Work Party (from Rear Commodore)
There is a morning work party at the Club car park from 10am on
Tuesday 27th for two or three hours to do some pot-hole
filling. Any able bodied, younger
and fitter volunteer will be welcome to help us ‘olduns’!
Shovels, barrows, digger-outers, and Club Whacker compactor
provided, but bring a shovel and broom if you have them.
Walks (from Erica Payne)
Our winter walking programme is due to start early November and I
hope that our ‘regular walkers’ are ready.
For those who have not up until now joined in this activity a
quick resume of what we do -
Walks are about 5 miles long on
alternating Wednesdays and Saturdays and can be coastal or countryside
within beautiful Dorset and Hampshire; a great way to get to know our
counties’ treasures. The walk,
organised by our ‘leader of the day’, usually commences at 10am in a pub
car park and returns to the hostelry for lunch.
Anyone wishing to take part contacts the ‘leader’ before 8.30am
on the day to advise participation and whether lunch is required.
A Winter Walks Request Form for 2019/20 is to be found
here or on the
Downloads Page and anyone who is willing to lead a walk
is most welcome to submit their route.
The Programme will hopefully be circulated at the beginning of
I do hope that you will join in our rambles to enjoy the
scenery and great camaraderie and also a pint and lunch!
Look forward to seeing you.
The cruising season is is now well under way and Members
are ranging far and wide whilst the settled conditions hold. Redclyffe
boats have been visiting the Solent, Channel Islands, West Country,
Normandy, Northern and Southern Brittany Coasts and the Isles of Scilly. The cruising
spirit is definitely alive at RYC!
A summary of some Redclyffe
cruises are listed below. If you would like to add your cruise details
to this list please email
email@example.com or text/WhatsApp 07768 644350
(suitable photos also welcome).
- Gary and Carol headed to Southern Brittany. After breaking their
journey at Weymouth they continued to Falmouth, before then heading
south, visiting Camaret, Loctudy, Benodet , Pornic (where they met up
with Matilda J), Les Sables d'Olone,
St Denis (on Ile d'Oleron), La Rochelle, Ars-en-Re. They then
turned around stopping off at Port-Louis
(Lorient), Loctudy and Camaret. They are now on the home straight
and have stopped over at Roscoff.
The ladies gathered for their monthly ‘tea and chat’ this week
and enjoyed a homemade cake, kindly provided by Pam.
By all accounts it was delicious.
This is a wonderful
forum for the ladies to get together and newer Members are always
welcomed to join. The 'tea and chat' sessions are arranged on the
third Thursday of each month. Contact Pam Boddy for further
Night (from Vice Com)
Due to the number of club members who may be away during September the
annual Jazz night, originally programmed for the 21st
September, has now been re-scheduled for Saturday 12th
October. Hopefully this will
result in our usual ‘House Full’ attendance for an enjoyable evening.
A revised Events Programme for the rest of the year can be found on
the Events Page.
Due to the adverse forecast Barry and Penny very wisely decided
to cancel the harbour day-sail.
However, despite the very strong winds over 40 Members turned up for an
impromptu BBQ at the clubhouse and all seemed to enjoy a very convivial
evening. The Commodore did a
sterling job of keeping the BBQ lit in very trying conditions but
eventually all were successfully fed (and watered).
Vice Commodore took the opportunity to run a practice session of ‘boat
racing’ in preparation for the ‘Loosers Challenge’, when Christchurch SC
visit us on the 24 August. What a
Training (from Steve Chivers)
An Officer of the Day familiarisation session was held at the
Club on Saturday 3rd August.
Four new Members and one, not so new, attended.
We got all the books out of the office and with the help of the
OOD flip chart a lot was learned by all, including me.
have five new Members ready to volunteer for duty next year.
Cruise (from Ian Mogford)
completed an 1100 mile motorway cruise (with rather fewer miles afloat)
on Loch Lomond and the Clyde. The
weather was generally friendly but we ‘enjoyed’ a rather wet and windy
beat from Rhu to Port Ballantyne on a murky day, having been buzzed by a
Police rib, concerned about our intentions relative to a nuclear sub
heading at 90 degrees away from our course a mile distant, heading up
Otherwise, the natives were very friendly and we
enjoyed sitting in on a jam session in the Port Inn, Port Ballantyne, a
folk gig in Helensburgh and a tour of Mount Stuart, the Victorian gothic
mansion largely built by the third Marquess of Bute.
provided a seaplane flight out to the west coast and some anchorages
tucked in close enough to wade ashore on uninhabited islands. This
applied to Bute too, when we anchored in amongst the Burnt Islands at
the head of the Kyles.
Ship’s Rally (from John Terry)
Saturday the 13th of July dawned
with the sun shining and a warm day beckoned.
After a briefing for the day, 18
boat crews, encouraged by ‘Mr & Mrs Commodore’, left their moorings
sporadically to enjoy themselves for the day.
Many made their way to South Deep for a long and peaceful lunch
hour - some being entertained by Penny & Barry’s swimming activities.
It was very nice to welcome long-standing friends, especially
June Hebden, Ruth Harris, Sheila Wells, Dave & Margaret Harris and Frank
Anderson, representing the Monday Club.
A ‘drift’ home in light
winds made the relaxing return during the late afternoon sunshine very
enjoyable. The evening BBQ social
was very well attended, with music kindly supplied this year by David
Line (son of Les), who grew up at the Club on ‘Bobtail’ and clearly gained his talent for music from his Dad.
