January 2018





Happy New Year to all our Members and fair winds in 2018.

Annual General Meeting - Saturday 10th February at 11:00hrs.

Can I remind you that the meeting will take place on Saturday 10th February at 11.00 am.  The documents for the meeting this year will be sent electronically the week commencing 15th January but should any Member prefer hard copies they are available from the office.  Notice of this year's AGM is available here.

The Pottership Magazine for 2017.

Your Annual Review Magazine will be available for collection from the office from Monday 15th January.  If you are unable to collect a copy it will be mailed to you with the March mailing.

General Data Protection Regulation

All Members will by now have received by email or letter our request that you give the Club your "informed consent" that we may continue to hold your personal data in our records. There is no change to how we use or what we use this data for.  However, to be compliant with the new regulations, we must have your consent to do so.
The third parties referred to in the consent form can only legally access and use the information for the specific purpose that we, the Club give them. This will be:
  • The handbook designers - to format the info for the handbook.
  • Jonas to solve individual issues  or bigger database queries
  • Our hardware specialist to fix / solve problems concerning our onsite hardware.
If the third parties or we decide we need the information for anything else, then we would have to consult you all again before doing so.

Every Member including junior Members needs to have completed this new consent. To fill in your copy now, please click the link below:

Thank you for your co-operation.
Clive Sparrow, Vice Commodore

Reminder: Dinghy Park annual maintenance 2018

As part of our annual Dinghy Park maintenance, we will be organising two working parties. Do come and join the team with your gloves, spades and wheelbarrows!

The work parties will be held on Saturday 13th January & Saturday 17th February.
John Tudor

Credit Card Surcharge

As of January 13th we will no longer be charging the surcharge on credit card transactions to comply with the new EU regulations.





Catering made a good profit in November, which pleased the Rear Commodore  (Finance), with turnover up 23%!

December too seems to have been a big success. The Club was beautifully decorated by a large team of volunteers, the Christmas Party was oversubscribed with an excellent buffet and disco and Santa had to find presents for 50 or so children of various ages, which he managed to do without resorting to raiding the bar for sweets! The New Year’s Eve party went with a swing although it was a bit quiet with only 55 members bringing in the New Year. The spontaneous applause for the chef, who had produced an excellent meal, was much appreciated by him and the kitchen staff. The New Year’s Day Brunch however was fully booked with over 110 attending and the food was excellent.

January is going to be another busy month, with a film night, lectures, race management training, bridge evenings, an intermediate bridge class, two quizzes, Pilates classes, a second Yoga class, a new Italian class, a new beginners bridge class, and also dancing classes and Spanish classes if we can find room/instructors. We are also hoping to add in Scottish Dancing Classes if we can find a caller. If you are interested in any of the above please contact Reception, also make sure you are getting your emails and keep checking the Social Notice Board.

On top of that there will be a “Music whilst you Dine” evening this Saturday 6th January with Nick Hayward-Young. The one we ran with him in November was a sell-out and a great evening.

Saturday 13th  January, our very own Amateur-Professional Mixologist Jane Corden has arranged ‘Cocktails and Canapes’ which I am sure will be very popular!

On the following week, Saturday 20th January we will be celebrating the life of Scotland's National Poet, Robert Burns. Last year's dinner & Ceilidh was a great success with over 80 Member's joining in the festivities.

A number of Members are already learning their lines for the Murder Mystery Evening on Friday 2nd February and it sounds as though it will be great fun. Please book a table with friends and see if you can work out who the murderer is!

There is a new à la Carte menu, which looks delicious and will make a nice change from turkey, so do come along and try it!

Roger Wilson, Rear Commodore House

Beer & Wine of the Month

Red: El Viejo Chile
Deliciously long, bright, textural Pinot from cold, stony vineyards deep in the Cental Valley’s old glacial riverbeds – some Vosges barrel fermentation adds complexity, depth and warm vanilla notes to the finish 13.5% Bottle: £18.50   250ml: £6.15  175ml: £4.70   125ml £3.10

White: Vila Nova Vihno Verde Portugal
Floral, citrus and gentle tropical aromas lead on to a palate with sherbet lemon acidity, a touch of mango and a bright mineral finish, 11.5% Bottle: £17.60   250ml: £5.85   175ml: £4.40   125ml £2.95

Ale Young’s Bitter
A refreshing ale, golden in colour, with a light, dry palate, a fresh fruity aroma and a long, satisfying bitter finish 3.7% Pint: £3.35   Half: £1.70






Cocktails & Canapes Night - 13th January at 19:00

Join us for an evening of Cocktails carefully chosen by our very own Amateur-Professional Mixologist Jane Corden!  Canapés will be served to you which are included in the prices of the cocktails.
There will be a chance to win a bottle of the alcohol that's in the 'Lymington Sunset' if you can guess that cocktail's ingredients!! Click here to find out more!
Sign-up on the socials board & stay for supper afterwards. Alternatively, email sail@rlymyc.org.uk  or call 01590 672677 to be added to the list!

