November 2017





Our New Arrival

Tom Rogers won a Highfield 460 RIB for the Club (see last month’s issue) and the boat was presented at the Club by Andrew Norton, RYA Powerboat Project Manager, on Saturday 28th October. During the day Tom was joined by fellow competitors, coaches, family and Club Members, all wishing to pass on their congratulations.

Tom triumphed in the senior 13-16 age group, by taking the winner’s crown in the National Final of the 2017 Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship held at TheYachtmarket.com Southampton Boat Show on 17th September.
The Club are very appreciative of Tom’s hard work and effort to bringing the new addition of ‘TINTIN’ to its existing fleet of Club RIBs. We look forward to using her very soon!



Nick Thompson claims European Laser Gold

Congratulations to honorary member Nick Thompson who added the Laser European Championship gold to his collection with victory in Barcelona last month.



Annual Sailing and Club Review - 11th November 2017

Members are reminded that the Annual Sailing and Club Review will take place in the Island Room at 10:00hrs on Saturday 11th November 2017. The purpose of the meeting is to allow informal discussion of the general affairs and activities of the Club.
There is no formal agenda but the planned running order is as follows:
  • Commodore’s Introduction & Overview
  • Membership Survey Results
  • Sailing Review
  • Last Year’s Financials
  • Business Plan 2017 / 18
  • Budget 2017 / 18
  • 5 Year Financial Plan
  • Club Centenary First Floor Project
Please note there will be a break at 11:00 to participate in the 2 minutes silence for the armistice.
Members are reminded that the occasion is not a “general meeting” and that, therefore, binding decisions cannot be made.
Members intending to raise a specific topic or issue are requested to advise the General Manager – Operations beforehand so that any necessary research can be undertaken to enable the matter to be fully dealt with.

Kirsty Timmis, General Manager - Operations

2018 Annual General Meeting

Whilst we issue our AGM papers with our January mailing I would like to give you advanced notice that, as agreed at the 2016 Business review meeting, for the 2018 AGM the documents will be sent out by email in January. Hard copies will be sent to those Members for whom we have no email address or to any Member who specifically requests a hard copy. It will also be possible to access the documents on our website.

For Sale – wider circulation

Many of you are aware that we have a “For Sale” notice board in the Sail Loft for boats and equipment. This is for the use of all Members via the office. However I notice items often appear there but not in our ePN ”For Sale” section through which you would enjoy a much larger circulation.

I am pleased that most of our new “In House” activities, Pilates, Spanish lessons etc, are very well supported and often over-subscribed. and therefore we do restrict participation to Members only..
Clive Sparrow, Vice Commodore

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!

Dates are yet to be confirmed, but there will be one in January and one in February.
John Tudor

Lymington Harbour Advisory Group

Peter Upcher is a member of the group and represents the Club, LTSC, Sailability and the RNLI on the Group.

The aim of the Group is to consult on all matters substantially affecting the management, improvement, conservation, protection or regulation of the harbour and its navigation.  The Harbour Commissioners take into consideration any matter, recommendation or representation which may from time to time be referred by the Group which acts as a formal channel for communication.

The Group meets a minimum of twice a year but generally it is four times and has representation for the following stakeholders:

  • Recreation Users
  • RLymYC, LTSC, RNLI & Sailability (One representative)                                    
  • Rowing Club, Sea Fishing Club & Sea Scouts (One representative)
  • Commercial Boat Owners (Fishermen)
  • Ferry Operators ( Wightlink)
  • Marinas (LYH & Berthon)
  • Local People (Lymington & Pennington Town Council, Boldre Parish Council, New Forest District Council, The Lymington Society)
  • Local Business & Professional Interests (Chamber of Commerce)
  • Environmental Interests
  • Hampshire Wildlife Trust & Environmental Interests (One representative)
  • Lymington & Keyhaven Wildfowlers & Environmental Interests (One representative)
  • New Forest National Park Authority (One representative)
  • Coast Protection Interests (NFDC Coast Group)

For those Members who are not on the LHC mailing list and consequently did not receive the recent mail shot you may be interested in the following regarding mooring availability.

