The International Etchells Class Association has recently approved Cowes as the venue for the 2016 Etchells World Championship. Racing will take place from 5th to 10th September 2016, organised by the Royal London Yacht Club, and up to 100 boats will be berthed at CHC’s Shepards Wharf Marina where there is an established Etchells dry sailing fleet.
An updated series of training courses and taster sessions are on offer for 2015. From learning to sail to helming a racing keelboat, we have mentored training opportunities for everyone. Read more on the individual courses, and sign up today!
Friday 13th March 2015, from 7pm
£10 per person
Our last Picture Loan event included dinner before the draw. This time a cheese and wine evening will give more time to view our wonderful treasures, circulate and meet some old and make some new friends. (There will of course be pâté, bread, salad, crackers, etc. – don’t let the fact you may not like cheese put you off coming)
As we probably have more maritime prints, paintings and half models than the average West End gallery, we intend to create New Bond Street in Rock Ferry! We will show as many loan pictures as possible on the walls in place of our usual pictures. This is an opportunity for members to hold Club treasures at their home for a period of one year (assuming that your home insurance policy covers any items on loan – it probably will). The scheme is not only for pictures, of course, and quite a few magnificent half models are also available.
The rules for the Loan Scheme are simple:-
- All items are numbered. If you would like particular items, make a note of the numbers.
- Buy as many £10 draw tickets as you wish and if your number is drawn you can choose a picture or half model of your choice, if it is still available.
- Sign a loan form for each item.
I do hope that new members will also consider coming to this particular social evening and bring their partners. This is a Social Committee event, so do please come and enjoy the evening and support your Club.
Trevor Tansey, Commodore
Members of the Mersey Mylne Fleet are to compete in a team racing event 29-31 May 2015 hosted by Gareloch OD. The German Classic Boat Association (FKY) will also join to enjoy 3-cornered, 4-boats-a-side team racing. Interested members should contact the Mylne Fleet Captain, Max Cooke, for more information on what is sure to be an outstanding weekend’s competition.
Recent news passed on by RMYC member Mike Taylor:
You may be interested to hear that junior RMYC members Will and Matt Taylor sailed in January 2015’s Bloody Mary Dinghy Pursuit Race at Queen Mary Reservoir in London. It is the largest event of its kind in the UK and the entry list reads like a Who’s Who of British dinghy sailing.
In what was an extremely windy event, the boys finished 20th Overall and 2nd Juniors. This capped off their final season in the RS Feva in which they finished 3rd at the UK Nationals, won the Inland Championships and were 7th at the World Championships from 184 entries. Will moves on to sail an RS200 and Matt an RS Tera.
8th November saw the annual awards evening for the RMYC 2014 season’s racing. After a superb meal excellently-served from the Refreshment Rooms kitchens, the after-dinner prize-giving was light-hearted and lively. The evening concluded with the presentation of bouquets of flowers to the Commodore’s wife and prize-giver, Eleanor Tansey, and the club Cup Bearer, Alex Winney. A great many positive and enthusiastic comments about the dinner and evening were received by the Rear Commodore.
Here follows a list of this year’s trophy winners (detailed results can be found on the club race results page):
Mylne River Series
|Evening Series 1||Mylne Salver||Meridian|
|Evening Series 2||Harold Bower Cup||Merlin|
|Evening Series 3||Harold Mason Tankard||Merk|
|Evening Series 4||Small Rivers Cup||Merk|
|Mersey Series||Cain Cup||Merk|
|Mylne Jubilee Salver Race||Mylne Jubilee Salver||Merlin|
|Weekend Series||McIver Cup||Merk|
|RMYC Regatta||Hengler Cup||Meridian|
|Mersey Regattas||Black Abbot Trophy||Meridian|
|Best 3 Up and Down River||Mermaid Trophy||Meridian|
|Regatta Series||Small Rose Bowl||Meridian|
|Bank Holiday Series||Yvette Tankard||Merk|
|Mylne National Championship||Eureka Cup||Merchien|
|Mylne Mates Race||Dobbel Cup||Alex
Etchells River Series
|Evening Series 1||Celtic Bowl||Disco Volante|
|Evening Series 2||Catalina Cup||Invader|
|Evening Series 3||Kirby Farrall Cup||Pointless|
|Evening Series 4||Faldetta Cup||Pointless|
|Overall Evening Series||Williams Cup||Pointless|
|Weekend Series 1||H. Hubbard Tankard||Invader|
|Weekend Series 2||Petrel Tankard||Invader|
|Weekend Series 3||Vaquero Tankard||Pointless|
