RHYC has a very active junior sailing section, organising regattas, races and cruises. Specific news about the Topper
classes can be found on their own class pages.
Follow this link - PDF of the Racing Marks at RHYC
- to a diagram of the buoys and marks off the clubhouse that are normally used for racing. Top Tip - print, laminate and stick to your dinghy so you always know where the marks are!
Tim Hunt – Rear Commodore, Sailing
Children's Cruise in Company
RHYC Adventure Sail CIC to Hamford Water 22nd - 24th July 2016.
Family fun - pirates, BBQ, real buried treasure hunt, sailing, Y-Ball, beach fire, seal watching, exploring and optional camping! What’s not to like?
Ten children of mixed age groups, permission to be a Pirate, marshmallows on the beach cooked on a beach fire, “what could
possibly go wrong”?!
A contingent of our merry band set sail for Hamford Water on Friday night safely delivered by the Commodore. It was there that the remainder of the fleet and young Privateers join the fun on Saturday at approximately noon.
Already camped on the beach, the campers were joined by more tents preparing for the evening fun. After an impatient wait
for the support RIBs that had been delayed due to a lack of directional skills and knowledge of where the keys were
kept, the three RIBs finally joined the party, Lion 2 skippered by Belinda and Olly, Becky crewed by Ally, and RIB Monty
skippered by Bailey Pitt, crewed by Andy.
A quick look at the tidal state meant a speedy departure for the circumnavigation of Swallows Island by way of the Red Sea,
following the footsteps of Arthur Ransome’s “Secret Water”. Following a rapid secure and tow of Becky M’s RIB the two support boats and range Peel set to towing the Optimist fleet for the first leg to find more conducive wind angles and a less active tidal flow. Using Monty to measure the water depth, the fleet edged its way along hidden channels defined
by missing withies and using the Commodore’s local knowledge of creek’s navigated “once in a time before”.
The Optimist fleet augmented by a ragtag collation of racing and cruising sailing dinghies, circumnavigated the island
and emerged unscathed and enthused into a now lively flow of tide re-entering Stone Point, at which point the RIBs
joined by Becky in her now fully functional RIB (less choke this time), took the sailing dinghies into tow back to the
beach. Shortly after reapplying sun cream on this idyllic summer’s day the fun reignited on the beach. First to start was the quest
to find the “Pirates Buried Haul of Treasure”!!
The treasure maps once read and deciphered meant that soon all three treasure chests had been, found, dug up, opened and the contents consumed! Then to the prize giving, making all the little Buccaneers worthy of the name. The Commodore lit
the fire and the marshmallows were issued from the ships stores, a winner at any drunken pirate port!
BBQ’s lit and bellies full the sounds of the day subsided away leaving the hardy few to huddle around the embers of the
beach fire glowing into the dark. The rise of the sun found a mixed bag of campers who had seemed to have gone feral overnight, with the yacht dwellers still
holding onto empty grog bottles and melted ice puddles. Soon all factions reunited on the beach taking part in tug of
war bouts, Y Ball games and sand castle competitions. The common theme of water gun fights provide the sound track
to the events only subsiding as the Fleet moved to Hamford Water at noon.
The support RIB’s were back in action towing Optimists and ferrying seal watchers to the pleasantly large numbers of sun
bathing seals along Kirby Creek. The return to the RHYC went without incident as the race against the lowering tide forced a rush to recover the RIBs.
Thank you to the Stamp family for my “unique” bottle of Rum!
A huge thank you and well done to so many for making the event a great asset to the club and enjoyable for the participating
kids, both on the water and off. GREAT WORK!
Junior Training Weeks
We are keen to get children sailing and working towards the recognized RYA dinghy sailing qualifications from an early age
and are proud to offer a variety of courses for all children in a secure and friendly environment. Courses are aimed
at children from 8 - 17 years of age with all abilities catered for.
Junior Race Week
We organise a junior race week every year, held during August. The event will start in 2017 on 21st August. Classes for Junior Week include Laser, Topper, Tera, Fast Handicap, Slow Handicap, Optimist and Regatta Fun Fleet.
Junior Saturday Sailing, 2017
Our OnBoard and Junior Race Training programme offers fun, informal sessions for children aged six and above on selected Saturdays from April to October.
Times vary depending on the tide.
OnBoard caters for beginners upwards, with the aim of getting children out on the water and teaching them new skills, while
having a great time. When they're ready, our Race Training group gives them the chance to go on to develop their seamanship,
as well as racing skills.
Each session starts with a briefing, with children changed and boats rigged, and an adult needs to remain at RHYC throughout.
This programme is only made possible thanks to volunteers, so please get in touch with Rosie Davey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you're able to help with rescue boat cover, shore party duty or instructing.
A quote from a parent:
“Just wanted to drop you a note to say how good the On Board is at RHYC. I spoke to the office yesterday who were very happy
to roll the payment for the unattended session the other day to the next one and overall they are great to deal with. We're finding the whole experience friendly, organised, safe, value for money and fun and the location is great too.”
New Booking System
This year all bookings are to be made online for places and boat hire. Payment will be required at the same time using PayPal. As a trial we will be making three sessions at a time available to book but we do ask that if you book you do utilise the space.
Refunds for unused places cannot be given.
1. Both OnBoard and Race Training take place at the same time but with different instructors.
2. Members can book for £10.00 per session and non-members £25.00.
3. Optimists, Teras and Toppers will be charged at £5 per session and are allocated at the time of booking, subject to availability.
4. As sessions are often full, please let the office know if your child is not able to attend.
5. Please join the Junior Sailing RHYC Facebook page to find out more.
Dates are listed for 2017 below along with the start time (please note sailors should be rigged and changed for this time):
| 29th April||1230|
| 6th May|| 1000|
| 13th May|| 1200|
| 27th May||1130|
| 17th June|| 1500|
| 24th June|| 1000|
| 1st July|| 1500|
| 8th July|| 1030|
| 15th July|| 1430|
| 22nd July|| 0930|
| 5th August|| 0930|
| 2nd September|| 0930|
| 9th September|| 1230|
| 7th October|| 1130|
|21st October || 1130|