My thanks to David for the splendid entertainment, enjoyed by so
many until 2230hrs, and to our very cheerful, very busy OOD,
John Booth (& Family). As always,
it was the people attending (and the weather) that made it a thoroughly
enjoyable day out.
Guidelines for Visitors (Reminder from the Commodore)
A MAXIMUM OF FOUR VESSELS UP TO 30FT ONLY
ALLOWED AT THE UPSTREAM END OF OUR PONTOON, WITHIN THE LINES ON THE
PONTOON AND RAFTED TWO ABREAST.
ALL OTHER VISITING BOATS MUST GO ON OFFSHORE MOORINGS.
VISITING BOATS MAY COME ALONGSIDE FROM 12 NOON ON MONDAY TO 12 NOON ON
FRIDAY. OVER THE WEEKEND IT IS
OFFSHORE MOORINGS ONLY.
WE WARMLY WELCOME VISITORS.
HOWEVER, WE MUST ALLOW SPACE
ALONGSIDE FOR OUR MEMBERS AT THE WEEKEND.
Dates for your Diary (from Steve Chivers)
Steve Chivers has arranged a series of training
opportunities for Members for later this year and next.
Please watch out for further details nearer the time and sign up
on the Club notice board if you are interested in any of these excellent
training sessions. Provisional dates are -
* 31 Aug/1 Sept – Night Sailing
Mar 2020 - DSC Radio
* April 2020 – First Aid
Steve directly if you have any questions.
(note from the Commodore)
Following Members recently falling into the
water at Redclyffe, it has been suggested that the wearing of
lifejackets should be compulsory, at least when using our Club Launch. This is a serious issue for consideration which your Committee
fully discussed at our last meeting on 5th July, 2019; the unanimous
decision was that there should be no such compulsion.
risk of falling in is embarking/disembarking dinghies.
It is considered that in this respect Members are responsible for
their own safety, regarding what safety precautions they take from a
life saving point of view. It is
always recommended that Members use lifejackets, particularly when
operating the Club Launch, to also set a good example to other river
users or passers-by.
Our Legal standing is as follows:
Club makes the wearing of life jackets compulsory and an accident
occurs, we will become legally responsible if it is found that
inadequate policing or control is in place on something that we have
imposed. This is not the case if
Members are responsible for themselves.
Boat Show Offer (from Carol Rowitt)
Carol Rowitt has kindly arranged with her
friend, John Goode, for a special deal on Southampton Boat Show tickets,
which effectively means Members can buy one ticket for £13.50 and get
one free (plus transaction charge). For further details see
Committee Meeting Minutes
The latest, approved committee meeting minutes
for 24 May can be viewed
or from the Downloads Page.
the Island Race
The famous ‘Round the Island’ yacht race
took place last weekend with over 1200 boats competing.
Eeyore, an Alacrity 18 and the smallest boat in the fleet, won the
prestigious Gold Roman Bowl with an elapsed time of 13 hours 36 minutes.
The French racing multihull,
Actual Leader’, took line honours with a time of 7 hours 33 minutes.
Only 257 boats finished the race before the 10:30pm deadline due
to the 'challenging' conditions.
Poole Bridge Lifting
Times (from PHC)
Poole Harbpour Commissioners have issued
the latest update for Poole Bridge opening. For details see
Day Cruise (from Adrian Harper)
We have returned from Normandy D Day 75
celebrations with John & Jane Singleton on
Flying Swan; followed by a
Normandy Cruise with my friends, Neil & Barbera. We had an ‘interesting’
time coming out of the Carentan lock when the engine overheated!
I tried to replace a chewed-up impeller while sailing down the canal
only to discover it was the wrong part. Fortunately, we had a fair wind
so we sailed to St Vaast and anchored in a cove outside.
I have installed a new impeller
with less chance of loosing the screws this time! All good with the
You Help? (from Norman Kilpatrick)
Barbeta has a main halyard winch with a 5/8” socket. The handle has
served us well for 21 years but I dropped it overboard last week. Our
other winches are the usual 11/16” so their handles do not fit the
Any information on where to obtain an old 5/8”
handle gratefully received by Norman Kilpatrick tel 01929 554163 or
Welcome my 'Ansom'
Member, Ian Battey has taken delivery of an Orkney 20 motorboat and
named it very aptly, Ansom. We welcome Ansome
to the Redclyffe fleet and wish Ian many happy hours pottering in her.
Redclyffe in Bloom
Cynthia Batts continues to maintain the Redclyffe flower border to a
very high standard and we must thank her for giving Members so much
pleasure when they visit the Club.
Amateur Sports Club Status
Redclyffe is registered as a Community Amateur
Sports Club. This status bestows
various benefits, including a generous business rates discount, but
also requires us to accept important obligations.
Amongst these is to provide membership that is open to all and
and helps Members to participate in our chosen sport - even if
they do not own a boat. The Club does this by organising various
training courses and encouraging Members with boats to provide crewing
opportunities for those that are less fortunate.
A list is
on the Club noticeboard and website (CASC
Status Crew List) of Members with boats who
have volunteered to take non-boat owners out on their boats from time to
time. If you would be prepared to help the Club and Members in this way
please contact the Hon Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) to have your name added to the list
(or if you would like to have it removed).
