September 2014 e-News

GP14 Open Meeting, Saturday 20 September

As most of you know, we are hosting an Open Meeting for vintage/classic GP14s (i.e. those with round holes or no holes in their transoms) on Saturday 20 September. We are expecting a few visitors to come and join us for a day’s racing on the river, competing for the newly invented (and newly varnished) Round Holes trophy. We also (of course) need as many home boats as possible. So if you have a GP14, please come and join in. And if you don’t, there will be opportunities to crew, and to help out on shore or in rescue boats. Details as follows:

  • Anyone who wants to sail, or who is available to crew, please let Peter Craggs know as soon as possible:
  • First race starts at 1.00 pm, and there will be a briefing at 12.00 noon. Be there!
  • Sailors please get to the club early, and have your boat rigged and ready in good time, so that we have time to meet and greet our visitors.
  • We are planning three back-to-back races, followed by a barbecue. BBQ food will be provided, but please bring a cake or similar. If we have enough cakes, we can offer them at the start of the day as well as at the end!
  • Entry fee is £10 per boat, to cover the cost of the barbecue, fuel for rescue boats, etc. Please bring cash on the day.
  • Note that it happens on a Saturday, not on Sunday!


Bart’s Bash, Sunday 21 September

Bart's Bash
The day after the open meeting we will be taking part in the Largest Sailing Event in the World, in which sailing clubs all around the world will be racing at (approximately) the same time in memory of Olympic Gold medallist Andrew (Bart) Simpson. Further details of the global event here: As for what is happening at YRISC:

  • We need a good turnout, so please come along!
  • Let Peter Craggs know in advance if possible:
  • We are planning a single race, starting at 11.30 prompt. Get there in good time.


Eng-AGE 50+ Games, Sunday 28 September

We are contributing to a City of York Council event designed to encourage “older people” (the over-50s!) to take part in sport. It will be a normal day’s sailing, but we are expecting a few visitors to come along to find out about the sport of sailing. We have offered to talk to visitors about how to start sailing, and to show them the range of club-owned boats that members can use. If conditions are suitable, we may offer short sailing sessions – but we have not promised this. In any case, we need a few friendly faces around, so if your face is friendly enough, even if (especially if) you do not plan to sail, please come along to do a meet-and-greet (and chat) job.

Annual Dinner, Friday 28 November

Usual venue (Lady Anne Middleton’s Hotel), usual time (7.30 for 8.00), usual enjoyable evening. £25 per head. Menus to follow. Please let Karen know that you will be attending:

  • Trophies – please make sure to return all trophies to Peter Craggs in good time, so that they can be handed out to the new winners at the dinner.


Recent events

  • GP14 World Championships, Strangford Lough, 9–15 August – YRISC was once again represented on the international stage, by one yellow boat and one yellowish (no, not beige) boat. It was fairly windy. Front-page headline in the Daily Mirror: “40 rescued in boat terror.” Find out more in the next YRISC Newsletter.
  • RS400 National Championships, Mounts Bay, 24–28 August – Congratulations to Peter Craggs and Phil Nelson, who finished 48th in a 71-boat fleet, in challenging conditions (but with no helicopters, ambulances, fire engines or lifeboats, and no headlines in the national newspapers).



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