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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

Boarding a RIB mini 12 PY Feb 2017 2

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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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RVYC Sea of Lights - Lighted Ship Parade

On Friday, December 2nd thirteen boats and two paddle boarders doned their festive lights and decked their hulls with twinkling stars, flashing trees, and inflatable snowmen. The group set sail at about 6:30 pm from the RVYC marina and headed out past Cattle Point then to Willows Beach where a large crowd had gathered to watch the annual parade of lit up boats. After Willows, the group headed back to Cadboro Bay where they dazzled onlookers from Gyro Park with their lights and music as well.

Oak Bay Fire created a giant, and very warming, bonfire on the beach at Willows and the Oak Bay Kiwanis served Hot Chocolate and cookies out of the Oak Bay Tea Room by donation. RVYC set up a boat in the parking lot where we played Christmas music for all the hear. At Gyro Park the Salvation Army and the Gary Oak Sea Scouts served Hot Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate by donation of money or non-perishable food items as well. 

The boats arrived right on time at Willows Beach, around 7:30 pm and entertained us with a very graceful group pirouette, and one boat even honked their horn to the tune of jingle bells!

Mayor Nils Jensen and Commodore Gordon Wilkinson judged the parade, aboard Resonance, Roger Palmer's boat and the Naval Reserve Caribou 57 lead the pack to and from Willows. When the parade was over, everyone headed back to the clubhouse to enjoy a delicious Sheppard's Pie dinner prepared by Chef Andrew Dickinson. Prizes were also handed out to every participant, which were donated by our local businesses.

Thank you to everyone involved, it was another success! To take a look at the full list of donors and event sponsors, click here. 

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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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RVYC Christmas Craft Beer Festival

On Thursday, December 1st, we had our inaugural Christmas Craft Beer Festival. We decided to call it the inaugural event because after the success of our first beer fest we'll be sure to host this event annually for the members!

85 Members joined together in the Main Lounge to enjoy beer samples from Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Moon Under Water, Category 12 Brewing, Spinnakers Brewpub, Lighthouse Brewing Company and Hoyne Brewing Co. Passed hors d'ouevres were served to the members and a cheese plate was put out for everyone to enjoy. Closer to the end of the evening, Commodore Gordon Wilkinson made a speech to everyone thanking the vendors for their time and service, thanking the members for coming and then finally announed the winnner of the Turkey Draw. Dree Diamond was the lucky winner of the 12' turkey!

Members then continued to enjoy the livations until the conclusion of the evening, where the members then submitted their token for a keepsake RVYC crested beer glass. Each attendee received one glass, and a few bought a couple extras to complete their set. 

A special treat we got to taste was Phillips' cask created just for this event! The beer was a spin on their Chocolate Porter. The bew master added cocoa nibs and Antiguan Rum soaked Bing cherries to the brew. The rum being used was an English Harbour Rum whose recipe was developed by their own in house distiller Laurent Lafuente. This was a big hit, with crowds gathering in front of the table. 

Additionally, Sasha from Spinnakers attended the event with their House Dry Apple Cider and Honey Kolsch beer. We were so happy to hear that were still able to attend after their unfortunate fire incident at the Spinnakers Restaurant. You'll be happy to hear that the Spinnakers Restaurant is planning to open today, Friday, December 2nd!

For a look at what was served by each vendor, please click here

Beer Fest Vendors beer glasses