far we are delighted - no cracks appeared even after the channel crossing. Just a limited area of light coloured ash faced ply was used as a feature. The new double glazed windows finally arrived and were inserted. The saloon and galley ceiling had limited polystyrene insulation already but to improve this without reducing the already low headroom, space science insulation was used, 10mm of Aerogel, the best insulator available! (I never told Howard the price!) The head-linings throughout were foam-backed vinyl glued onto 6mm plywood and screwed in place. Sadly the previous owners had installed a new kitchen at great expense, not long before the accident. Amazingly, with minimal chasing up, the full height fridge

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freezer had survived, as had the microwave, gas hob and sink. Also the slate effect ceramic floor - a testament to the effectiveness of an isolating sub-base. The cupboard carcasses were too damaged to reuse. But with some modifications to new Howdens units, the original expensive internal fittings – beautifully engineered pull-out shelves and metal drawers - fitted in snugly, and even allowed a washing machine space! The dividing wall between the saloon and galley was carved away to make it more open plan for entertaining friends. We picked up a bargain lot of walnut faced timber flooring, just enough for the saloon and passage. It also matched the originally teak skirtings and architraves, darkened by being under water. Our carpenter Jon worked throughout on the project. His thoughtful and high quality workmanship has made the end result beautiful. But in addition being able to discuss and revise the details to suit the awkward angles of the hull made for an enjoyable and productive working relationship. We tried to

reuse whatever we could, not only for cost, but also to retain something of the original conversion in the 1970s. The waterline on the wheelhouse cupboard doors is also a reminder of just how much was under water. So by spring of 2016 Joli Coeur was ready for her return trip. Balliol did a final inspection and signed her off. The middle of May looked good. The previous tug owner could not do the return trip but found us another company at the same price. Paul and Priscilla Kilty provided the necessary second skipper and did an excellent job of the passage planning. Brian also agreed to come in case of mechanical problems and Graham completed the crew. An initial hiccup with the tow vessel ‘Loyal Helper’ resolved itself and Howard met her off St Catherine’s Head for what turned out to be a perfect towed crossing. Joli Coeur was back in Honfleur at 9pm on 18th May 2016. Footnote: Joli Coeur is now near Nancy. But that’s another story. Ann Bennett

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ahead of us! What a wonderfully busy social calendar we have Looking Forward to December ing the Summer Party at Gins with Dog Ruff, the Although all of those wonderful summer events includ fun they Evening and the Last Night of the Proms were great Commodore’s Cocktail Party, the Cowes Fireworks winter key those to rd forwa g is the time we can start lookin are fast becoming a distant memory. However now well as uity, contin of sense a us are so reassuring in offering social events that have stood the test of time, and and new. as a great opportunity to catch up with friends old

