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1st June 2012 ~ EUREKA! The RMYC Fleets are Afloat

After the distressing discovery that during the winter the movement of the sandbank off Rock Ferry had buried the ground chain,  a huge amount of hard and difficult labour had to be undertaken by the Captain Mike Blaylock and Boatman George Collings, with help from other club members, to prepare new moorings. Inevitably this has led to a long delay in staring the sailing season. But, to everyone’s relief, the moorings were ready this week to receive the club boats. So it was that, on Thursday and Friday, first the Mylnes and then the Etchells were lifted-in. And now, without any further delay, the first race of the season will be taking place at 1500 on Saturday 2nd June. Everyone is now looking forward to a somewhat delayed, but hugely enjoyable sailing season on the River Mersey.

2012 Sailing Season

Launch Down for the 2012 Season, regrettably, has had to be postponed
until a date in early May due to problems with the moorings

2012 Sailing Instructions and Courses may be found on the website under  
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2012 AGM

The very well attended 2012 AGM was held on Thursday 22nd March. The Commodore’s annual report included warm tributes for the long service to the Club of retiring Honorary Treasurer Mr Barry Williams, also Honorary Secretary Mrs Jenny Whittingham-Jones and Cup-Bearer Mr John Baragwanath. The Commodore, Mr Phil Gilmour, also thanked the retiring members of the General Committee for their hard work over the past three years. The Commodore reviewed the very successful 2011 sailing season and social programme. He paid tribute to the work organised by the Rear-Commodore and undertaken by him and other members on restoring the Training Room, to be known as the ‘Conway Training Room’, reflecting the long association between Conway and RMYC. He also highlighted the keen anticipation of the 2012 sailing programme, including the special series marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Commodore, Vice-Commodore Mr Trevor Tansey and Rear-Commodore Mr Ian Diamond were re-elected for a second year of office. Mr Simon Shepherd was elected Honorary Treasurer, Mr Allan Dinwoodie Honorary Secretary and Miss Alex Winney as Cup-Bearer, the first lady to be elected to this historic office.

Mr Cliff Renshaw gave a comprehensive report on the considerable progress which had been achieved together with Wirral Borough council on the Rock Ferry Waterfront Regeneration scheme. He also outlined the Club House re-development plan which will be the subject of a special members’ forum. A detailed Newsletter was distributed and the Commodore thanked Cliff for his tireless efforts on this long term but essential re-development of the area and the Club House.

The AGM was followed by the traditional and convivial dinner beginning another year of RMYC activities.

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March 2012

RMYC Mylne class visit to Strangford Lough Yacht Club 
3rd & 4th September 2011 
(A somewhat delayed but very worthwhile recollection of a great weekend)

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After last years racing against Glen class members from SLYC on the Mersey celebrating  the 75 years of the RMYC Mylne class, the Mylne class were sent an invitation from SLYC Glen class to sail & race on the beautiful waters of Strangford Lough near Belfast.

The team of Ian, Carys, Marcia, Alex, Heather Peter G, Graham, Roy, Sarah, Peter S and supported by Lesley were met on the Friday evening at Belfast airport by SLYC members who then transported us to our B&Bs and members houses where it was a quick wash and brush up and then to a welcome reception and meet the members of SLYC on the at the light ship club house of their neighbours, Down Cruising Club.  Saturday 10 am we all met at SLYC and with a gentle breeze and the moored boats glinting in the sun opposite the club house at Whiterock. Instructions for the day were given and the course was set and each member of the RMYC were allocated to a boat crewed by SLYC members and Lesley who was now promoted to "official team photographer" took up her position on the motor launch "Holly Blue".

As the start of the first race was imminent, it was apparent that that SLYC were not to give RMYC any chances and it became a very congested start with penalties on both sides needing to be taken. After the windward mark the fleet then set sail down the Lough with spinnakers set and the sight was fantastic as we raced very competitively between the Islands The race finished with Ian crossing the line in first place with Peter S. in second, both being declared the winner due to a misreading of the course!

It was then all moored up alongside Holly Blue and a picnic lunch was followed by a race back to Whiterock.  Once again with spinnakers set, the race took place in very testing conditions in light wind and the course took us through many Islands and moored boats, which added to the fun! The race positions changed through out and the eventual winner was Carys who was sailing on the winning Glen.

That evening in the comfort of SLYC the two clubs had a wonderful evening of food, wine and conversation of the day's events and the differences between the two classes and clubs. The following day was another beautiful late summer's morning & sunglasses were to be seen upon members of both clubs (and not just for the sun!!!) The day involved team racing consisting of 4 Glens per side and one Rivers class as side, we were to have two races, swapping boats after the first race.  Once again, the competition was fierce between the two clubs and the positions changed throughout the races. Even with Roy's valiant efforts near the end of the second race, RMYC ended the day in second place overall!!  Over a very pleasant lunch and a generous prize giving and mementoes of the weekend it was discussed that the two clubs should continue' the competition and that it should if possible become an annual event. If this is to continue the RMYC need to practice in the bar and on the water to become more competitive with our new friends from Strangford Lough. I am sure all of us who travelled to Belfast would like to thank Ian for organizing the RMYC team and Henry and the entire SLYC members for there hospitality and allowing us to sail in there lovely boats.
 The Commodore, Phil Gilmour, wishes all RMYC members
Happy New Year 
     and an enjoyable sailing season in 2012