Burns Night: 20th January at 19:00hrs

All around the world Burns Suppers are being held and, of course, here at the RLymYC, to celebrate the life of Scotland's National Poet, Robert Burns.  The dinner, with key parts played by members of the Club, supported by a piper and with traditional Ceilidh, offer an evening to be remembered.

For full details of the menu and further information click here


Murder Mystery Evening: Friday 3rd February at 19:30 for 20:00

Rehearsals are in full swing with the Club cast members so don’t miss this superb evening of entertainment and dining.

The Plot

Stew Driver, the Fourth Engineer, has been found dead in the MV Tipanic's swimming pool.
To Save Embarrassment to the firm, the captain has invited the crew that knew him to dine at the Captain's table to help solve the crime before they put back into port.

The Challenge

Can you figure out which one of the motley crew dunnit? Was it one of them or were there several salty hands in it?
Register your table here!  Maximum 8 to a table!


Member's Coffee Morning: **New Date** Tuesday 9th January

This month’s Coffee Morning will be held on Tuesday 9th January at 10am in the River Room.  We are changing this from our usual Thursday so please take note of this amendment.

Please see the usual sign-up sheet on the Socials Board to add your name; alternatively call the office on 01590 672677 or email us at sail@rlymyc.org.uk or click here to be added to the list.

As usual there will be representatives from the Social Sub-Committee to welcome any new members who would like to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there! Click here for more information!


Movie Nights: Tuesday 16th January - Lion (2017)

This month's movie night is the 2017 smash hit "Lion":

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Click on the image above to register your attendance!

Quiz Nights

The winter Quiz season is in full swing, the next one being Peter's quiz on  on January 16th at 18:30!  Peter has changed his set up slightly, please see the updates here

 Kids' High Tea - 19th January 17:00- 19:00

Kids’ High Teas for the Club’s little ones. Please call the restaurant on 01590 671751 to be added to the list of attendees. 

Gillian Poole - Clubhouse Events Manager





New Year Mid Week Cruise - Newtown Harbour – Thursday 18 January 2018

The opening event of 2018 is a short daytime cruise to Newtown Harbour on the Isle of Wight with lunch at the New Inn at Shalfleet, and a transit time of an hour or less.  Boats attending can moor at the buoys laid in the harbour or anchor.  Club RIBs will assist in ferrying crews ashore to the jetty at Shalfleet Quay Boatyard, with a 15 minute walk to the New Inn, which is well known for its food.

Lunch will be available from 1215.  There will be a choice of either steak or fish pie at a price of £10.  Please make your selection on the list. The list for the event is below and will close at 1200 on Monday 15 January, so that numbers and requirements can be passed to the New Inn and contingency plans made in the event of bad weather. The Wight Link Ferry sailings to Yarmouth are scheduled at 1000 and 1100.

The Harbour Master allows rafting on the buoys in settled conditions and Members are asked to buddy up on each buoy if the weather is suitable.  Mooring charges will be collected by the HM.

Return transfers from shore to boats will commence at 1400 to enable adequate time to clear the harbour on the falling tide and return to Lymington in daylight (Sunset 1631).  It is predicted that the height of tide will fall to 2.2m by about 1500 allowing sufficient water for a safe exit.  It is planned for the RIBs to depart no later than 1530 to assist in recovering crews from moorings at Lymington.

There will be a briefing at the Club at 0900 to update any changes to the plan, especially in the light of the weather on the day, and allocate any spare crew to vessels.

Perrin Towler, Captain of Cruising


There are a great variety of talks every Wednesday evening until 21st March.  Due to unforeseen circumstances the schedule has had to be amended from the printed Club Programme.

Here are a few listed-

  • 10th January. Laurence Sim - What did the Victorians do for Lymington
  • 17th January.  Peter Bell  - The Seismic Thing
  • 24th  January. Doug Pattison - Trireme - The Battle to save Democracy
  • 31st January. John Stork  - Cruising the rivers of Northern Europe
  • 7th February   Bob Comlay - Travels with Tilman
  • 14th February. Harvie Woolley- The Spirits of Spring in the New Forest.

Lectures are advertised on  the Cruising noticeboard a month prior to the talks,  where you can sign up for the lectures and supper.

Sue Sutherland - Cruising Sub-Committee



New Captains of Juniors

Clare Carden has handed over Captain of Juniors to Max and Jeremy Vines who will undertake the role jointly.  I would like to thank Clare for all her help and support as Captain of Juniors and am sure Max and Jeremy will bring a lot of sailing expertise and enthusiasm to the post.

