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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YRISC News, March 2016

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YRISC e-news, March 2016

The sailing season is just around the corner, so here goes!

Sailing programme. You will find a copy of the 2016 sailing programme HERE. Take a look right away, make sure you come sailing on as many days as possible, and take careful note of when you are on duty as race officer. And please remember – if you cannot do your allotted duty, find someone to swap with.

Sunday 6 March: Cleaning Day. 10.30 onwards. Please come and help if you possibly can, as there is lots of cleaning to be done. On this occasion we will concentrate on cleaning OUTSIDE the clubhouse, to get rid of the mud. Internal cleaning and tidying is also needed – but we will defer that until the following Thursday (10 March), in order to reduce the quantity of mud that gets carried on boots into the clubhouse. So…

Thursday 10 March, 10.30 onwards: Supplementary cleaning day, INSIDE the clubhouse. We have a group of old codgers (sorry, retired gentlemen) who are available. If you can come and join us, please do so, whatever your age or employment status.

Sunday 13 March: Start of the SAILING SEASON.

IMPORTANT NEW ARRANGEMENTS for 2016. One of the conditions of the Sport England grant is that we need to record the number of people using the club facilities day by day. There will be a calendar prominently displayed on the wall in the clubhouse. For regular Sunday and Wednesday sailing it will be the job of the race officer to record numbers. But any other time you visit, whether to sail, to deliver/collect you boat, to repair your boat, to dig a ditch, patch up a jetty, or just enjoy the sunshine on the balcony, please MARK YOUR PRESENCE on the calendar. No names, just a tick for each person who has been present.

New changing rooms. Thanks to a generous grant from Sport England, sterling work by various members (especially Steve, Steve and Dorothea), and the world’s most obliging, dedicated and flood-proof builders, we now have some sparkling new changing rooms. We need to keep it that way. So please do your best not to bring mud into them, and please clean them after you’ve used them. We’ll have some new mops and buckets (not to be used anywhere except in the changing rooms). Use them! And beware … the changing rooms have undergone gender reassignment surgery – so to save embarrassment, make sure not to turn left when you should be turning right, or vice versa.

Membership renewals will be due very soon (technically, on 1 April). You can download a form HERE if you want to do it the old-fashioned way … But why not make it easy for yourself, and for the club – 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.

For the record, your committee now consists of:

  • Hugh Brazier (Commodore)
  • Steve Hogg (Hon Secretary)
  • Phil Green (Hon Treasurer)
  • Phil Nelson (Sailing Secretary)
  • Mike Craggs (Training Officer)
  • Steve Parry (Bosun)
  • Peter Craggs
  • Jens Kuhn
  • Peter Cowling
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York RI Sailing Club E-news, October 2015

Annual Regatta and Bart’s Bash, 20 September
A great success, expertly run by PC and PN – thanks! Twelve boats on the water, cooperative wind, good racing, and cake. Possibly too much cake.


Sport England Inspired Facilities grant. As most (all?) of you know by now, we have secured a substantial grant from Sport England to fund the remodelling and extension of the clubhouse – mainly the changing rooms and the kitchen. Building work will start on Monday 19 October, and this will inevitably mean some disruption. Apologies for this – but the end result will be well worth it! Some parts of the clubhouse will be inaccessible at certain times, with limited changing and kitchen facilities, and it will help the builder if we can move some of our clutter out of the way. So:
Fetch your stuff. Do you have clothing in the changing rooms, or unused sails/spars/foils hanging around? If so, please take them home, if you can, before 18 October. After that date, your precious belongings may get covered in dust and/or become inaccessible.
Reclaim your trailer. There is a trailer mountain on the (ahem) North Lawn. Is yours in there? If so, please take it home if you possibly can, to get it out of the way. Unclaimed wrecks are liable to be scrapped. Peter has his hacksaw poised …

Working party, Saturday 7 November. Details a bit hazy at this stage, but we certainly have work to do on the jetties. Watch this space.

Annual Dinner, Friday 27 November, 7.30 pm, Marcia Inn, Bishopthorpe. Further details and menus very soon – but for now just make sure you have the date clear in your diary. Unmissable.

Trophies. Phil Nelson needs them well in advance of the dinner, so that they can be handed out again. If you have any trophies, please return them to Phil straightaway – and by the end of October at the very latest.

End-of-Season meeting. Thursday 10 December. Details to follow.

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York RI Sailing Club E-news, September 2015

Saturday sailing, 12 September

The next in our series of informal Saturday sailing days is set for 12 September, starting at 12.30. Come along and keep Steve company … If you can get there early, even better, as there is grass to be cut and a jetty to be repaired. Oh – and don’t forget regular Sunday sailing the next day!

Annual Regatta, Sunday 20 September

This year we are hosting the Annual Regatta, and inviting our friends from Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club to come and join us. If you’ve taken part in a YRISC/YOSC Regatta before, you know what to expect. If you haven’t, you really need to be there – to experience a larger fleet than usual, exciting close racing, slick and efficient race management, fun on and off the water. And cake.

  • Briefing at 11.00, first race at 11.30. Get there in good time.
  • We need a good turnout, so please come along!
  • Let us know in advance if possible: yrisc@hotmail.com.
  • Barbecue after the racing. BBQ food will be provided, but please bring cake.
  • The Regatta will be a great social occasion, as well as a sailing day, so please bring the family.
  • And cake.

Does anyone fancy organising the barbecue at the regatta? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Let us now at yrisc@hotmail.com.

Bart’s Bash, Sunday 20 September

The morning race on Regatta day will double up as our contribution to Bart’s Bash – the second running of the largest sailing event in the world. Further details of the global event here: http://www.bartsbash.com.

  • Please, if possible, help us to record the results by registering in advance on the Bart’s Bash website: http://my.bartsbash.com/registration
  • We will be raising money for Bart’s Bash by asking for small cash contributions in exchange for cake.
  • So please bring cake.

New-look sailing calendar for 2016?

Your committee is discussing various ideas for changes to the programme for next year. A less complicated schedule? More focus on GP14 fleet racing? Greater encouragement for other classes? Get the children involved? More emphasis on casual sailing? Barbecues after sailing? More cake? Expect to see some proposals soon – but in the meantime, please let us have your thoughts: yrisc@hotmail.com.

Annual Dinner

Coming soon … Date and venue to be confirmed … Watch this space for further details …


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