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Royal Cape Yacht Club Newsletter
                                                                                May 2010

                                     From the Commodore:
  Inside this Issue
  1. From the Commodore
                                     This being the last letter of our term
                                     prior to the AGM on the 27 June, I
  2. RCYC Calendar                   feel it important to share with all the
                                     wonderful spirit and co operation that
  3. Comments from the               has been the hallmark of this
                                     Committee. So much so that it has
     General Manager                 been decided to have our traditional
                                     function as a unit, the first time in
  4. Letters & Notices               about 5 years. I would really like to
                                     thank all on the Committee
  5. Forthcoming Events              wholeheartedly, publicly, for their
                                     hard work, forward thinking and co-
        Cape to Rio Yacht Race      operation in ensuring the best for the Club.

        Winter Wednesday            One of my most pleasurable, warm and memorable moments in
                                     the six years I have been on Committee, was when it was
         Movies                      proposed that as far as possible we should re-stand for election
                                     enbloc, save for the election of Vice Commodore. It was decided
        Safety at Sea               to have an informal meeting to discuss who would be available
                                     and for which positions. The result - Mike Peper was nominated
         Presentation                for Vice Commodore from the group and Hylton Hale nominated
                                     for Rear Commodore Sailing, as Greg Davis has had to stand
  6. Inside House Report             down for business reasons, but will however still be our SAS
                                     representative for Keel Boats. Thank you Greg for all your hard
  7. May Galley Specials             work and supporting the clubs most important section, which is
                                     sailing after all. Mark Sadler also had to stand down due to
  8. Welcome to New RCYC             family commitments, thanks to you as well. I have been
                                     nominated for re-election.
                                     The rationale behind the Committee decision, was apart from the
                                     fact we all work well together, given that it is not all easy going
  9. Obituaries
                                     and there are healthy debates conducted, there should be more
                                     stability in the Committees and succession planning with people
  10. Outside House Report           spending at least two years in their role, on the Committee, before
                                     moving on or standing down.
  11. Sailing
                                     It is an AGM and there will be other nominations. All I request is
  12. Safety at Sea Report           that these be made in the interest of the club and for the right
                                     reasons. Can the person nominated actually dedicate the time
  13. Important Notices for          and effort, working as a team member? I further believe that
                                     there should be at least two Lady members on the Committee to
     Members                         ensure the gender factor, so important in our country. This factor
                                     should be addressed.

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                                    PO Box 772, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
                            Tel: 021-421-1354 Fax: 021-421-6028 Email:
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From the Commodore Cont:

I recently hosted an informal get together for those interested in the Cape 2 Rio Race 2011 primarily
for questions to be asked and tabled. I found it a very fulfilling and successful evening. We had at
least doubled the expected numbers. It was great to be able to announce the first entry being that of
Derek Shuttleworth on Webnet Me2Me, who proudly brought his sponsor Sathiselan Moodley along
who has also joined our club; well done and thank you.

There were another 14 persons requesting entry forms, going hand in hand with the interest from
Oman Sailing in their 105ft racing trimaran, Majan. Further developments on the race can be followed
on the RCYC website, until later in the year where a dedicated website will be established. This will
then eventually include the tracking of the competitors during the race.

The ongoing concern about the future of the club is being addressed, with meetings between
Alderman Felicity Purchase and the City.

We are looking forward to the first issue of our new magazine in early June. SAIL RCYC is the
culmination of a great initiative by Hylton and Ingrid Hale. Ingrid did the project management and
roped in the services of Jeanne van Rooyen- Martin and Shirley Roos to procure advertisements to
pay for the magazine. I am really pleased to report that they exceeded their target and therefore the
magazine did not cost RCYC any money at all. WELL DONE!

Last but not least, I would like to thank for another excellent year‟s work, Marcus Reuter our GM, and
his staff from the Marina Manager down the ladder to Sheila, who comes in every night to ensure that
the club is spick and span for the next day‟s events. You are appreciated and make us all proud to
boast the services we offer to our own people, local and foreign visitors.

To the members, from my Wife and me, it has been an Honour and Pleasure to have served another
term as Commodore and may the club go from strength to strength.

Yours aye,

John Martin

                             Notice of 106th Annual General Meeting

 Notice is hereby given that the One Hundred and Sixth General Meeting of the Royal Cape Yacht Club will be
held in the Main Hall at 10h00 on Sunday 27 June 2010 to consider the business set forth in the Agenda and to
                           come to resolutions thereon as may be deemed expedient.

Clause 5.1 of the Constitution reads:

“The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held during June of every year on such date as the
Committee may determine for the purpose of –
5.1.4 election of a President, two Trustees and Honorary Life members, if any;
5.1.5 election of the Committee for the ensuing year;”

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Clause 6.9 of the Constitution reads:

“Nominations for the Committee shall be in writing, shall be signed by the Nominator, Seconder and the
Nominee, and shall be lodged with the Manager of the Club (Marcus Reuter) by not later than 15 May prior to
the Annual General Meeting at which the election is to take place. All nominations shall be displayed on the
Club Notice Board for not less than fourteen days prior to the said annual general meeting. Only Ordinary
members and Honorary Life members shall be eligible to nominate or second Committee members.”