We start off the season with ouse Tasting experience on 2nd Dec at Gins clubh • a traditional Game Supper including a Port n Village clubhouse, with Christmas Party on Saturday Dec 16th at Ocea kling Spar a at fun some have to e chanc a hen  t • live music and dancing to Zac and the Zeroes Ocean Village clubhouse, the Christmas Tree on Thursday 20th Dec at • a fter this enjoy the well-known Carols Round Tree followed by a mince-pies & singing Christmas Carols round the where we start the evening off with mulled wine and delicious Christmas Carvery supper. at Ocean Village clubhouse for an Old-fashioned Cheese and Wine Party • t hen on Christmas Eve come along and join us on Sunday 24th Dec. & Buffet Lunch on time for a breath of fresh air and a Riverside Walk • a fter all these enjoyable Christmas festivities it’s your walk around the e befor roll bacon ing coffee / hot chocolate and 27th Dec at Gins clubhouse - starting with a warm beautiful Beaulieu River estate. n on Saturday 30th Dec and join us for a fun-filled Year End Celebratio • t he last event of 2017 invites you to come along at Ocean Village clubhouse. soon become ‘Fully Booked’. ment as these events have limited places and ** Do ensure you book early to avoid disappoint Looking Forward to 2018 members’ requests, we have d at different styles of events and, responding to looke have we dar calen s Event l Socia 2018 our For of informal & formal social events and activities. put together a new programme that includes a mix Blues bands and enjoying small more relaxed evenings just listening to live Jazz & The informal social events offer the chance to enjoy at Ocean Village clubhouse. along and join us on the first Friday of every month plates & tapas suppers with old and new friends. Come the Fever-Tree Way, s evenings together with Gin tasting & Gin Cocktails, Another key feature is our Wine and Tasting Plate of course the famous tting and Wine Pairing Dinners during the year. Not forge both complementing our approach to Speciality Food again in November. Beaujolais Nouveau wine evening we are holding once with the infamous Robbie up on these more special occasions, starting off dress to e chanc a offer ts Even l Socia al Form Our more dinner in April. Later in the r in February, and a Casino Evening and Black-Tie Burns Night in January, a Valentines Romantic Suppe Cocktail Party and Bistro pagne Cham a warmer weather, the scene is set for year in May, when we start to look forward to some the evening sun with a glass in ny balco side b evenings just relaxing on the water super those of one ience exper can you where r, Suppe on the Waterfront and in July ment of a Great Gatsby Summer Party & Jazz band of bubbly. Then in June follows the fun and enjoy to entice you and refresh month each in one ng to a live band. Something for every danci with g evenin r Suppe Turf and Surf us a delicio

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CHRISTMAS PARTY! Saturday 16th December 7pm - Bubbles reception 7:45pm - 3 course festive dinner 9:30pm - Dancing to live band ‘Zac and the Zeroes’ £46.50

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RYA Training Days 2018

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Royal Southampton Yacht Club KEY:

RYA Theory & Dinghy Powerboat Shorebased Courses Sailing Courses

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27 Jan 28 Jan 4 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Feb 4 March

RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) RYA Day Skipper Theory (1 of 6) RYA Day Skipper Theory (2 of 6) RYA Day Skipper Theory (3 of 6) RYA Day Skipper Theory (4 of 6)

Ocean Village Ocean Village Ocean Village Ocean Village Ocean Village Ocean Village Ocean Village

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10 March

Ocean Village

14+

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11 March 11 March

RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) RYA Day Skipper Theory (6 of 6)

Ocean Village

14+ 14+

Sat

24 March

Sun Sun Thur Fri Sun Thur Fri Sun Sat Sun Sat Sat Sun Sat Sun Sat Sun Sat Sun Sun Sat Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun Sat Sun

25 March 15 April 19 April 20 April 22 April 26 April 27 April 29 April 9 June 10 June 16 June 30 June 1 July 14 July 15 July 1 Sept 2 Sept 8 Sep 9 Sept 7 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28 Oct 4 Nov 11 Nov 24 Nov 25 Nov

RYA VHF/GMDSS Radio Course RYA First Aid at Sea RYA Radar Course RYA Yachtmaster Theory (1 of 6) RYA Yachtmaster Theory (2 of 6) RYA Yachtmaster Theory (3 of 6) RYA Yachtmaster Theory (4 of 6) RYA Yachtmaster Theory (5 of 6) RYA Yachtmaster Theory (6 of 6) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) RYA VHF/GMDSS Radio Course RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) RYA VHF/GMDSS Radio Course RYA Radar Course RYA Yachtmaster Theory (1 of 6) RYA First Aid at Sea RYA Yachtmaster Theory (2 of 6) RYA Yachtmaster Theory (3 of 6) RYA Yachtmaster Theory (4 of 6) RYA Yachtmaster Theory (5 of 6) RYA Yachtmaster Theory (3 of 6) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2)

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RYA Day Skipper Theory (5 of 6)

Ocean Village

16+ 14+ 16+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 16+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 16+ 16+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+ 14+

