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The Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Cruise

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Royal Victoria Yacht Club has enjoyed attending SYC Opening Day for many years, our members have formed good friendships between the clubs and enjoyed the cruise with fellow members.  

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club group watches the weather closely as the date approaches, if all looks good to cross, we sail from RVYC to Port Townsend on the Monday following our Opening Day. The group clears customs and moors overnight at Point Hope. This little boat haven is protected by a pile breakwater and is home to the Wooden Boat Museum and their lovely flag ship Martha. The historic Port Townsend High Street and shops are fun to explore, and grocery store located up the hill for provisions and wonderful local ice cream. 

Day two 2 the group heads south down Puget Sound with the destination Port Madison. SYC has very kindly hosted both RVYC and Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at their lovely outstation. A social evening that night, with members from the three clubs.

Day three we leave Port Madison early for the short trip across to Shilshole and the Ballard Locks.

Day Four starts the festivities at SYC with a Ladies’ Lunch, Men's Lunch, visits to the famous Fisheries Supply and enjoying the lovely hospitality of SYC.  

Day five is the famous RVYC North of the Boarder party! But first, the optional formal Friday lunch at SYC, Commode Cup Race between the Commodores, and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Mai Tai dock party.  The evening ends with dancing the night away in the upstairs bar.

Friday lunch always features a theme dessert. Last year was the Myths and Monsters year.

SYC impresses every year with wonderful decorations!

Day six, Sail Past day is like nothing you have ever seen. Impressive University crew rowing races follow the morning formal flag raising, recognizing all the clubs. Sail past is organized into many categories, RVYC has traditionally participated in both the Decorated Spirit group class and the Wilson Seamanship class. Much organizing happens between the members leading up to this day, practicing maneuvers and creating decorations to fit with the Opening Day theme.

Last year our group was successful in presenting a perfect routine for the Wilson Entry and we happily returned to the club with the cannon, this is proudly displayed in the Chartroom.

This is an adventure cruise with lots of social parties and all the wonderful pomp and ceremony of Opening Day!  

Posting submitted by: Tara Smith


St. Patrick's Day at RVYC

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Top O’ the morning to you! St. Patrick’s Day at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club was a blast! From the littlest sailor plunking down right in front of the band to catch all the action, to the lively members playing spoons to the beat of the cello, we had a very diverse, active, entertaining and engaging group of members and guests attend this exciting event.

Dusty and band mate, from The Harbour Rats, played traditional Celtic music for the evening in our Main Lounge, while members enjoyed pints of Guinness, glasses of wine and some delicious and hearty Irish Stew. I can also say myself, the stew prepared by Chef Andrew Dickinson and dumplings by Sous Chef Darren Greaves were absolutely delicious!

Sharon decorated the club with shamrocks, St. Patrick’s Day signs, and bright green napkins. She even donned a pair of flashing green shamrock earrings that were perfect for the occasion.

Each member that signed up for the event received a free glass of beer, red or white wine and the dance party in the Main Lounge. I believe all members showed up in some sort of green article of clothing or accessory – and some really dressed the part! Therefore, pinching was not necessary. 

As I left, the club was buzzing with energy, lots of laughs and plenty clinking glasses. I look forward to what the club has to offer next year!

If you’d like to see a video of The Harbour Rats playing, check out the club Facebook page by clicking here



Frozen Assets Regatta

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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



Ladies' Cocktail Making Class


On Saturday, February 25, Georgia from Devine Wines & Spirits joined 44 Lady Members and their guests at the first RVYC Ladies Cocktail Making Class.

When the ladies first arrived, they were greeted with a delicious "Devine Punch" which consisted of:
- Chilled Earl Grey Tea
- Victoria Soda Works Morley Lemonade
- Devine New Tom Gin  

The punch was a hit (and delicious)! Georgia got a chance to introduce herself to the ladies as they arrived, then directed them towards the local vendors who had some very talented crafts on display. The ladies then made their way to Caitlin who was giving out free hand massages. I couldn't help but overhear the ladies rave about how soft their hands felt!


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Finally, the ladies grabbed a plate of nibblies, consisting of veggies, fruits, cheeses, breads and crackers then took a seat. When everyone had arrived, Georgia was able to begin her class. 

The night started with the Vin Gin Martini, which consisted of:
- Devine Vin Gin
- Devine Moderna Vermouth
- Fever Tree Tonic
- Grapefruit peel garnish  

Georgia explained how to make the cocktail and some fun facts to go along with it. As the ladies watched, the staff served the drinks to everyone.

Next up was the Sitka Vodka Lemonade, which consisted of:
- Sitka Vodka
- Victoria Soda Works Morley Lemonade
- Fever Tree Soda
- Rosemary Sprig

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Finally, the last course was the Devine Pomme Old Fashioned, which consisted of:
- Pomme
- Agnostura Bitters
- Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- Apple Slice
- Cinnamon   

Georgia explained how to make the Simple Syrup, and the fact that she started with the least potent tasting drink and made her way to the strongest. This allows the pallet to experiene each taste efficiently and fully. 

The night ended with the ladies asking plenty of questions, and a raffle for an orchid and an RVYC sweater. 

If you'd like to try out these cocktails - or forgot to grab your recipe book - click here to see the cocktail recipes. 


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.