                                        NOMINATION FORMS ARE CLOSED

RCYC Calendar

 May                                     June                                      July
                1 Winter Movie
           th                                    th        IRC Cans 3 and Club             rd        IRC Winter 4 and Club
 Wed 19         Evening: Spanish         Sat 5                                     Sat 3
                                                           Autumn 3                                  Winter A1
                Castle to White Night

          nd                                               Soccer World Cup         th
 Sat 22         Bay race                 Fri 11th                                  5 – 9th           MSC week, Durban
                                         Sat & Sun
          th                                th   th        Gaul Regatta and L26
 Sat 29 –       False bay Dinghy         12 – 13                                                th
        th                                                 Nationals, Gordon‟s     Sun 11            Soccer World Cup Final
 Sun 30         Offshore Regatta         and Wed
                                            th             Bay
                                                  th                                         th
                                         Sat 19            Portugal‟s Day Race     Sat 17            Club Winter A2

                                                      th   Harken Robben Island              th
                                         Say 26                                    Sat 24            Club Winter A3
                                                      th                                     st      IRC Cans 5 and Club
                                         Sun 27            RCYC AGM @ 10h00        Sat 31
                                                                                                     Winter B1

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Comments from the General Manager

Dear Members,

The Club and surrounds are finally starting to display the efforts afforded in ensuring the outward appearance
of the Club is as expected, thanks to the hard work of our respective resident electrician and handyman. All
this in good time before the approaching winter rain and wind.

Once again I‟m really impressed by the success of the Galley, Deck and Restaurant trade. This is certainly the
fruits of all the hard work and focus by the entire team – well done to all, particularly those behind the scenes
(grillers, chefs, scullery hands and last but not least the waitron staff). However, I still relay upon constructive
opinion from the members and/or their guests so that we‟re able to achieve what we‟ve set out to do. So keep
the comments flying.

As discussed within the Outside House report, I‟m relieved to confirm that the Cat Corner relocation has finally
finished. We‟re now able to allocate moorings to most Cat owners who have been waiting very patiently for us
to complete the job. Thanks must go to Sub Tech diving services for their very professional project
management – good job.

Kind Regards,
Marcus Reuter


Senior Race

I wish to thank all involved in the Seniors race; it was great fun with prizes galore for every boat and very well
run by the 'Young Ones'. Thank you.

Regarding Sunday we came along not expecting much but oh what a great band and the food was excellent.
I don't know if it will work every Sunday but we look forward to the next one.

Barry Wolf

Forthcoming Events

                                        1971 Cape to Rio Reunion

                                All previous participants of the inaugural
                                    1971 Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race are
                                 invited to join David Potts at a Cocktail
                                 Party on 02 June 2010 at 18h00 in the
                                RCYC Main Hall to share memories and
                                           stories of the event.
                                   Please RSVP to Brigette Walker at
                                RCYC or on email:

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                                                Winter Wednesday
                                                 Movie Evenings

Date: Wednesday, 19th May
Movie: Spanish Castle to White Knight
– The Race around the World
Time: 19h00 – 21h00 (2 hrs)
Venue: The Main Hall

                 The DVD of the incredible Book
                    written by Mark Chisnell:

First Reviewed in SAILING January 2010: Everything Volvo does
with this race is done professionally - and that goes for this book
and DVD package too. It‟s awesome! Simple as that. It‟s a story of
endurance, deprivation and adventure. It‟s a story of winners and
losers and of those who made it and those who didn‟t. This is a
coffee table book that one must savour over time. It‟s not a bed-time
book as one has to linger over the magnificent pictures, savour
them, and savour them again as the pics are taken by some of the
world‟s best yachting photographers, including Rick Tomlinson.
Chapter 1 sets the tone with a description of leg one, the people and the boats. It‟s riveting stuff indeed, with
much more in the following chapters and 240 pages. This is a superbly well written book that brings this race
alive for the landlubber, and even those sailors who dream one day of competing, or wish they were young
enough to be able to compete. And on every page spread there is a pic, or two, or three.... The Volvo Ocean
Race is a tough race. Just 88 men set off from Alicante in Spain. Just 36 did the full 37 000 miles to the finish in
St Petersburg. Japan‟s Black Tide, brutal weather, injuries, and even the credit crunch took their toll. And then,
having savoured the incredible pictures and read the words which describe the action, drama and human
endeavour that the Volvo Ocean Race is famous for, one can catch the actual drama by viewing the two-hour
DVD which comes with the book. There is some awesome footage taken by some incredibly talented MCMs
(media crew members) who did little else but capture the drama and action of this race around the world.

                          Come straight from work for dinner before the movie!
            Enjoy great sailing and other movies on the big screen by the fire in the main hall.
                         All movie-goers enjoy a complimentary mug of Glüwein

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Inside House Report

Dear Royal Cape Yacht Club Members

The days are getting shorter, nights colder and with Winter upon us, the fire place was in use for the first time
the other day, and as we reflect back on the Summer Season, it has been a positive last Season of trade for us.

Our Lunch and Evening specials are continuing to be well received and we are pleased to note that our evening
trade throughout the week continues to grow. On that note we would like to thank all you members for all your
support, as without you we would not be able to continue to grow as we are. Furthermore, thank you for your
support of the Royal Cape Rockers, Sharon Clifton and Rupert Mellor, who have been providing memorable
live entertainment on Friday nights.

