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Event Reports 2015

Laying Up Supper – Saturday 7th November

A near capacity evening with a well attended supper and excellent food provided by Andy Taylor and the staff of Tailor Made Catering.

Thanks are due to Carolyn Clerk, David Aslett, Darren Vogel, and Richard Storey whose efforts made the evening possible.

A few photos of the evening:

Proms on the Pier – Saturday 12th September

2015 Proms on the Pier Poster

14 boats took part and it could easily have been 18. Two boats owned by overseas members decided that it would be prudent to bring forward their departure for the UK rather than risk being stormbound in the Island. A local boat had to withdraw due to work committments and another had engine problems.

Members enjoyed a most entertaining evening in surprisingly clement weather. Commodore Ray set the scene by visiting all the boats early in the evening offering a glass of champagne to members.

Thanks are due to Sally Diamond of Guernsey Harbours and to Jason and Wayne, along with the other Harbour Assistants on duty over the weekend. They all remained cheerful and co-operative, despite our last-minute requests and changes of plan. Jason and Wayne were especially helpful, even at the busiest of times and outside of their normal hours, and went the ‘extra mile’ to ensure that we had a stress-free and enjoyable stay in the Marina.

Thanks are also due to RCIYC Committee member David Raines for his efforts in organising the event.

Boats that took part were:

Alectrona                 Dutch Courage                          Penguin

Ban Druidh              Eclipse of St Peter Port           Persuasion

Busker                     Glenfruin                                     Quadriga

Dancer                     Mahna Mahna                           The Lady Jane

Double Dragon       Moonfleet





Talk on the tidal currents of the Channel Islands by Barry Paint – Tuesday 26th May

Barry Paint

Barry Paint gave a very informative talk on the tidal currents of the Channel Islands to a packed Club house.

The object of the talk was to give members a better understanding of how the Channel Islands’ tidal currents are formed and the massive effects that the North East Atlantic and the English Channel tidal systems have on the Bay of St Malo where all the Channel Islands are situated.

Barry has spent just about all of his working life in maritime related industries, fishing and the Merchant Navy. For 21 years he has been a Guernsey General pilot and at present is still a Pilotage Assessor for local waters.

A few years ago, appreciating that many people, including Captains, had great difficulty in understanding how our tidal streams in the Bay of St.Malo work, Barry decided to study the tides from the Port of Brest to Land’s End and to Dover and Calais. His talk included a few tales of tidal effects that he has experienced.

This was only the second time that a talk on the tidal currents has been presented in this way in Guernsey.

A retiring collection was held to support Barry’s Vietnamese Charity.


Visit of Association Nautique du Légué (ANL) Friday 8th – Sunday 10th May


Our old friends ANL arrived on Friday and most berthed on Pontoon F as previously arranged. 14 boats with 30 skippers/crew.

On Friday evening ANL joined us in the Club and after the meat draw there were speeches, fish & chips, sea shanties and more than a few beers.

On Saturday morning ANL had a light breakfast in the Club and then enjoyed Liberation Day with members. In the evening members, and their boats, joined ANL for a pontoon party on Pontoon F.

A flavour of the weekend can be gained from the video below.



To view photographs taken by Phillipe Launay of ANL please click HERE.


Spring Talk – Thursday 26th March 

A B Marine

Anthony Bougourd of A-B Marine Ltd gave a small gathering of members an extremely interesting talk on marine safety.

The talk ranged from liferafts to lifejackets via EPIRBs, flares, grab bag contents, knives, fire extinguishers etc. etc.

One piece of advice is very well worth recounting. When searching for a crew member who has fallen overboard at night, wearing a life jacket with reflective tape fitted, hold the torch at eye level. If you do not the tape will not reflect the torch beam. If you find this difficult to comprehend just go and experiment.

A very useful talk which hopefully will be repeated next year.

60th Annual Dinner, Dance and Prizegiving

60th Annual Dinner, Dance & Prizegiving

100+ Members and guests had a very enjoyable evening at The Farmhouse. After the formalities were over members and guests enjoyed the brilliant Jazz Orchestra.

A short video is below which includes the Commodore’s speech and the Prizegiving.