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The cold weather and snow disappeared just in time for this years Frozen Assets regatta. We had good fleet representation across the board considering the weather we had leading up to the event. Hugo B, our youngest competitor was an Opti sailor who celebrated his 8th birthday on Sunday. He did an amazing job on Saturday when the breeze was up!

Over the two day event Mike Turner and his very capable group of race committee volunteers ran at least 11 races in all fleets (the laser fleet had 13 races!). Saturday's breeze started out at about 5 knots and built to 15-18 knots by the end of the day. All our weary sailors were hungry by the end of racing and really enjoyed the great dinner put on by Sharon, Chef and the yacht club staff.

Sunday's breeze was much lighter and trickier (3-5 knots) but Mike and his crew were still able to run quality races for all the fleets. After racing, competitors enjoyed a nice bowl of chili in the club followed by prize giving. All in all....a great event!! 

 - Scott Davis, Regatta Chair.

For more photos and videos of the Frozen Assets Regatta, take a look at our Facebook Racing Page here.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Madding

 

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A Proud Moment for RVYC

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On Saturday, February 4, Sail Canada and Rolex Canada presented the Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards. As a club, we already knew Head Coach, Steve McBride would be awarded the Coach of the Year award, but it still brought a bit of a tear to our eyes when we heard that he was not only awarded, but received a standing ovation for his coaching excellence. We couldn't be more proud of our Head Coach, and congratulate him on every step of his journey.

As the night went on, we all sat in anticipation to hear who the Rolex Sailor of the Year Award would go to. It was down to four finalists:

Lee Parkhill
Mike Milner
Sonar Team; Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell
and SKUD Team; Jackie Gay & John McRoberts

The Rolex Sailor of the Year Award,  Sail Canada's most prestigious award, is presented annually to a Canadian sailor for bringing recognition to Canadian sailing and Sail Canada.

Finally, the results were in, and (as most of us know already), John and Jackie were announced! John and Jackie received their award with grace and a tear jerking speech. We also couldn't be more proud of this fearless duo and all the accomplishments they have made. It wasn't an easy journey to the Rio Paralympics in 2016, but they came away with a Silver Medal in SKUD Sailing and this prestigious award.

Congratulations Team!

To see John and Jackie's acceptance speech - click here.

To see a report from Sail Canada - click here.

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Top 13 Sailing Superstitions

It's Friday the 13th, a day that many believe to be either bad luck or a day full of good luck. As they say, it is in the eye of the beholder. We thought it would be fun to look up the top 13 Sailing Superstitions - both good and bad - to add a bit of fun to this unpredictable day. How many have you heard before?

13.  Personal Grooming 
Anyone aboard who trimmed their nails, cut their hair or shaved their beard brought bad luck to the ship.

12. Feet 
Flat-footed people were unlucky on board a ship, and were also avoided by sailors before they boarded.

11. Women 
Women were bad luck on board because they distracted the crew, which would anger the sea, causing treacherous conditions as revenge. However, conveniently for the male crew, naked women calmed the sea, which is why so many figureheads were women with bare chests. 

10. Non-sailing Days 
It was bad luck to sail on Thursdays (God of Storms, Thor’s day) or Fridays (the day Jesus was executed), the first Monday in April (the day Cain killed Abel), the second Monday in August (the day Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed), and 31 December (the day on which Judas Iscariot hanged himself).

9. Watch Your Mouth 
Some words and sayings brought about bad luck on board, including "drowned", "goodbye” and "good luck". Things to do with the land were believed to be bad luck if mentioned, such as the church,  pigs, foxes, cats, and rabbits.

8. No Whistling
Whistling or singing into the wind was forbidden as it would "whistle up a storm"

7.  No Farewell 
It was bad luck for seafaring men’s wives to call out to them or wave goodbye once they stepped out the door to leave for a voyage.

6. Stirring tea with a knife or fork would invite bad luck

5. As would turning a loaf of bread upside down once it had been cut 
These two seem to be superstitions that existed on land as well as at sea:

4. Red-heads 
Like flat-footed people, red heads were believed to bring bad luck to a ship. If you met one before boarding, the only way to mitigate the bad luck was to speak to them before they could speak to you.

3. Salt 
It was bad luck for one crewman to pass the salt pot to another directly. Presumably one could put it down and the other could pick it up.

2. Fishy 
In order to encourage fish to be caught, Scottish fishermen would begin their fishing session by throwing one of the crew members overboard and then hauling him back on 

1. Bananas 
No bananas on board. They were believed to be so unlucky they would cause the ship to be lost. Whole cargoes of bananas were especially frightening for sailors.

For the full list of Sailing Superstitions from Maritime Museum, click here

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A Simple Solution To Hauling A Wet Sailor Into A Rib

Have you ever wondered how to get a wet sailor out of the water and into a Rib? Well our Mini 12er's figured out an ingenious (and inexpensive) way to do it!

Interested in joining the Mini 12 group? Give us a call for more information.

Article written by Marianne Scott

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The Christmas Spirit is all around us

On Saturday, December 10, Santa and his little helper decided to make a special visit to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and surprised all the good boys and girls. He sat down and listened to each child one by one and heard everything they wanted for Christmas. Each child also received a little goodie bag with a Kinder Surprise and other christmas treats inside. 

While waiting for Santa though, the children decorated little gingerbread houses, which were pre-built by the Entertainment Committee so the kids could use their time making their gingerbread house extra special with all the trimmings. 

Admission to this event was to bring an unwrapped toy or gift to be donated to children in need. By the end of the event, the Christmas tree was bursting with toys! Unfortunately, we couldn't snag a picture because the toys were wisked off, right away to ensure the recipients received them in time.

On Sunday, RVYC members and their guests enjoyed a delicious Christmas Brunch prepared by Chef Andrew Dickinson and his team. The Dining Room and Main Lounge were full of jolly individuals enjoying the Christmas Season.

Finally, on Monday, December 12 the staff had a night to let loose and enjoyed the staff Christmas party. All staff were given the option to purchase raffle tickets for prizes, and all of the money submitted went towards children in need. These donations went towards purchasing seven children gifts through the CFAX Santa's Anonymous toy and gift drive!

We have a few more festive functions to enjoy, then it's time for Santa to pay us a visit on Christmas morning.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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