We have released our New Terrace Menu this month which includes some exciting new dishes to fit the
upcoming Winter Season, along with the most popular specials that have been available over the last few
months. Poor selling items have been removed. We would like to Thank Chef Marco for negotiating good price
deals with our suppliers, in order to keep our menu as cost effective and affordable as possible for you the
member. We look forward to your feedback on our new menu items and trust an even greater variety will tease
the taste buds even further.

Please keep an eye on our Website and notice boards for our May Specials. For those of you, who cannot be
with us in the evenings, all are welcome to come down for lunch and experience Chef Marco‟s daily lunch time
special, alternatively please be reminded of our Plated Roast on Sundays.

Thank you for your support of our Jazz on the Deck on Sunday, which was well received by all and a nice
addition to a Sunday afternoon. Other upcoming events to look forward to this month are: 7 May – Rupert
Mellor Live; 14 May – Sharon Clifton; 21 May – Peter Weinnes and last but not least our very own Royal Cape
Rockers on the 28 of May. Also keep an eye on the notice board for our next “Jazz On The Deck” which is fast
growing into a very popular event.

For those members who may require a venue for that special occasion, please contact Brigette, our Functions
Coordinator on 021 421 1354 or Discounted member‟s rates will apply.

Just a friendly reminder to all those members who have borrowed galley menus, cutlery, plates, glasses and
the likes thereof, please return to us soonest.

I would like to thank my Management Team for all the hard work and effort they have put in over the Summer
Season. Thank you and keep up the good work.

If you have any suggestions on menus, ideas for improvement, or any feedback you wish to share with us.
Please be encouraged to do so via our survey on our website or email Riaan direct at with
your valued comments.

We look forward to welcoming you back again and making your meal experience with us even more enjoyable
than the last.

Kind Regards,

Riaan Bezuidenhoudt
Food & Beverage Manager

                                                Royal Cape Yacht Club
                                      PO Box 772, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
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RCYC Galley Specials for April

DATE      DAY              SPECIAL                                       COST
4       TUESDAY          Greek Moussaka                                R70.00

6       THURSDAY         Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry                  R70.00

8       SATURDAY         500g Lamb Chops                               R70.00

9       SUNDAY           Sunday plated roast Beef (lunch)              R45.00

11      TUESDAY          Greek Moussaka                                R70.00

13      THURSDAY         Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry                  R70.00

15      SATURDAY         500g Lamb Chops                               R70.00

16      SUNDAY           Sunday plated roast Lamb (lunch)              R55.00

18      TUESDAY          Greek Moussaka                                R70.00

20      THURSDAY         Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry                  R70.00

22      SATURDAY         500g Lamb Chops                               R70.00

23      SUNDAY           Sunday plated roast Beef (lunch)              R45.00

25      TUESDAY          Greek Moussaka                                R70.00

27      THURSDAY         Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry                  R70.00

29      SATURDAY         500g Lamb Chops                               R70.00

30      SUNDAY           Sunday plated roast Beef (lunch)              R45.00

Ask your waitron what Chef Marco has on offer today!!

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                                       PO Box 772, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
                               Tel: 021-421-1354 Fax: 021-421-6028 Email:
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Welcome to New RCYC Members

 Ordinary:                                                  Family
  Dean Harrison                                             Jean Leach
  Greg Vickers                                             Junior
  Alan Welsford                                             Cuan Nicolay
  Marc Wright


                                              Sheriff Saville

Outside House Report

Dear Members,

The good news for the catamaran owners is at
last the “Q/R” marina has been moved, giving
a lot of space to manoeuvre in. We also now
have a few more cat moorings/
The next marina to get Lights & Electrical
boxes will be the “J/K” marina which are being
manufactured in house at the moment, this
project should be completed by the end of
The small crane has now passed its load test
and is rated at 2 tonnes, with the new Health
and Safety laws. Persons wanting to operate
the crane will have to contact the Marina Office
in order to be certified to operate it.
At the beginning of each marina, water ball
valves have been fitted. In the event of a tap
leaking or a burst water pipe and if the marina
office is closed, members are requested to
locate the ball valve and turn it off and report it
to the security. By doing this, it will conserve water and save your club on our water bills.
A reminder for members who own craft, winter is fast approaching; please ensure that your mooring lines are
adequate and you have the stipulated amount of fenders on your craft as in the bye-laws of the clubs
constitution, (bye-law 4.10).
Members are also reminded that if you have an electrical cable running from your craft to an electrical box
outlet, you will be charged for the usage thereof. So if you are not using electrics, roll the cable up and stow it

Kind Regards,
Ian Meggy
Marina Manager

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                                      PO Box 772, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
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Sailing News

Let us have all your sailing successes to share!
RCYC encourages all sailors to let us know about any sailing achievements outside of RCYC racing –
                                             rd                                              st
whether your son who is a member came 3 in his Oppie at a recent regatta, or you came 1 in the
open class on your 505 – or that you came 2 in the Stadt WC Champs… as well as, of course, any
sailing achievements overseas…
We would love to share any successes that our members have with our fellow sailors – so please send
these details through to Michela at the sailing office on If you can send us any
photos too, that will be great!

General Sailing Office News
The IRC owners have voted on a number of issues and finally the results were published, and the main
outcome effects weekend racing. From now on IRC and club racing will take place on a Saturdays not
Sundays. Please find the updated sailing calendar on the RCYC website. Please be advised that the calendar
is subject to change from time to time however an updated version will always be displayed on the RCYC
Club racing as well as IRC racing will take place this Saturday the 8th May 2010.

