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RVYC Movie Nights Under the Stars

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The Club has completed two successful movie nights under the stars. On Saturday, July 15 we played Mrs. Doubtfire on the lawn. Kids...and kids at heart...pulled out the inflatable chairs, blankets, cozy clothes and settled in for a fun evening of laughter and mischeif. Popcorn and candy were provided at the little "concession stand" outside and everyone was able to relax on the soft grass outside. 

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On Saturday, July 22 the Club decided to change things up a bit. Movie night was held out on the docks, at the bottom of the ramp, where JAWS was played for all those brave enough to watch. The slight movement of the docks, the lapping of the water and the cool breeze all added to the ambiance of the movie. Movie goers brought their blankets for warmth... and something to hide behind during those hair raising moments! 



We look forward to more movie nights under the stars - stay tuned to find out what...and where... we'll be playing next! 


Royal Victoria Yacht Club Open House

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On Saturday, June 16, 2017 the Royal Victoria Yacht Club opened its doors to about 200 guests and around 50 volunteers for the Open House. Plenty of young families, sailing enthusiasts, curious neighbors and guests of friends walked the historic halls of the Club.

All guests receieved a warm welcome from Heather Brazier and Victoria Ehmann at the registration desk, upon entering the Club. They were given a quick explanation of the day's activities and a scavenger hunt to complete. This scavenger hunt took visitors to every station of the Club such as the Main Lounge and every booth inside, the playground, Foreshore, Sailing, Decorated Boats, Mini 12's and everything in between. 

Complimentary hot dogs and juice boxes were served by the very friendly and inviting Steve and Arden White out on the patio, where guests could take a moment and relax in the (trying to be sunny) day. 

Lots of planning goes into a day such as this, and it wouldn't have been possible without the guidance and organization of Membership Committee Chair, Caroline Ehmann.

We'd like to congratulate the following guests on winning the grand prizes. The prizes were drawn from the returned scavenger hunts that were completed and filled out:

Nadra, a 39 year old woman – two-month temporary membership. Nadra was most interested in the Mini 12’s because she had never seen one before.

Krista, a 28 year old woman – two-month temporary membership. Krista was most interested in sailing because she didn’t know all that much about it before.

Max, a 9 year old young man - $300 credit towards ISP.Max was most interested in the boats because he thought they were really cool!

Keep your eyes posted for the next Open House in 2019!


125th Opening Day Celebrations at RVYC

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The 125th Opening Day Weekend was a great success! Friday evening’s dinner/dance was attended by 175 members, dignitaries and guests. The sun stayed out to enjoy the dinner outside on the patio, the Oak Bay Band played wonderful instrumental music inside the clubhouse and outside on the lawn, and Jack ‘N the Rocks kept everyone dancing until late in the evening.  

The rain held off just long enough to enjoy the Saturday Opening Day ceremonies outside by the flagpole. The Honourable Judith Guichon Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia spoke to the crowd and congratulated the club on our many achievements and a successful 125 years. After the ceremonies, Commodore Gordon Wilkinson instructed everyone to “Take to their Yachts!” and the sail past began. The Sail Past tradition was lots of fun; unfortunately, the rain began during the sail past, making it a much wetter experience, but afterwards, many members either stayed on their yachts to warm their bones with a libation or two, or headed into the club to warm by the fire. The rain turned a few attendees away, but we still saw about 550 members and guests attend the Roast Beef dinner. It was especially fun seeing the little kids running around with their faces painted by member Cathy Campbell. The evening ended with DJ Freddy getting everyone out on the dance floor to finish the night with lots of fun, laughter, and of course, dancing!  

Opening Day took a lot of preparation. Many members have inquired as to how much food was prepared for the big Roast Beef dinner. Below is a list of everything needed for Saturday evening:

10L of Horseradish
15L of Sour cream
700 Potatoes
60kg of Green Beans
700 pieces of Cake
15lbs of Bacon Bits
15lbs of Green Onions
18.9L of Balsamic Dressing
18.9L of Ranch Dressing
700 Dinner Rolls
8kg of Butter
347.76lb of Beef 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this Opening Day weekend such a success.  


