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'Flying the Flag for Canada' Raffle  

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TeamUCAN2 (John McRoberts & Jackie Gay) would like to thank all the members who bought tickets for the raffle and donated to their Skud 18 Paralympic sailing campaign.  

The draw was made at Floyd night, with the first winning ticket 2227659 (men's jacket) won by Jeremy Smith. The second winning ticket 2227647 was won by Alex Fox, who re-donated the women's jacket for auction and we raised a further $225! Thanks Alex and auction winner Chris Stooksbury-Klaibert.   

By the time you read this our brand new Canada flag spinnaker will be flying in Guanabara Bay. We raised the full $2500 cost of the spinnaker and so have donated John's limited edition Olympic hiking pants to Max Gallant to inspire him in his efforts as RVYC's newest member of the Canadian Sailing Team. Go Max. Go RVYC!  

For the many people who asked how they could follow the racing in Rio, please check our Facebook page where Jackie will post the latest information on how to watch:  

https://www.facebook.com/John-Jackies-Road-to-Rio-568132559925648/  

Also check:   

http://www.sailing.org/paralympics/rio2016/index.php  
and http://www.paralympic.ca/  

CBC will be broadcasting the Opening Ceremonies at 6pm ET on 7th September (we will be waving!) and a reporting daily, as well as broadcasting online at cbcsports.ca/paralympics  

We are really hoping that some reporters get down to the Marina. All three Canadian Teams have podium potential so keep your fingers crossed and good energies coming our way. Watch the spinnaker that YOU donated to leading the pack away from Sugar Loaf!  

Big love & thanks  
John & Jackie 

Cheer on John, Jackie and Bruce during the Opening Ceremonies - which we will play in the Chartroom Bar at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, September 7th. 

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Another Movie Night Success

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RVYC hosted another movie night on Saturday, August 27th. Although this was meant to be a movie under the stars, it turned out to be a cozy night in. With 20 knot winds and cooling weather, the climate was a little more fitting for a sailing race than a late night outside on the patio. Not to worry though, the staff quickly went into action, moved the AV equipment inside, pulled the movie screen down, set up the couches and lounge chairs and connected the house sound system for a real movie experience.

We played Star Wars, The Force Awakens to about 20 movie goers, who loved the cozy, indoor seating. The booming sound of the action flick also attracted members in the restaurant and bar who strolled over for the full dinner and movie night experience.

Our movie series will be moving inside from now on. Check back often to see when the next one will be! 

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Royal Victoria Yacht Club achieves
four-anchor rating in Clean Marine BC Program

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We are pleased to announce that RVYC has earned a four-anchor certification in the Clean Marine BC program for our commitment to environmentally sustainable operations.  A flag raising ceremony was held at the Club at noon on Friday, August 19 where members were welcome to attend and participate in this milestone event.

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Clean Marine BC is a voluntary eco-certification program that demonstrates a commitment to environmental best practices by yacht clubs, marinas, harbour authorities, and boatyards that reduce and/or eliminate contaminants from entering our waters. Site verification audits are required to obtain certification for anchor ratings that range from one through five, and which remain current for three years when re-certification is required.

Read the full press release here

For more news articles, please see below:

Royal Victoria Yacht Club achieves four-anchor rating in Clean Marine BC Program - Georgia Strait Alliance 

Victoria yacht club celebrates passage into new environmental world - Times Colonist

Yacht club marina receives Clean Marine certification - Oak Bay News

Royal Victoria Yacht Club certified by Clean Marine BC - suncruiser media

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RVYC Paralympic Send Off

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With excitement, and maybe a little anxiousness, the RVYC Paralympians are getting ready to head to Rio for the 2016 Paralympics!

Members and their guests joined together on Wednesday, August 24th to raise a glass and to congratulate John and Jackie McRoberts and Bruce Millar on their incredible journey and the road they have ahead of them. 

John and Jackie will be sailing their SKUD 18, while Bruce Millar will be sailing in the 2.4 mR class. 

The team arrived in a convoy of cars with horns honking and music playing. DJ Daddy Mack entertained everyone with his lively music, The Zone was on site and CHEK News filmed the team's arrival - we will post the article once we receive it. 

Good Luck John, Jackie and Bruce! GO CANADA GO!!

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RVYC Family Camp Out Recap

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The RVYC Family Camp Out was a great success. The night all started with members arriving on the lawn to set up their tents, mattresses and chairs. The kids played on the club playground, ran around on the lawn with their friends and “helped” their parents set up their campsites. 

At 7:30 pm, the Hot Dogs and Fries were ready to go. Alejandro, Bella and Dalton provided exceptional service re-stocking the BBQ station, serving the members and ensuring all members were happy and well taken care of. Next up was the Smores Station. While the cookies, chocolate and marshmallows were being prepared, the children waited anxiously to get their fingers on their sweet treats. Parents and children alike, grabbed their marshmallow pokers, gathered around the campfire (a propane campfire set up at the entrance to the patio), and created their personal smores. There were a few fiery marshmallows that snuck their way in there, but they were quickly extinguished and still tasted delicious!

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The smores station continued for about 45 minutes, then once the sun went down it was time for the outdoor movie! Freshly popped popcorn was brought out for everyone to enjoy, glow sticks glowed in the night on the children’s wrists, and blankets for purchase were available.. The Incredibles played through the projector onto a sheet hung from the patio tent. The picture quality was perfect, the sound was loud and captivating and the children and parents were entrapped in the night’s entertainment. 

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The campfire continued to burn into the night, where the older kids hung out and told stories to one another. A game of flashlight tag was played on the lawn and everyone settled in for a comfortable sleep.

The next morning, the pancake breakfast was a big hit! Chef, Andrew Dickinson cooked pancakes for all campers to enjoy. Then everyone packed up their gear and headed home. 

We heard plenty of thank you’s, let’s do this again!, and when’s the next one!? Well, we want to thank everyone that attended this event, and all involved in its success. We hope to make this an annual event and possibly host more movie nights in the future. 

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Some more photos from the night:

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