On Friday March 26th our resident cyber cop, Vic Buss, gave a talk on cyber security and how to stay safe when using the internet. The slides for Vic's talk can be viewed through this link.
The Club Spring eSeries is now well under way with 14 competitors racing 3 boats in 3 locations. We are using the Star, FarEast28 and Offshore Racer in Cowes, La Trinite and Palma. In week 4 of the spring eSeries, several groups have appeared. 1st and 2nd places are hotly contested; we have a gap either side of 3rd; then 4th, 5th and 6th could easily shift around. Great racing, an interesting way to spend an hour or so and brush up your racing skills from the comfort of your own armchair. Results are on this link
The third in our series of online talks was on Saturday 20th February at 18.00. Becky Walford from the QHM Portsmouth team gave a talk about the operation of the harbour and the wider Solent. Becky has given us this reminder for small boat movements around the harbour
The second in our series of online talks was on Friday 6th February at 18.00. Club member Mark Orr, with many years of experience in the fuels industry, spoke to some 40 members about the trials and tribulations of keeping usable fuel in boat tanks. A copy of the presentation is available on this link and Mark is happy to take emailed questions from members.
This talk took place on Saturday 16th January, attended by some 80 members on Zoom. We recorded the presentation which can be viewed here, Secrets of the Solent. Emily, one of the presenters from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, provided us with some material reminding us of the content of the talk and setting a challenge! Create a 'yarn bomb' celebrating local sea life, see here for details.
The Board is pleased to announce that Jim Coombs, membership number 2790, has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Club. In accordance with the Articles, if within four weeks of this announcement a requisition is made in writing to the Club by at least 75 full members, then the Board will call a postal ballot of all Members and the appointment concerned will be suspended until the outcome of the ballot is known. Prof William R Roche Honorary Secretary 30th July 2018
The Club is preparing for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25th May 2018. Like all other organisation that hold personal data, we have to review our policies and the data that we have on file. We are seeking help from members who have experience or expertise in this area. This will involve joining a small working group on a task and finish basis. Much of this work will be done by electronic communication. If you think that you can help with this, please email me (HonSec@rafyc.co.uk) prior to Friday 19th January. Many thanks, William. [...]
Success For The Club! 'What a good un!' - I am happy to advise members of the success achieved from the RAFYC stand at the boat show this year. We secured 26 Membership applications, which have already provided the club with 22 confirmed applications, most with Flag Officer Interviews completed. There’s also another application on the way from a local couple who are very keen to join. When you consider that the number of visitors to the boat show appeared fewer this year, the show a bit smaller and with less recorded visitors to our stand, the number of new [...]
Beaulieu Rally Report The week leading up to the Beaulieu rally was hot with steady F3-4s. I thought, "this looks set for a fine jaunt to Beaulieu". And so at 1200 on Saturday we followed 'Alisha’ over the start line, past Black Jack to start the timed passage. It's as if the Sailing God's knew. By 1215 it was blowing up to 30 knots, not that we knew this as Wight Magic's anemometer had stopped working. Sadly, timed passage abandoned, we eased our sails and sailed a lively beat to the river mouth. Well done to all who braved the [...]