The latest jam-packed edition of the
Redclyffe Light has been published and can be viewed
here. It has also been archived on the Downloads
Those Members that normally receive a printed copy
should receive it in the next few days but if you live locally you are
requested to collect your copy from the Clubhouse to save posting.
you like to ‘Buddy’? (from Fred Cooke)
The Club welcomes new Members and does its best
to help them to integrate into the activities of the Club as seamlessly
as possible. This is facilitated
through the ‘Buddy’ system where more established Members mentor the new
ones until they find their feet.
I am looking for volunteers who
have a few years’ experience as RYC Members, who know the ropes and can
encourage new Members to get involved.
If you would like to help please contact me (email@example.com).
The buddy’s role is outlined in
A timely reminder as we approach peak season –
Please do not leave your boat alongside overnight if you are not staying
on board. This important Club
Rule is aimed at helping all Club Members to share the limited pontoon
As we approach the height of the season dinghy
‘parking’ space alongside the pontoons is at a premium. Members can help
by following a few simple rules -
1. Secure your dinghy by the
bow on a long painter (at least 2 metres).
If you use a chain for added security this should follow the same
2. The painter or chain should be secured to the rails in such
a way that it can slide between brackets.
3. If you are likely to be
away for some time it is permissible to moor your dinghy to the rear of
the downstream dinghy pontoon.
Your cooperation is very much
appreciated and will help everyone to share this finite space.
Last summer we were notified that the
longstanding CG66 boat registration scheme was being discontinued.
It was announced that The
Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
had joined forces to reveal the RYA SafeTrx as HM Coastguard's new
official voluntary safety identification scheme.
The new scheme includes an iPhone and Android App (see
RYA Safe Trx App)
which you can optionally use but is only operable while you have a good
If you have a CG66 registration you now need to
re-register your details with the RYA Safe Trx scheme (see
RYA Safe Trx Login).
If you already have a personal RYA account you can do this using your
existing logon details. Otherwise
you will need to create a new RYA Safe Trx account.
The new season is approaching rapidly.
For anybody considering a trip across Channel,
and Port Chatereyne is a must.
This year the marina is once again offering a generous discount to
Members of Redclyffe YC.
For further details see
Portland Bill (from Steve Youngs)
The clubhouse was warmly lit on a rather wet
evening when Bob Elliott of Quality Time Training, Portland
Marina, presented his informative and entertaining talk.
PowerPoint presentation with helpful photos to identify the key marker
points between Portland Marina and the Bill, we also worked in small
groups to analyse tidal flows, times and direction from both charts and
tidal atlases. Bob’s extensive
experience gave added value when many questions were fired at him and we
all learned many new useful facts and histories of navigation.
Although the final attendance fell from 13 to 10 members, general
feedback was very positive, the wine and nibbles were good and the event
financially broke even after all costs were paid.
Thanks to all attending, to Mark Foxall for loan of projector and
to the Commodore for his closing thank-you note.
The password for the Club Wi-fi has changed. The new password
can be found in the Club office.
Representatives from many local clubs and
organisations attended our annual Commodore’s Reception at the Clubhouse on a calm, sunny
Attendees included – Royal Motor YC, Rockley CC, Castle Cove SC, Poole
Yachting Association, Keyhaven SC, East Dorset SC, Highcliffe SC, Arne
Parish Council, Weymouth SC, Lilliput SC, Christchurch SC, Parkstone YC,
North Haven YC and the Mayoress and Rector of Wareham.
Club Officers, Committee Members and the Commodore’s personal, invited
guests entertained our visitors, David & Sally Taylor and David & Gilly
Allnutt unobtrusively prepared and served drinks and a fine medley of
delicious finger foods.
During the course of the evening the
Commodore gave a short address where he thanked the guests for
attending, the Taylors and Allnutts for the fine catering, Erica Payne
for dressing the lounge with flowers and Anne Field for organising this
very enjoyable evening.
This rally was all about the weather. Strong
winds and exceptionally low temperatures for time of year were forecast
leading up to the rally and ‘plan B’, driving around by car, was a
distinct possibility. However,
Redclyffe Members are clearly made of sterner stuff and 14 boats
accepted the challenge and made their way to Weymouth –
Sapphire on the Friday in fair conditions, followed on Saturday by
Aeolian, Cariad, Eauzone, Emm,
Fayaway, Matilda J, Molly Lou, Pilgrim, Ocean Therapy, Tomasina and
White Lady - who had a more demanding journey.
the crews enjoyed a well-earned reward, a lively pontoon party with
copious amounts of tasty food, somehow conjured up by the victualing
officers, and washed down with a generous supply of wine.
Sunday the crews were able to explore the delights of Weymouth, with
lots going on over the Bank Holiday weekend and much to entertain.
In the afternoon 10 crew joined the, ‘murder mystery walk’,
organised by Chris & Pam, and this was followed in the evening by a meal
at the Weymouth Sailing Club where they, ‘did us proud’.
for the return on Monday saw much kinder conditions, sunny
but still cool, and most boats enjoyed a pleasant sail across Weymouth
Bay before heading up around the headlands in benign conditions.
We must thank Chris & Pam for a thoroughly enjoyable first trip of the
season, despite the less-than-perfect conditions, which has set everyone
up for a great season.
The Blessing of the Boats Ceremony was followed
by the Launching Party in the evening, which was very well attended by
90+ Members, many spilling out onto the veranda to eat.