Stuart Duffin - Rear Commodore Sailing


First Aid Course

The Club is running First Aid Course on the following dates:
  • Sunday 14th January
  • Saturday 17th February
The course runs from 09:00hrs to 16:30 approx. in the Island Room.


Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.

In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.
It fulfils the requirements for: professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boat masters; the Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF's regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4).The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.
The subjects specific to boating include:

  • the recovery position in a confined space
  • CPR, including the drowning protocol
  • cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
  • seasickness and dehydration
  • medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • helicopter rescue

To book onto a course you will need to fill in the application form and return it to the Club along with your payment. The course is £50 for Members and £70 for non-Members.

Mark Laying Course (£45 to all)

  • 17th & 18th March 2018

This two-day very hands on course will provide you with the skill & knowledge of how to correctly set and lay marks for all types of courses. This course is both afloat and classroom based.

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certificate

The courses run from 09:00hrs to 16:30 approximately, all of the above courses can be booked by replying to this email or by contacting Reception on 01590 672677.  

Please note that your booking will not be confirmed until payment has been made.


Vicky Leen, Sailing Manager



Volunteers & Race Management Training

Chase away the January blues with some race management training! Malcolm has been busy putting together an interesting and almost certainly amusing Club Race Officer Course for us.  I, for one, am looking forward to attending!  Bring with you: Pen and Paper, RRS if you have a copy.

Sign up sheets are on the Club Notice Board.


RYA Club Race Officer Course

Malcolm McKeag
Island Room -  1830 start
Thursday  11th January
Thursday  25th January
Thursday  1st February
Thursday  15th  February
Please Note: this course is being spread over the  4 evenings.  Please try and attend all four sessions.

Role of the support boat

John Whyte
Island Room -  1830 start
These sessions will cover the task you could be asked to fulfill by the Race Officer if you are driving or crewing a support boat.
Thursday 1st March
Thursday 15th March

RYA Regional Race Officer Course– 3rd and 4th February 2018

The RYA has scheduled this 2 day course at the RLymYC over the weekend of 3 and 4 February.
Details of the course, the course book and application form can be downloaded from the RYA website.  Please click on this link for more details (note – it is the second set of courses on the page).
Use of Club VHF Radios
Saturday 21 April - Island Room 1030 hours

Frances Evans



Boxing Day – Setley Pond

This year's Setley Cup junior model yacht regatta, run by several Club members and race officer Stuart Jardine, was a great success with 42 boats competing on Boxing Day.  The sun shone until the end, with the first drops of rain falling just as the hundred-strong crowd left Setley Pond. Young Maisie Hutchinson won the monohull class, while the Seahorse Trophy for the first multihull went to Finn Gabriel.  A full report and photos on the Yachts & Yachting website


This year’s Penguin Trophy was sailed in very light breezes of between 5 and 10 knots in the Lymington River, opposite the clubhouse, in Scows kindly lent by Wednesday Junior Sailing. The traditional mulled wine and mince pies fortified both sailors and spectators in the chilly morning of 28th December.  With a strong ebb tide bolstered by the recent rain, it was fortunate that there is no penalty for touching marks as there were several hotly contested mark roundings in this very competitive fleet.  The various Olympic squad sailors, national and European champions and other Club members hoping for a chance at this coveted silver trophy ranged in age from seven to seventy-something.  Some had selected very small light wind crews but expert jib trimming and tactical input from the more experienced crews proved advantageous as the youngest crews focussed more on their provisions.  Race Officer Vince Sutherland and his team did a great job to get seven races in despite the light conditions.  The first flight was sailed in almost no wind, making it very difficult to beat against the tide.  After three two-race heats the top six went through to a two-lap final race, won by Luke & Emma McEwen with 2nd Henry Lloyd Williams & Hannah Froud, 3rd Jeremy & Max Vines, 4th Connie Stock & Ollie Porter, 5th Ollie Tait & Alice Wood, 6th Dominic & Charlotte Patten.  
The Peter Andreae Trophy is sailed each year by members of the Club who are under 21, also in WJS Scows, for cash prizes. As the wind on 27th December was gusting to 40 kts with an average wind speed of 28 kts Race Officer Stuart Jardine prudently postponed this year’s event and ran it after the Penguin Trophy on the 28th.  After two tricky laps in the same light winds and strong current that had troubled the Penguin Trophy competitors, the winners were Cameron Bignold-Kyles & Lola Mordaunt, who went home with an envelope of shiny coins and the Peter Andreae Trophy, a beautiful silver model of a dinghy. Second were Emma & Alex Breese, third Ollie Tait & Alice Wood and fourth Hannah Froud & Sienna Mordaunt.
Congratulations to all the competitors and thanks to the many volunteers for making these events such a nice way to get sailing again after Christmas.
Luke McEwen, Captain of Dinghies