Cadboro Bay Beach Clean-Up

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Photos courtesy of Anne Wortman


The Cadboro Bay Beach clean-up happened on Saturday, May 13. Eric Dahli, President, Cadboro Bay residents Association wrote this great article about the day:

On a sunny Saturday, on the 13th of May, we made the Bay a better place for the kids to play. Over 60 volunteers from our Residents Association, The Oak Bay Community Association, The Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Surf Riders and the Veins of Life Watershed Society made the day an overwhelming success.

The day started with our Emergency Preparedness Committee setting up a command tent on the beach, handing  out safety equipment to all the volunteers and, following a safety briefing, sent us down the beach to the derelict boats, armed with shovels, garbage boxes and bags and a resolve to clean up the mess. 

Oak Bay Municipality provided a `farm tractor' and a trailer to move the 4 ½ tons of garbage and junk to the large bin set up in the corner of the park.  Saanich Municipality, in a neighbourly gesture, provided the 10`X10` command tent, the safety vests, gloves and other safety equipment including traffic cones.

The next step in the process will be to secure the funding necessary for “C-Tow" to drag the derelict boats over to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club where volunteers will lift them out of the water with their crane, and load them on trucks provided by Ralmax. 

Stay tuned for an announcement on the Haul-away Day.

A special thanks to all the RVYC volunteers


Sailing in the World Masters' Games April 2017

By Charlie Simpson


The event took place at Torbay YC, about 20 km North of Auckland NZ. This small club hosted a huge number of boats and the organization and logistics were incredibly good. There were 154 Lasers and Laser Radials sailing and 48 Wetas. The Weta is a NZ designed trimaran with a 14' hull with an extra 4' of bowsprit and a beam of 11'6" and so took up a lot of space. It has a Mylar main and a jib and a large Dacron gennaker. I have had one moored on a black plastic float close inshore North of the RVYC (too wide & awkward to keep at the Club). My son John (full name Charles John) lives in NZ and agreed to crew for me. I was going to charter, but then John bought a Weta so we did not need to charter. The Wetas and the Lasers were completely different courses. The Wetas were divided into Single handed and Double handed and further divided into age categories, Apprentice 35-44, Masters 45-54, Grand Masters 55-64, Great Grand Masters (GGM) 65-74, and Great Great Grand Masters 75+.

For the Doubles, the average age defined our category - my age of 82 & John's of 57 putting us into the Men's Doubles GGM group. I was in fact the older of all 221 sailors in the regatta! John & I got the bronze medal for our category but there were only 4 of us, so our bronze medal was not quiote as great as it seems! However, all the 19 Doubles sailed together and the 29 Singles sailed together on the same course starting 5-10 minutes before us, a total of 48 boats, resulting in quite a bit of congestion on the course. Our points were recorded as all the Doubles together and then extracted without change to give our category positions. We placed 13th out of the 19 Doubles and 3rd in our group. Our best race was the first race where we placed 5th overall and 2nd in our group. All the rest of our races varied between 10th and 17th overall, and in our group all 3rd bar the 2nd in the first race. John, who had not raced since the RVYC Juniors course about 45 years ago, skippered some races and got one 10th overall. I was not sure that we were allowed to change helms, but did it because the stupid computer could not stomach putting John as his first name and listed us in all documents as Charles Simpson and Charles Simpson on the official results. We reckoned that as the Helm was listed as Charles we could both do it. When our names were read out at prize giving as Charles Simpson and Charles Simpson, it raised a good laugh anyway!

Conditions were varied. We had a total of 11 races. The first race was about 10-14 knots, one day was so light we only got one race of about 5-7 knots in. On two days it was enormous fun in 15-20 knots with higher gusts at times. We were going like hell off the wind with the gennaker up and I haven't had so many salt water face washes before! We only had 2 minor collisions and took our 360 degree turn penalties. One was with a Spaniard and we got tangled with him and the weather mark putting a small gelcoat chip on his float. He was perfectly happy with a good bottle of NZ red wine as recompense! We never pitch poled and finished all races, but I must confess to being pretty pooped after the two windy days (7 our of 14 races in total). All in all, a great time and bonded with John very well.