While Ruth Solomon and her catering team prepared an abundance of
delicious savory and sweet dishes, generously provided by Members, Ann
and Betty waylaid unsuspecting Members to sell them raffle tickets,
which resulted in the splendid sum of £237 towards Club funds.
Steve and Sue Chivers later organised the raffle prize
draw for the numerous items generously donated by Members, while Penny,
helped by new Members, Colin Duncan and Andrew Rennison, manned the bar.
Towards the end of the evening the Commodore thanked Ruth for
organising the catering, and all the volunteers that had helped to make
it such an enjoyable evening and finished by presenting the Blue Fender Award to Allen Wilkinson.
In the true Redclyffe tradition
a willing team of
volunteers helped with washing up throughout the evening and tidied away
at the end.
of the Boats
A fine morning with a cool breeze
set the numerous decorative flags gaily flying on the many yachts assembled
alongside the pontoons. The Revd
Canon Simon Everett arrived in style from Wareham by Club launch, crewed
by David and Margaret Harris, and was welcomed by the Commodore.
Simon delivered a short and very relevant address from
Blue Moon’s foredeck and the
Members joined in prayers and ‘The Sailors' Hymn’. This was
followed by tea/coffee and biscuits, served by Ruth Solomon and her
Following the collection,
which raised a generous £185, Simon explained how his chosen good cause
would be, The Mission to Seafarers,
which of course will have great resonance with our Club Members.
Interestingly, he also explained how his predecessor, Revd Andy
Bowerman, who many will remember, was now working with this organisation
out in the Gulf.
Saturday, happily, dawned dry, sunny and mild
(in direct contrast to the previous few days) as 40+ Members gathered
for the annual working party weekend.
The Rear Commodore soon set the teams to work – spring cleaning
the clubhouse interior, scrubbing pontoons, washing and painting the
veranda ceiling, painting the clubhouse exterior, railings and storage
shed – a myriad of tasks but all completed expertly by enthusiastic
teams of helpers.
Throughout the day, the workers were kept well
fed and watered by the very efficient kitchen team who provided teas,
coffees, tempting cakes and a choice of 4 delicious homemade soups at
lunchtime, followed by filled rolls, and finishing off with fresh fruit.
Such was the industry of the teams that the long work list was
completed in one day and the Commodore rounded off the day by thanking
all the volunteers for their hard work, and the Rear Commodore for
organising the day so proficiently.
The Committee agreed the RYC Membership
List will in future be distributed electronically, which will initially
be done by email. This is a far
more efficient way to circulate this information and allows us to issue
regular updates rather than the previous hard copies, which were
invariably out of date as soon as they were printed.
The pdf file that will be forwarded to
Members will be password protected (usual website Members' password) and
intended only for viewing by RYC Members.
It must not under any circumstances be passed on to third
If you are unable to read this file or still require
a hard copy please contact the Hon.Secretary.
A talk was presented on sail trim by Mark
Matthews of Kemp Sails. On
arrival tea and biscuits were supplied by Marion.
The practical demonstration,
including questions and answers on all aspects of sail trimming, was
well attended by 20 keen sailors.
The advantage of using
tell-tails was discussed and Members were offered to take as many
tell-tails as they needed at the end of the talk, along with a useful
booklet. Some members took up the
offer of having tell-tails fitted to their own sails at the end of the
The event concluded with a demonstration on a full
size Genoa on Dave Taylor’s boat alongside the pontoon.
At the recent end of season whist drive and on
the behalf of the whist players, the Commodore presented flowers and
wine to John & Janice to show their appreciation for them organising the
whist drives throughout the winter months.
As a result they have raised £70,
which has been generously donated to Club funds.
This was the last walk of the season and
Members turned out in force (16 + Harvey) to enjoy a gentle ramble
through the gently wooded Upton Country Park and around the Holes Bay
foreshore. The route took us past
the Hamworthy backwaters and Cobbs Quay to the Twin Sails Bridge, where
we stopped for photos.
We continued along the northern foreshore,
with sunny views across the Bay, before re-joining the Country Park,
resplendent in early spring flowers, before passing the grand Upton
House to complete a very pleasant walk.
This was followed by a
convivial lunch at the Bakers Arms where the Commodore thanked
Erica for arranging the walking programme and appreciatively presented
her with a colourful carnation.
Officer of the Day
Roster (from Robin Hawkins)
The OOD Roster, commencing 1
April has been issued and can be viewed
from the Downloads Page. It is also posted on the Club
There are a few blanks so if anybody can cover these
dates it would be much appreciated.
Luncheon (from Pam Boddy)
The third Thursday in March saw sixteen
ladies from RYC meet up at Holme Nurseries for a friendly chat
and lunch after the long, dark, winter months! A happy, chatty hour or
two was spent catching up and enjoying the lunch. Annie Duncan, a very
new lady Member, joined us to get to know the Redclyffe ladies; welcome
The next tea and chat will be 18th April 14:30 at the
clubhouse and all ladies are welcome to join us.
Ten Members attended a 'defibrillator awareness
session' at the Clubhouse where Kate Fisher, the NHS Assistant Community
Responder Officer for the SW region, explained and demonstrated the use
of CPR and our defibrillator to potentially save life.
It was very much an interactive session and Kate answered many
questions and encouraged participants to practice their skills on the
manikin that she brought along.
For some Members this was a very useful refresher to the session we
previously ran 4 years ago, whilst for others it was a welcome
introduction. Let's hope we never have to make use of these
skills, but they are there if needed. Thanks to Anne Field for
arranging this invaluable refresher.
