Sailing Report January 2018

Sailing Report January 2018

With no Director’s meeting in December, this covers the last 2 months.

The highlight of the winter was the highly successful combined RPCYC &WHSC prize-giving on November 17th organized and orchestrated by Tony Bale. The smart, yet casual atmosphere, well priced relatively simple menu and excellent promotion filled the ballroom with sailors, our sponsors and supporters. To quote just one of the messages on the 250 hits on our Sail Plymouth Facebook site : ”It was a marvellous evening!”

Tony and Diana also played a major part in the December Quiz night which attracted a good crowd decked out in festive regalia. They have breathed new life in the evenings over the last year and we wish the new organisers well for February.

The Xenon and Rib are in the lock up which has had its mezzanine level raised to make it easier to get the Rib in. Tony and Steve have raised the rib onto supports so that the trailer can be released for a much-needed service. Tony Bale was embarrassed to hear from our preferred mechanic, Tony Hole, that he couldn’t service the Rib in March until he was paid for the repair he did to the dog clutch several months ago.
In recent weeks,Tony with support from me has led the scraping off of antifoul from the Rig and sanding of the hull ready for antifouling.

My plea for more support for next season bore some fruit. Tony and I met with John Ingram. He has joined the club and is willing to take on some of the Race Officer duties next season and old hands (Judith Sheldon & Phyll Arscott) have pledged to return to help with safety boats and other duties. Non-member, Sue Carlyon, will take more responsibility for the weekly operation of the Rib. Keith Woodgate, ex RPCYC member, will continue to produce the Sailing instructions and Notices of Race. Tony has populated much of the rota for next year and our pool of skilled volunteers has deepened.

WHSC have contributed £125 towards the operation of the Rib last season.

Tony has scrubbed the slip a few times over the winter to keep the growth down.
Tony, Hugh and Steve retrieved one of the Club’s moorings which drifted in the strong winds, The buoy is now in the bosun’s hut. We recommend that either we cease with having the moorings as they seem an unnecessary expense with little use or that moorings are checked before relaying and use next season.

The PPSA sailing programme has been published (club races have been emailed out to sailors).
We have reinstated the Pigeon trophy race for yachts and dinghies to Cargreen in July. The Cargreen club will host a barbecue for our sailors and supporters.
The club will host one of the PPSA’s monthly meetings next year (details on the noticeboard).
We have been asked to host the the 2 day SW Enterprise championships during the summer. It will be attached to the Regatta weekend of 1st & 2nd September.
I met with the organisers of the Solo Fastnet race which finishes in Plymouth in June. We have offered Race Office support and will host their apres race supper on Friday 8th June.
Tony and I attended a meeting of local clubs at the RWYC this month to discuss potential sailing events to accompany the Mayflower 400 celebrations in the city. Some exciting events planned: more later

A sailing talk and supper by a Round the World local yacht couple is planned for Thursday February 22.

Steve Oliver
Rear Commodore Sail