We have a number of unsponsored events coming up. If you are interested in sponsoring an event, please let
the sailing committee know in writing. Send your request to the RCYC Sailing Office - It is
an ideal opportunity to advertise your products, services and to use the day to entertain your key clients. For
people who have not visited our yacht club it is always impressive to show off our facilities and the basin filled
with yachts. You may also use the opportunity to take your clients out and show them the yacht racing scene.
The following events require sponsorship.
     Walvis Bay Race 2011
     Mossel Bay Race 2010/2011
     Classic Boat Rally 2011
     Double Cape Race 2010
     Short Handed Racing Series 10/11
     Inter Professionals - 2010
       Lipton Cup 2010
       January Round Robben Island 2011
        IRC Cans - Winter Series 10/11

The RCYC Bridge Hut is in need of repairs once again. The hut is situated on the breakwater and is very
exposed to the elements. If any members would like to contribute to the repair of the bridge hut, the following
items are needed;

       carpet tiles
       off-cuts of wood
       Perspex to create more desk space
       bar stools x2
       new fridge
       an old metal basin
       white paint
       or any other left over paint or NS4.

If there is anything else not mentioned above that could be of use to restore the bridge hut, please contact the
sailing office.

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                                      PO Box 772, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
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RCYC is in need of bridge assistance, if you are willing to help us in the future but have no previous
experience, SAS will be holding a Bridge Officers course on 24 July at the Milnerton Aquatic Club. If you are
interested, please apply in writing, stating your sailing experience to the RCYC Sailing Office. Address your
application to the Sailing Committee no later than the 4 June 2010.

Vessel owners are reminded that in terms of Club rules and regulations prior written approval must be received
from the Outside House Committee before any addition, alteration or modification of marinas takes place by
vessel owners.

While the Club wishes to accommodate practical use of the marinas, any addition, alteration or modification
may impact on the integrity of the marina and/or effect the safety of other marina users, the Club reserves the
right to remove such modification should prior approval not have been requested or approved.

It has been brought to the attention of the Marina Management team that a handful of vessels have had various
contractors either sanding and/or spray-painting the vessels while alongside the marina. Under no
circumstances can the Club allow any form of maintenance to take place on the marinas which may cause
undue effect on neighboring vessels, marina infrastructure or the environment.

If owners wish to perform any maintenance routine which may affect surrounding vessels then owner are
advised to arrange for prior relocation with the Marina Manager.

All details of new arrivals must be passed over to the Moorings Secretary in order to capture such vessel within
the RCYC Fleet List and in order to ensure that the mandatory Waterloo Marina Cover is initiated for the vessel.
The onus to ensure that the Office is made aware of any new addition to the Fleet lies with the owner.

To highlight the importance – a new vessel arrived on the moorings within the past 2 months without the details
being passed over to the office. Regrettably the Club experienced great difficulties in attempting to secure
cover for recent damage to the vessel as this vessel had not formed part of the Fleet List supplied to the

Vessel owners are urged to immediately inform the Moorings Secretary of any purchase or sale of vessels
within the RCYC Fleet Register. The transfer of ownership affects the following administrative processes:

       Fleet List
       Insurance
       Mooring Rights Agreements

In order to alter any Club record, new owners are required to provide the Office with the vessels registration
documents before any alteration to the existing records can take place. Your assistance in this is greatly

New CTY Port Discs are now available at reception.

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                                     PO Box 772, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
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Rating and Racing
By Matthew Thomas

Over the years, we have seen a number of different ratings systems come and go in South Africa, namely IOR,
IMS and now IRC. With yacht owners and crews seriously wanting a system that gives them a way to race
different boats against each other, it's a complex system with many variables that any
system has to try and cover. While the serious race boats want Windward leeward courses
and the sport boats want reaching legs, the value of IRC was well demonstrated when
RCYC boats went to Durban to compete in MSC week. Nicholas Mace made a huge
commitment and shipped Gumption and 2 Melges 24's to Durban and between them; they
took a clean sweep (1st, 2nd & 3rd) of the regatta.

The single thing that makes IRC different, a so popular in the world, is the fact that the rating formula has never
been released and will always remain secret. Due to this, it is very difficult for designers to optimise their
designs to take advantage of the rule, as was the case with both IOR and IMS. Many of you will remember the
strange bumps that were often applied to IOR boats for better ratings. Another thing that has made IRC popular
is that many production boats have opted to seek class status under IRC which has simplified measuring.

Together with yearly reviews of all the racing data and the various designs and technology advancements, IRC
ratings are constantly tweaked to try and fine tune the system. With many owners willing to spend large sums
of money to achieve an advantage on the race course, IRC still remains a well balanced system that rewards
good sailing rather than new technology. Like any racing, a new set of sails and a good bottom job will always
be faster than a similar boat with old sails and a dirty bottom, but often these gains can be simply erased by a
single error. Get involved in a luffing match with an opponent and a few minutes of satisfaction will sail you to
the back of the fleet.

Simply put, IRC encourages people to sail well, to practice and prepare their boats well.


It's quite straight forward to obtain an IRC certificate.