LHC Residential Moorings
LHC still have a limited number of resident moorings available for small motorboats and RIBs (up to 8m). 
Located upstream of the railway bridge, these moorings only suit shallow draft boats. Please note there is restricted access under the railway bridge at high tide. As most of their moorings have a long waiting list this is good opportunity to get on the river now while preserving the ability to move to a different mooring later.

LHC Temporary Moorings
Did you know that where ‘resident’ mooring license holders are not using their moorings or berths for a period of time, opportunities arise for temporary moorings.
Temporary mooring licenses are granted on a month by month basis. If a mooring is available for longer, licenses will be granted for additional months up to the limits set out in the terms and conditions.
At the time of allocation priority will be given to applications received from local residents who are on the waiting list for a mooring.

If you are not on the LHC mailing list you can easily register by going on to the website and  scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on Newsletter Sign Up.  The Newsletters give news regarding the harbour and also you can see the local Notice to Mariners.

Peter Upcher





Financially September was another good month for the first floor, which has now made roughly £20,000 profit since February. October has also been busier than last year with an 8% increase in turnover and a good mix of members in for lunch most days and some successful functions, including the Ladies Lunch, the Prize-giving Dinner with a Magician, a very enjoyable Trafalgar Night when Captain Alison Towler, RN (Rtd.) gave an excellent address to “The Immortal Memory” and the Laying Up Party was great fun with good food and an excellent band.

There is a lot planned for November with the Annual Dinner on the 18th November as well as the Wednesday evening lectures, Vince’s and Peter’s quizzes, film nights, bridge nights, bridge classes, coffee mornings, yoga, Pilates, jive classes, Spanish and Italian Classes. Please keep an eye on your emails, the Club notice boards and the website for up to date information.

We have arranged for Priory Wines to run a free wine tasting on Wednesday 6 December from 6pm to 7:30pm with a mixture of reds, whites, sparking wines and Port with a 15% discount on all wines ordered at the event. Should be an ideal time to stock up for Christmas! Supper will be available afterwards but please let us know you are planning on eating by clicking here to email us.

The November “a la Carte” looks great with lots of new dishes including double baked souffl├ęs and kangaroo steaks to bring back memories of holidays in Australia!

We are now back to the winter schedule of Happy Hours, which now run from 5:30pm to 7pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with food available from 6pm. We are also planning to have monthly guest beers and guest wines for you to try whilst you catch up with your friends. 

We would also like to welcome Naomi, our new Duty House Supervisor, who replaces Mo, who has moved to pastures new. I am sure you will make her feel welcome.


Roger Wilson, Rear Commodore House




Members' Coffee Morning - 9th November

Don’t forget about the coffee morning at 10am on 9th November!  Please click the image & contact the club in order to be added onto the sign-up sheet!

Movie Nights - Tuesday 7th November - A Testament of Youth (2016)

The next movie showing at the Club will be Testament of Youth on Tuesday 7th November, followed by Manchester by the Sea on Tuesday 21st November. 
Please click on either image to sign up for both & to be added to the supper list.  

You’ll notice when you sign up that there is a new movie date added on Tuesday 24th April which is Victoria & Abdul so don’t rush out to watch it, save it for the Club Movie Night! 

For the next Kids’ Movie Matinee in February 2018 Half Term we will be showing Minions 3 so sit tight and add the date to your diaries to watch this one

Please sign up on the notice board or click here to register your interest online.


Pilates Classes

Pilates Classes with Jenny are going strong so more dates have been added taking us well into the New Year!  Please see the poster for all the information & the dates.  These can be booked now so please call us on 01590 672677.

Bridge Classes

Beginner & Intermediate Classes will be starting on 8th January for a total of 10 weeks & can be booked now! Please note that there is no class on Monday 5th February. Intermediate Classes will be from 10:00 – 12:00 & Beginner Classes from 13:00 – 15:00. 

Call the Club on 01590 672677 to book yourself on.  Note that places are limited to 16 people per class!


Kids' High Tea

Kids’ High Teas are back for the little ones of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club!  These suppers are held in the Island Room from 5-7pm starting off with Friday 22nd December followed by Friday 19th January, Friday 9th March, & Friday 6th April.  So grown-ups please add these dates to your diaries!

The RLymYC Art Exhibition 24 - 26 November

The Art Exhibition is an opportunity for all Members to display their artistic prowess!

For the opportunity to showcase your own work please click here to download your copy of a submissions form.


Annual Dinner: 18th November 2017


Don’t forget this year’s Annual Dinner is on Saturday 18th November 2017. There will be a four-course dinner, trophy presentations and an entertaining after-dinner talk by well-known Speaker & Artist Colin Van Geffen.  Please click on the image to book or contact the office!

Date for your diaries...

  • Wine Tasting: Wednesday 6 December

  • Christmas Buffet Party - Friday 8th December

‘Tis the season to be jolly’…almost!  Tickets will be on sale from Saturday 4th November.

  • Carols with Santa: Saturday 16th December


  • New Year's Eve: Sunday 31st December

    2017 is almost over! ...Time flies when you’re having fun!  More information will be available shortly.

  • Italian Classes

Ciara Lightbody will be teaching the next batch of language classes here at the Club and this time they will be Italian! The subjects will be similar to that of the Spanish Classes Laura has been teaching: Basic Speaking, Hotel Bookings, Restaurant, Marina & a course review including Shopping as you can’t go to Italy without buying some leather goods!  The course will also finish with an Italian-themed supper for the whole class to practise their newly-learnt skills!

You can book onto these classes on 9th November & the classes will be held on the following dates: 9th January, 23rd January, 30th January, 13th February, 1st March & 27th March.  Advertising will go out for this class with the menu & price for the course on 9th November.
Gillian Poole - Clubhouse Events Manager






The Cruisers have enjoyed a busy Autumn with successful rallies to Cowes for lunch at the Lifeboat and Warsash to celebrate Trafalgar Day at the Sailing Club.  The weather was a bit gloomy for the latter but this lifted after lunch.  We have also had the benefit of a very instructive engine maintenance session courtesy of SAL Marine and feedback from Members at the Cruising Forum.

As a result of the latter, we will investigate the use of social networks to co-ordinate events.  We are focusing on a trip to the Southern French Canals for the Charter Cruise next year.  This should provide a good opportunity for some entente cordiale at a leisurely pace and appeal to a broad cross section of Members.

In November the Winter Talk season begins and we look forward to our final Day sail on 22 Nov.  Needles Relief – in concert with our racing brethren is on 9 December.

We look forward to seeing you at these as well as the many events filling the Club.  So much so that we have had to relinquish the spot for the Cruising Supper on 2nd December.  Sad, but a sign that the First Floor is busier than ever.

Perrin Towler, Captain of Cruising

Past Events


East Cowes Day Cruise 9th October 2017

A total of 13 boats, 11 sail and 3 motor registered for this event, on a day forecast to be dry with little wind.  The morning began however with heavy drizzle and two yachts having got crew who were quite drenched, decided to return to Lymington.  The remaining boats arrived from 1130 hrs onwards at East Cowes marina, promptly making for the Lifeboat pub to dry out and enjoy some welcome refreshment and company.  In all 39 were present at lunch, dining off the daily menu and together generously bought £130 worth of Needles Relief raffle tickets in aid of the RNLI.  At 1430 hrs, all headed back to Lymington, mainly motoring, but a most enjoyable day at sea.
John Adcock - Cruising Sub Committee

Engine Maintenance Talk

More than 50 Club Members attended the illustrated lecture and demonstration presented by Wayne Taylor, director of SAL Marine.

For this two outboard engines and one 3 cylinder Volvo Penta yacht engine were set up in the Island Room. The talk covered ‘winterisation’ of our boats, preventive maintenance and general care of boats relating to the interiors, exteriors and the engines / transmission. He also gave detailed information and excellent slides about ‘common rail’ diesel fuelling systems.

This year’s competition was a timed race to change a fuel filter, oil filter, raw sea water impeller and to loosen and fit a new timing fan belt. All three teams completed the task in less than three and a half minutes – a very good time indeed.
During Q&A Members asked about their individual problems and everyone left feeling more confident and certainly much better informed about care of and troubleshooting on their own boats.
Bob Woolley, Cruising Sub-Committee
Last Call - Photographic Competition

The closing date for entries to the Photography Competition is Friday 17th November.

  • You can enter 1 A4 print per person, to be taken on or around the water.
  • All age groups are encouraged to enter.
  • Please write your name on the back of the photograph.
  • Submit a caption if you wish.

