Hi all,
Tricia and Mark have been beavering away on club matters recently and asked me to put out this rumination on Thursday.....and I forgot!  It's all good info.

On Covid, hopefully the PM will give us an isea when we can restart activities from our club premises on Monday.  Having been around the block a few times now regarding this I'd expect an update from the RYA sometime Tue/Wed.  As soon as I get it I'll let you all know. 

On-Line Interactive Training Sessions for RLSC Members

At the virtual new members evening in December, there was a request for some on-line sessions, especially about things to consider as either a sailor or SUPer when going to a coastal venue. Sorry for the delay in getting these organised but here are the dates and topics for the first 2 sessions. The sessions are open to all members:

Session 1 on Tuesday 2nd March 7.00-8.00pm: Understanding tides and sea state: what do we need to consider

Session 2 on Tuesday 9th March 7.00-8.00pm : Planning a trip out on the sea: what do we need to consider

The joining details for each of the sessions will be the same:


On-Line Interactive Training Session for RLSC Members

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom: +44 330 221 0088

Access Code: 255-422-333

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Virtual RYA Dinghy Show 27-28th February

Register for FREE today

With most of us currently staying at home, the virtual RYA Dinghy Show presented by Suzuki, taking place over the weekend of 27-28 February, offers an unmissable opportunity to spend a weekend indulging in all things dinghy sailing for all ages.

With over 80 exhibitors offering everything you need to get afloat plus two virtual stages crammed with talks and coaching sessions from some of the industry’s biggest names, the show is more accessible than ever with plenty to whet your appetite all weekend.

Attending the show is completely FREE, all you need to do is register by visiting www.dinghyshow.org.uk You can then attend the show from wherever you are, and there is no limit to the number of times you can log in. You don’t even need to install any software.

For more information on what is planned over the 2 days visit the following website:



36th America’s Cup: PRADA Cup Final commences on Saturday (Great Britain vs Italy)

The winner of the PRADA Cup Final is the team that will go and face Emerites Team New Zealand in the 36th Americas Cup match

What channel is it on and how can I watch it?

Every race of the America's Cup series will be shown live on Sky Sports, normally Sky Sports Mix. The BBC will be also be showing the semi-final and final of the Prada Cup, as well as decisive race days during the America’s Cup match itself. The America's Cup YouTube channel also has a live stream. 

Hi all,

You'll have seen the message from Tricia, and know that the proposal I submitted to the committee for a public galley has been accepted after consultation with you all.  Obviously I'm pleased by that, albeit tinged with a bit of trepidation as it's my redundancy money that's being ploughed in!!  Anyway, more on that later.  On with the newsletter.

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Hi all,

COVID-19 Update and changes to operations

The constantly changing government restrictions on the operation of bars and restaurants have a direct impact on the club.  The limited bar and galley service we have been offering is changed again with immediate effect

Whilst the bar is closed the operation of the galley can stay as it has been.  People can order from the galley counter and the products will be delivered to the table and payment taken.  Payment is preferably by contactless card payment. 
When the bar is open then the club must be entirely table service.  The bar person will circulate round the tables asking for orders.  They will go and make the order and deliver to the table.  No galley service is available at this time.  Payment is again to be taken at the table.

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I’ve cut down the newsletters during this 2nd lockdown to alleviate your inboxes!  I am still annoyed at having no choice but to stop sailing and SUP’ing from our club premises, however we had no choice.  Therefore, this is a bit of a bumper issue, but it does have loads of good stuff in it.


AGM (6th December 2020)

This is online using Microsoft Teams, kindly provided by my employer ATS Global.  You can download the Teams app if you don’t have it, or you can use the web-based app via any modern web browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge etc) without downloading anything.  You have been sent an invitation but you can also click here.


Please click on the link to our election buddy online voting system that you will have received in a separate email.  Many of you already have voted, but if you haven’t please do so.  You have a voice via the AGM!


We ALWAYS need volunteers.  The club genuinely doesn’t run itself.  The management committee is important, and without the dedication of this team, the club would not exist.  We have a couple of vacancies on the committee that we need to fill as a matter of urgency:

  • Vice Commodore
    This is someone who may, but not necessarily become the next Commodore. They support the Commodore in the day to day running of the club. I need this person as the workload has been very high in 2020 and I suspect 2021 will be just as busy
  • Honorary Secretary
    We need someone to help manage and organise our club. This person needs to be focussed and methodical. A lot of the responsibilities have been moved to other members and the role is a lot lighter than it has been in the past
  • Lettings Coordinator
    Clare Simmonds wants to pass this on after doing it for several years. I’ve persuaded Clare to carry on through 2021 to provide a long handover to her successor. This is an important role for the club, as the lettings revenue runs into £20-30,000 per annum and this directly feeds into our very competitive membership fees.  It’s also important to each wedding party as hopefully it’ll be their super special day!  It’s a rewarding role with the results clear to see after every single event!

That said, we have loads of other opportunities to volunteer, from the bar committee (never any meetings), safety boats (Power boat Level 2 required), site maintenance team, club boat & board maintenance (bosuns).  Please offer to help, and if you have any specific skills shout out.  I said I was an International Project Manager when I joined the club 5 years ago, and look at me now!  On the other hand……


I need to remind ALL members that the club needs every member to do their assigned duties.  We use DutyMan as our system of choice and I will be republishing some guidance on it in the off system.  Duties are important, and people just not bothering to turn up are a real headache for me as the duties manager and each Officer of the day (OoD).  Please try and support your club by “doing you duty” as Nelson said!!