This well-attended meeting commenced with a
minute silence in memory of the late Peter Marlow, who had been a
Redclyffe Member since 1988.
This was followed by the Officer’s
reports, which were all accepted unanimously.
Club Officers were
re/elected – Mick Solomon (Commodore), Chris Mason (new Vice Commodore),
Peter Thompsett (Rear Commodore), Mark Cady (Hon. Moorings Officer), Len
Gilchrist (Hon. Treasurer) and Anne Field (Hon. Secretary).
Mike and Marion Goater stepped down and were thanked for all
their efforts over the last 3 years as Vice Commodore.
Mike was presented with an inscribed tankard and Marion, a flower
arrangement. Mark Cady was also
presented with flowers on the behalf of Chrissy.
Members were re/elected – Dave Payne, Brian Cordwell, Fred Cooke, Ian
Mogford and Steve Chivers (who replaces Steve Youngs).
Steve Youngs was thanked for his 3 years’ service on Committee
and John Terry (who was standing down as co-opted Member) was thanked
for his 10 years’ service. Graham
Leach was co-opted as Editor of the Light, and Mike Goater also
co-opted, recognising his past experience, to act as Environmental
Liaison Officer for the Club.
Nick Greenwood was thanked for his
services and agreed to act as Independent Auditor to the Club for a
Various awards were made by the Commodore: John
Booth - Noel Freer Trophy, Betty Stephenson – Photo
Competition, Allen Wilkinson – Blue Fender Award, and Len
Gilchrist – Propeller Award.
The meeting closed at
14:30. The next one was set for 21st March 2020.
Dinner and Dance
Members gathered at the RNLI College in Poole
for our Annual Dinner and Dance, which was arranged this year by the
outgoing Vice Commodore, Mike and Marion Goater. After pre-dinner drinks
in the lobby we were led to the reception room where the 8 circular
tables had been beautifully set and further enhanced by attractive
daffodil flower arrangements.
After an efficiently served three
course meal the Commodore presented flower arrangements to the Officers’
Ladies, and Pat and Patricia won the raffle with a very acceptable
bottle of Moet Chandon champagne.
This was followed by dancing
till midnight, accompanied by music from the excellent ‘DJ Graham’, who
also very skilfully played two Shadows’ tracks – Wonderful
Land and Apache - on his
electric guitar – very nostalgic for those that remember the early 60’s
to Chapman’s Pool Walk
Storm Freya, followed by Gareth, and now Hannah
promised strong winds along the coast, gusting 50mph.
With a yellow weather warning out
it was reluctantly decided to cancel this walk as, given its nature, it
could have potentially proved quite hazardous.
The last walk of
the season will be on Wednesday 28th March when we will
circumnavigate Holes Bay. See the
Events Page for further
St-Cast Marina is an attractive, all tide
marina just 8nm west of St Malo.
If you are planning to cruise the north Brittany coast this year St-Cast
makes a very agreeable stopover.
newsletter for further information
Harbour Speed Limits (notice from PHC)
New seasonal speed limits come into operation
from 1st April.
For full details see
New Engine for the
(from the Commodore)
Sean Brackstone has very kindly donated a
brand-new engine for our Club Launch,
Our Launch was named after the late Tony Brackstone, whose wife,
Di, gifted the previous engine.
So, a very big thank you, Sean,
for keeping the heart of our launch healthy and ensuring that
Tony B keeps running for many
years to come. Also, a thank you
to Steve Chivers for the removal of the existing engine and installation
of the new, ably assisted by John Cosier. Well done to you both.
Others have also assisted, namely Peter Thompsett (arranging the
propeller), Malcolm Haas (carpentry), Brian Cordwell and Monday Club
(general help and lifting the Launch).
Thank you one and all.
The Launch will soon be available
and the only new instruction regarding its use is to KEEP THE REVS DOWN
TO A MAXIMUM OF 1500 WHILST THE NEW ENGINE BEDS DOWN.
MICK SOLOMON (Commodore
Storm Freya had passed through a few days
before, leaving us with a very unsettled weather situation.
However, 10 hardy souls +1 dog decided there was a brief weather
window to take advantage of and joined our walk leaders, Graham and
Mary, on a very pleasant ramble over the New Forest pastures.
Following the heavy overnight rain, our walk leader skillfully
adjusted our route to avoid most of the soggy patches but it still left
us with the odd challenge – like fording a swollen stream.
Inevitably the rain did catch up with us and though we tried sheltering
under a tree we soon realized it had no protecting foliage and pressed
on regardless. Ten soggy souls
and an equally soggy dog were pleased to reach the High Corner Inn where
we dried out enjoyed a well-earned lunch and a pint.
Graham and Mary for an enjoyable walk, despite the inclement weather.
of the Day
The Club's Officer of the Day (OOD) performs an
invaluable service during the sailing season and helps the Club to
function efficiently during the busy summer months with the minimum of
fuss and formality.
The main duty of the OOD is to welcome
visiting yachtsmen and receive mooring fees.
However, the role of the OOD extends to liaising with Members to
ensure the best use of Club facilities.
These duties are fully explained in the guidance notes that can
be viewed on the Downloads Page.
Walk (from Chris Manning)
A small group of 6 +dog headed north from East
Lulworth to the lake with its ‘Folly Fort', from where one of the Weld
Family used to sail his model yachts.
