By popular demand, we will be running for the first time this year an RMYC Keelboat Crew course. Aimed in particular at the newer members of the club, the course will be a short series of evening classes followed by practical training through the season in all three classes of our boats. It will cover the parts of the boat, basic knots, preparation for racing and the typical crew duties in trimming the sails, tacking, gybing, operating the spinnaker, picking up a mooring and packing up the boat. Evening Classes will begin on Wednesday 30 May and continue on the following two Wednesdays. The course will be available at £30 to members with a special offer for those signing up at the PTBO. Contact John Collingwood, 0151 327 8512 for more info.
As promised, RMYC cuff-links are now available. With the outline picked out in raised gold plate and four colours of enamel in the pattern they are a suitable adornment for any member’s sleeve. The perfect gift, unless you were going to buy a boat. Complete with a smart, solid, presentation box at £22 per pair. Contact John Collingwood, 0151 327 8512
BEHIND THE BAR — Club ties are always available (well, almost always) behind the bar …. as are membership nomination forms (please use the new ones with the data protection statement) …. and of course 59 Club applications
As we look back on our fond memories of the club’s Christmas events and I hope some equally good times at home over the festive season it’s time now to look ahead to the coming sailing season. The sailing programme for 2018 is now almost complete, there are boats to mend and there are moorings to prepare. You may remember that I told you in October of our aspiration to replace Moonraker with a lighter and more manageable committee boat. To that end, it is our intention not to launch Moonraker this year but to put her on the market very soon. Instead, and as we look for a suitable long-term replacement, Huw has drawn up plans for modifications to Gwylan.
This arrangement should provide at least a satisfactory temporary committee boat and indeed will have a number of advantages, being much more manoeuvrable and more suitable for towing, setting race finishes and acting as a ferry or safety boat if required. Huw has already begun work and we look forward to seeing the fruits of his labours as well as to a fine season of sailing. I wish you all a very happy and successful sailing year.
The club runs several RYA courses to develop members’ skills and competence: