March 2018





Springing in Action

The Club will be busy this coming weekend, 10-11 March.  As well as two major social events, the Fitting Out Supper on Saturday evening and the Mother’s Day lunch on Sunday, we are delighted to be welcoming the Optimists for their Volvo Gill Spring Championships.  With over 200 competitors, the Club will be buzzing with youngsters and their families early in the mornings and later in the afternoons.

Flag Officers and General Committee Members

Roger Garlick is the Club’s new Commodore and the new Vice Commodore is Robin Taunt.  Perrin Towler is the new Rear Commodore Sailing. Five new members of General Committee were elected:  Stephen Crates, Puddy Draycott, Malcom McKeag, Dick Moore and John Tudor.
All the outgoing Members were thanked for their hard work on the Club’s behalf during their time in office.


Fire Alarm

As those at the Club last Sunday lunchtime will know, we have a new fire alarm system.   If the alarm sounds, we do indeed have to evacuate the building.  In this instance the alarm was caused by someone accidentally pressing the small fire alarm button by the front doors, instead of the large door opening pad.

Robin Taunt, Vice-Commodore


March Mailing: Friday 9th March

Look out for the envelope from the Club hitting doormats during next week.  It will contain the 2018 ‘Handbook’ known formally as the ‘List of Members and Yachts’, but also listing some vital legal information, including our Privacy Statement, as required by the new Data Protection Regulations.  The annual Pottership magazine will be in there, if you have not already collected your copy from Reception, and the Club programme for the Summer, both of which are good reads.

Could you help?

We are grateful that we already have some volunteers, but could you help in delivering the March mailing?  If you are available to help, then please open the link below and type your name in your selected area. Once finished please close down your web browser, this will then update my list.

2018 March Mailing Volunteers

The mailing will be ready for collection from the Sail Loft after 15:30 on Friday 9th.


Office Staff Changes

Alma Stapley has retired from her position as Membership Secretary which was effective from Wednesday 28th February.  Alma had been with us for four years and during that time she has rejuvenated the membership process and streamlined the administrative tasks associated with the role. As she leaves us for a well-deserved life of retirement, I have offered the position of Membership Secretary to Maria Shannon our part-time administrator who has agreed to take on the role. We have therefore recruited a new office administrator to fulfil Maria's exisiting role. Sascha joined us on the 19th February and is settling into the team well.
Maria will being in the office Tuesday - Thursday and Sascha will be taking on the admin role Monday - Wednesday.
I’m sure you will all join me in wishing Alma well in her retirement and consequently Maria and Sascha in their new roles.

Lymington Harbour - Annual Report 2017

The Lymington Harbour Commissioners have published their 2017 Annual Report. To download your copy, please click here.

General Data Protection Regulation

With just over 12 weeks to go, the Club has been busy preparing for the new General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force on May 25th and as such you should have received correspondence from us seeking your “informed consent” to allow us to continue to hold and process your personal data. For this reason our Privacy Statement has been updated and included in this year’s “List of Members & Yachts 2018” from page 135, To view an electronic copy, please click here. If you haven’t already let the Club know your privacy preferences then you can submit these electronically via the link below:
or contact who can send your preference form out.

We've recieved 1,200 responses so far,
so 48% of the Membership are yet to respond. It is IMPORTANT that we have a response from every Member!
Thank you for your co-operation.
Kirsty Timmis, General Manager - Operations

Dinghy Park

Dinghy Park - we expect to mark the bays in the Balance Pond in the next few weeks as they have become faded.  We will also be checking the numbering for all the bays prior to the new season and repairing the chain link fencing.  Allocated spaces for next season will be advised shortly.
Vicky Leen & John Tudor



New Members Evening: Friday 23rd March

On Friday 23 March we will be holding the annual ‘New Members Evening’.  Every section of our Club sets out its wares and their representatives are available to chat to the invited new Members, and prospective Members.  It is one of the ways we ensure new Members feel at home and benefit from the many activities we offer.
Amongst them will be a number of Junior Members, who may well be in the Bar and River Room during the evening.  I am sure we will all make them most welcome.

