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Library of Logs

We have an extensive library of Members' Logs, dating back to 1992. Those between 1992 and 2015 are held as hard copy in box files in the Chart Room, see the list under 'Library of Logs 1992-2015'. For 2016 onwards, see the list under 'Library of Logs 2016 on'.
The most recent year's Logs (2019) can be viewed via the links below:
Frisians   Morbihan motor

Morbihan sail
Oxford by sea      Croatia

S Africa to Grenada
Vigo        Leucate to Cartagena

Most 2018, 2017 and 2016 Logs can be viewed on the Club's History site, here. A few are hard copy only, which can be viewed in the Chart Room.

Cruising Awards and Log Competition

Each November, all RLymYC members are invited to submit a Log, or other account giving details of their cruises in the season just ending, (or earlier seasons if there is a good reason for the delay). The Log/account should be submitted to the Captain of Cruising by email ( as a pdf attachment not exceeding 25mb, with individual photos reduced to 1mb.  The deadline is 31 January in the following year. Logs can include any mix of text, photographs and charts.
All Logs will be placed on this page, to enable electronic access by members.
Because cruising has been disrupted through Covid-19 throughout the 2020 season, there is a risk that there will not be many accounts completed in the Log competition this year.  Cruising Sub-Committee has agreed that for the 2020 competition:
  • you may submit an unpublished Log for another year’s cruise, as long ago as you wish        AND/OR 
  • you are invited to describe your lifetime’s enjoyment of boating in all its forms, which might be used to help our panel award the John and Angie Bailie Trophy (lifetime achievement in sailing, see below)
The submitted Logs will be assessed by a panel of CsC members, who will award the Trophies.
These can be awarded both to owners and their crews and to those chartering yachts. Submissions will be judged primarily on what has been achieved, rather than the standard of submission, with the exception of the Senior Brownlow Cup, where the quality of the narrative may be an issue.

The classes for award are:
Seamanship Trophy – awarded for a feat of seamanship or navigation by a club Member. A board listing the winners is displayed in the Club.
XII Bar Blues Trophy – awarded to encourage and reward the use of modern technologies in creating blogs for a particular cruise.
John and Angie Bailey Trophy - awarded for a lifetime achievement in sailing.
Cadiz Cup awarded for a significant and demanding cruise under sail.
Quains Cup awarded for a significant cruise under sail.
Fen Dawn Cup awarded to a motor cruiser for a significant cruise.
Senior Brownlow Cup awarded for the best narrative submitted by either a sailing yacht or motor cruiser.
Channel Trophy awarded for consistent support over the cruising season of rallies organised by the Cruising Sub-Committee; can be awarded to both sailing yachts or motor cruisers.
Junior Brownlow Cup - awarded to a young family who have undertaken a challenging cruise, taking into account the age of the children, or to a Member, whether junior or family under the age of 18, who has made a significant contribution to a cruise either as a skipper or member of crew.

Suggested topics to cover in your logs: Places visited (a simple track chart helps); weather and sea encountered; documentation requirements; berthing arrangements including availability, cost and facilities; mooring and anchoring issues; fuel and water availability and cost; provisioning issues; eating out; any particular incidents, excitements and challenges; lessons learnt for the benefit of others; photos or sketches that enhance the text.
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