|Overall Weekend Series||The Mersey Ferries Bell||Invader|
|RMYC Regatta||Baragwanath Bowl||Disco Volante|
|Regatta Series||Black Abbott Trophy||Disco Volante|
|Etchells Northern Championship||Victoria Cup||Impulse|
|Salver Race (July 21st)||Etchells Salver||Ragtime|
|Etchells Mates Race||Petrel Cup||Andrew Lynch|
|Squib River Series|
|Evening Series 1||N/R|
|Evening Series 2||Nesbitt Cup||Lately|
|Evening Series 3||Mersey Cup||Lately|
|Evening Series 4||Queen Cup||Apollyon|
|Overall Evening Series||Paul Whitt Trophy||Lately|
|Weekend Series||Squib Salver||Apollyon|
|RYMC Regatta||Rivers Cup||Tar Baby|
|Regatta Series||Black Abbot Trophy||Tar Baby|
|Squib Salver Race||Anniversary Bowl||Tar Baby|
|Menai Strait Regatta Trophies|
|Overall Menai Strait Series||RNVR Rose Bowl||Merrimac|
|Best 6 results in 1 week||Thornton Trophy||Merrimac|
|Most wins at Caernarvon End||TGF Atherton Memorial Salver||Merrimac|
|RAYC race to Caernarvon||Tom Wright Tankard||Meridian|
|RMYC Regatta||Charles Mack Cup||Merrimac|
|RDYC Regatta||Mersey Tiller||Meridian|
|RWYC Regatta||Colpro Cup||Merrimac|
|CSC Regatta||Automobile Palace Cup||Meridian|
|Port Dinorwic Regatta||Raybourne Marine Cup||Merrimac|
|Menai Bridge Boat Club||Mashira Challenge Cup||Meridian|
|Beaumaris Town Regatta||Mylne Challenge Cup||Merrimac|
|Royal Anglesey Yacht Club||Mercedes Salver||Meridian|
18 members of Royal Anglesey Yacht club made the trip East to spend the day racing on the Mersey. The racing took place in Etchells and Milnes. 2 Races were held in 4 boat match racing. After some tough battles in a variable force 2. The Etchells finished equal points and the Royal Mersey Milne fleet were victorious meaning the trophy has returned to The Royal Mersey Trophy Cabinet.
Congratulations to all those taking part and thank you to the members who lent their boats.
Saturday saw some perfect sailing & barbeque weather and a good time was had afloat and ashore.
Graeme & Maggie, along with Mike Cairns worked at the cooking, Sue, Eleanor & Jenny worked tirelessly at preparations of all sorts all day and Diane worked the bar wonderfully.
Lots and lots of other people chipped in with some helping and carrying so a big thank you to all and a great day was has by all.
Chris Kay won the overall trophy as well as winning the Mylne class and Simon Shepherd took 1st place for the Etchells.
After two years with too much wind and one year with not enough wind it was a relief this year for most classes to complete a normal course. Unfortunately conditions were not as agreeable as they might have been; visibility was poor and a fine drizzle marred the first half of the racing.
There was however some keen racing. The Etchells for example completed their first lap in a certain order only for the following two laps to be in almost completely reverse order. Congratulations to John Collingwood and his team in Disco Volante for pulling the proverbial rabbit out of a hat and moving from last place to first. Amongst the Mylne fleet there were some changes as well Merle coming from third place to pip John Piggott in Merkby a mere 3 feet at the finishing line. Congratulations to Chris Kay in Meridianfor taking first place. In the squibs Mike Davies in Tar Baby rocketed away from Apollyon at a rate that should have seen Apollyon lapped, but at the finish line the boats were merely feet apart, with Tar Baby still leading.
By contrast the visiting Falcons completed the first lap in the same order as the other two laps, Reece Tomlinson from Fiddler’s Ferry in Tommohawk holding on to his lead all the way.
Amongst the IRC boats from Liverpool Eazi Tigertook Class One line honours on corrected time whilst Di Rich won Class Two.
Our thanks to Janice Stanistreet for her company and assistance on the day
The buffet in the clubhouse afterwards was very welcome and well attended.
Photos from the 2014 Regatta can be found by clicking on the two links below:
2014 Regatta Results
First Meridian Chris Kay
Second Merle Max Cooke
Third Merk John Piggott
Fourth Mersey UKBSA
Retired Mermaid UKBSA
Retired Merchien Graham Heyes
First Disco Volante John Collingwood
Second Faldetta Paul Flower
Third Ragtime Andrew W-J
Fourth Pointless Ray Huntington
Fifth Invader Simon Shepherd
First Tar Baby Mike Davies
Second Apollyon Alistair Goodwin
Liverpool Bay Falcon
First Tommohawk Reece Tomlinson
Second Aquila John Corkhill
Third Repfoot Ian Scouter
Fourth Merlin J Downes
Fifth Nighthawk Adrian Dodd
Sixth Hawk John Burthem
Seventh Honey Buzzard Richard Corner
IRC Yachts (Class One)
First Eazi Tiger Oliver Oconnolly Kyffin
Second Ulula IV Nick Ogden
Third Bada Bing Andy Napper
IRC Yachts (Class Two)
First Di Rich Josh Pratt & T Hare
Second Impact Simon Molyneux
DNS Rebel Martin Patchitt