Robin Taunt, Vice - Commodore




Turnover was down in December and January but back to normal in February and we had some problems with our bread and meat suppliers. The supplier issues are, hopefully, now sorted, although the Catering Committee is looking for other bread and cake/pudding suppliers. It is conscious that we need to improve both the quality and consistency of our catering offering.
The catering team has been one down for the last few months.  The other staff have been working extra to maintain the service to Members but are overstretched. We have had a number of applicants and hope to appoint a new team member soon, which should help greatly.
I am also mindful that a number of Members are unhappy with the wines we stock. Purchasing Committee is in the middle of reviewing our wine suppliers and we will be holding a wine tasting evening on the 7th April where Members can try the wines on offer and vote on which we should stock. In the meantime, we are adding two red wines (a Graves and a South African Pinotage) and a white wine  (a Rioja) to the Club’s Royal list. All will be available by the glass for the next couple of months so you can try them. Please let me know what you think and I hope you will join me on 7th April to select the new wines.
The Club has run a number of very successful events over the past couple of months. The New Year’s Eve party was said to be the best ever, the Murder Mystery evening was a great success and will be repeated next year. The Music evening and the Chinese New Year were popular and attracted different groups of Members. The screening of the 6 Nations Rugby in the Bar is getting more popular now we have sorted out the position of the TV and the sound.
Coming up in March is the Fitting Out Supper on the 10th, as well as all the usual Lecture Nights, Quizzes, Film Nights, Bridge, Yoga and Pilates activities.

Roger Wilson, Rear Commodore House


Fitting Out Party: Saturday 10th March

Don’t forget that this year’s Fitting Out Party is coming up on 10th March 2018! 

Complete with a 70's themed menu, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie on down!

We are also planning on running a "Whose Who?" throughout the evening so if you have any 70's photos of yourselves, drop them into the Club before the evening so we can mount them on display.

Tickets are on sale until Wednesday 7th at 16:30 so its not too late to get involved.

6 Nations Rugby - LIVE!

We will be continuing to show the games for the Rugby 6 Nations in the Bar.  The next games are over the weekend of 10/11th March with the England Game showing at 17:45 on Saturday 10th

We look forward to seeing you there!



Please book here to attend the lecture & supper- see the menu below.
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Member's Coffee Morning:  Thursday 8th March 2018

The next All-Members Coffee Morning will be Thursday 8th March at 10am.  General Manager's Kirsty & Kerry will be attending so please pop down and see them.

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 or click here to be added to the list.


Movie Nights: Tuesday 6th March - Loving (2016)

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

Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving fell in love and were married in 1958. They grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C., but the family ultimately tries to find a way back to Virginia

Click on the image above to register your attendance!

Quiz Nights

Don’t forget that we are running a second monthly quiz run by Peter J Bell! The next one is Thursday 22nd March.  Please call Reception on 01590 672751 to book!  Teams of 6-8, starting at 18:30.



Dates for your diary:

Ipad classes

You will soon be able to book onto a beginner’s Ipad course here at the Club!  The dates for these are 4th, 11th and 18th April.  Each class will be 2 hours each week and starting at 18:30. 

Easter Egg Hunt

This year the RLymYC will be hosting an Easter Hunt on 29th March around the club for all the little ones followed by luncheon! The hunt will start at 11:30 so have your Easter baskets ready! 

Gillian Poole - Clubhouse Events Manager




Wednesday Lecture Nights

There are  three remaining talks this Winter, all starting at 1830.

  • 7th March   Michael Pitts -   War Wrecks of the Coral Seas- Michael revisits the club promising some  stunning  underwater photography and stories from his experiences diving at Chuuk Lagoon and the island of Peleliu in  the Pacific Ocean.
  • 14th March  Dr Simon Boxall -The Ebb and Flow of the Tides - What determines the tides of the English Channel? As Associate Professor in Oceanography at Southampton University, Dr Boxall’s  talk will be both enlightening and entertaining.
  • 21st March   Harvie Woolley  The Staffordshire Hoard - the largest hoard of Anglo- Saxon gold and silver ever found

We are presently planning the Winter 2018-19 lectures and are always pleased to  hear from Members who would like to give one, or suggest others.  Contact George Trevelyan, Vice Captain of Cruising.

Sue Sutherland, Captain of Cruising


Day Cruise - East Cowes - Tuesday 20th March

This month’s day cruise is to East Cowes, with lunch at the Lifeboat Inn. Berths have been reserved at East Cowes Marina and payment should be made to their office on arrival. The Portsmouth HW is 13.08.
Lunch will be from the standard menu at the Lifeboat.  The
closing date for registration is Friday 16th March, so please complete the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard.
There will be a briefing at the Club at 9.00 to update any changes to the plan especially in the light of the weather on the day, and to allocate any spare crew to vessels.
We look forward to seeing you on the day but if there are any queries then please do not hesitate to contact me.


