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).



Articles, please! All contributions gratefully received by the editor, Andrew Stephenson: 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:

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
  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 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 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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