YRISC News, October 2016

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YRISC e-News, October 2016

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 (yrisc@hotmail.com).


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Round Holes Trophy is won by a pair of fiddlers

yrisc-round-holes-trophy-p2GP14 Classic/Vintage Open, York RI SC, 11 September 2016

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.

yrisc-round-holes-trophy-photoThree 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!

Steve Parry
Photos by Kate Skelton

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September 2016 – lots of events!

YRISC GP14 open poster 2016Sunday 4 September: Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss (and approve, we hope) changes to our constitution to take account of the recent change in status of the York R.I. The meeting starts at 12 noon. Official notice was sent out in mid August.

Saturday 10 / Sunday 11 September: Classic & Vintage GP14 Open Meeting. First gun 11.57 on the Saturday. All welcome! Click on the image (right) for further details.

Sunday 18 September: Annual Regatta, hosted this year by Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club. Be at the club (our club) for 10.00 am.

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Grand Opening of club-house extension, 4 June 2016

We were honoured with a visit from Helen and Frances of Yorkshire Rows, who came to cut the ribbon, and who were delivered to the club by the York Rescue Boat. There were crowds, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony, cake (from Compass Cakes), and on-water rescue demonstrations by the Rescue Boat. Here are some photos (courtesy of Mike and Angela Craggs) …

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YRISC News, May 2016

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YRISC e-news, April 2016

open day 2016OPEN DAY, Sunday 24 April. As ever, we are hoping for bright sunshine and steady breezes – even though experience suggests that we are more likely to get a good turnout if it’s pouring with rain all day. Either way, we need volunteers to help with meet & greet, sailing, rescue boat, galley. Please come if you can. Official opening hours are 11.00–15.00, so please be there at 10.00 if you possibly can.

RESCUE BOAT TRAINING: Wednesday 27 April. 7.00 pm. There are still two places free on this short evening course. Really useful skills! Let Peter Craggs know if you’d like to join in.

RYA LEVEL 1 COURSE, Tuesday 10 May, Friday 13 May, Tuesday 17 May, Friday 20 May (evenings); Saturday 21 May (all day). Volunteers will be needed to help with rescue boat etc. A sign-on sheet will appear in the club house soon. But please keep those dates free!

FIRST AID COURSE, date to be arranged. Mike is happy to run another sailing-related first aid course. There would be a small charge, to cover the cost of the handbook, etc. If you are interested, please let him know.

NEWSLETTER. Do you really want the next issue to be totally devoted to tales from Barbados? Please do your best to stop the Barbadian take-over. Send your contribution to Angela now. Anything at all – a short article, no matter how (ir)relevant to sailing on the Ouse, a photo, a drawing, a joke … Perhaps take a leaf out of Jens’s book and tell us something about where and what and how you sailed before you joined YRISC?

Finally, you have no doubt all renewed your membership already … But, just in case: Remember that you can download a form from the club website (here) or PAY YOUR SUB ELECTRONICALLY to York RI Sailing Club, sort code 20-99-56, a/c 83096025, and send a note to yrisc@hotmail.com to let the treasurer know you’ve paid.


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