Tony Hughes, Cruising Sub-Committee


Safety Briefing: Saturday 24th March at 10:00

Why should I come?   If you use lifejackets, operate a boat with safety equipment on board, or want an update on the number of ways now available of calling for help, this session is for you.

Led by David Monks, Club  Member and RNLI Community Safety Officer, Central Solent, and a team from RNLI, they will offer:
  • A lifejacket clinic: bring all your lifejackets, ancient and modern, have them checked by the experts, learn how to keep them up-to-date yourself.
  • Calling for Help: a discussion of all the means now available to us (VHF, PLB, Mobile, EPIRB, AIS, Tracker, Flares, EVDS, SART etc).
  • A demonstration of the free On Board Check of safety equipment which RNLI offers all boaters, on a Member’s yacht on the pontoon. 
  • Sign up on Cruising Noticeboard.  Any queries to me.

George Trevelyan , Vice Captain of Cruising

Informal Cruising Supper: Saturday 24th March

The next supper takes place at 1900 for 1930 in the River Room in Saturday 24th March. The chef has devised a seasonal menu, 3 courses £21.95 and 2 courses £17.95
Menu details on the Club website.  Select your choices, book and pay at Reception by Thursday 22nd March.
There will be warm reception to all Cruising Members and those who plan to start cruising or crewing.


2018 Summer Cruise

A brief update regarding the latest thinking on the Summer Cruise this year. The current plan is to sail across the channel on the 1st June assuming the weather is suitable. Depending on the wind direction we will either go across to Alderney or Cherbourg. Crossing on this date will allow those who would like to cross the Channel with others to do so. We can then cruise the Channel Islands and the North Brittany coast, either together or on our own. Social events such as dinners can be arranged as we go. 
In previous years destinations and dinners were arranged in advance but due to the weather, had to be cancelled. It seems preferable to remain flexible and plan as we go. The other main change this year is to keep in touch via Facebook Messenger/Facebook Group as per the J80 fleet. This will enable us to say where we are and where are going so that people can meet up as appropriate. Instruction can be provided if either App is new to you.

This flexibility and use of such a communications mechanism, will allow any of the yacht club’s cruising boats to stay in touch and meet up with any other boats nearby. This suits many people who set off earlier or later than the June 1st date.   For the more intrepid, the plan is for some people to head down to Vannes where there is a Moody Owners Rally on the 12/13/14 July as well as the usual Bastille Day celebrations.
If you have any comments or preferences please let me know by email.

Bill Parsons, Cruising Sub-Committee

Past Events

Day Cruise to Gins - Wednesday 23rd February 2018

In bright, clear sunshine and on a rising tide 9 sail boats, 5 motor boats and 2 RIBs set off from Lymington for an excellent run to and along the Beaulieu River. A total of 66 members attended of which 6 arrived by car.
For keen birdwatchers there were good views of avocets, oyster catchers as well as large flocks of terns, geese and ducks.
It was a great pleasure to welcome Marilyn and Geoff Holmes on the maiden voyage or their new Dale 9m. motor boat ‘Mainframe 2’.
As always the staff at Gins gave a warm welcome to our members and served excellent fish and meat pie luncheons on time at 12.30. Some considered the price to be rather high; however, the venue was opened especially for this cruising section visit.
Although most boats managed to tie up alongside the Gins pontoon Sue Sutherland, Captain of cruising and Andrew Sutherland were thanked for their help in ferrying others safely from the central river pontoon.

Robert Woolley, Cruising Sub-Committee



Portmore Insurance Spring Series - 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th April

The Notice of Race & Entry Form for the 2018 Portmore Insurance Spring Series is now available and details are online
Jim Saltonstall, formerly RYA National Racing Coach is joining our own Barry Dunning to offer a customised  version  of  the  programme  they  have  been  running  for  the  RORC  at  Cowes over many years. A full day's coaching for keelboat sailors has been organised for Saturday 7th April.
**NEW FOR 2018** For this year's event we are pleased to announce that Dancing Cow Brewery will be sponsoring the Daily Prizes. The winning boat of the daily prizes will each receive a bespoke 100ml bottle of our own 'Royal Lymington Gin 414'. Royal Lymington Gin 414 has been uniquely crafted by your General Committee & is not yet available so don't miss out getting your hands on one of the first bottles!

Vicky Leen, Sailing Manager


Hannah Snellgrove - Crowdfunding appeal.

