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Cruising

Cruising with the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club is different from cruising with other yacht clubs. The RCIYC is a very inclusive and friendly club and our cruises include both motorboats and yachts.

Commodore David Aslett, The Vice-Commodore David Raines and the Cruising Committee plan a diverse and exciting cruising calendar, which includes cruises to Alderney, Jersey & France.

How do the cruises work with boats travelling at different speeds? During the week before a cruise the skippers and crews meet at the Club house where they are given navigation information about the tides, course, hazards, and discuss departure and arrival times. The briefing is usually given by John Frankland. Due to the differing speeds boats set off at different times, usually boats with the more experienced skippers accompanying those with less experienced or novice crews. The aim is to arrive at the destination at a similar time.

Unfortunately this years ‘milk-o-punch’ cruise to Alderney had to be cancelled due to the prevailing weather conditions but we look forward to spending some time with the members of Alderney Sailing Club in the near future.

On the 9th May we gathered in the Clubhouse for some traditional Guernsey fare followed by a pontoon party in Victoria Marina to celebrate Liberation Day. This is an annual event.

The Royal Navy Sailing Association visited, 28th May 2017. We were honoured to host Edward Pearson and the 25 strong contingent from the RNSA and look forward to hosting them again next year.

On the 2nd and 3rd of June we were delighted to host 16 of our old friends from the Yacht Club de St Brieuc (A.N.L.). For a full report on the weekend click HERE.

Thank you very much to George Oswald for setting up a new cruising event for the Club. On the 4th June 22 RM Owners were made to feel very welcome and at home by our stewardess, Vanessa Mahy, in our Clubhouse and we hope that this is the first of many visits by this group.

We are very much looking forward to hosting the Royal London Yacht Club again later on in the year.

If you and/or your club or organisation are planning a cruise to the Channel Islands in general and Guernsey in particular we would be delighted to hear from you and to discuss options to host your reception or social event that you might be contemplating to compliment your trip.

Over the weekend of 22/24 July we visit Jersey with dinner at our sister Club in St Aubin.

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend the Club has a cruise to Diélette. This cruise is widely regarded as the best one of the lot and involves a challenging nautical quiz to be completed as the crews sail over. As in the past there will be a superb Norman meal at the restaurant Le Bouche à Oreille.

 

In September the Club even runs a cruise that includes members who do not have boats, the Richard Corcoran Cruise to Beaucette Marina  The members can choose to sail up in their boats and stay in Beaucette for the weekend or drive up and join in the meal at The Restaurant. How inclusive is that? 

This cruise takes place in honour of Richard Corcoran, past Rear Commodore of RCIYC, who died on the 7th and 8th October 2017. Richard loved the sea and during his tenure he worked tirelessly for the Club.