Judging will take place on the afternoon of 22nd November.  The winning photograph will be displayed for one year in the silver frame in the trophy cupboard.

Harvie Woolley, Cruising Sub-Committee


Powerboat Level 2 + Course (£45 to all) 23rd December

This is a course is run by the Club Chief Instructor (Power), Andrew Eady. It does not carry with it an RYA qualification, but it is based on the RYA Safety Boat Course. Candidates must already have an RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate and be a confident powerboat driver.

The one day course is designed for those that help at Club events, who would like to gain some of the knowledge and skills to enable them to more effectively deal with safety of fleets and capsize situations as a crew.

Additional Requirements

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certificate

Powerboat Level 2 Course (Members £95, Non Members £195);

  • 18th & 19th November
  • 2nd & 3rd December

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.  It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations.

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. If you require any further information about our training courses please click here.

If you require any further information about our training courses please click here.


First Aid Course

The Club is running First Aid Course on the following dates:
  • Sunday 12th November
  • 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.

Vicky Leen, Sailing Manager



Volunteers & Winter Race Management Training

The Volunteers Party at the Club provided a most enjoyable finale to another busy season on the water. It was great to catch up with other race team members over an excellent supper and of course congratulate this year’s winner of the Cyril Lyon trophy Malcolm McKeag. Malcolm has coordinated the Race Teams for the XOD and Folkboat classes for several years.  As well as acting as Race Officer for these classes he has also been a frequent member of the Thursday Night Race team. On many occasions he has also provided his own committee boat Chinook.

At the October meeting of the Sailing Committee it was decided that in future all Volunteers assisting with a Club Sailing Event will be referred to as Race Team. It was felt that this more accurately reflects their valuable contribution to sailing and especially racing at the Club. The term Race Team will include all Members who contribute to an event  on and off the water and indeed some may say that they never ‘volunteer’ anyway such are the persuasive skills of Vicky in the sailing office.

Whilst activities on the water take a back seat over the winter months, there are plenty of Training Events in the new year.  For the first time there will be some training for rib support crews who find themselves responsible for finishing a race at a mark. Sign up sheets for all Training Events will be on the notice board.


Race Management

Sign up sheets for the RYA Club Race Officer Course and Role of the Support Boat are on the Club Notice Board – get your name down quick!

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



Date for the diary – Junior Regatta 2018

The dates for next year’s junior Regatta will be 13th to 17th August.  We look forward to many of you joining us once again and to welcoming new Members who might like to volunteer and join in the fun. 

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

The numbers for our racing events are in from the Scow Fleet’s statistician, John Evans.  There were 35 opportunities to launch a Scow to race in the year, of which we lost five to the weather.  The total number of boats sailing more than one race was 77, of which 71 were Club Members.

On Monday evenings, we averaged 15 boats in both the Gold and Silver fleets.  On two occasions the total entries reached 40 boats.

From all these events, a single winner of the Christine Sutherland trophy has emerged.  This prestigious trophy is awarded to the person who has scored best overall through the entire season and supported the fleet in so doing.  The name of the winner is a closely guarded secret which will be announced at the Scow Annual Dinner on 6 November.

Meanwhile, the Potters continued in strength, with the final foray on to the water planned for 31 October.  We are very grateful to Graham Neal for organising a large number of Potters throughout a long season.  The weekly walks start immediately thereafter on Thursday 2nd November, organised by Frances Evans.

The Scow Fleet AGM will be held at 6.30pm on Monday 6th November in the Island Room, when we will be electing David Weller as our Captain and Bob Blatchford as Vice-Captain.  Carol Dunning is standing down after three years as Secretary and Treasurer and we will be electing Katie Ould in her place.  The whole fleet thanks Carol for her efforts over the years.  We also thank David and Bob for all their work and wish them, and the other members of the Committee, the best of luck in the coming three years.

Robin Taunt, Captain of Scows






Christmas Fair. Fuller McLellan Rooms, The Lymington Centre – Saturday 4th November  10 am – 1.30 pm

Contact Mary Reay 10590 677034

Lymington Sailability

Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show, Monday 20th November


Club Sponsors & Discounts

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

For Sale


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.