From there we headed to the Butterfly Conservation Centre and a
well earned stop at the seat carved out from a fallen tree to
commemorate the end of WWI.
We then entered the walled grounds to
view the Castle and Chapel, before returning to the village.
A round table lunch was enjoyed by all at the
Ship Inn in Wool.
Crane Operation (from Brian Cordwell)
Due to the tragedy at
Weymouth SC last year and the subsequent Health &
Safety investigation, we have decided to make the crane use a little
more formal. The Club had no
written rules for the crane operation and in the case of an accident
could be seen to be negligent.
To resolve this, a set of rules
and guidelines have been produced.
These are essentially the way we’ve worked in the past, with a
few safety bits added. I’ve also
taken this opportunity to update the Key Holders’ List.
All the above can be found in the
Downloads section of our
The Crane Log Book and Fault Report Book have been
placed in the rack in the Club office and the Supervisor List can also
be found on the main notice board. If
you cannot find a Supervisor for your job, please contact me - Brian
Cordwell - Health & Safety.
(from Norman Kilpatrick)
There is an opportunity to join a long
established syndicate which owns the Barbary Ketch,
details see the Sales Board
Waste (from the Rear Commodore)
Will all Members please note this reminder that
NO waste paints, oils or greases must be put into the waste bin.
I have had to sign the new ‘Waste
Transfer Note’, regarding our waste collections and this has much detail
about what is and what is not put into the waste bin.
for co-operation with this - as you all do anyway, I am sure.
Walk (from Sally Taylor)
Eight hardy RYC walkers turned out on an extremely cold and frosty
morning to walk at Durlston, Swanage.
The reward was wall to wall sunshine as we walked from Durlston
towards The Townsend Nature Reserve and then back towards Durlston
passing the Lighthouse,
and the Globe. The crunch of frost and ice beneath our feet only added
to the enjoyment.
We finished off with a well deserved lunch at
the Village Inn, Ulwell.
Common Winter Walk
A dry, mild morning encouraged a good turnout
and 16 walkers and one dog gathered for a convivial ramble over
Stoborough Common and the adjoining Hartland Moor, ably led by our walk
leader, Lyn Northover. The going
was mostly good over firm ground, with the occasional soft patch, and a
gentle ascent led us to higher ground where we enjoyed distant views
across misty countryside towards the Harbour.
Most walkers joined
for a well earned and welcome lunch at the Halfway Inn, which
was very promptly
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The gods continued to look favourably on us
after the New Year’s celebrations and a crisp and dry, sunny morning
encouraged 15 Members to join this antidote to the recent seasonal
festivities and explore the hidden charms of Wareham.
The walk commenced at the clubhouse, and after a brief walk along
the Frome into Town, we joined the eastern Walls to circumnavigate the
town. At the northernmost extent
we took a detour across Wareham Common to West Mills where we then
followed the picturesque River Piddle, before re-joining the Walls to
complete the circuit.
Lunch was enjoyed at the Quay Inn with a
welcoming open fire to warm the cockles.
Year’s Party (from Ian Mogford)
The Club looked its Christmassy self from the
outside; but this mortal was in for a shock on entering a world
apparently peopled by Greek gods and goddesses, not to mention the
occasional peasant, warrior, shipping magnate and runner from Marathon,
who on this occasion, happily survived his dash from Stoborough.
A welcoming glass of fizz helped to loosen tongues and generate a
relaxed atmosphere but did cause your correspondent to wonder how the
gods would manage their long robes, not having the same experience as
the goddesses in dress management, as we manoeuvred to our tables,
identified by Greek island names. There
we were greeted by places laid and decorated to the high standard of
silver service we have come to expect at the Club, and this evening,
with the benefit of individual place mats sporting (I am reliably
informed) the Club’s name spelled out using the Greek alphabet.
Each table nominated its own ‘volunteer’ to serve them from the galley
in the best traditions of school meals, but there the similarity ended.
I certainly never had Fasolada
soup accompanied by a Ciabatta roll, warm from the oven, followed by
Moussaka with a Greek Feta salad washed down by fermented grape juice -
with choice of colour. And our poor
volunteers’ duties weren’t over yet as Orange Pie and Baklava followed
by cheese and biscuits issued forth from the wizards in the galley in an
increasingly successful attempt to placate gods and goddesses, who to
relief of the mortals refrained from hurling thunderbolts around, when
It was a close call however, when one, with more
than a passing resemblance to our Commodore arose and admitted that he
wasn’t sure whether he was a Roman eunuch or Greek philosopher (or
something like that) before thanking Erica, Mary, Jan, Dave and Graham
for all their multifarious parts in preparing and delivering a wonderful
evening and was enthusiastically supported by all present in those
thanks and appreciation. Before
the splendid meal came to an end we were invited to complete two sheets
of Greece related quiz questions, before rounding off the feast with
more alcohol, coffee and chocolates.
Tables and chairs were moved
to sides of the room and while a start was made on washing up, others
demonstrated some interesting interpretations of traditional Greek
dances, before Big Ben struck, party poppers popped, toasts were drunk
and Auld Acquaintances remembered. And
so a memorable evening drew to a close with much bonhomie and wishing
for a ‘Happy New Year’!
Club Christmas Lunch
The Kings Arms, Stoborough was again the venue for The Monday Club’s
pre-Christmas training event. This
year an invitation had been extended to Members who carry out the
security patrols, so it was 42 Members in total, including better
halves, who sat down at four nicely prepared tables.
were pulled, hats donned and terrible jokes exchanged.