Hannah is three-time British Laser Radial National Champion. She rose up through the Club’s youth programme, initially in Optimists, then Laser 4.7s; finally making the move into the Laser Radial, the women’s single-handed Olympic class, in her teens.
She is making a return to the Olympic sailing circuit after a two year break from international competition, during which time she has coached and helped to build up the RS Tera and Laser youth programmes at the Club.
A self-supported sailor since April 2015, she receives no funding from the RYA.  She is searching for financial backing to be able to compete against the professional athletes who are supported by their national governing bodies.
In addition to Hannah’s three national titles, she has been placed in the top 10 at European level, EUROSAF Cups and World Cups and in the top 15 at a World Championship.  She was inspired to recommence her campaign at the Worlds and Europeans last year, while working full time and with very little to no time in the boat, she finished 26th and 14th respectively, with multiple top 10 race finishes in both major regattas.
Hannah has launched a crowd funding project to secure a new Laser Radial and spares to facilitate her sailing for the upcoming season.  Full details of the project and how to donate can be found by following this link.
She is also seeking sponsorship for her campaign, and any businesses or individuals interested in finding out more should email Hannah.





We are pleased to report that the XOD Division's Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions will be issued shortly, covering all races run by the Lymington Division this season.  You will notice some mandatory changes to the safety regulations, as well as some innovations in the racing schedule.  This year you will be able to enter on line!
Happy hour: our monthly happy hour is on the second Tuesday of each month.  The next one is on Tuesday 13th March at 1730.  Please come along, there will be news of the Platform deliberations and your opinions on this will be sought.

Roy Froud, Captain of XOD Fleet

LR Scows - Small Boats, Large Fleets, Maximum Fun

February saw six wonderful walks and two social events

Bucklers Hard to Beaulieu for coffee and back to the Master Builder’s for lunch; two walks around the Lymington and Keyhaven marshes: one in search of 35 species of birds and the other for brisk exercise.
A circuit of Wilverley Plain in bright sunshine with lots of puddles and Striders and Strollers from the Tilery car park through Denny Lodge Enclosure.
An informal Scow Supper on Monday 5th February.  Good food, good conversation and good company!  Two weeks later, Alastair Mackay gave us a brilliant ‘Pilot’s Perspective of the Eurofighter Typhoon’. 

Looking forward to March

  • 8th March   Two Sea Wall walks (Strollers and Striders)
  • 15th March   Rhinefield
  • 22nd March   Burley
  • 29th March   Setley
Social events
  • 8th March    A day out in London including lunch at the Royal Thames Yacht Club.
  • 19th March  Rory Paton will prepare us for the sailing season.
Wanting to sail: No boat
We have two Scow owners who want to potter their Scows this summer but don’t want to race.  They would be happy to make their boats available to others for racing.  If you would like to race in one of these boats please let me know and I will put you in touch with the owner(s).
It is snowing as I write this but the sailing season in just around the corner!
David Weller, Captain of Scow Fleet


Lymington Optimist Flotilla Looking forward to the 2018 Season

Our Optimists have been training hard over the winter, despite freezing temperatures, hail storms and at times howling gales. This fantastic training program is the envy of many optimist fleets and we have to thank our energetic class captains for all their hard work in making it happen.

Anybody who has spent any weekends in a safety boat watching the children, has to really admire their courage, tenacity and ability to really enjoy these cold conditions. To see big smiles on their faces as they surf down a wave, soaking wet, in the middle of February is impressive and makes sitting watching in a safety boat with blocks of ice for hands all worth it!

On top of the local training program, some 25 Club Sailors gained selection to the 2017/2018 RYA zone, Optimist Class Intermediate and National Squads. These squads provide fantastic training (and lots of fun) for the children over the winter months and our flotilla is well placed for some great fun and hopefully some results too, at National and International events this year.

We also had sailors representing the Club (some within the GB team) in the Palamos International Regatta, which hosts the best teams of many countries within its 550 entrants! They were Freddie May, George May, Emma Breese, Freddie Londsdale, Emily Muller, Ben Muller, Henry Heathcote and Santiago Sesto-Cosby.


We are very excited that the first big event of the season, the IOCA Spring Championships, is to be held here. More than 200 Optimist sailors will be racing in Lymington over the weekend of 10/11th March and we look forward to welcoming sailors from all over the UK together with a large contingent from Ireland. Around 30 Club sailors will also be competing. It will be quite a sight to see so many Optimists launching from the Club. We hope lots of Members will come and cheer the local sailors on and help us give a Royal Lymington welcome all our visitors and their families!

