Sailing Calendar 2019
Youth / Adult Sailing Scheme – Course Dates and Information 2018 (for children aged 8 – 13) Hobie Dragoon – Introduction to Racing (for children aged 12+)
The Optimist Dinghy
The International Optimist dinghy (“Oppy”) is specifically designed to be sailed by children up to the age of 15.
It is sailed around the world with a highly organised class organisation giving children the opportunity to participate in events at club, regional, national and international level.
The Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club is keen to encourage an early introduction to dinghy sailing and Optimist courses are run for the youngest beginners starting at 7 years. The aim of the courses is to keep the formula simple and above all make the children’s first impression of sailing fun in a safe environment.
Oppy Training is run by qualified young instructors with assistants. As a mainly voluntary organisation we need parents to assist rigging and launching boats as well as manning support boats and coaching on the water – those new to sailing are encouraged and trained to get involved!
LOOKING AHEAD to next year’s Hobie Multi Worlds & Europeans in La Rochelle from the 17th to 27th July 2019.
The event is right on our doorstep and easy to get to, an excellent venue and sailing location. More info to follow.
HOBIE 16 WORLDS Florida November 2019 – looks like we have some Fleet takers for this event as well - Exciting times!
UBS 20TH Jersey Regatta
A Letter from the JErsey Regatta Chairman - Bill HArris
Well, there goes the 20th Jersey Regatta, the sixth sponsored by UBS AG Jersey, the Channel Islands’ leading wealth management company. The turnout and conditions were very appropriate for this milestone in the history of the combined clubs’ Regatta, ninety boats racing in fine conditions, plenty of sunshine coupled with light winds and calm seas. OK, the wind could have tried harder but I am pleased to report that the three-day race programme ran without any significant hitch from an organisational point of view.
We were delighted, as ever, to see a strong local entry and to welcome a very competitive contingent of boats hailing from Guernsey, the UK and France. The results show that they certainly made their presence felt in the cruiser, dinghy and windsurfer classes. In that vein, many congratulations to Rhys Perkins & partners who sailed Abracadabra to victory in Class 1of the Spinlock IRC Channel Islands Championship, to Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner, Aguila, who clinched the Class 2 Championship and to James Leeming who sailed Toothpick to win the British Kona One Championship. Ten classes raced, overall; congratulations to those boats that achieved ‘Best Boat’ in their class and well done and thankyou to all who raced, your support is greatly appreciated.
A heartfelt vote of thanks goes to the race officers and their teams, RIB crews, skippers of the committee boats, beach officers and results gurus for ensuring the safe, efficient and smooth running of the race programme, not forgetting our ace photographers whose work you will surely enjoy, volunteers all. Thankyou, also, to all who contributed to the success of the social programme and catering in the clubs.
We are, also, pleased to acknowledge Jersey Marinas’ valued support in providing the complimentary berthing and extended support so vital to ensuring ‘customer satisfaction’. Their help with the visiting Quarter Ton boats is especially appreciated. Many thanks, also, to Condor Ferries for providing discounted fares to those skippers shipping their boats to the Island.
Sadly, after six wonderful years, we bid farewell to UBS, a sponsor who has not only supported the Regatta financially but has demonstrated true enthusiasm and keen support for the Island’s flagship sailing event. So, a huge ‘thankyou’ to UBS and, especially, Tom Hill, Maxime Le Mouel and their colleagues for all that they have done for the Jersey Regatta. We wish them much success and good fortune for the future.
Finally, a note for your diaries, the next Jersey Regatta is provisionally scheduled for 6th– 8thSeptember 2019. We look forward to you joining us! Should you require further information, please contact the Regatta Office, c/o St Helier YC, either by e-mailing email@example.com by telephoning 00 44 (0) 1534 732229. We shall be pleased to help.
Fair winds and good sailing
19th September 2018
The Wayfarer dinghies
The Club runs four Wayfarer dinghies, which are boats that can take three cadets and an instructor. Sailing starts in May of each year and continues until November when the boats are brought ashore for the winter. Cadets sail most Saturdays during this period and depend very much on the weather, volunteer helpers, and instructors to ensure a full sailing programme. The normal lower age limit is 12 but there are exceptions where younger children demonstrate keenness and have some prior experience.
In all cases, they must be competent swimmers and keen to learn. Once bitten by the sailing bug, Cadets may continue to sail the Wayfarers and/or the Club’s Hobie Dragoons. Cadets pay £8 for each weekend that they sail.
An EMAIL from HENRY HORTON
Who was awarded funds from the 2018 Clipper Bursary.
Using the funds awarded by the 2018 clipper bursary, I was able to undertake my RYA Start Windsurfing Instructors qualification in July 2018 at Galloway Activity Center at Loch Ken, Scotland. The Bursary enabled me to obtain this qualification as it paid for my week long course, the accommodation and travel. I did not only gain from the course the ability to teach windsurfing to RYA standard, but also many new and insightful experiences such as meeting a range of people with varying windsurfing abilities and windsurfing out of my natural habitat, upon a freshwater lake!
Using this qualification I was able to deliver more advanced and refined instruction when I volunteered to teach windsurfing to young cadets at the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club on Fridays after school from September to October half term.
Looking to 2019, I am looking forward to contributing again to the Royal Channel Islands windsurfing cadet scheme, and assisting the keen students on improving their windsurfing ability and skills. I am also exited of the possibility of new beginners courses being facilitated by the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club to go along with the existing windsurfing tuition in place, therefore a new generation of windsurfers will be introduced into the sport and will be able to receive a higher standard of windsurf tuition.
For the future of my windsurf career, I am looking at national competitions and higher qualifications such as the RYA advanced course to undertake, however as I am currently undertaking A-Levels I am unavailable to pursue my aspirations further. When I have completed my exams my plan is to use my RYA windsurfing and sailing qualifications to find work in places such as Vassiliki, Greece that is a world famous windsurf and sailing location. When working there I can gain experience and further my techniques alongside improving my instructing skills that I can use when instructing at home that will improve the quality of both windsurfing and sailing in the Island