Conversation flowed freely and
happily the selections made coincided with the dishes that arrived at
the tables and were much complimented. As
the meal drew to a close our Commodore rose to offer thanks to the
Clubbers, noting the financial value of the work they do, and the
Patrollers for their contributions to the Club and also for the
organisation of this event.
The finishing line at the Club was
crossed by about half those attending, who still had breath for learned
conversation, room for a mince pie and the glasses of port, elegantly
distributed by Alan and Ian B. A
little before the sun went down, misty eyed and full of ‘bonhomie’ the
revelers set course for their home ports, expecting to meet again soon.
A foul night did not deter 40+ partygoers from
gathering at the clubhouse to celebrate the beginning of Christmas
festivities in true traditional style.
There was scrumptious
finger food served by Marion’s very efficient helpers, the usual liquid
refreshment expertly dispensed by Penny and her helpers, two amusing
party games set by Mark – the first won by the boys team who were
clearly better at bluffing than the girls – the second won by Colin who
unquestionably proved his superior digestive capability.
games were followed by a visit from Santa who cheerfully distributed
Christmas presents to all and the evening was nicely rounded off by
carols, accompanied by the superb Redclyffe Ukulele Band.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening which we must thank Mike and
Marion for organising and all the support team that helped to make it so
On two recent occasions the clubhouse door has
been found unlocked and with nobody present on site.
In one instance the door was actually swinging in the breeze and
just inviting somebody to enter.
At this time of year there are
very few Members about and all exterior doors should be closed and locked on
on Wheels Rally (from Sally Taylor)
This year twenty eight Members attended the
‘Sheds on Wheels’ Christmas rally which, by popular demand, was again at
Coftons, near Dawlish. The
weather outlook was very poor but nevertheless we came together in good
We enjoyed a busy few days with walks, a quiz, lunch
together, a ‘Galloping Drinks’ evening and a whist drive, kindly
organised by Janice and John. We
cycled, went out and about on the local bus and finally all 28 of us
attended a Christmas meal at the Anchor pub.
The forecast was not good with heavy rain
expected by noon. Nonetheless, 6
intrepid Members from Sandford and Wareham decided to join Graham and
Mary on their winter’s walk.
Travelling in two cars, one managed to circumnavigate traffic accidents
at Horton Heath and Morden while the second decided to turn back after
being caught up in the jams.
Despite the unfortunate start, the walk went ahead, the rain held
off and we enjoyed a very pleasant ramble over Ibsley Common, taking in
the splendid vistas and roaming wildlife.
We stopped off at an interesting old relic from WWII which we
learnt was a blast wall which had protected a wooden tower that housed
an important direction finding site.
This equipment was part of a chain that was used to detect
incoming enemy aircraft and provide a beacon to guide our own home.
All too soon we finished our walk and retired to the very cosy
Alice Lisle for a welcome pint and tasty lunch and watched with
smug satisfaction as the rain started to patter.
More than 80 Members gathered on a cold, wet
evening for a lively session of traditional jazz.
The evening started with a welcome hot supper of bangers, beans
and baked 'spuds', expertly catered by Sally and Dave Taylor and ably
assisted by their team of helpers.
Following the meal we were
treated to a medley of jazz classics skilfully delivered by Jerry Brown
(trumpet and vocals), Mike Snelling (trombone and clarinet), Dave Lewin
(keyboard) and newcomer, Rex Doorman (double bass).
This was interspersed with Jerry’s usual amusing repartee and
The band’s group and solo performances were
enthusiastically received by their audience and the Club is very
fortunate that this highly skilled band returns each year to entertain
the Members with professional performances such as these.
end of the evening the Vice Commodore thanked the band for a fabulous
evening’s entertainment and Sally Taylor presented Jerry’s wife, Jean,
with a bouquet of flowers.
Thirteen enthusiastic Members joined Erica, our
walk leader, on a mild, sunny morning to explore this picturesque area,
which includes wooded heathland and the Morden Bog National Nature
Our walk took us through pine-wooded hillsides where we
enjoyed enticing views across open countryside towards the Purbeck
Hills, before crossing through reeded bog land on graveled paths.
After a slight detour we reached ‘the viewpoint’ where we stopped
for a break and to enjoy the views across distant woodlands, before
retracing our steps. A tasty meal
was enjoyed by all at the very reliable
Kings Head in Stoborough
Nine eager Members gathered at the Corfe Castle car park on a dull,
but mild, morning for the first winter walk of the season.
walk leader, Jan Heath, led us around the Castle and through the back
streets of Corfe, before joining the footpath that leads across Corfe
Common towards Kingston.
Just short of Kingston we stopped to catch our breath after the slow
steady ascent and admired the picturesque views back across open
countryside towards Corfe Castle.
return took us past Blashenwell Farm where we stopped to inspect the
fascinating old iron watermill which is part of the Grade II listed
building. We then retraced our
steps to Corfe where we enjoyed a hearty meal at the cosy Castle Inn.
Many thanks to Jan for a stimulating walk
Etiquette (from the Commodore)
Our Member, Captain David Lockyer R.N., has
kindly provided us with a folder document, containing Yacht Registration, Flag
Etiquette and Visual Signals, for your information.
The contents of this
folder is from the Royal Yachting Association and is self-explanatory.
It is a mixture of written law, tradition
and good manners and a guide for simple basic rules to prevent action that could
cause offence and upset others, particularly when abroad.
