Try Sailing for Free! 22nd July

On the 22nd of July York RI Sailing Club are holding a special “Try Sailing for Free!” event.

It’s like a less formal version of the Open Day… but like the Open Day, just turn up between 11am and 4pm.  If you want us to, we’ll get you out on the water sailing… but you’ll also be welcome to come down just to take a look if you prefer.

If you want to sail please do bring a change of clothes and some soft soled shoes (we don’t think you’ll need the change of clothes – but just in case).

We’ll provide a boat, a buoyancy aid and an experienced sailor to help you.

Hope to see you there.

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Alex Smith Photos

With the river level being what it is today I have at least got round to posting the Alex Smith photos – find them here or on our facebook page.

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All a bit wet…

It’s been a bit wet, and we haven’t done much sailing on the river lately – but let’s hope July and August will be better!

A couple of things to note:

Sunday 8 July - In an attempt to complete a bit more of the summer programme, we’re planning to sail four races instead of the usual three. Get there promptly at 10.30 if you can, and be prepared for some good competition on the water.

Sunday 22 July - Instead of the scheduled Sayers Pot, this has been changed into a “Try Sailing” day. A bit like the open day, but more informal. We’re hoping we’ll see a few interested visitors and passers-by eager to have a go. So let’s have a good crowd of club members. Who knows, the weather might even be good, and we might get some good sailing in …

Looking further ahead:
Sunday 2 September - Annual Regatta, hosted this year by Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club. Details to follow.

Hugh (on behalf of the committee)

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Sail for Gold and First Aid Course

To all YRISC members and friends -

REMINDERS: Saturday 9 June (this Saturday) is SAIL FOR GOLD day. We are staging some racing in the centre of York, and need boats to take part. We already have a couple of two-person boats (GP14 and Wanderer), but we also hope to take some Toppers. For those on the water, it will mean being at the club house by 9.30, and probably not getting back until 4.30. Help also required on land (beside the Millennium Bridge).

If you would like to help out, please let Peter Craggs know by 10 p.m. on Wednesday 6 June at the latest via the contact us page!

Saturday 7 July. Mike Craggs is planning to run a first aid course for YRISC members. Specifically, the RYA Small Craft First Aid Course, which is tailored to the needs of dinghy sailors. If you want to attend, you need to Mike know by 4 p.m. on Sunday 10 June via the contact us page.

Oh, and another thing – Ullswater – weekend 30 June/1 July. Are you coming? If so, please let Mike know within the next two weeks, so we can let the campsite have approximate numbers.

Hugh

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YRISC news – first aid course, barbecue, Alex Smith

Mike Craggs is planning to run a first aid course for YRISC members on Saturday 7 July. Specifically, the RYA Small Craft First Aid Course, which is tailored to the needs of dinghy sailors. You really need to do this course – and to let Mike know as soon as possible that you intend to do so! Details on the clubhouse notriceboard.

Saturday 26 May – barbecue after RYA level 1 course, 3.30/4.00 pm. All members welcome. Come and meet the trainees (and potential club members). Bring your own food.

Sunday 27 May - Alex Smith race. This traditionally means that we sail up towards York, and will not be at the clubhouse for lunch. So bring a transportable lunch – and make sure you come and join in. Given the right weather (and surely we’re due some …), this will be a slightly different and very enjoyable day’s sailing.

Hugh (on behalf of the YRISC Committee)

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May Bulletin

Hear ye, hear ye, YRISC members and friends:

TUESDAY 8 MAY (next Tuesday, i.e. very soon) – start of RYA Level 1 Course at the club. We have three or four participants signed up. Now we need volunteers to help run it. The dates are Tuesday 8 May, Friday 11 May, Tuesday 15 May, Tuesday 22 May (all starting at 7 p.m.), Saturday 26 May (10 a.m. start). If you can help on any of those days, please let Peter Craggs.

SATURDAY 9 JUNE – Sail for Gold day. As last year, we will be running some races in or near the city centre, handing out leaflets, making a splash, and generally trying to drum up enthusiasm for sailing among the inhabitants of York. Volunteers needed! We need people who are willing to sail (GP14 or Topper, most likely), drive rescue boats, stand on the bank and chat to passers-by. If you’re in a boat, it will mean starting from the club at about 10 a.m.; if you’re shore-based, it’ll be a slightly later start. Please volunteer – and let Peter Craggs know.

FIRST AID COURSE – Mike Craggs is running a course for members some day in May (or is it June?). We meant to go and look at the notice in the club house, to get details of dates, fees, etc. We forgot. Details will be sent out soon.

SUNDAY 22 JULY – ‘Try sailing’ day (not Sayers Pot, as it says on the programme). A second sort of open day, sort of associated with the Olympics. Details (sort of) to follow.

MUD – after the recent flood, we have more than our fair share of it. Please don’t bring it all into the club house on your shoes, and please do come down on Sunday prepared to help clear it away with hosepipes (not yet banned).

Finally – Peter Huxford is down for Race Officer on Sunday 20 May but cannot make it. Can anyone swap days with him?

Hugh (on behalf of the YRISC Committee)

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Sailing Season Starts Soon

The new sailing season is upon us, and your new committee has held its first meeting. There are a couple of items about which we need to make you all aware:

(1) A rescue boat handling session will be held on Wednesday 25 April starting at 7.30 pm. All those on the Race Officer rota are encouraged to come along and polish up their skills with the rescue boats and rehearse the techniques needed to recover people and boats from the water safely. Put the date in your diary!

(2) Due to the recent big rises in petrol costs we have decided to reintroduce race fees to help pay for outboard motor fuel. As previously, the fee will be 20p per race for the routine handicap and points series, and 50p for the one-off trophy races. Race Officers will collect the fees and pass them on to the Sailing Secretary. Also, the fees for using the Club boats will still apply this year at the same rate as last season – i.e. £1 per day or 50p for half a day. Again, Race Officer to collect.

Here’s to a great season’s sailing

Steve Parry
Commodore

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