Valeria Sesto-Cosby, Captain of Optimists

Wednesday Junior Sailing

Wednesday Sailing are busy preparing for the new season. Will you be able to help this year? 
Whether you’re an active sailor, keen oarsman, or a willing to learn we would love your help. Full training and a buddy system is implemented for all new helpers.

If you think you could share some of your expertise with the next “sailing” generation then come along to the Safety Briefing. 

WJS Dates for your diary

The Safety Briefing – 28th March 2018 - 2pm
Get an update on what’s new for this year, share ideas and promote best practice. 
We also have some Training session for all helpers / Instructors. 

  • 11th April - 10:00 - 12:00 Rib training. 14:00 - 16:00 Rigging Single handers and pontoon safety. 
  • 18th April - 10:00 - Rigging Double handers. 14:00 - 16:00 Practice you skills

Wednesday sailing begins - 25th April 
Ali Husband - Head of Wednesday Junior Sailing

Volunteers & Race Management Training

Race Team

If you haven’t yet filled in your 2018 Sailing Event Teams Form now it the time to do so.   is now available in the Volunteers section of the Club’s website.  Next is the Optimist Spring Championships, over 200 entries so  lots of help is needed,  and then the Portmore Spring Series for keelboats which is run over the four April weekends. If you would like to help with any of these events please complete the Events Team Form.  If you are not sure of your availability just tick the ‘willing to be contacted at short notice’ box and Vicky will contact you when she has any gaps in the event rosters.

Jane Corden


The days are starting to get longer, time to start thinking of a summer out on a support boat?

Role of the Support boat

John Whyte
Island Room -  1830 start
This session will cover the tasks you could be asked to fulfill by the Race Officer if you are driving or crewing a support boat.
Thursday 15th March will an extended session to cover all topics as the session planned on March 1st was snow day.

Use of Club VHF Radios

Saturday 21 April - Island Room 1030 hours

Sign up sheets are on the Club Notice board.

Frances Evans



Wheelies - Next Meets


Wheelies have continued to meet weekly through the New Year, and have enjoyed rides organised by Michael Coombes, Tim Harford, Andrew Sutherland, Peter Bell (on his own!) George T and William Newton. We have met at Ashlett Creek, the White Buck at Burley, Hawkhill, Yarmouth Ferry Terminal and of course the Clubhouse. We have room for more riders, so please contact William, Michael or George if you are interested.




Pilates Classes

We still have spaces on Jenny’s Pilates Classes listed below so please register your interest by emailing 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


Annual General Meeting  Thursday 15th March 7.00 pm Lymington Town Sailing Club

The meeting will be followed by a short film on the Lymington Lifeboat.

Beaulieu Boat Jumble Sunday 22nd  April  10.00 am - 5.00 pm -  Still collecting, last date 13th April

Still time to clear out the cupboards before the sailing season starts.  Chandlery and sails welcome.  Either take to the boatmen at the Club or contact: John Niven 01590 678839 or Celia Lassen 01590 672881.

Sunday 13th May - The 17th Annual Lymington Lifeboat 10K and Children's Fun Run.

For 2018 the event will again include last year’s popular under 5 years run thus enabling all the family to participate. The 10K is open for entrants from 15 upwards and the Children’s Run age groups are 0 – 5 years, 5 – 8 years, 9 – 11 years and 12 – 15 years, allowing 15 year olds to either compete at 2K for the Inter-school team shield or at 10K.

Enter now at: or for all events that will take place on Sunday 13 May 2018 at the Woodside Park venue commencing at 10:00 am.
If you are not a runner then please still put Sunday 13th May 2018 in your diary to come and support the participants either in the park or on the route.   Anyone who would like to help with the event on the day should contact Richard Clarke by email.


Club Sponsors & Discounts

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


For Sale

Laser 126035   --  £550.00

Turquoise hull with coral waterline and white bottom.  Good condition for her age.  Standard and radial rigs, 2 x radial sails - fair condition. 1 x standard sail, McNamara copy – sailable. 2 x sail bags. I new rudder – unused, 1 used rudder, Mid length tiller and extension.  I centreboard. Full Sanders cover, good condition.  Claridge stainless trolley, good condition. Modern strings and blocks & Windex & Painter.  Sailed inland, last 10 years at Lymington, now changing class due to my age.  Contact Nick Ryley 07768 123405 or email.


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