Scows, LR - Small Boats, Large Fleets, Maximum Fun

Scow walks take place each Thursday morning in the winter and we have been blessed with fair weather for every walk so far.  Walks have been 5 to 6 miles in length and have included the sea wall and marshes to the west of Lymington and New Forest walks around Aldridge Hill, Poundhill, Hursthill and Wilverley.  Future walks will take us back to the sea wall (including a guided birdwatching walk), to the Needles and Tennyson Down on the IoW and around Tanners and East End on the South Hampshire shore.

  • On 15th January we have the first of four winter lectures.  Jason Carrington will present ‘The Development and Build of the 35th Americas Cup Class Platform (AC50)’. 
  • On 19th February Alastair Mackay will give us a pilot’s perspective of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

There will be an informal Scow Supper on Monday 5th February

David Weller, Captain of Scows




Wheelies is doubling its activity rate and hopefully its reach.   we decided to increase our  frequency from fortnightly to weekly, since that's what our fitness-crazed membership wanted.  Our new plan is based around a fortnightly Friday ride into the forest, along the shore, or on the Island, 15-20 miles, including a pub lunch; and in the weeks between, a Thursday ride starting and finishing at the club at 11 am, lunch at the Club.

The schedule now looks like this:

Friday 12 January Tim Harford (tba).
Thursday 19 January Clubhouse
Friday 26 January Hawkhill and Drift Inn
Thursday 1 February  Clubhouse
Friday 9 February  proposer required
Thursday 15 February  Clubhouse
Friday 23 February  IoW, Yarmouth, Compton Down, Freshwater, Yarmouth

 Anyone wanting to join in, please contact George Trevelyan

Parliamo Italiano -Beginner Italian Classes starting 9th January! – Only a few places remaining!

Please click the link for more information!

If you feel you could scrub-up for the next summer season along the Italian shores or enjoy learning a new language then this course is for you. We have brought in native-speaking Chiara Malinverno to teach you this beautiful language

Call reception on 01590 672677 or drop us an email at sail@rlymyc.org.uk  to register your interest.



New to RLymYC will be another Yoga class taught by Dawn Wade starting on 26th January!  The classes will be all on the same dates as Katy William’s but from 08:30 – 09:45.

Click here for all the dates and call Reception on 01590 672677 to book!

Please do contact Dawn with any question on 07715406499 or dawnwade66@hotmail.com


Katy’s Yoga Class continues with new blocks starting on 26th January with a new time of 10am to fit Dawn Wade’s Class too!  Please click here to see the full list of dates & call Reception on 01590 672677 to book!


Pilates Classes

We still have spaces on Jenny’s Pilates Classes listed below so please register your interest by emailing sail@rlymyc.org.uk or calling 01590 67677.  Remember to add all the dates into your diaries as not to miss one!

  • Tuesdays: 10:30am 6th February to 20th March (6 weeks) excluding 13th February
  • Thursdays: 07:15am 8th February to 22nd March (6 Weeks) excluding 15th February


Quiz Night: Thursday 8th February

Vince Sutherland will be running his quiz for us on at the Club on Thursday 8th February.  For more details and tickets, please email Ann Brunskill.


Lymington Sailability

Charity & Estee Lauder Workshop Monday 22nd January 2018

January and post Christmas can be a very dull and flat time, with not a lot to look forward to and so it is that I am delighted to be able to offer to you a fantastic opportunity to spend a morning working with Make Up Artiste Emma and trying out the latest Estee Lauder products.
It's coffee and pastries on arrival, followed by the workshop and then the morning is rounded off nicely with an as always, fabulous Pebble Beach lunch.  I am sure that you will agree, that his event is excellent value for money; why not treat yourself or give it as a gift to that someone else.  Places are very limited and so to avoid disappointment please book your place now, either via email or call me on 07738702255. 

Club Sponsors & Discounts

Click on the link for details of our sponsors and discounts available.


For Sale

Clearing my garage and found an unused Harken 10" Speed Grip Aluminium Winch Handle; cost at least £80 new.  Yours for £40.  Call Robin on 01590 677734.


Email me the details and any photos and the ad will be in one month’s ePotterNews. If you don’t want your contact details published, interested parties can be asked to contact you via the Club pigeon holes in Reception. Satisfied customers will be requested to make a small donation to Sailability or the RNLI. The listing of items for sale or wanted in ePotterNews does not indicate that RLymYC has knowledge of the authenticity of the advertisement and does not recommend or guarantee the items advertised and the Club cannot accept any liability in this regard.