All dates are subject to change. Please refer to the website for the latest information and fees and for details of proposed Cadet training days. Or call 023 8022 3352 To book on a course, please download a booking form from the Training Section of the RSYC website www.rsyc.org.uk and complete and return with payment to - nikki@rsyc.org.uk www.rsyc.org.uk

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lubs are like Smartphones – We tend not to use them to their full potential, whether from lack of knowledge or not investing the time in finding out how to. As a New Year’s Resolution, deciding to get more for your Membership could be a lot more fun than most good intentions! Here are some ideas to help ➤ W  hen you receive your new edition of On the Water and Ashore, remove the pull-out Calendar and stick it on your fridge – or at least go through it and take a note of the activities and events which may interest you. Including ones you haven’t tried before. ➤ C  heck the RSYC website regularly for reminders of upcoming events, updates and Club news – and for details of the special Benefits we have negotiated for Members ➤ M  ake sure you are receiving your regular E-bulletins with the latest information on Social Events and Sailing activities. If you have a Family Membership do ask the office to add both your emails to the circulation list if only one of you is receiving this. ➤ I f you want more information call the office. The staff will refer you to the relevant club Officers if they can’t answer your question fully. ➤ M  ake sure to come along to as many of our buzzy monthly convivial evenings as you can. (Last Friday of most months) They are a great way of meeting other members and learning about what’s going on. And DO bring along guests. They are very welcome, and many new members are introduced to the Club in this way. ➤ D  on’t just come along to events and hope you will like who you are sitting with (though you probably will). Make up your own table! Other Members like to be asked to join a table, and Events are another opportunity to bring along guests. ➤ T  ake advantage of the special member rates on room hire for private functions or business events ➤ C  onsider supporting committees. Most Club Officers start by helping out on a Work Group. Contact the Rear Commodore House (Priscilla Kilty) or the Rear Commodore Sailing (Dave Stott) if you are interested in finding out how your skills could be valuable to the Club. Or if you have ideas to share about what the Club could do that it isn’t dong - or could do better ➤ V  olunteer as a Race Officer (full training is given) or sign up as a Race crew or to join in on a cruise. ➤ D  id you attend the AGM on 4th November? Whether or not, make sure to come along to the 2018 one! Angela Rice - Chair of Membership and Publications - House Committee

We are sorry to advise of the recent deaths of the following RSYC Members – James Abraham

– 1.1.1940 to 3.10.2017

We are sorry to report that James Abraham, a Member of the Club for 40 years, passed away on 3rd October, after a protracted illness. James, a Member of RSYC since 1987, came to the area as an Electronics Engineer, working in Southampton Docks, living first in Netley and then Romsey. Having

Sir Stanley Simmons

been involved with powerboat racing as part of Patrol and Rescue fleets, he became interested in race organisation and joined the RYA’s Offshore Racing Committee. He and his wife Lesley went on to host several successful races from the Royal Southampton Yacht Club and were part of the Race Committees for many other races including the Cowes / Torquay and Gibraltar Finals Week. As a committed ‘Club’

passed away on 31 May 2017, age 89. Sir Stanley joined the Club in 1997, he was physician to the Royal Household and kept his boat Scirocco at Gins where he was a valued regular. He is survived by his wife, Lady Ann Simmons. Sir Stanley was also a long term Member of Wentworth Golf Club, in Virginia Water, and recently supported the group of Members resisting the much publicised changes proposed by the new owners. 50

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man he was also involved in the running of the Royal Southampton; he managed to get himself elected onto six committees at one time. He was also Captain of Motor Cruising for three years. Although he and Lesley moved to South Devon over 20 years ago he remained a member of the Club until his death. Our best wishes go to Lesley at this sad time.

Derrick Parker We also regret to advise the recent death at 83, of Derrick Parker who joined the Club in 1983, with his wife Jean. He was a regular crew on the Alison MacGregor in Southampton, giving children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to get out on the water.

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