July 2014 e-News

Disability sailing, Monday 21 July

In conjunction with City of York Council, we are running an introductory sailing session for people with an ambulant disability. It is scheduled for Monday 21 July, 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Can you help run the session? Sailors, safety-boat drivers, ground crew … all needed! If you can spare a few hours that day, please contact Steve Hogg: stevehogg@hotmail.com.

Ullswater weekend

It happened. It was great fun. The weather (for a change) behaved perfectly. Look out for a full report in the next YRISC newsletter.

GP14 National Championships, Weymouth, 27–29 June

Congratulations to Peter Craggs and Phil Nelson, who finished second in the bronze fleet, and to Steve Parry and Phil Green, who were only a little further back. See the GP4 website for full details and photos.


Articles, please! All contributions gratefully received by the editor.

YRISC website

Our webmaster is about to move away from York. He may already have gone … Anyone fancy taking over? If so, please let any committee member know.

Advance notice

Annual regatta, Sunday 31 August, hosted by Yorkshire Ouse SC. Details to follow.
Annual dinner, late November. Details to follow.


Don’t forget:

  1. Renew your membership for 2014. A few subs are still outstanding … Please, please, please RENEW NOW! See http://yrisc.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/yrisc-membership-form-2014.pdf.
  2. If you are on race-officer duty, turn up. On time. Racing is scheduled to start at 11 am, so you need to be there at least 30 minutes before then. If you cannot make it, it is your responsibility to find a replacement. Check the programme now to see when you are on duty.
  3. If you use one of the club boats, you must pay the fee (£1 for a half-day or evening, £2 for a full day), and complete a form – which you will find in a folder on the table in the club house.
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May 2014 e-News

Ullswater weekend, Friday 20 to Sunday 22 June

The usual annual event – camping, sailing, barbeque, floodlit football and/or cricket and/or frisbee (minus the floodlights), a great weekend away and the social highlight of the year. All members and friends welcome! Please send a message to yrisc@hotmail.com if you (a) have a towbar and could tow a boat there, (b) would like a lift, or (c) need directions. In particular, we need a volunteer to tow the rescue boat.

Tour de France, Sunday 6 July

In conjunction with the York Grand Départ, City of York Council is running an “activity hub site” at McArthur Glenn, Retail Outlet Centre, on this date. Along with other sports clubs, we have been invited to set up a stand to promote the club and attract new members, etc. We would like to do it, but we will need some volunteers. Might you be available for a few hours on Sunday 6 July to help set up and run a stand? If so, you know what to do – send a message to yrisc@hotmail.com right away!

Club boats

Remember – new for 2014 – each time you use a club boat, you must (a) pay the £1 hire fee per half day, or £2 per day, and (b) complete the check-out/check-in form in the club house. That way, we build up a small kitty for maintaining the boats, and keep track of any work that needs to be done on them. Thanks for your cooperation!

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February 2014 e-News

What’s coming up …
Friday 14 February, 7.30 pm: Annual General Meeting, York RI, Queen Street, York. Official notification was sent out a couple of weeks ago.

Thursday 20 February, 7.30 pm: Annual YRISC Quiz, Tap & Spile, Monkgate. This year’s quiz is brought to you by Ed Kepczyk and Steve Parry, who have promised that the questions will be easier than ever before. There will be a £5 charge to cover food. All welcome. Please indicate intention to attend:

Sunday 2 March: Cleaning Day. Please come along to the club, with a brush and/or shovel if possible, to clean up in preparation for the sailing season.

Racing Rules Evening: We are planning an evening on the Racing Rules of Sailing. An essential (and remarkably interesting) learning opportunity. Probably April. Watch this space.

Sailing programme: Peter Craggs is putting the programme together now. Please let him know by FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY AT THE LATEST if there are any dates when you will not be available for race-officer duty (or dates when you will be available, if that’s likely to be a shorter list).

Membership renewals. When it comes to sending in your annual sub, please note that we have a new system. Download a form from the membership page.

And finally … In case it’s of interest to anyone, we have just received notification from the Canal & River Trust that the new issue of their Boater’s Update is available on the web. They tell us it’s a “one-stop shop for up-to-date boating news”. Might be worth a look … HERE.

