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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 Ray Redelinghuys and the Cruising Committee have planned a diverse and exciting cruising calendar for 2016, which includes cruises to Alderney, Jersey & France.

It all kicks off at Easter with a cruise to Jersey.  At the end of April/beginning of May there is the ‘milk-o-punch’ cruise to Alderney where we will spend some time with our friends at Alderney Sailing Club.  In early May we will gather in Victoria Marina to celebrate Liberation Day. At the end of May we will be visiting our old friends Association Nautique du Légué (ANL) .  RCIYC have been close friends with ANL for over 25 years and meet up every year either in Guernsey or Le Légué.  We very much look forward to our visit.

Over the weekend of 23/24 July we visit Jersey with dinner at our sister Club in St Aubin.

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 when 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.

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 Le Phare Restaurant.

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 20th November 2009.  Richard loved the sea and during his tenure he worked tirelessly for the Club.