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Secretary's News 15th November 2017


Trophy Awards 2017

The Club has a number of trophies, which are awarded annually at the Laying Up Dinner.  This year, they were awarded as follows:

Noreen Smith Trophy.  The Noreen Smith Trophy, presented by Mrs Noreen Smith, is awarded for services to the life of the Club.  For all his work on the Club Magazine advertising, this award went to Tony Knaggs.  Because Tony was away on honeymoon with his wife Susan, the award was presented at his party on 14th October.

Herbert Davies Jug.  This claret jug is awarded to the RSYC member whose own boat achieved the highest place in the Round the Island Race.  This year the claret jug was awarded to Jack Davies in his J70, Yeti, which was first in class.

June Sleep Rose Bowl.  This rose bowl is awarded to a club member who has given outstanding service to the Club.  David Porter has played a large part on the Club’s on the water activities.  He has supported Wednesday Evening racing, as well as many weekends and Folkboat Week, by providing an outstanding service in the Club RIB.  In addition, he has frequently got his hands dirty carrying out repairs on Club boats and has shared his considerable knowledge with members in his “Get Knotted Class”.

Roger Goodwin Tankard.  This tankard is awarded to a club member, who has taken part in a cruise of an exceptional nature.  Pete Garratt, Pat and Dick Dawson participated in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers on Xanadu.  In addition, a very informative log of the voyage was kept by Pat Dawson.

West Wight Sailing Club Distinction Bowl.  Presented by Peter Jennings, this trophy is to be awarded to a member who has given a superlative racing performance away from home waters. This year the award went to Stella Hurley, an overseas member.  When Stella was eight years old (2015) she won the Under 11 Australian Optimist National Championships.  In June of this year, now aged 10, she represented Australia in the Under 16 America’s Cup in Bermuda in her RS Feva.  She came third in Race 7 and eleventh overall.

Morva Cup.  Named after Colonel Landon’s yacht, Morva, in which he cruised extensively between 1963-1972.  This trophy is awarded for the best kept cruising log and Bol Minchin’s log of the Minchin Family Cruise around Prince William Sound, Alaska, on board Seal was a worthy winner.

John Leonard Trophy.  Given by Richard Leonard, in memory of his father, this trophy is awarded to the motor yacht that has travelled the furthest from its home port in one cruise.  This Armada Dish was presented jointly to Brian and Maxine Crawford (Brainwave) and Joe and Pat Lester (Prudence of Yar) for their passage in company from Yarmouth to the Netherlands.

Bernard Turner Endeavour Trophy.  Presented by Mark Turner, in memory of his father, this trophy is awarded to the junior sailor showing the most determination to succeed.  This year it was awarded for the first time and shared between Finlay Edmonds and Laurie Holdsworth for their endeavours in the Laser 4.7 Class.  Both raced whenever possible and took part in all dinghy training and coaching at the Club.  As a result, both improved steadily with Finlay coming fourth overall in Dinghy Week with Laurie, fifth.

Commodore’s Award.  Presented by the then Commodore, John Crowhurst, in 1999, it is awarded solely at the discretion of the Commodore in respect of outstanding service of any kind to the Royal Solent.  This year’s award goes to Miles Peckham for his Great Pedalo Challenge, which saw teams of four, including many RSYC members and staff, pedal around the Isle of Wight in just under fourteen hours.   This enterprise took place in support of Wet Wheels, a charity which promotes and accesses powerboat activities for disabled people and raised £40,000. 

Gold Lace Bowl. This trophy is awarded to a member who has performed meritoriously in furthering the interests or prestige of the Club.  It is not always awarded annually but this year was presented to Mark Hall.  Mark had an extremely successful tenure as Commodore.  He has been a passionate supporter of the Royal Solent both on and off the water for many years where he champions junior sailing, and organises events for young RSYC and YSC members at the Club and at Bouldnor, on several occasions, during every year.  He is one of our regular Wednesday race officers and heads up one of the start boat teams during the Taittinger RSYC Regatta.  Mark donated the pontoon at the end of the jetty and was also extremely generous in the support given to refurbishing the Solent Room (Main Dining Room). 

Thom D’Arcy

Members may recall that in my May Secretary's News mention was made of Club member Thom D’Arcy, who is currently sailing single-handed around the world in his Vancouver 28, Fathom, a very impressive feat in anybody’s book.  Thom left Yarmouth in May 2016 and one year ago was in Lanzarote, today he has reached New Caledonia, to the north west of New Zealand, via the Cape Verde Islands, Several WI Islands (including Barbados, St Lucia and St George’s), Panama, French Poynesia, Marquesas, Tonga and Fiji.  Thom's progress can be followed online - please click here.

