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Secretary's News 24th December 2018


New Members

The following are welcomed as new or returning members in December:

  • Mr Roy Abbott
  • Ms Kathleen Boyland
  • Mrs Valerie Seabright
  • Mr Philip & Mrs Claire Sharples
  • Mr Alasdair & Mrs Margaret Young
  • Mrs Angela Russell (re-instatement)

New Sponsor

Charles Stanley had been the supporting sponsor for the Taittinger RSYC Regatta for far longer than initially envisaged however, following their recent move off the Island, this year was their last. We are grateful to all at Charles Stanley for their support over the years.

I am very happy to report that Rouse Limited is now confirmed as the new supporting sponsor for next year’s Taittinger RSYC Regatta. Rouse Limited is an Island based independent financial planning firm, founded by the former Isle of Wight High Sheriff Ben Rouse.

We look forward to a long association with this well-known reputable Island firm.



Bar Rebuild

Many members will have already seen the display in the foyer or the Commodore’s recent email outlining the plan for the rebuild of the main bar structure – to view this please click here. The current timeline, subject to weather conditions, is as follows:

  • The scaffolding will begin to go up from 2nd January
  • The old bar structure will be dismantled from 14th January
  • The erection of the new structure will begin from 28th January

The plan is for a temporary structure to shield the upstairs bar during the construction work so that it can still be used. The Solent Room, Members’ Dining Room and Members’ Lounge should remain open. It is hoped that the new bar area will be ready to use from mid-March.

Trophy Awards 2018

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 Coaster.  The Noreen Smith Coaster, presented to the Club by Mrs Noreen Smith, is awarded for services to the life of the Club and Anne Gradwell was the deserving recipient this year. Anne oversees the flower arranging at the Club and has done so for many years. Anne and her trusty team of helpers keep the Club looking bright and welcoming all year round with a myriad of seasonal colours. I’m sure members will agree that the Christmas trees and arrangements look particularly magnificent this year.

Anne Gradwell receiving the Noreen Smith Coaster from the Commodore’s wife, Jane Walton

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 and was awarded to Alex Locke. Alex expertly helmed Toucan, the Locke’s Farr 280, in very testing conditions to secure a very impressive 20th overall out of 1204 entrants.

June Sleep Rose Bowl.  This bowl is awarded to a club member who has given outstanding service to the Club. Katie Davies is this year’s worthy recipient, having made an unbelievable impact on the young sailors at the Royal Solent. Over the past few years Katie has worked tirelessly to grow dinghy week, which received over 50 entries this year.

Katie Davies receiving the June Sleep Rose Bowl at the Commodore's Christmas Drinks

Roger Goodwin Tankard.  This tankard is awarded to a club member who has taken part in a cruise of an exceptional nature. This was awarded to Joe Lester for his exceptional cruising record over many years, both in Iseult which Joe owned for over 50 years and more recently in Prudence of Yar. Joe and his wife Pat have travelled far and wide across Europe and are true ambassadors of the RSYC.

Joe Lester receiving the Roger Goodwin Tankard at the Commodore's Christmas Drinks

West Wight Sailing Club Distinction Bowl.  Presented to the Club by Peter Jennings, this trophy is awarded to a member who has given a superlative racing performance away from home waters. James Meaning achieved consistent results throughout Cowes Week in a class that is not only one of the largest, but also the most competitive. James finished first on the Friday and came second overall in Cowes Week, a commendable achievement.

John Leonard Trophy.  Given to the Club 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.  Once again this year, this trophy was presented jointly to Joe and Pat Lester (Prudence of Yar) and Brian and Maxine Crawford (Brainwave) for cruising exploits during two months of the Summer when they covered 932 nautical miles and visited 33 ports.

Maxine Crawford receiving the John Leonard Trophy

Bernard Turner Endeavour Trophy.  Presented to the Club by Mark Turner, in memory of his father, this trophy is awarded to the junior sailor showing the most determination to succeed.  Sixteen-year-old Max Bradley was untouchable this year in Dinghy Week, winning 10 out of 10 races he was compelled to discard a first in his results - a feat that very few sailors can claim to have accomplished!

Commodore’s Award.  Presented to the Club 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.  Pat Dawson has been an amazing ambassador for the ethos of a yacht club.  Her legendary tenacity ensures that when set a task, Pat will follow it through completion with incredible detail and accuracy. There is little over the past few years that Pat has not put her hand to with the greatest enthusiasm!

Pat Dawson receiving the Commodore’s Award

Special Award. This year, the Commodore elected for an additional special presentation  to John Burgess, who is due to step down as our lead RYA Powerboat Instructor after many years of commitment to the role. In grateful recognition for John’s services to the Club and to its members, the presentation of an engraved glass decanter was made by the Commodore’s wife, Jane Walton at the Commodore’s Christmas Drinks.

John Burgess receiving an engraved decanter at the Commodore's Christmas Drinks

Boat Sheds

The repair work to stabilise the Club’s boat sheds and make them watertight for the winter has now been completed, in good time and to budget.

RIB Re-tubing

Thanks to the generosity of a number of members, including the XOD and YOD classes and Dinghy Week participants, the Club’s RIB will now be re-tubed in the spring. This is excellent news and means that the Club will now have a fully re-furbished RIB – her engine having been replaced earlier this year – in time for the start of the 2019 Wednesday Evening Sailing Series.

Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday 14th December, as those who visited the Club would have observed, the staff took part in fundraising Christmas Jumper Day and raised £70 in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. An additional £86 was very kindly donated by the attendees of the Gentlemen’s Christmas Lunch on the day.  I'm sorry I don't have any photos to share with you of the staff (or David Porter!) sporting their festive knits.

Poppy Appeal Collection

Thank you to all who donated to this year’s collection at the Club in aid of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal raised over £185, which contributed to an overall total of £2352 collected in Yarmouth:

Lost Property

The amount of lost property has grown significantly in recent months. If you feel you may have left an item of clothing, an umbrella or pair of glasses at the Club, please could you contact Abby in the Front Office on 01983 760256 or at

Save the Date

The Club’s bar and catering facilities will re-open on 15th January 2019 and the following events are planned for January:

  • Film Night – ‘South Pacific’, 17th January
  • Diesel Engine Maintenance Course, 18th January
  • Curry Night, 19th January
  • Scottish Country Dancing, 23rd January
  • Wine Society, 24th January
  • Burns Night Dinner, 25th January

On behalf of the Commodore, Flag Officers and staff, I should like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Claire Hallett

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