Retirement of RMYC Boatman Mr George Collings
After 36 years of service as RMYC Boatman, Mr George Collings is to retire on 31st July 2012. Mr Collings has given sterling service to the members over all these years and his expertise and knowledge have been invaluable. No one has a greater knowledge of the tides and weather conditions in the southern reaches of the River Mersey and many a yachtsman, whether RMYC member or from elsewhere, has benefited from this knowledge. His duties as safety boat coxswain have been a great reassurance to everyone sailing at the Club and his timely assistance has helped many a member out of a difficult situation.
Mr Collings has also been a safety boat coxswain during the annual Menai Strait Regattas over these many years; here too his knowledge and assistance have been highly valued by members of the many Clubs participating there.
Both on the Mersey and the Menai Strait Mr Collings’ presence will be sorely missed. The Commodore, Officers and Members wish him a very happy retirement.
Mr Collings heading back to the moorings at sunset
International Etchells Northern Championship July 2012
The International Etchells Northern Championship sponsored by RMYC was held on the River Mersey over the weekend of 29th and 29th July. On the Saturday for once the sun was shining at first and with a variable W’ly wind of force 3 to 4 but falling right away at times the Etchells competitors had a running start on the falling tide at low water. The triangular course proved suitably challenging and a close race ensued. With weather conditions changing rapidly, dark clouds gathering and the W’ly wind strengthening the second race over the same course was quite a contrast to the first and equally challenging with squalls and rain the wind reaching about 25 knots at times. The first race was won by ‘Impulse’ and the second by ‘Faldetta’.
Sunday saw a similar W’ly direction wind, with a fairly constant 16 to 18 knots and a fair amount of rain. The same triangular course was used again for the two races with similar ebb tide conditions nearing low water. Good close racing followed in both races with ‘Impulse’ winning on each occasion. So, ‘Impulse’ was the series winner, with ‘Disco Volante’ in second place. Full results can be viewed by Clicking the the Link below:
Etchells Northern Championship Race Results 2012