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Secretary's News 1st September 2017


Sailing in August

August is traditionally the busiest month for sailing at the Royal Solent and this year was no exception. The month began with 5 days of race training on Lasers, which was followed by the Sunset Series. Fortunately, the wind was kinder to us than last year and the series was completed. Dinghy Week took place between 14th-17th and for the first time included a class for Oppies.

Hot on the heels of Dinghy Week was the 52nd Folkboat Week. 39 boats raced for honours in the Open and Classic Divisions with the victors being Stralende and Folkdance respectively.

Just to add to the busy schedule, Club racing and the Fandango Charity Fun Race were also successfully ‘squeezed in.’   

Future Sailing Events

Races 6 and 7 of Series 3 of the Spence Willard Wednesday Evening Series are still to be completed. The Champagne Race marks the end of the Series and the Prize-giving Supper will take place on Wednesday 27th September. We have hosted the Royal Artillery Regatta for nearly 70 years and look forward to doing so again this year on 9th – 10th September. We are also pleased to have been asked to organise the Contessa 32 National Championships on 15th – 17th of September. The Centenary Chase (30th September) and the Turkey Cup (8th October) conclude the summer racing before the Winter Series begins in October.


The Cruising group were ‘out to lunch’ in August with a number of boats sailing to the River Medina and enjoying the hospitality of the Folly Inn.

Over 30 members in 12 boats have already signed up for the next outing on 21st September to Gins Farm on the Beaulieu River, but there is still room for more if you would like to join in. Further details are in the Club foyer and on the website, to view please click here.

Bernard Turner Endeavour Trophy

In memory of Bernard Turner, his son Mark, very kindly made a donation to the Club which has enabled us to enhance the Laser Fleet, have a half model of Woodpecker II constructed and purchase a trophy.  The latter item, the Bernard Turner Endeavour Trophy is an impressive addition to the Club’s silverware and can be seen in the centre of the trophy cabinet.  It will be awarded to a young member who has shown the most determination to succeed.  Our thanks go to Lance Cadell-Smith for his help in facilitating the design and purchase of this trophy.

Opening Times

Members are reminded that with effect from Monday 4th September Catering ceases on Monday and Tuesday evenings.  While the Summer Programme states that the Bar will be open all day from Friday to Sunday in July and August only, we will continue to keep the Bar open during Saturday afternoon as shown, and also on Sunday afternoon, throughout September and October, provided there is sufficient demand.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour currently runs from 1800-1930 hours on Friday evenings.  With effect from 8th September, Happy Hour will be extended until 2000 hours for four Fridays on a trial basis, when the situation will be reviewed.

A Day at the Races

RSYC member Geoff Horsnell, is organising a day out at Goodwood on Sunday 15th October - the season’s finale.  The day includes:

  • Entry to the Richmond Enclosure (the premier stand)
  • Return coach travel from the clubhouse to Richmond Enclosure
  • Return ferry tickets
  • Buffet breakfast in the Club

Members, partners and guests are all welcome. The dress code is jacket and tie for men (Ladies do not need to wear hats).  This looks to be an exciting day out and value for money. If this is to go ahead, we need an idea of numbers, so if you are interested, please inform the Front Office or click here to register your interest online as soon as possible.

House Events

Apart from the Summer Shindig, mentioned in the last report, the on-shore events are very much geared to supporting on-the-water activities so Dinghy Week saw a quiz night, plus Derek Sandy doing his bit (which attracted one hundred and thirty six competitors and parents to the Club) and also a BBQ post prize-giving, to complete proceedings at the end of the week.  It was really encouraging to see the clubhouse so full in August.  To give members an idea of the usage, an average of forty-two lunches and forty-nine suppers were consumed daily between Mondays and Fridays from 7th – 25th August by members, dinghy and Folkboat sailors and these figures do not include weekend catering, nor do they include visiting groups such as Lymington Yacht Charters.  Full marks to the catering staff!

Forthcoming Events

The Moules Evening on Saturday 2nd September is fully booked but if you have missed out it may be worth adding your name to the reserve list in the foyer as people may drop out.

There is to be a gin tasting evening on Saturday 7th October where an assortment of twelve different gins will be available to taste.  Let’s hope that Hogarth’s “Drunk for a penny, dead drunk for two pence and clean straw for nothing” is not a harbinger for the evening!

The Laying-up Dinner is slightly earlier this year, scheduled for 28th October. 

Winter Programme

The Events Manager is currently finalising the Winter Programme, together with the House Committee.  Members will be able to view the new programme online after 18th September.  Hard copies will be available for members to pick up around the Clubhouse in early October.

October Mailing

The October Mailing, which will include the subscription rates for 2018, will be sent via email week commencing 16th October. 

Pedalo Challenge

​To raise money for the Wet Wheels Charity, which helps disabled individuals regain their confidence through access to seaborne activities, one of our members, Miles Peckham, organised a sixty-five mile Round the Island Challenge by pedalo on 11th August.  Teams of four pedalled for about an hour each before being relieved by the next team.  One of these teams was made up of Matt, our Bar Steward and three of the bar staff, Will, Andy and Matt Whale. Special mention should be made of Will, who completed three stints on the pedalo.   

John Lewis’s Sky Dive

Members may recall that in my July Secretary’s News mention was made of a charity event that would be taking place in the autumn when John Lewis will be carrying out a tandem parachute jump in support of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.  The date for this event is tomorrow, 2nd September, weather permitting.  Should you wish to support this worthy cause, to which the Club also contributes, please click here to access John’s fundraising page on the Just Giving website. Good luck John from all at the Royal Solent!

Member Notices

Non-member Visitors The message on non-member visitors was mentioned in my last Secretary’s News.  It is repeated again here because the rule was not infrequently broken in August, mainly by members not signing in their non-member spouses or children, resulting in a number of (justifiable) complaints.

"Members shall be allowed to introduce guests....and every such guest shall be considered the guest of, and shall be accompanied by, the Member introducing him or her provided that no person shall be introduced more than seven days in any period of twelve months or whose conduct or presence in the clubhouse shall be considered by the General Committee to be objectionable or prejudicial to the interest of the Club. Names of guests must be entered in the Visitors' Book on each occasion upon which they use the Club premises."

Bookings.  If you are booking others in for a Club function, please include their names as well as this will help to avoid double-bookings.


Hamish Fletcher

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