January 2015 e-News

Happy new year to all YRISC members!

Wednesday 21 January

‘Wednesday evening sailing’ will take place at the Tap and Spile in Monkgate on Wednesday 21 January. Do come along for a noggin and a natter from 7.30 pm.


Do not forget the AGM, which will be held at the RI HQ in Queen Street on Friday 13 February at 7.30 pm. The formal notice and papers will be issued soon.


The Annual Quiz night is an event not to be missed too. This year we are holding it on Wednesday 25 February at the Marcia Inn in Bishopthorpe and the cost will be £7.50 per head to cover the buffet meal and prizes. Phil Green will be the quizmaster, assisted by Heather, so mug up on horses and financial management! Please come and support the event (7.30 pm) and book your place by emailing Steve Parry (slparry@gmail.com).

Newsletter – contributions wanted!

Finally, Andrew Stephenson is assembling the January newsletter and would welcome contributions (info@yrisc.org).

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October 2014 e-News

Annual Dinner, Friday 28 November

Lady Anne Middleton’s Hotel, 7.30 for 8.00 pm. Don’t miss out on the social highlight of the year. Come and see which trophies you have won. Enjoy good food (especially the puddings, apparently), good company, an entertaining speech by the commodore, and an unmissable raffle. The cost is just £25 a head. Put it in your diary now.


If you have not yet done so, please make sure to return all trophies to Peter Craggs within the next week, so that they can be handed out to the new winners at the dinner.

End-of-Season Meeting, Tuesday 9 December

The usual pre-Christmas get-together, combined with a discussion about next year’s sailing programme. Jot it down in your diary now. The date has been fixed, but the venue hasn’t.


The next issue is scheduled for mid-October. So get your contributions in now to the editor, Andrew Stephenson, via info@yrisc.org. Anything at all, no matter how tenuously linked to the club. But do it NOW!

Meanwhile …

The sailing season continues. Three more Sundays until the end of October, and then (from 1 November) we switch to Saturday sailing. The Autumn Asymmetric Challenge, or something like that. Be at the club for 12.30.

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GP14 Vintage & Classic Open Meeting, 20 September 2014

Eight boats is not a massive turnout by most standards, but when there are eight GP14s on a start line on the River Ouse just outside York it’s enough to cause quite a jam and plenty of excitement – for the river is only about as wide as five of the boats placed end to end.

York R I Sailing Club held its inaugural GP14 Vintage & Classic Open Meeting on Saturday 20 September. In GP14 terms, ‘Vintage and Classic’ means Series 1 boats, loosely defined as boats with round holes or none in their transoms. All the boats are thus at least twenty years old, and some are considerably older. On this occasion six local boats were joined by two visitors – GP14 number 7, which is well past its sixtieth birthday (helmed by Gareth Morris, who isn’t), and 3226, built in 1959 and helmed by GP14 Association President Duncan Greenhalgh, representing Derwent Reservoir SC and Solway YC. Both Gareth and Duncan teamed up with locally sourced crews, and the host club was also delighted to welcome Ann Penny from Derwent Reservoir SC, who crewed in one of the local boats.

The format was three back-to-back races on a sausage course (triangles are tricky to organise at this venue), and the racing was expertly run by race officers Peter Craggs and Phil Nelson. The wind behaved itself (more or less) by blowing (most of the time) straight along the river, so beats were followed by runs in a reasonably orderly fashion. The steady stream of passing motor cruisers were also fairly well behaved – as were most of the GP14s on the start line.  A little more wind would have been welcome, but there was enough to keep the boats moving, and all three races were sent off without incident.

In theory, local knowledge is useful at a venue like this, and plenty of practice at sailing in the typically light and fluky river winds should pay dividends – but in the event it was one of the visitors who showed everyone else a clean pair of heels (and a nice pair of round holes in his transom) in all three races. Duncan has clearly been practising his light-weather skills, for he led every race from start to finish, leaving the rest of the fleet well in his wake. He did, however, miss the excitement of some hard-fought racing for the minor places, with close encounters between boats and frequent changes of position.

The newly inaugurated (and newly varnished) ‘Round Holes Trophy’ was thus awarded to Duncan Greenhalgh, crewed by Dorothea Debus. In his acceptance speech Duncan promised – or maybe threatened – to come back next year to defend his title.

Special prizes were awarded to Gareth Morris (oldest boat, aged 64), and to Nathaniel Graham (youngest competitor, one day short of his sixth birthday).

Full results on the Yachts & Yachting website.

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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: yrisc@hotmail.com
  • 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: http://www.bartsbash.co.uk. As for what is happening at YRISC:

  • We need a good turnout, so please come along!
  • Let Peter Craggs know in advance if possible: yrisc@hotmail.com
  • 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: yrisc@hotmail.com.

  • 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).



Articles, please! All contributions gratefully received by the editor, Andrew Stephenson: yrisc@hotmail.com. Anything at all, no matter how tenuously linked to the club.

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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 https://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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