Working parties

Due to the expected Covid restrictions I doubt that we’re going to be able to run our traditional working parties over the winter.  Instead, what I need is for all members to notify Ralph of any work you think needs doing.  Don’t assume that someone else has mentioned it.  Ralph will then collate a list and publish it on the website.  If individual members (or suitable bubbles or socially distanced groups of 6) could volunteer (there’s the V word again!) to carry out specific tasks we can hopefully chip away at the list and do work that simply cannot wait until winter 2022!

Cherry picker

We have the RLSC Arboretum growing in the rain gutter along the back of the clubhouse!  Accessing this area to clear it is super-dangerous trying to use a ladder, due to the steep bank.  We need a cherry picker. 


Do you have access to one, or know of someone who does?  Or do you know of anyone who would rent us one?

New SUP instructors


I am very excited about our newest cohort within our club, our SUP (other sports) members.  They are super keen, enthusiastic and friendly.  They’ve integrated very well into our club.  The next step is to support this new endeavour.  The club management has approved the purchase of 6 club SUP’s.  We’ve also provisionally approved the building of a storage facility for these boards.  To make best use of these boards, we needed to get a training team of SUP instructors organised.  I am very happy to introduce our new SUP instructors:

Marks new rules

When I say Mark, I really mean the RYA Racing Rules 2021 – 2024!  Mark says….
Whilst on the topic of racing rules, the eagle eyed will know that a new set of racing rules take effect on 1st Jan 2021. The rule changes are usually just a few minor tweaks, this time round, the main changes are

  1. The rule for being over the line (as start or finish) is modified FROM any part of the boat or crew TO the hull. This has the effect of boats with poles sticking out the front (technically known as bow sprits!?)  having to keep on sailing till the hull crosses the line. At the start, their bowsprit can be over the line as long as the hull has not crossed the line. Also, if a boat is heeled over on the start line and the mast is over the line but not the hull, that is now OK, before they would have been on course side for the start. Same applies to crew leaning out the boat, they do not count if they are over the line.
  2. If someone sails in an unsporting way e.g. shouting aggressively at someone, the Race officer now has the right to disqualify them from the race (or more severe penalties including disqualifying them from a series or even suspension from the club and notification to the RYA), rather than having to hold a protest meeting. The person in question has the right to appeal. I hope we never have to use this as Rudyard is a very friendly club in which we want to encourage sailors of all levels to take part.
  3. Anyone must help another sailor in distress e.g. capsized and struggling. In the past the rules stated other helms and crews, that now broadens to other people including for example Jybaz parents. This is not because any of our parents would ever stand by and not help, but it is a change in the rules, you have to help now!

If anyone is interested in these rule changes here is a video summarising all the changes. If on watching this you think there are any rule changes of significance Mark has missed, please let us know.

Can I just add to Marks notes above that as per number 2 above I WILL be asking all HRO’s to take account of this when we get a novice being “shouted at” aggressively by racers.  I honestly get the passion involved when racing, but this is not acceptable, puts people off trying to race, or even get on the water on a Sunday and is generally not behaviour I as Commodore will tolerate. 

Dave Clarke’s story

The RYA has a terrific story about Dave Clarke, a former club member, whose son is still a member and one of our instructors.  It’s well worth a read, and very inspirational!!


Crowdfunding for Megaboard

Colin Higham is setting up a crowdfunding endeavour to get match funding for a SUP megaboard.  For those of you, or me for that matter who don’t understand these things a megaboard is a multi-person SUP.  Think of the difference between an Oppi and an Albacore, and that’s what a megaboard is. 


We need 25 or more members to contribute to the appeal, and for the total pledged to exceed £1000.  The match funding will then kick in and double up the amount.  Donate HERE!

Winter series (Jan/Feb)

This is for discussion in the Open Forum after the AGM.  Would you be interested?  What safety measures would be required?  Get your thinking caps on and take part in the debate.

Yoga resumption

Once we get out of lockdown II Yuliya will be resuming the sessions up at the club on Tuesdays (09:30 & 19:00).  During lockdown Yuliya has been running the sessions via zoom and although not ideal it works very well.  I am a convert!  I am fat, unfit and was very inflexible after a 300ft fall in the alps broke lots of bones and snapped tendons and ligaments.  I am happy to report that for the first time in 30 odd years I can touch my toes!  Hopefully by next year I’ll be able to duck under a boom easier!! 


Be aware that due to social distancing the spaces are limited.  Book early 😊.  For more info visit Yuliya’s website. If I can do it anyone can!!!

Hi all,

A very quick update to ask you all to download the NHS COVID-19 app from the Apple App store or Google Play store.  It's now the law that all public places have a poster with a QR code at the entrance.  Once you have the app, all you need to do is point it at the QR code
Covid App QR Only

I firmly believe it is our civic duty to use this app to help control the spread of the virus.  Please get the app and start to control the spread.

Multi-Mover CrowdFunding effort

We've reached £435 of the £2,500 we need to raise to get the match funding from the UK government.  That's from 8 people.  Thank you all.  We need more of you to pledge money!  We not only need £2,500 but we also need it to come from a minimum of 25 members.  Please, please dig deep and donate whatever you can.  This will make almost all our lives easier and safer.  Many of you recall I broke my coccyx after slipping whilst recovering my boat last year.  That was blooming painful!  This will make bot recovery a lot safer.  The Hartley 15's are super heavy.  Moving them without lots of people is very difficult.  Check out the video on the funding page for proof it can haul the H15 with ease!!

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