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Cruising Reports 2017


St Aubin Cruise – Saturday 22 July



After some beautiful settled weather the forecast for the St Aubin’s Cruise weekend was terrible with wind rain and force 5 to 7 westerly winds predicted.  This made the well attended briefing on Wednesday a solemn affair with lots of tutting, shaking of heads and looking into our beers. Several crews were coming to the decision not to go.  The Commodore suggested that if the weather forecast continued then he would go via Condor Liberation – someone suggested that such an option might make it less likely that we would get to Jersey than chancing rough seas – even so a number agreed that if the forecast remained the same then we would rely on a larger boat.

When the weekend arrived 5 boats dropped out due to the weather, one, Meltemi of Lisia – Phil and Julie Ball, were not able to attend due to their boat ‘going technical’.  The Liberation sailed on Saturday with 6 skippers, including the Commodore, and crew, 4 bicycles and 2 social members (Cosmo and Diana).  Clifford and Judith Edgecombe on Vivace (lively and brisk) were already in St Helier.  However, prizes go to Matt (Rear Commodore) and Ellie Knowles on Alectrona and Richard Storey on Kite Runner ably crewed by his daughter, Jess, and supported by her partner Andy, who is more used to navigating the less hazardous seas of a kitchen.  Both boats arrived on the day having had very lumpy trips, Matt and Ellie from Granville and Richard from St Peter Port; Mary wisely flew down!

The cruise mustered in the RCIYC Club House at 19.00 hours. We were seventeen people in total including 2 overseas members from the UK and 1 Jersey member, a cousin of Sarah and Stuart Crisp and regular attendee of this event.

Everyone agreed that the meal provided by the Club was one of highest quality in a wonderful setting. When in Jersey a meal at the RCIYC is not to be missed, they are also open for Sunday breakfast.

The Commodore gave a short speech thanking everyone for attending and praising the efforts of Richard, Matt and Ellie for attending in their own boats.  He also thanked the Vice Commodore, David Raines, for organising the event and Wendy and her staff at the Club for making us feel so welcome.

Following the Loyal Toast we drank to the memory Chris Cooke, ex Commodore of the RCIYC Jersey and regular attendee at the St Aubin cruise meal who died after a long battle against cancer earlier this year.

Despite the inclement weather, Sarah and I will never forget sheltering in a bus shelter on our way to St Aubin while the heavens opened, this year’s St Aubin cruise has been one of the best, even without the pleasure of mooring up in St Aubin’s harbour.

Stuart Crisp


Liberation Day Rally – Tuesday 9 May



With a fairly breezy north easterly blowing only 6 boats joined the now traditional Liberation Day Rally. However, despite the reduced numbers “a good time was had by all” and all were made most welcome by Craig Shorto aboard Wild Thyme – a most generous host!


Glory Days (David Aslett)

Glenfruin (David Raines)

Alectrona (Matt Knowles)

Wild Thyme (Craig Shorto)

Quadriga (Matt Wood)

Wave (GYC member – James Stockwell)