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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


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.  


Car Trunk Sale at RVYC

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RVYC's first Car Trunk Sale was a success! The parking lot was full, with about 20 cars selling anything  from marine equipment to record players. The only downside to this event was the weather just didn't want to cooperate. Luckily, our members are used to a little rain shower here and there and stuck it out to make some great deals.

Many members made off with steals to say the least. I know I walked away with a car roof rack for only $10! Can't say no to that. The rain hindered the participation only a little, with plenty of passers-by walking in from the streets, parents of sailing team kids taking a look after dropping off their kids, and members popping by to see what's good. 

A few tables were raising funds for different charitable campaigns such as the Paralympics and Junior Sailing. Thank you for helping out! Also, all participants paid $10 to register their parking spot of which 50% is going towards Junior Sailing Programs and 50% is going towards the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.

Thank you everyone who came out, and made this event a success. We hope to do this again soon, when the weather is bit better!


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. 


Inaugural CanAm 2.4mR Regatta Series

by Jackie Gay

Inaugural CanAm
Photo courtesy of Roger Strube. L-R Jackie (CAN 23) Louise (covering Peter Wood in CAN 14), Mike Hren, Bruce Millar


The CanAm 2.4mR series has been running on the west coast of Florida since December and this March three RVYC members - Bruce Millar, Jackie Gay and Louise Anstey -  travelled south for the finale.

An excellent fleet of 18 boats including Olympians, Paralympians, the Open World Champion along with Canadian and American National Champions raced at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club from 24-26 March.

The first day was breezy with Allan Leibel from NYC going well until the second race when he broke his gooseneck, giving Paralympic Silver medallist Jackie Gay an opportunity to take her first bullet in a fleet of this calibre. With two other breakdowns and no discards the challenge was on to keep letters to the minimum. 

Saturday's racing wind was lighter and shiftier. Close racing ensued with Mike Hren from NYC taking the first race and then the Paralympic flagged sails of Bruce Millar (CAN) and Dee Smith (USA) fighting it out for the second race with Dee finishing just ahead. GBR's Megan Pascoe was close behind with a 2,3,4 for the day. Louise Anstey was the talk of the fleet in her first big regatta, consistently finishing inside the top 10.

On Sunday it looked as if the gradient breeze would die but Race Officer Dr Roger Strube did a great job to get three races in. It was light air with the tide running strong & Dee collected three bullets from the day with Megan, Allan, Bruce & Darrell making it difficult for him. Darrell Suderman from NYC took the regatta with consistent sailing throughout and the overall series was won by Allan.

The class would like to thank all at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club for a fabulous event and supporting our racing with great hospitality and warm welcome - we really did feel like long lost friends. Despite the sad loss of Paralympic sailing, the 2.4mR fleets are growing across the North American continent and the series was a huge success which we aim to build on next year. World class racing in Florida over the winter anyone?

1st Darrell Suderman, National Yacht Club
2nd Bruce Millar, RVYC
3rd Dee Smith, STC
4th Megan Pascoe, Weymouth Bay SC
5th Mike Hren, Ashbridges Bay YC
6th Allan Leibel, NYC
7th Jackie Gay, RVYC
8th Louise Anstey, RVYC
9th Tony Pocklington, CHYC
10th Peter Wood, Nepean SC
11th Peter Eagar, NYC
12th Tim Ripley, Sail Newport
13th Janice Foscarini, NYC
14th David Foscarini, NYC
15th Christine Lavallee, Nepean SC
16th Alain Dubuc, PCYC
17th Kevin Holmberg, Davis Islands YC
18th Audrey Kobayashi, KIngston YC