    1. Approach and IRC measurer (Harry Brehm)
    2. Have the boat weighed and measured by the IRC measurer
    3. The Measurer sends the data to IRC SA.
    4. IRC SA will invoice the owner appropriately
    5. Once the owner has paid, the documents are sent to the UK for processing
    6. The certificate takes ABOUT 10 days to be processed
    7. The certificate is returned to IRC SA
    8. a PDF copy is sent to the owner
    9. A hard copy is sent to the owner along with an IRC yearbook.

The cost of a new rating is R85XLOA(m) + R150 (class fees) + R450 (measurers fees)


A year book is published annually and sent to members. Inside are valuable articles about little things that can
be done to help your rating. Sail makers and the top boats are always looking for ways to get better and their
owners and crew are valuable sources of tips and information, as is the internet, but NOTHING is better than
building a crew and practicing. This is proper practicing, not just doing a Wednesday night race with a beer in
your hand, but rather going out and practicing manoeuvers and spinnaker sets and recoveries with a stop
watch in your hand...

A Skipper’s Ten Commandments for Club Racing
By Bernie Weiss

Family racing, club racing, twilight racing around the buoys racing, beer can racing whatever you call it, is
gaining in popularity. In recent summers, from the Gulf of marine to the San Diego Harbour, semi protected
waters seemed to have filled up with racing fleets that tend to involve young people, families, and even old –
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timers who are “done” with the competitive racing circuit. This is truly low key “fun” racing
Caution: Club racing should not be confused with one design competition, which remains greatly – Event
fiercely – competitive. It‟s not overnight racing or distance racing (New Port to Ensenada, Marion to Bermuda),
which seems to be growing in intensity. Lastly, it‟s not the high profile hotly competitive regional racing events,
such as Block Island Race week) and the Big Boat Series in San Francisco Bay. What I am describing is the
growing participation in Around the Buoys Club racing, frequented by unrated yachts with novice skippers
participating as guests in PHRF events. Such racing is great family fun, win or lose. The races are short; they
are highly social events, and there‟s little at stake in terms of trophies and ego.
Such racing, however, is not without its dark side. The rewards are accompanied by some risks and because
this must be acknowledged, there are some important “rules” or “commandments” sometimes described as
“Ten Commandments of skippers” that pertain to this activity

Here‟s my take on the subject:

    1. Thou shalt have fun.
        If you can only remember one commandment at a time, this is the one. No racing instructions? Follow
        the fleet. Missed the first gun? You‟ll get the next one. OCS? No big deal.
    2. Thou shalt bring the spouse, kids’ friends and whoever else wants to come along.
        Twilight races are great forums for introducing new folks to sailing, such as your neighbours, out of
        town visitors, co workers or maybe even the family dog. Get everyone involved.
    3. Thou must take personal safety seriously
        You‟re in the dark. You‟re working on a small, heavy platform. There are other boats moving
        unpredictably all around you. Add some rain, maybe a cold or gusty wind... It‟s a potential recipe for
        disaster. In all matters, be prudent and sensible.
    4. Thou shalt study up on the current racing rules and honour them
        At least, honour the biggies (port tack boats shall avoid starboard ones; windward boats shall avoid
        leeward ones; and outside boats shall give room at the mark.)
    5. Thou shalt not covet the competitors thy competitors’ boat, sails equipment, crew, or PHRF
        No excuses or willing; if you are lucky enough to have a sailboat, just go use it! You don‟t need the
        latest in technora, spectra, or PRO/Zylon to have a great time out on the water with friends.
    6. Thou shalt not amp out
        No screaming, swearing, or overly aggressive tactics: save that stuff for the office or better yet, for next
        weekend‟s real race. If you blow your cool during a Wednesday nighter you‟re going to run out of crew
        – not to mention friends – in a big hurry.
    7. Thou shalt not protest thy neighbour; thou shalt be courteous.
        Protesting is extremely tacky at this level of competition and should be avoided at all costs.
        Alternatively, if you committed the foul, apologise and withdraw. In addition, a word of apology at the
        club bar is useful in making amends. “They” say that yachting is a sport of ladies and gentlemen. Prove
    8. Thou shalt not mess up thy boat.
        Everybody knows some hardcore weekend warrior who blew out his new light A-Sail in a Wednesday
        night tune up. Is it worth risking your boat and gear in casual competition? Probably not, but if in doubt,
        refer to commandment no 1.
    9. Thou shalt be generous with snacks and beverages
        when the wind dies, your crew will remind you that they skipped dinner in their rush to the boat. Now is
        the time to acknowledge their nutritional deficits with chips, pretzels, and nuts. Accompanied by a
        generous supply of soda, water, energade, and other non alcoholic drinks. This will also encourage the
        crew to be patient while awaiting the winds return. Some boats seem to be fuelled by beer, however my
        personal policy is to avoid bar beverages until the boat is back in her berth or on the hook – at least,
        until after the race.
    10. Thou shalt always go to the yacht club (pizza parlour, hamburger joint) after the race.
        As the results are announced, etiquette demands that you congratulate the winners, thank the race
        committee, and buy a round of drinks for your crew. Besides, as the winners gloat over their victories
        and the losers explain why they lost, what better setting to quietly absorb new guidance on how to
        improve your own performance! As you can observe a lot by watching.