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October Club News

What’s just happened, what’s coming up soon …

You have all heard about the two new boats by now, I guess. Most of you even seem to have had a go in them, by all accounts. For those who haven’t heard – We now have two RS Vision dinghies, acquired thanks to a generous grant from Sport England. They will be particularly suitable as training boats, and will really come into their own for next year’s Level 1 course. But meanwhile they are available for members to use. The committee has decided to set a fee of £1 per half day for using them, to come into effect next spring. This will be used to help with maintenance costs. Expect to see a collecting tin in the club house in due course. Watch this space for further details.
Sunday 20 October – RS Vision day. We’ll run a session on how to rig the new boats, how to sail them, etc. Usual time (11 am), usual place.
Trophies – make sure to get them all back to Peter Craggs by 20 October, so that they can be handed out to the right people at the …
… Annual Dinner. Friday 29 November. You know this already. You should have received a menu. Sign up now!
Sunday 10 November – End-of-season working party and tidy-up session. Many helpers required from 11 am. We have a club house to reorganise, some trees to prune, and no doubt we’ll find some other essential jobs.
Tuesday 10 December – End-of-season social event and meeting. A certain amount of meeting to discuss next year’s programme, but mostly social. Steve and Liz Parry’s house (109 Bramley Garth, YO31 0PQ), 7.30 pm, further details nearer the time.
Hugh (on behalf of the committee)
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New Club Boats

Following hard work from the committee and others and we have received a generous grant from Sport England!

This has been spent we have now taken delivery of two RS Vision dinghies for the club. These are perfect training boats  – very forgiving in their handling but with a good turn of speed and an asymmetric spinnaker. With the speed and the kite they’ll be great club racers too.

We took them out on the water today – many members taking the opportunity to have a go – and so far they are a great success.


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September News

New month, new news for YRISC members …

The Regatta was held last Sunday (1 September). Many thanks to all those who turned up to help make it such a success – not just the people who sailed (in some tricky conditions), but also those who ran the racing, drove the rescue boats, tidied up beforehand, cut the grass, waved the flags, blew the hooters, managed the barbecue, made the salads, brought the cakes, ate the cakes, entertained us with some spectacular capsizes, and welcomed our visitors from Yorkshire Ouse SC. Overall winners were Steve P and Tim in the yellow boat. Steve seems to be making a habit of winning things, after the previous weekend in Dublin.

Saturday 5 October, 10.30 to 15.30 – Sail training day on the river. An “improvers” course, designed to help you on your way towards RYA Level 2. There will be a £10 charge to cover costs. Please let Mike Craggs know if you are interested – by signing up on the list in the clubhouse or by sending an e-mail. Numbers limited, so book early.

Friday 29 November – YRISC Annual Dinner, Lady Anne Middleton’s Hotel. £22 a head. Good food, good company, speeches, presentation of trophies, raffle prizes … An evening not to be missed. A sign-up sheet will soon appear in the clubhouse, but put the date in your diary now.

All trophies to be returned to Pete Craggs by 13 October, please.

Meanwhile, back to the river. The Autumn Points series starts on Sunday. Come and sail!

Hugh (on behalf of the committee)

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July Update

What happened, what’s going on, what’s coming up? Things you should know about …

Ullswater – Ten days ago. Possibly the wettest ever, but we had a good time. Anyone fancy writing an article about it for the Newsletter? If so, see next item!

Newsletter – Angela is planning to put together another issue of YRISC News very soon. And she could do with some contributions. Anyone who feels inspired to write something (anything), or to contribute a photo or two, don’t be shy, please go ahead! Send contributions to Angela as soon as possible.

Regatta – The annual YRISC/YOSC regatta takes place on Sunday 1 September, and this year it’s our turn to host it.  So we need lots of boats on the water, and lots of people around. Please put the date in your diary now, and sign up on the notice in the clubhouse to indicate your intention to attend.

Capsize, anyone? A number of members have expressed an interest in progressing from RYA Level 1 to Level 2. The chief requirement is time on the water, but there are also a few specific things that you need to be able to do – including dealing with a capsize. So (before the weather starts getting cold again) we are proposing to organise some capsize practice some evening, or maybe on a Sunday. If you’d like to join in, please let Mike know, and a date will be arranged.

Lockers – There are lots of lockers in the clubhouse, and many of them are unused. Every club member is welcome to use one, so if you don’t already have a locker, please claim one and put your name on it. But we also need some locker space for various bits of the club’s equipment. If you intend to continue using your locker, please make sure it’s clearly labelled within the next two weeks. Unlabelled lockers will be emptied and reused!

Hugh (on behalf of the committee)

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