(Note: the folder is in an A4 ring binder which is in the office to the
right of the pigeon holes near the maintenance folders).
Racing Evening (from Ruth Solomon)
Members enjoyed a fun evening with a little flutter at the ‘horse
racing’ event at the Club and the chance to catch up with our summer
adventures over a glass of wine and some nibbles.
The ladies won the first of the eight races but
Gerry and Sue Cox had the lucky streak of
the evening and went home with a small profit.
to Colin & Denise Fuller for organising the event, we look forward to
the next one.
Talk by Malcolm Haas (Ruth Solomon)
At 1430 on Wednesday, 10th October, twenty plus
members were treated to an interesting lecture by Malcolm on how 100 billion or
so neurons in our cranium help to make our brains work and the way we think.
He explained how our brains are “still” the most complex and powerful
units on earth.
During the lecture we experienced hands-on fun
experiments (as we sat at our new tables), the results of which were difficult
to get your head around. Malcolm put a
lot of effort into the afternoon with videos, flipchart and interesting
handouts, all of which provided us with two hours of concentration, deep thought
Following a recent incident it is timely to
remind all OODs that the Club is not able to offer pontoon berths to
visiting multihull vessels or any vessel with an excessive beam.
For full details see Officer of the Day Guidelines from the
Members that use the Club launch regularly
might have noticed that it has a new tiller.
The old one broke after many years good service and Malcolm Haas
kindly fashioned a new one from hardwood.
This fine new tiller will give our launch a new lease of life and
we must thank Malcolm for his skillful efforts
Please note that Members
should use their own hoses when filling their water tanks.
The Club hoses are purely for cleaning purposes and may be
contaminated as they are often left unused for long periods, sometimes
in the hot sun.
VHF Shore Station
The Club operates a registered VHF shore station which was kindly
donated by the late David Hills. OODs are asked to switch the radio on
at the beginning of their watch, and off when they leave, so that
potential incoming calls can be monitored. The radio should normally be
left on Channel 80, which is the published channel for Members and
visitors wishing to contact the Club.
Channel 80 is a duplex
channel which means it transmits and receives on different frequencies,
which are reversed in the case of shore stations such as Redclyffe.
Therefore, we receive incoming calls from Members and the public but
will not hear other shore stations such as local marinas.
Club also owns a companion VHF handheld which can also be used to
communicate with the Redclyffe shore station eg when patrolling in the
launch. It cannot monitor calls
on Ch.80 from other users as it is not a shore station. Please note it
is important that the VHF handheld is left on the
Intl channel group, not
USA or Canadian,
which work on different frequencies.
If any member has feedback or ideas on how
to improve the site please address them to
Dave Payne or any committee member.
Contributions of news items and pictures are always very welcome from Members
'tea & chat' at Ladies' Afternoon
full house for the Day-sail BBQ
Commodore enjoys a snack
Gill & Peter hone their racing skills
Peter Liz & Gill enjoy the fun
view from St Marys IOS looking across to St Agnes
Porth Cressa anchorage in St Marys IOS
dolphins accompany Celeste off Fowey
dinghy racing from Royal Fowey Yacht Club
Round the Island Race viewed from Totland
Ian Battey's Ansom
Redclyffe in Bloom
Poole Harbour Boat Show
pirates on Poole Quay
TS Queen Galadriel alongside Poole Quay
well attended Commodore's reception
Commodore addresses the guests
the Redclyffe fleet at Weymouth
crews help to berth the boats
Weymouth pontoon party
meal at Weymouth SC
Fayaway enjoying a sail across Weymouth Bay
well attended Launching Party
Ann & Betty waylay Members
abundance of savory dishes
Commodore selects first raffle ticket
volunteers help in the kitchen
Allen receives Blue Fender Award
arrives in style for Blessing of the Boats
flags gaily flying
Members join in service
tea coffee and biscuits served
Simon accepts generous donation
clubhouse gets a spring clean
pontoons scrubbed, shed painted
clubhouse gets fresh coat of paint
Rear Com dishes out the work
catering team serves the grub
well deserved lunch break
Mark Mathews explains about tell-tails
Mark Mathews explains about sail trim
the whist drive team
appreciative presentation to John & Janice
walkers pause on Twin Sails Bridge
walkers approach Upton House
Commodore presents a carnation to Erica
Kate Fisher demonstrates defibrillator
Ian practices CPR
Dinner & Dance at RNLI Poole
dancing to midnight
Officers' Ladies presented with flowers
Pat collects his bubbly
Annual General Meeting
presentation to Mike & Marion
new Vice Commodore Chris Mason
new Committee Member Steve Chivers
John Booth gets Noel Freer Trophy
Betty Stephenson wins Photo Competition
Len Gilchrist gets Propeller Award
new engine for Tony B
New Forest walkers
New Forest pastures
Mary fords the stream
sheltering (?) under a bare tree
Lulworth walkers at 'Folly' Fort
Lulworth walkers at WWI memorial
Durlston winter walkers
Stoborough Heath walkers
Wareham Walls walkers
New Year 'Greek' dining room
Greek diners from 'Kos'
Greek Gods and Goddesses (and peasants)
the ladies demonstrate Greek dancing
Zorba the Greek
Auld Lang Syne
Wareham Christmas parade
Christmas finger food
cheerful bar team
Christmas party games
superb Redclyffe Ukulele Band