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Great achievements from RCYC Sailors in Regional and National Regattas
                                 th     th
J22 Nationals at False Bay, 10 – 14 May 2010

Huge Congratulations to Mark Sadler and his crew, Gui Verhovert, Gerry Hegie and Ryan Avery, all
members of RCYC, who came 1 in the highly competitive J22 National Championships on Orion.
(picture below)

Also big congratulations to Dave Hudson and his team on Green Light, who took the silver medal!
(picture above )

    Please remember to send through all achievements outside of RCYC regattas to Michela Byrnes

Seniors Race Report
By Trygve Roberts

Charles Paice and his A team have done it again, this time perhaps with some help from the younger set, but a
great day was enjoyed by many - young and old. Charles' dry and witty speech each year is the highlight of the
prize giving followed by his delightful poem about getting old. Maybe a new verse each year?

This annual event draws a large fleet. From the humble beginnings in 1985 when 6 entries almost had the
Committee remove the race from the calendar, to 2010 with some 50 seniors taking to the waters of Table Bay
in almost perfect conditions. And let it not be said that this race is not competitive. We had more collisions and
protests than in Cape Town Sailing Week! There's still plenty fire in those old veins!

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It was a great pity that the seniors were not permitted to fly spinnakers – evidenced by some loud booing of
disapproval at the skippers briefing. Make a plan for next year please. The seniors are generally very
competent and quite capable of handling their boats with or without spinnakers.

The "race" was run in the pursuit format with the slower boats leaving at 14h30. Even with very little pressure
on skippers, so intense was the competitive edge that we heard several OCS calls. The breeze was perfect.
About 10 to 12 knots from the South East and we all commented on how clean the sea was. No plastic bags
and no kelp. What a pleasure.

The course was fairly boring and I would suggest a revamp to make it a bit more challenging. The bridge was
well run by Michela Byrnes, Marcus Reuter and Rodney Tanner, with a smooth sequence of starts. The yacht
A-L managed to not round mark #4 resulting in a DSQ result, after placing well up near the front of the fleet.

There were several collisions with the skipper of Merit finding himself in deep trouble at the #10 mark after a
port tack approach to the finish line didn‟t work out. The scene was fairly comical as the tiny Merit got itself
dragged off in some arbitrary direction by its Genoa sheet being entangled with the BBQ of a passing Muira.
The race was won by “Necessity” skippered by John Spilhaus, followed by “Me2Me” in 2 place skippered by
Derek Shuttleworth, whilst 3 place was snatched by “Ukuzwana” skippered by Jeff Avery.

Age group winners:
80 to 90: Hein Schipper „Carousel”
70 to 80: John Spilhaus
60 to 70: Derek Shuttleworth “Me2Me”

All in all, an enjoyable day on the water, followed by an excellent prize giving and lots of free food and beer.
Well done to all involved in the organization of this event.

To view the full pictures as well as the results from the day can be found at the following link on the RCYC

Offshore Racing Events

Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race Qualification

Day 1
Wednesday 07 April dawned with a moderate Northerly wind and a rapidly rising barometer, perfect weather for
setting sail on our qualifying passage for the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race. In order to qualify
as competitors in the race we were required to complete a 300 mile passage aboard Phesheya-Racing before
the end of April. Some boats opted to do their passages a few weeks ago, during the rainy and blustery
conditions that swept across England, and I'm sure that sailing then would have shown up any weaknesses in
the boat or crew. We preferred to wait for more stable weather conditions so that we could learn more about
getting the maximum performance from the boat and also try out a variety of sails.

Our departure from Hamble was witnessed by the staff at Hamble Yacht Services and my old crew-mate, Mark
Featherstone. Mark and I spent four years together on Steve Fossett's catamaran, Cheyenne. Mark has kindly
taken it upon himself to assist us with shore support. With his sea going experience and active involvement
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with the RNLI, his help is much appreciated.

The wind was still gusting up to 20 knots when we left the dock so we opted for the full mainsail and staysail as
we reached down the Solent to the Needles Channel. Later we hoisted the gennaker in addition to the
staysail. In the Needles Channel we were faced with the typical tidal overfalls, steep breaking waves, as the
current and winds clashed in the shallow waters. We changed from the staysail and gennaker to the solent jib
as the wind backed a bit and settled down to a steady 10-15 knots.

The rest of the afternoon and evening was sailed in remarkably steady winds which allowed us to make rapid
progress in a south westerly direction down the English Channel. Off each of the major headlands, Anvil Point,
Portland Bill and Start Point, the winds became a bit shifty and gusty but otherwise the sailing was very easy.

The approaching high pressure brought clearing skies and a glorious sunset but a really cold night. At dinner
time we cooked our first meal on our camping stove, a ready-to-eat, boil-in-a-bag, Lancashire Hotpot. Just
what we needed to fend off the chill of the evening and end off our first day at sea...

Day 2

Sailing with full main and solent the wind remained 10-15 knots out of the northwest for the whole of our first
night at sea and our track was as straight as an arrow down the Channel. The night was cold, but clear and
starlit, and just before dawn a thin sliver of moon appeared over the eastern horizon. But as the moon rose the
wind dropped and the quotes from the logbook probably sum up the rest of the morning quite well:

07H00, Log reading 156 miles, wind NNW 5 knots, Lizard Pt. on stb. bow.

08H00, Log reading 157 miles, wind N 4 knots, Becalmed for a while. Favourable tide though!

