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Cruising Reports 2017


Richard Corcoran Beaucette Cruise – Saturday 7 October




The Annual Beaucette Cruise on Saturday October 7th was once again well supported and proved to be a most successful evening.

Some 30 or so members and friends met at the Marina Restaurant and enjoyed an excellent dinner amid the nautical surroundings.  As the wine flowed and everyone relaxed, many boating anecdotes were heard – some almost believable!

The weather forecast was not too encouraging for the weekend, perhaps convincing most to cruise by car rather than by boat to this excellent haven in the north – perhaps around three nautical miles from the safety of the QEII.

Four boats however, did opt to cruise by boat, all but one sailing on the Friday and so spending two nights in the Marina.  Strider (Stuart Crisp) was first up followed by Spindrift (John Frankland).  Spindrift was apparently accompanied for a short time by a number of dolphins – always adding pleasure to any cruise.  Skipper’s Pride (Adrian Lay) was also soon into Beaucette, the three boats taking up most of the visitors’ pontoon.  The weather on that Friday was fantastic with blue skies and autumn sunshine – but little wind for sailing.  The tide was at 9.7m (well over a mean spring)  making for a very quick S.O.G. towards the north – Spindrift took all of 30 minutes to make it but there was talk of a helpful lift from a friendly dolphin!

Saturday brought pretty awful weather with a cold North West wind.  The Commodore opted to sail up during the morning in Glory Days and had to deal with wind against tide conditions.  Despite this, the boat arrived safely to take up the last space on the pontoon.  The crew were amazingly cheerful on arrival, proud to have conquered the ‘middle passage’ as suggested at the briefing, and reporting that they had spent most of the short passage time just ‘hanging on’!

After the dinner on Saturday, there were some casual gatherings on the boats for nightcaps and a continental breakfast (toast and marmalade) was served on Spindrift on Sunday morning.

Glory Days remained at Beaucette but Strider, Spindrift and Skipper’s Pride all returned to St Peter Port on Sunday morning, again in bright sunshine and calm conditions, all motoring against the strong tide.  Strider sneaked down the more interesting ‘inner passage’ to find a slightly weaker tide – and having the opportunity to pass the time of day with the dog-walkers on the near shore!

A really good weekend, in honour of the late Richard Corcoran who was a great supporter of the club and of this type of cruise.

Thanks to our Steward Vanessa for getting it all together – and of course many thanks to all our members for showing their support.

John Frankland

Photographs by: Peter Frankland, John Frankland & Stuart Crisp


Dielette Cruise – August Bank Holiday



Despite potential problems with the marina gate in Dielette, plus rumours of a possible port blockade by the local fishing fleet because of it, the RCIYC again had an extremely successful cruise to our nearest French harbour.

Perhaps because of the doubt with the gates, numbers were certainly down on the previous year – just five boats taking part with a complement of 12 members. The participants were Alan and Helen in Seadream of Sark, Andy and Eve in Penguin, John and Alison in Spindrift, Des and Karen in Aloonie and Jeremy and Jane in Jean Pierre.  Normandy residents Peter and Sally (plus Tilly the dog) joined Spindrift for the weekend as always.

The weather of course was just perfect for the power boats but very acceptable too for the yachts – mostly motor-sailing and enjoying the sunshine and calm seas.  The usual Nautical Quiz was presented, this time handed out to boats after arriving in Dielette. Some had only a short time to complete the (easy!) questions but all completed the ‘tie-breaker’ caption before the deadline on Saturday and handing it in to Spindrift (John & Alison) during pre-dinner drinks on board.

The dinner at the ‘Le Bouche A Oreille’ on Saturday night was excellent – a new venue for this event since our usual La Phare Hotel has now closed down.  Non members Chris and Pauline Workman were invited to join us (Chris has now promised to join the club!) and our numbers swelled to 14. The meal was complemented by the traditional Calvados interlude, with which we drank a toast to our absent friends!  The quiz results were announced and the amusing captions revealed. It was a close finish but Penguin (Andy & Eve) took the honours – no cut glass this year due to a lack of sponsors but the bottle of wine was most acceptable (and didn’t last long!). Congratulations Andy and Eve.

Sunday was a scorcher and most members spent the day walking or visiting the nearby Les Pieux (free bus service) maybe for some shopping.

Instead of the usual BBQ, arrangements were made with L’Escale restaurant for their famous moules-frites dinner. Following drinks on Seadream (Alan & Helen), everyone gathered at L’Escale for the final evening.  Members Jim and Bernie in Mustardmitt sailed into the harbour and they joined the party together with guests John and Fran in Minstrel, making 16 in all – another great evening to savour.

It was yet another fine day on Bank Holiday Monday for our return to Guernsey and everyone taking part should be congratulated for supporting the club and making it such a memorable event.  Harbour staff were most helpful with advice about their marina gate problems – now almost back to normal. Looking forward to next year!

John Frankland


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)