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West Wight Scow Class

Peter Kingston is trying to produce as complete a record as possible of all boats in this class.  If any member owns, or has owned in the past, a West Wight Scow, it would be helpful if details could be forwarded to Lynne Rowcroft who is co-ordinating.  Lynne’s email address is:  Details required are: Boat name and sail number; Builder and the approximate date built; your name and the years that you owned her and if applicable and possible, the individual to whom she was sold.

Building Update

After the successful refurbishment of the Solent Room/Old Dining Room in January and February of this year, the final stage of refurbishing the clubhouse entails bringing the upstairs bar up to the standard of the adjoining rooms, which includes replacing the flat roof with a barrel shaped structure.  The finances are in place to proceed so all that remains is the granting of planning permission as the result of a variation to the roof redesign submitted – and agreed - previously.  Assuming the requisite permission is forthcoming, the refurbishment of the bar and the installation of a new roof, will take place during January and February of 2018. 

Future Events

There are a number of events scheduled between now and the end of the year.  The three I should like to highlight are:

  • The Longest Serving Members’ Lunch - 19th November.  This is currently very well subscribed with sixty members attending.  However, we can still cater for a few more so if you are a long-standing member and haven’t yet replied to the invitation but would still like to come, please contact the Front Office on 01983 760256.
  • Commodore’s Supper - 25th November.  The speaker for this talk, entitled “The Scramble for the Deep Ocean, the Earth’s Last Unclaimed Territories” is Dr Lindsay Parson, a marine geologist. The talk will spotlight what minerals are there to be exploited, who has a right to the sea and seabed and how much should they have.  The accompanying supper consists of a venison dish for the main course followed by dessert and then coffee. For more information, please click here.
  • New Year’s Eve Party – 31st December.  For £49.00 members will receive a glass of Prosecco on arrival and a tempting four course menu comprising a Seafood Cocktail, Fillet of Beef Wellington and Limoncello Tart, followed by Cheese and Coffee.  There will also be a glass of Taittinger at midnight and The Accelerators have been booked so you can dance the night away.  For such a stunning price, it is advisable to book early! For more informtion and to book online, please click here.

In addition to these three highlighted events, there are the traditional Christmas offerings, such as Needles Relief and Carols in the Square on 9th December, the Commodore’s Christmas Drinks & Lunch on 17th December and Slipshods’ Sing-a-long on 19th December - please visit our Event Calendar for more information.

Parish Notices

Mailing.  The October Mailing was sent out three weeks ago predominantly via email, so if you have not received yours or if it is deficient of any of the items listed, please contact the Front Office as soon as possible. Please note that the October mailing documents can also be accessed via the online secure Member Area, all bar subscription invoices which vary per member.

Signing in Guests & Visitors.  In general, visitors are conscientious about signing in. However, some members are clearly unaware of the need to sign non-members in, which includes non-RSYC members of a Club Member’s family.

If you are unsure of the content of Rules 25 and 26, the latter which limit visits of non-members to seven visits in a calendar year, please click here and scroll to pages 17 and 18 to read them in full.

Signing in – or lack of it – probably leads to more complaints than anything else since members who pay their subscription understandably become irritated when they perceive that the system is being abused.  As a result, I have been asked to tighten up in this area.  Rather than merely place another staid sign in the foyer, another approach could be to have a short limerick by the signing in books as humour might well work better than stern words!  So, if any member has a spare few minutes, perhaps he or she would take a quick look at the signing in rules and compose a short ditty, which could be placed by the signing in book.  The incentive is a bottle of Taittinger for the best limerick.

Outdoor Wear. With the weather turning wetter and colder, members will increasingly be bringing coats and jackets into the clubhouse.  Members are asked to leave all outerwear in the downstairs cloakrooms and the staff have been requested to remind anyone taking coats and waterproofs upstairs or into the Hudleston Bar, that they are required to leave them in the appropriate place.

Security Lockers.  In addition to the secure coat-hangers in the cloakrooms, several lockers have also been purchased for items such as bags, wallets and mobile phones.  Four of each have now been installed in each of the cloakrooms.  While they are not the most aesthetically attractive additions to the décor, they will provide additional security and if their installation proves to be a success, more will be purchased.

Online Members’ Directory.  Members are requested to look at their entries in the online directory to ensure that their details are up-to-date. Please contact Claire at with any amendments.

Ordering Club Merchandise for Christmas.  To ensure that any Club merchandise ordered arrives in the Front Office in good time for Christmas, members are asked to place their orders with the Front Office on or before Friday 8th December.


Hamish Fletcher

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