09H00, Log reading 160 miles, wind NNW 3 knots, Sunshine. Oats for breakfast.

10H00, Log reading 160.47 miles, wind?, No wind!!, Flat water!!, Main only!!

11Hoo, Log reading 160.47 miles, wind? Mirror water!! Solent up...trying.

12H00, Log reading 160.47 miles, wind variable 2 knots, Still becalmed!

13H00, Log reading 160.47 miles, wind SW 3 knots, Still looking at Lizard Point!

For the remainder of the afternoon the wind continued to blow lightly out of the south west and we eventually
made some progress in to Mounts Bay and around Land's End. The fickle winds kept us on our toes with sail
changes as we alternated between using the solent and the gennaker to squeeze whatever performance we
could get from the boat.

We had a second beautiful sunset as we passed Wolf Rock, an isolated lighthouse halfway between Land's
End and the Isles of Scilly. By now the wind had veered through 180 degrees and as the sun disappeared over
the horizon Phillippa busied herself preparing the gennaker yet again. We hoisted the sail in the twilight and
reached around the north coast of the Isles of Scilly, gybing several times in the darkness in order to round the
westernmost point of the islands at midnight.

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Day 3

By 01H00 we were approaching Bishop Rock, to the south of the Isles of Scilly. Its flashing light has been a
famous landmark for generations of Transatlantic sailors as they make their departure from the English
Channel or their landfall marker when arriving from America. As we approached the lighthouse in the darkness
we furled the gennaker and again hoisted the solent jib in preparation for the long beat back to Hamble.

By morning the wind had veered further, from NE to SE, so we had to tack a few times but conditions remained
pleasant with the wind never blowing more than 12 knots all day long. With the centre of the high pressure
having passed over us on the previous morning the skies remained clear and visibility in the day time was
excellent. At sunrise we could see Land's End from 22 miles away. The steady winds provided an ideal
opportunity to check the calibration of our instruments and check the trim of the boat and the sails.

In the afternoon the wind started to back again so with our destination being almost directly upwind we decided
to go on a bit of a cruise over towards the French coast and the Channel Islands. By early afternoon we had
completed the 300 miles that are required to compete in the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race so the
rest of the voyage could be used for exploring and getting to understand the boat better. Crossing the Channel
is always interesting with the vast amount of shipping that uses the area. Most of the large ships are obliged to
follow Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) so at least there is some order to the system, and all ships over 300
tons are required to use a system called AIS (Automatic Information System). Vessels under 300 tons may use
the AIS system, too, and aboard Phesheya-Racing we do have an AIS transceiver. The beauty of this system
is that our navigation computer monitors the courses and speeds of all the ships in our vicinity and provides us
with information on their closest point of approach, their name, their dimensions, their destination and a host of
other information. So the task of threading our way through all the shipping is made a lot easier and safer as
we are well informed of all the nearby traffic. At sunset our AIS alarm indicated that we were on collision
course with two ships, the Australiaborg and the Coral Obelia, long before we could even see them but we held
our course for a while as they were still so far away but after half an hour when they came into sight it was clear
that we really would be passing very close to them. Of course we altered course to pass astern of the two
ships but it was a good example of the reliability and use of the AIS system.

Having passed the main Channel TSS at sunset we were faced with a fleet of French fishing boats in the night.
Fishing boats are a different problem from ships as they are not necessarily required to carry AIS, certainly do
not follow the TSS and generally cruise around at will, so they demand a careful visual lookout.

Just before midnight we tacked off Rocher Douvres light and beat a straight course towards Guernsey.

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Day 4

Day 4 of our qualification passage for the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race began with a series of tacks
to clear the islands of Guernsey and Sark in a moderate easterly wind.

As the sun rose we considered passing to the east of Alderney, through the famed Alderney Race. The Race
is one of the greatest tide rips in the world with the current running at up to 8 knots at times. This mass of
rushing water can create dangerous sea conditions and may be impossible to navigate at the wrong state of
tide but with favourable timing it can help to push a boat along nicely. In the early morning it seemed as if we
would be lucky and make it to Alderney before the tide turned against us but as the day progressed the wind
eased off and backed into the ENE, slowing us down. It soon became clear that we would not make Alderney
in time so we bore away to pass to the west of the island where the current is a bit less extreme. In the end we
opted to pass through the Ortac Channel. While the tidal streams are somewhat less in this channel navigation
is still tricky due to numerous rocks. The largest rock is Ortac Rock which is home to a large colony of

Exiting the northern end of the Ortac Channel we were caught in the full force of the tidal stream which was
running at 3.5 knots and set us strongly NW even though the boat was pointing due north. It was a good
lesson in the effects of the Channel tides and quite interesting to experience as we rushed past the rocks as if
floating sideways down a river. The full effect could be felt for a few miles north of Alderney but in due course
we sailed out of the worst effects of the current and were able to resume our course towards the Isle of Wight.

Although it was sunny visibility was not so good due to a light mist that reduced the visibility to about two miles
and made navigating the Casquets TSS (Traffic Separation Scheme) a bit more interesting. As expected we
saw numerous ships in the Channel but otherwise the crossing was quite uneventful in a light E wind.

