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It’s almost time for the new season! In two weeks it’s the cleaning day, and the weekend after, racing will start. Here is the racing programme for 2017.
Come and join us for a day of racing on the River Ouse!
- All GP14s welcome – as long as the boat is classic (a boat without underfloor buoyancy) or vintage (wooden spars, mainsail and jib only).
- Registration from 10:30, first warning signal 12:57.
- Compete for the ROUND HOLES TROPHY.
- Competitors are also welcome to join in club racing on the Sunday (23 April).
- Further details from Steve Parry, 01904 461329
Click on the image for the Notice of Race
Such a lot to tell you about this month … But first of all – Happy New Year!
And second of all – next week, on THURSDAY 12 JANUARY, we are holding a MIDWINTER SOCIAL EVENING. All club members and friends welcome. It’s a bit like the old end-of-season meeting, but less formal (and in January, not December). We’ll probably pass around the draft sailing programme, and find a volunteer to act as quizmaster at the Annual Quiz (see below), but otherwise it’s just a social evening. Details were emailed to members on 4 January.
And then … Our AGM will be held on Friday 10 February (7.30 pm, in the Railway Institute on Queen Street). A formal notice will be sent out later this month. Please attend if you possibly can. It won’t take long, but there is some important business to get through, including electing the committee and approving the membership subscriptions rates for 2017. And remember, we are still looking for a TREASURER and a COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER. Duties not onerous, but efforts greatly appreciated. Any volunteers?
Thursday 23 February – the Great Annual YRISC Quiz. Marcia Inn, Bishopthorpe. Time to be arranged, but probably 7.30 pm. Meanwhile, does anyone fancy having a go at setting the questions?
Sunday 14 May – our annual Open Day. A bit later than in previous years, and timed to coincide with the RYA’s “Push the Boat Out” initiative (see http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/push-the-boat-out). In due course we’ll be looking for volunteers to act as friendly faces on the day.
Level 1 course – dates this year are the evenings of Tuesday 16, Friday 19, Tuesday 23 and Friday 26 May, plus an all-day session on Saturday 20 May. Volunteers will be sought, and if you know anyone who might like to learn to sail, encourage them to sign up! Details are (or soon will be) on our website at https://yrisc.org/training/.
Other TRAINING COURSES for club members. Here are some we could organise:
- Powerboat training – probably a Wednesday evening in late April. If you’re on duty as a race officer you really need to know this stuff.
- How to run a race on the river – most likely an evening in early spring, either in the clubhouse or in someone’s house. We need to increase our pool of people who can run a race, and this will give you all the essential information. Nothing scary, nothing too technical, just the practicalities.
- Introduction to racing – a practical session on the river, either on a weekday evening or perhaps on a Sunday afternoon. Lots of starting practice, plus a bit about rules and tactics.
- First aid course – Mike Craggs would be happy to run a specially tailored course for club members. It would be an all-day course on a Saturday, and there would be a small charge to cover things like the handbook.
Might you be interested in any of the above? Apart from the first aid, they would all be free to YRISC members. Please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And finally …
- Coming soon – a membership survey
- Also coming soon – a new issue of YRISC News. But only if Angela has some material to put in it. Send contributions now: email@example.com.
What’s happening over the next couple of months?
The sailing season hasn’t got many weeks left in it (though please do come and join in the Icicle Series, starting on Sunday 23 October) – but that doesn’t mean that YRISC shuts up shop for the winter. Here are just some of the events to look forward to.
Annual Dinner, Friday 2 December, Marcia Inn, Bishopthorpe. Cost (as usual) will be in the region of £20 a head. Details to follow. Put the date in your diary now.
End-of-Season Meeting. We’re going to do it differently this winter. Instead of a meeting in December, we will hold a social evening and discussion some time in late January. More of a Start-of-Season Meeting, perhaps. Watch this space for further details.
Quiz. Don’t forget the ever-popular YRISC quiz! Probably late February. Would anyone like to volunteer to act as quiz-master?
Finally, does anyone want to buy a Topper? We have decided to sell two of the Club’s Toppers. We have checked the price of second-hand Toppers on the open market, but before we advertise them more widely we are offering them to members for rather less. So we are asking for £375 for one of them, and £275 for the other. Both come with spars and sails. There is a trolley under each of them but both trolleys need some work. If you are interested, speak to Peter Craggs or send a message to the usual email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This year it turned out to be a ‘home boats only’ event, and although the entry was modest the competition was red hot! Exceptionally light airs on the Saturday forced the cancellation of racing but four Series One boats came to the line in superb conditions on the Sunday.
Steve Parry was at the helm of his much-loved and largely rebuilt 4615, supported by his very special crew for the event, Andrew Watkinson. Andrew is not only one of York’s leading violin virtuosos (who has been struggling to teach Steve the instrument) but he also used to sail a GP14 in the dim and distant past. This was his chance to find true fame!
Mike and Angela Craggs are regular competitors in 8921, and Ian Graham dusted down 11837 and teamed up with his very-nearly-eight-year-old son Nathaniel. Jens Kuhn, still glowing from his victory last year as crew to Peter Dewhurst, took out 7941, with new crews Alastair Girling and Almut Braun taking turns in the front of the boat.
Three 45-minute races were held under the watchful eyes of Race Officers Pete Craggs and Phil Nelson, with a lunch break after race one. Steve and Mike battled hard at very close quarters in races one and two, achieving one win each. Ian and Jens achieved a similar outcome in the contest for third place.
So it was all down to the last race and wind strength had freshened to a good force 4/5. Suddenly the violinists discovered how to play in harmony and the Old Yellow Boat began to perform like a pro. Pulling well clear of the field she achieved a decisive victory to win the day. Mike and Angela held on to second from Ian and Nathaniel in a very creditable third place.
It was a great day with lots of family support. York RI SC will be running the event again next year and would love to see visitors from other clubs. All you need is a GP14 with round holes in its transom!
Photos by Kate Skelton