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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.

YM(Offshore) Beat-Up Week and Exam

There is an opportunity for one or two YM(Coastal) skippers to attend a YM(Offshore) beat-up week at ATC Castlemartin from Sun 16 Nov to Fri 21 Nov with the YM(Off) exam being on Sat 22 Nov 14. This is an excellent opportunity to get ahead of the Ex AU trg reqts for you or a member of your crew. Contact Pablo Thorn at Castlemartin on 94361 4284.

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RAYC Offshore Regatta
8th - 14th September 2014

Eighteen Young Officers from the Royal School of Artillery entered four yachts into the Royal Artillery's annual sailing regatta at Yarmouth, bringing their own unique flavour to the event. Speaking at the dinner on the Saturday night, The Admiral, Lord Richards expressed his delight at the number of Young Officers who had taken part, even though their pre-race preparations kept the crews of some other yachts from sleeping (all tactics of course).


The crews of all four yachts line up on the Royal Artillery's flag ship St. Barbara V

With limited racing experience the YOs need seasoned help from the wider regiment. Captain James Boutle not only skippered Redcoat, but also organised the majority of the YO's admin. Alongside him Major David Nuttall, Bombardier Thornton and the tailor Mr Urton skippered Swordfish, Bombardier and Lokrum respectively. The YO's on Redcoat also had the privilege of both the vast knowledge of WO1 Russ Weatherford, and his wicked sense of humour. Other and full size pictures are available under "Images" (left sidebar). The full report of the Regatta is here.

RA Dinghy Regatta
1st - 3rd September 2014

the RA Dinghy Regatta on 4 Sep 14 which was sailed in Chichester Harbour in Laser Picos and Laser 2000s. Twenty eight officers and soldiers competed in both the individual and inter unit competition which was strongly contested under the watchful eye of the Race Officer Maj (Retd) David Williams RA and Assistant Race Officer Maj Colin Walsh.


Dinghy Lasers

The individual competition for the Barron Cup was won by Gnr Tom Kingsbury, 12 Regt RA, second was Gnr Jaen van Wyk, 1 RHA and third was Gnr Alex Flockhart, 32 Regt RA. The Dinghy Cup (Open Champion) was won by Gnr James Roe, 32 Regt RA with runner up being LBdr John Johnston, 12 Regt RA. The Inter Unit competition, for the Loseby Trophy, was competed for in Laser 2000s by 12, 32 and 47 Regiment's. The winners were 12 Regt RA closely followed by 32 Regt RA with 47 Regt RA sailing well in third place.

Other and full size pictures are available under "Images" (left sidebar).

RA Keelboat Regatta
28/29th May 2014

The RA Keelboat Regatta was sailed at Seaview Yacht Club, Isle of Wight in 26 foot long Mermaid keelboats. Ten boats entered; eight from the serving Regiment (two each from 16 Regt RA, 3 Div OSG and 3 RHA and one each from 19 Regt RA and 32 Regt RA) and two from the RAYC (the Dumas boat and the Sleap boat).


Keelboat Crews

The racing in challenging conditions was very competitive amongst all the crews but Dumas (RAYC) comfortably saw Barnes's boat (19 Regt RA) into second place. The novice crews assisted by their Seaview helms are to be commended for their positive approach to sailing for the first time and in a competitive environment.

Other and full size pictures are available under "Images" (left sidebar). The full report of the Regatta and results are here.


The FRAGO for the Gunners' sail training expedition for the Royal Artillery tercentenary celebrations "UBIQUE 300" is available at the sidebar. The Regimental commitment now requires:
a. The nomination of a unit POC/sailing officer.
b. The identification of afterguard and crew (including a reserve).
c. The commencement of afterguard and crew training.
d. Financial planning.
e. Scoping of flight options.
For further details see Skippers and crews wanted or contact Lt Col M P White RA, Telephone - Mil: 94344 8280; Civ: 01980 618280; Mob: 07850 172486; email DII: DCYP-Projects-SO1 | [email protected]

After-Guard.The expedition organisers need to secure the support of suitably qualified and experienced Yachtmasters Ocean and Yachtmasters Offshore as an after-guard from which Regiments or other participating organisations can draw if they are unable to provide their own skippers and mates. This after-guard can comprise Regular, Reserve or Retired personnel and each volunteer who is keen to participate should register their interest by completing Annex A of the After-Guard letter at the sidebar and send it to Lt Col Matt White by 30 Jun 14 at [email protected]

RAYC - C* Rating Training Courses

The instruction for the courses are availablehere. For further details contact Captain of Boats, Lt J A B Price [email protected]

RAYC Yachtmaster (Offshore) Training week and Exam

24th - 29th November from Premier Marina, Gosport, using the Gunners' second yacht Bombardier II, and is open to all suitably experienced and qualified RA personnel. Please see right hand sidebar for registration 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 Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE After-Guard.
word RAYC Yachtmaster (Offshore) Training week and Exam Calling Notice.
word AISTC Programme for dinghy & keelboat, wind or kitesurfing and powerboat Programme for 2014
line Skippers and crews wanted
Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE. Yachtmasters Ocean / Offshore still wanted as After-Guard. See instruction above.
GALLIPOLI 2015. Nicholson 55 Skippers wanted. Opportunity for skipper training and assessment at JSSC. See also the ASA website (link opposite).
Caribbean Wings (St Lucia - St Lucia) 18 Jan - 1 Feb 2015 . Mate (DS) wanted. Contact Maj M Hawker, Civ Tel: 01264 88 6047. Email [email protected]



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