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Morning 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.

Winter 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 October.

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.

Members' Cruises

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 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.

Ladies' Afternoon

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 details

Jazz 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.

Harbour Day-sail BBQ

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).

Meanwhile our 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 pleasant evening!

OOD 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.

We now have five new Members ready to volunteer for duty next year.

Summer Cruise (from Ian Mogford)

safely 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 Gareloch.

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.

Loch Lomond 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.

Small 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.

OOD Guidelines for Visitors (Reminder from the Commodore)




Training 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

Please contact Steve directly if you have any questions.

Lifejackets (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.

The higher 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:
If our 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.

Southampton 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 offer.

Latest Committee Meeting Minutes

The latest, approved committee meeting minutes for 24 May can be viewed here or from the Downloads Page.

Round 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 notice.

D 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 engine now!

Can You Help? (from Norman Kilpatrick)

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 halyard socket.

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.

Community 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 encourages 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 published 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 ( to have your name added to the list (or if you would like to have it removed).

Redclyffe Light Summer Edition

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 Page.

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.

Would 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 (  The buddy’s role is outlined in role.

Unattended Boats

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 space fairly.

Dinghy 'Parking'

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 rule.
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.

HM Coastguard CG66

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 phone signal.

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.

Port Chatereyne Offer

The new season is approaching rapidly.  For anybody considering a trip across Channel, Cherbourg 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 flyer.

Rounding 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.

Using a 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.

Club Wi-fi

The password for the Club Wi-fi has changed.  The new password can be found in the Club office.

Commodore’s Reception

Representatives from many local clubs and organisations attended our annual Commodore’s Reception at the Clubhouse on a calm, sunny evening.  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.

Whilst 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.

Weymouth Rally

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 – Celeste, Navarone and 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.

That evening 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.

On 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’.

An early start 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.

Launching Party

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.

Blessing 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 helpers.

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.

Working Party Weekend

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.

Membership List

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 parties.

If you are unable to read this file or still require a hard copy please contact the Hon.Secretary.

Sail Trim Talk

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 afternoon.

The event concluded with a demonstration on a full size Genoa on Dave Taylor’s boat alongside the pontoon.

Whist Drive Presentation

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.

Holes Bay Walk

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 here or from the Downloads Page.  It is also posted on the Club noticeboard.

There are a few blanks so if anybody can cover these dates it would be much appreciated.

Ladies’ 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 Annie!

The next tea and chat will be 18th April 14:30 at the clubhouse and all ladies are welcome to join us.

Defibrillator Awareness Session

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.

Annual General Meeting

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.

Committee 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 further year,

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.

Annual 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 originals.

Kingston 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 details.

St Cast Marina

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.

See newsletter for further information

Poole Harbour Speed Limits (notice from PHC)

New seasonal speed limits come into operation from 1st April.

For full details see PHC Notice

New Engine for the Club Launch (from the Commodore)

Sean Brackstone has very kindly donated a brand-new engine for our Club Launch, Tony B.  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.

Happy Sailing

New Forest Walk

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.

Thank you Graham and Mary for an enjoyable walk, despite the inclement weather.

Officer 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.

Lulworth 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.

Mast 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 website.

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.

Barbeta (from Norman Kilpatrick)

There is an opportunity to join a long established syndicate which owns the Barbary Ketch, Barbeta.

For full details see the Sales Board

Hazardous 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.

Many thanks for co-operation with this - as you all do anyway, I am sure.

Durlston 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, Tilly Whim Caves 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.

Stoborough 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 served.

Fraud Warning (from Action Fraud)

Dorset Police has recently received a number of reports from members of the public that they have been telephoned by someone claiming to be a police officer from London, telling them that police have arrested someone trying to use their bank account details fraudulently.

This is a scam!  Do not carry out any instructions given by the bogus police officer but instead report the attempted fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the website

Wareham Walls Walk

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.

New 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 over excited.

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’!

Monday 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.

Crackers 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.

Christmas Party

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.

The 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 successful.

Shut that Door!

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 leaving.

Sheds 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 spirits.

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.

New Forest Walk

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.

Jazz Night

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 'questionable' jokes.

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.

At the 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.

Northport Heath Walk

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 Reserve.

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

Corfe Castle walk

Nine eager Members gathered at the Corfe Castle car park on a dull, but mild, morning for the first winter walk of the season.

Our 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.

The 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

Flag 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.  Good reading!

(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).

Horse 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.

Many thanks to Colin & Denise Fuller for organising the event, we look forward to the next one.

Autumn 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 and entertainment.

OOD Reminder

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 Downloads Page

Tony B Tiller

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

Club Hoses

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.

RYC 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.

The 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.


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'tea & chat' at Ladies' Afternoon

Day-sail BBQ

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

Rector 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

Ladies' luncheon

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

scrumptious Christmas finger food

cheerful bar team

Christmas party games

Santa visits

superb Redclyffe Ukulele Band