Sunset found us within sight of the English coast but in a dying breeze which eventually gave out altogether.
As we had by now done well in excess of the mileage required to qualify for the Shetland Round Britain
and Ireland race decided to drop the sails and motor the last few miles to Hamble. With a contrary current it
still took us until 02H00 to make it all the way back to our marina berth. All in all we had a very successful and
useful 500 mile passage where we learned a lot about the boat and were pleased that she performed so well.

Just before arriving back in Hamble we were surprised to receive a call from the Coast Guard. They had been
tracking us using the AIS system (see our Day 3 blog for more info on AIS) and noticed that we had passed
close to where a distress flare had been sighted. They asked us if we had seen anything, which we hadn't,
though we promised to keep a sharp lookout and report back if we did see anything. A little while later they
made a broadcast on the radio cancelling their report of a flare. We never really found out what it was all
about, if somebody had made a hoax call to the Coast Guard or fired a flare as a prank, but it did make for a bit
                                                  of excitement at the end of our voyage.

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Safety at Sea


The Outside House Committee remains determined in ensuring that all vessels moored upon RCYC moorings
have a valid COF (as required within the Club Mooring Rights Agreement). To this end. The staff go through
great lengths to communicate and remind owners of the status of their COF and the
requirements required in achieving such certification. Thankfully most owners are very conscientious and are
quick to ensure compliance.

However, the Club is bound to ensure that all moored vessels are actively used (as this is our business) and
are not left on the moorings in a derelict manner. Therefore, the Club regrettably continues to take required
action against those vessels who simply do not comply, which will soon lead to some vessels being removed
from our moorings. Owners are respectfully urged to ensure that all vessels meet the required safety standards
as set by the national regulatory body, SAMSA. Further to this, vessels confined to harbour may not leave the
basin unless fully certified. As indicated, the Water-Police have every right to request certification from any
vessel sailing out of the RCYC.

 Important Notes for Members

 Important Notices to all Yacht and Mooring Owners:
 Port Harbour Registration Discs

 Please collect your boat Port Harbour Registration discs for 2010 from Diane in the office.
 An amount of R270.00 is payable on collection of disc.

 Mooring Insurance
 On or about the 13 December 2009, while entering the SCB an unidentified vessel caused damage to a
 number of yachts moored within the H – J channel. Notwithstanding the fact that this skipper neglected to
 approach the affected owners with an explanation or apology for the incident, but he/she subversively
 undertook to effect repairs to one of the affected vessels without the knowledge of the owner.

 If any skipper is aware of the incident or is able to provide a lead as to who may have caused the damage,
 I‟d appreciate a short (confidential) mail in this regard.

 If vessels are damaged while either on the RCYC moorings or during transit within the SCB, Waterloo
 Underwriters will process any claim related to the damage/repairs. However, such processing will only
 commence once a minimum of two quotes have been received. Further to this, owners must allow
 sufficient time for the assessors to inspect any/all damage. Owners who choose to repair any damage prior
 to authorisation from the Insurers may be at risk of the Insurer not covering the costs.

 Any intent on claiming for damages must be made known to the yacht club Marina Manager and the General
 Manager prior to any paperwork being processed.

 Marcus Reuter
 General Manager

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Use of RCYC Boats for Chartering

Dear Members,


The General Committee has been receiving various reports of members using their yachts for charter work
and other forms of generating income from their yachts, this is in direct conflict with our club constitution and
other Master Agreements which the club is compelled to abide by.

RCYC and it‟s usage is specific for recreational purposes only, using your boat in any other way, whether
charter/photographic shoots or other is not allowed should you be receiving any form of compensation.
Therefore, the General Committee will have no choice but to investigate any complaints/suspicions reported
to the office regarding members using their boats for financial gain after the above mentioned date.

Please read the extract from the RCYC constitution below:


    1. No Member shall use the club address on any communication intended to appear in any newspaper,
       periodical or publication, or for use on radio or television, except such communications as may be
       authorised in writing by the Committee, nor shall any member use the Club address for business
    2. No Member shall carry on any business activities from the Club premises unless authorised in
       writing by the Committee.
    3. No person shall be eligible to be or continue as a member of the Club who, in the opinion of the
       Committee, abuses for business reasons the privileges of membership.
    4. No yacht used for commercial operations shall be on the Club's register or enjoy the facilities of the
       Club, unless the Committee in exceptional circumstances otherwise agrees upon such conditions as
       it may deem fit.

Currently there are only two operations that are approved to operate from the RCYC, they are:

    1. Good Hope Sailing Academy
    2. Yachtmaster Ocean Sailing School

Notwithstanding all of the above, it is a law that all boats that operate in any way for commercial gain are
required to hold a DTC number and be inspected regularly by SAMSA direct, further the skipper shall hold a
commercial endorsement (SAMSA ) and the yacht should hold the applicable insurance. Should a boat be
found operating without one of these as required by law, the owner and skipper can be found to be operating
“criminally” and prosecuted accordingly.

I therefore urge all members to please comply with this rule within the club to avoid any unpleasantness and
to act in keeping with our constitution as fellow recreational sailors.

Should you have any questions to the above, please feel free to correspond with either the General manager
at or me, Dale Kushner at

Yours in Sailing,
Dale Kushner
On behalf of the General Committee

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In Closing – Quotes for the month

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.”
 - Fitzhugh Dodson

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us
from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are
not only useless, but disastrous...”
-   Thomas Merton

“Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on
coming in contact with the very first rock”
-   Mahatma Gandhi

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