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The Royal Artillery Yacht Club (RAYC) aims to promote sailing amongst all ranks of the Gunners; providing opportunities, encouragement, funding and support to all members of the Royal Regiment and their families who wish to participate in the sport for adventurous training, competitive and recreational benefit.

The Club seeks to develop key skills and qualifications amongst its members in the four disciplines of Offshore, Dinghies & Dayboats Windsurfing and Kitesurfing. In addition, the Club provides training in powerboat handling, management and safety. It does this by arranging training opportunities, running centrally coordinated events and by providing expert advice, equipment and financial support to those who seek to develop their own sailing ambitions.

RAYC Yachtmaster (Offshore) Training Week and Exam
26 - 30 January 2015

The aim of this training week and examination is to qualify members of the RAYC to RYA YM (Off) or YM (C).

Please see right hand sidebar for Calling Notice and Admin Instructions.

RAYC AGM and Commodore's Luncheon
Thursday 26th February 2015

All RAYC Members are requested to note that the 2014 AGM will be held, as previously published in the RAYC Year Book for 2014, on Thursday 26 February 2015 at the Packway Officers' Mess at Larkhill commencing at 1030 hours. A vote will this year be held on whether the Club should be incorporated. This is an important step for the Club and Members are duly encouraged to attend.

The AGM will be followed by the presentation of Committee Awards and RAYC Colours at 1215 hours and a Commodore's Luncheon ("wet" buffet with wine) from 1245 hours. Members planning to attend the AGM are requested to notify the Honorary Secretary by Friday 13 February and those wishing to attend the Commodore's Luncheon are also requested to inform the Honorary Secretary accordingly.

The cost of the Luncheon will be £18. The Honorary Secretary may be contacted preferably by e-mail on [email protected] or on Mob: 07833-542920.

September 2015 to August 2016

The FRAGO for the Gunners' sail training expedition for the Royal Artillery tercentenary celebrations "UBIQUE 300" is available at the LH sidebar under Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE at the sidebar or click AU FRAGO 002.

The Regimental commitment and the commencement of afterguard and crew preparation and training is covered at Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE Ex AU Crew Trg and Quals.

Any questions contact Lt Col M P White RA, Telephone - Mil: 94344 8280; Civ: 01980 618280; Mob: 07850 172486; email DII: DCYP-Projects-SO1 | [email protected]

Advanced Command and Staff Course Afloat!

Members of the Defence Academy recently enjoyed a crisp winter weekend aboard St Barbara V over 19 - 21 Dec 2014. Organised by Gunners Lt Cols Chris Gent and Tony Neylan, both students on ACSC 18, the weekend was attended by fellow students of ACSC 18 as well as some of the SERCO staff from the Academy and other members of Shrivenham Station.


(L-R) Miss Alison Pratt, Lt Col Neale Spence, Lt Col Barry Leonard (Canada), Miss Katie Hayes, Mrs Helen Gent
Other views under Images

A second yacht with ACSC students and DS was also afloat, and the cruise in company enjoyed some brisk conditions and spectacular sailing. Another Academy weekend will follow pre-Easter to complete the RYA Competent Crew syllabus for the four attendees who are studying towards the qualification, which has included lunchtime shorebased lessons in Shrivenham overseen by Colonel Paul Molyneaux. Chris and Tony are also planning a Staff College Regatta, and to take St Barbara to France with a crew of fellow students on the Course's closing battlefield tour in July 15.

RAYC Keelboat Regatta
Seaview IOW, 27/28 May 2015

The RA Keelboat Regatta will be held on Wed 27 and Thu 28 May 15 at Sea View Yacht Club (SVYC), Seaview, IOW. The Regatta is open to serving members of the Regiment and members of the RAYC.

Joining Instructions and application for entry is at the sidebar

New Year Sale - Hudson Wight is offering 25%

2014 HW1 set of "Oilies", made with our exclusive ground-breaking 3 Layer OceanVent technical laminated fabric, only £300.00 while stocks last. See the offer at www.hudsonwight.com. Or go to shop (LH Menu) for details.

RAYC Membership E-mail Contacts Database - Update

Returns should be addressed to the following; [email protected] and [email protected] Alternatively if you could fill out an updated membership details and send either electronically or by the post to the Hon Membership Secretary using the form here.

Skipper and Crew Request Page
(See Side Panel)

Flag Officers: Ensign
General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux G.C.B C.B.E D.S.O
Brigadier L. K. Ford M.B.E.

Access to the RAYC Members' Area can be found here. A self-registration facility is available.
A short presentation on the RAYC Members' Area is here.
Important News:
word RAYC Yachtmaster (Offshore) Training Week and Exam Calling Notice.and Admin Instruction
word The Army Inshore Sail Training Centre(South)(AISTC(S))programme 2015 is Here

word RAYC Keelboat Regatta 2015 Joining Instructions and Entry Form
line Skippers and crews wanted
GALLIPOLI 2015. Nicholson 55 Skippers wanted. Opportunity for skipper training and assessment at JSSC. See also the ASA website (link opposite).
R Signals Sail Training Week,
12 - 17 April 2015.Instructors wanted. Contact Al Smith,02392 765668 or 07980 322238.



Boatswain; Contact Bdr Ian Thornton; LBdr Craig Herbert .
Click Boatswain to e-mail
Based in Building 100 of the AOSC at Fort Blockhouse
Military: 9380 65681 or Civil: 02392 765681; mob 07935 354954 (Also Duty Number)
Moorings. Contact Major J E D Cunningham for information about Thorney Island.
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