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Event Reports 2013


The friendly club in the heart of St Peter Port


Laying Up Supper – Saturday 2nd November


Laying Up Supper

33 members enjoyed an excellent dinner prepared by Andy Taylor of Tailored Catering who previously had provided the catering for the Quiz Night in October.

In case of need Andy’s contact details are Email or Mobile  07781 155966


ANL Visit – Friday 17th & Saturday 18th May

ANL Logo


This year was the turn of the Association Nautique du Légué to visit Guernsey and our turn to look after them for the weekend.

Six boats from Le Légué arrived on Wednesday 8th May to avoid the wind and enjoy Liberation Day.  Brigette Lamy said that she was very impressed with the way Guernsey keeps Liberation Day alive.  In France they have 8th May off to celebrate liberation from the Nazis but it means little to the young.  She thought that Guernsey engaged young people in its celebrations.

Paul and Michelle Steele organised ‘goodie bags’ to give to the French on their arrival, the bags contained cheese and butter donated by the States Dairy and Rocquettes cider given by an anonymous donor.

Two more boats arrived on Friday and we started the event at 1830 at the Club, with the meat draw (several of the French won), speeches and exchange of gifts, Bean Jar, prepared by Cobo Tearooms, and Gache Melée prepared and donated by David Evans.

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 Trophy donated by Paddy Randall                ‘listen carefully I will say zis only once!’


Xavier Saux presented us with two wonderful books, one celebrating our relationship lasting twenty three years.  In return we gave a brass trophy and a bottle of English Sparkling wine, which entertained our guests.

Saturday – breakfast at the Club with 24 people, Perelle bacon and Senner’s rolls.  All prepared by Michelle and Paul Steele, and the Commodore.  What could be better?

Herm for lunch, windy but fine.  Exploring the Island with an excellent lunch at the Mermaid.


Le Legue 2013 (3)

Xavier, Marie Jo, and Agatha Saux


On the way home we were dropped off by the Trident at the Old Lifeboat Slip to attend a Vin D’Honneur at the Castle hosted by Deputy Paul Le Pelley.  Joined by the crew of the last boat to arrive, the intriguingly named Parlez moi d’amour.  During his speech Deputy Le Pelley invited the ANL back in 2015 to help us celebrate 70 years of freedom.


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After nibbles, wine and good speeches we returned to the Club for the farewell and a wonderful evening of singing sea shanties and any songs the two cultures had in common – lots of Beatles numbers.  We even had a whip round for the lifeboat and raised £63.  What an evening.




I thank all our friends from Le Légué for making the effort to sail to Guernsey for the weekend. Long may our collaboration last and as the ANL put it – it is ‘the twinning that rocks‘.

I have struggled to find out when this all started.  Roger Perrot, David Evans and Paddy Randall could not pin it down but thought it was possibly 1992.  However John Lee checked his log and the first visit to Le Légué was on the 25 May 1991.  If anyone has any photos of the visits over the years please let me know so we create an album.

Family Boating Forum – Wednesday 15th May


After a very busy few days at the club, this event went ahead on a comparatively small scale. However, it was great to get together and compare notes with other members and guests who sail with young children.

Some really good ideas were developed through the discussion which ensued, and we hope to begin to offer more and more for families, and that this will help to ensure a bright future for the club as a whole. In addition to the Fermain cruise in June (details to follow), watch out for further opportunities to get children afloat in a variety of craft, and keep them entertained during club cruises and raft-ups. We hope that members will support this initiative by getting their children and grandchildren involved in club activities.


Diesel Engine Talk – Tuesday 23rd April


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Our April social evening saw over thirty members gather at the Club for a very informative talk by David Norman of Marine & General, and two of his senior engineers.

They brought along all sorts of equipment with them to demonstrate the points they made, including lots of examples of failed components. Of particular interest to members was the section of the talk on the diesel bug, as well as a fascinating overview of transmission and cooling systems.

We hope to run more events like this in the winter and “shoulder” months, and look forward to further talks from David and his team. RCIYC members are now entitled to discounts at M&G, on production of their membership card.


“Three Oceans In Three Years” – Wednesday 13th February


Winter Talk 02/2013


Another Social Evening was held at the Club on 13th February. The 32 Members and guests attending were informed and entertained by David and Angie Jeffs whose well-prepared and expertly delivered talk on ‘Three Oceans in Three Years’ was enthusiastically received.

David and Angie took us through the process of selecting their 43ft Halberg Rassy yacht ‘Hurah’ and the planning that was needed for a three year voyage. They described the long, three year period of gestation leading up to their departure from Guernsey and the decisions taken on routes and timing. Victualing and equipment procurement were explained. The sailors in the audience were particularly interested in the technical aspects of the sails and rigging used during their voyage as well as in the details about life on board during long periods out of sight of land.

The journey itself, the wildlife encountered, favourite spots and other highlights of the trip were covered as well as some of the difficulties faced and overcome. Also, a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with such a long time away was given.

The well-crafted talk taking in so many different angles and aspects appealed both to those contemplating such an ocean voyage as well as to the ‘armchair sailor’. At the conclusion of their presentation David and Angie fielded several questions which they answered very fully. A vote of thanks was proposed by Jane Smithies which was followed by prolonged applause.

The evening concluded with an excellent cottage pie and crusty bread supper, once again catered by Nick and Lisa Mahy from the Cobo Tea Room.

A thoroughly good evening!


58th Annual Dinner, Dance and Prizegiving – Sat. 9th February


Over 100 members and guests attended the Annual Dinner, Dance and Prizegiving at The Farmhouse.  A champagne reception with canapés was followed by an excellent dinner. The management and staff of The Farmhouse really made a great effort to please us.  Colin Ferbrache OBE gave an interesting talk about Channel Islands Air Search and his wife, Val, presented the trophies.  Andrew O’Neill was Toastmaster.


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