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Royal Cape Yacht Club Newsletter - 03 March 2017

THE RCYC CABLE - Vitor Medina & Luke Scott

Ahoy Capers

We welcome Aphelele and Thapelo as the newest members of RCYC! Good luck with your studies at Lawhill Maritime College. RCYC looks forward to assisting your success, as the first two recipients of the RCYC bursary fund at Lawhill.
 
The way I see it, we've reached the top of the mountain for the 2016/7 sailing season at RCYC. The Mykonos Offshore attracted a massive entry of over 80 yachts, and despite less than ideal conditions, had no fewer than 69 yachts score at least one finish in the four races, with 82 yachts scored in the results. This is a healthy improvement on last year. The organizing committee introduced some new ideas this year to keep the event fresh and current. Well done.
 
There have been a number of negative incidents in recent weeks that all come back to a similar theme around values and judgement. Whether it be safety at sea; behavior in the club; or how you interact with fellow members, guests and staff; please put your best foot forward.

Vitor and Luke

NEWS FROM THE SAILING OFFICE 

                                          
Good Seamanship & Safety at Sea
 
There have been a number of reported incidents and accidents at sea in the last week. Safety at sea is a cornerstone for a successful sailing club and community. There is a responsibility placed on all skippers to ensure they are adequately qualified and prepared, both boat and crew, to undertake any envisaged voyage. Rescue services like the NSRI are available to assist in the event of life threatening situations, but should not called upon at a whim, especially when a skipper has viable alternatives. Safety at sea is extremely important, and we need to work together to ensure we up our game as a club. Make sure your boat and crew are shipshape. If you have any queries or concerns, please talk to a member of the safety at sea committee.
The Fin de la Saison Regatta is Royal Cape's ultimate summer season ender, featuring Fun Sailing! Taking place 18-19 March, and incorporating race date 2 of the Club Summer Series, racing will be based on fresh formats and offer an alternative to conventional windward leeward short course racing. Some ideas for races include, but are not restricted to:
 
The Sprint
In the Spirit of the Club Summer Series, this is a short dash to warm up. The Start and handling are key.

The Lighthouse Family
A Bay Race visiting some or all of the lighthouses in Table Bay (Mouille Point; Robben Island; Milnerton)

The Dassen Duster
A 70 mile race to Dassen and back, with the option to shorten course and finish at Dassen and return under non racing conditions.

The Bokpunt Blaster
A 44 mile race to Bokpunt and back, with the option to shorten course and finish at Bokpunt and return under non racing conditions.

The Vulcan Rocker
A 26 mile race to Vulcan Rock and back in a westerly or southwesterly breeze.

The Floater
Rather than stay ashore and wait, this is a no wind scenario raft up at Granger Bay or Clifton with on water entertainment. Anyone of the other races could follow on if weather permits.

The Navigator
A mystery bay race to stated waypoints to test the navigators

In all cases, suitably shorter courses may be set for smaller and slower (or all) yachts, with the emphasis on fun sailing.
 
There will be a cocktail party for all on Saturday night.

GENERAL

Parking Lot Blues
 













There have been a number of reported incidents of antisocial and selfish behavior in the parking area. Please park properly, within the marked lines, and not in reserved bays. In the pictures above, the driver of a white convertible Mercedes CA686635 is parked across a disabled bay and partially into another. There is no disabled disk visible on the car.
 
In another incident within the last fortnight, a car belonging to a student member was heavily gouged in the parking lot and no note was left. It is beyond comprehension that a member of this club could do that!

Also, with the strong south Easter wind, consider parking with your nose into the wind - this prevents doors flinging open into neighbouring cars (which happens often).

The club management is empowered to act swiftly and strictly, including clamping of cars where appropriate. Please play the game and park with due consideration!
    
                                           
RCYC and the fight against the harmful impact on the Environment!
 
The Royal Cape Yacht Club goes through an average of 100 Straws a DAY, 3100 a month, 37,200 a year. Continue reading...
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 Tickets R200 - Ladies Only

25 March 2017

and join us for the Commodore's Wife's Dinner

 
                   

03 March 2017 

       
A friendly reminder to our participating boats. Please be so kind as to keep one or two spaces on your boat for visiting guests. Kindly advise Micky in reception on Wednesday Evenings



Club Summer Series

This series is part of the 2016/2017 Club Championships.
 

Saturday, 18 March

First Race starts at 13h00

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Fin de la Saison

18th – 19th March

The Fin de la Saison Regatta is Royal Cape’s ultimate summer season-ender, featuring Fun Sailing

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For our Full Sailing Calendar click on the picture below


 LUCKY DRAW 

This Week

R 6 500

 
The winner of last Friday night’s lucky draw was Mr Graham Stuart, who was unfortunately not present to collect his prize.

The draw takes place around 19H45 every Friday evening in the club bar. You have to be a fully paid up RCYC member and present at the time to qualify for the win.

Click on the the picture to read the letter  from the President of World Sailing.


 
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