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The Royal Artillery Yacht Club (RAYC) aims to encourage sailing and seamanship among all members and to promote sailing in the Royal Artillery; providing opportunities, encouragement, funding and support to all members of the Royal Regiment, the Club 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.

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RAYC General Committee Meeting
Change of Date - 9th July

You are requested to note that the next RAYC General Committee Meeting will now be held at the AISTC(S) at Thorney Island on the revised date of Thu 9 Jul 15 starting at 1030 hours. This will be preceded by an Executive Committee Meeting starting at 0930 hours.

The Minutes of the RAYC AGM held at the Packway Mess on 26th February 2015 are available under Awards, News and Events.

RA Keelboat Regatta
(27 - 28 May 2015)

The RA Keelboat Regatta was sailed at Seaview Yacht Club, Isle of Wight on Wed 27 and Thu 28 May 15 in 26 foot long Mermaid keelboats. Sponsorship was kindly provided by Thales and CAE. Twelve boats entered; five from the serving Regiment (two from 16 Regt RA and one each from 3 RHA, 12 Regt RA and 19 Regt RA), six boats from the Young Officer's Branch, RSA and one from the RAYC (Dumas boat).

The Wednesday morning started warm, sunny and windless at Seaview. Fortunately, the wind filled in with one race sailed before lunch and four in the afternoon up to Force 3 - 4. The second day dawned sunny and blustery with winds forecasted at Force 4 - 5 and four races were sailed in challenging conditions over an extended morning session. The racing was very competitive amongst all the crews with Maj Matt Sargent (12 Regt RA) dominating throughout the two days with Maj Sven Hay (3 RHA), Capt James Boutle (16 Regt RA), Col Tim Dumas (RAYC) and Maj Colin Walsh (YO's 5) fighting for the minor places with Maj Sven Hay (3 RHA) narrowly taking second place from Capt James Boutle (16 Regt RA) on count back. The remaining crews are to be commended for their positive approach to sailing largely for the first time and in a competitive environment.


A curry supper for the forty two participants was held at the Club on the Wednesday night kindly supported by Airbus Defence and Space. At the prize giving on Thursday afternoon the following trophies were awarded by one of our former Vice Commodore's, Col Chris Copeland;



Keelboat Regatta Line-Up

Army Offshore Regatta

RAYC finished 2nd equal (with the RLC) overall in the Dolphin Trophy at the Army Offshore Regatta.

Bombardier 2 in the Mates' Race back from Osbourne Bay, skippered by Captain of Boats, managed a clever escape at the first mark in a dying breeze and strong contrary tide, to build a big lead with the tide as the rest of the fleet struggled. Otherwise she was fifth in the IRC Class, overall.

12 Regt crew on Nerita started well with a win in the double points Offshore Race, enduring a long beat back from a very choppy Owers in breeze up to Force 7. Then sailed a conservative Inshore Series with a 2,3,4 in the windward leewards and a second in the Passage Race, to take the overall win from the AGC boat by 2 points.


Combined Team for the AOR

September 2015 to August 2016

Ex ATLANTIC UBIQUE (AU) will commence from Gosport Marina on Sun 20 Sep 15 (14 - 1600), with St Barbara V and her first crew departing Gosport on the next high tide en route to the Canary Islands. A Pre-Deployment Warning Order has been published and is available on the Cloud Cupboard.

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 Tim Wood RA, Telephone - Mil: 94393 6349 ; Civ: 01264 886349 ; Mob: 07596435991; email: [email protected]

St Barbara Caribbean Charter Opportunity
23rd December to 6th January 2016

St Barbara will be based in St Lucia over Christmas and New Year, and is available for charter at the Adventure Training rate of £140. She is currently (and up until 1 Jul 15) available for either bareboat or skippered charter with the Bosun, Ian Thornton. After 1 Jul, it would become a skippered charter option only. If you are intersted in chartering during this period, please contact the Ex ATLANTIC UBIQUE directing staff at: [email protected]
for more details or chartering options.

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 DL
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 Committee Meeting - Thorney Island Thursday 9th July at 1030a.m.
word Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE May/June Newsletter
word Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE Unit Briefing Pack
word RAYC C* Rating Day, 9th July at Gosport. Calling Notice
word New RYA Safety Advisory Notice Jan 2015
word RAYC Yearbook 2015 now available in the Members' Area
word The Army Inshore Sail Training Centre(South)(AISTC(S))programme 2015 is Here

line Skippers and crews wanted
Ex BLUE ODIN . CS / DS required to skipper UOTC Yachts from BKYC 2 - 18 Sep. Contact Col Slay email: [email protected]
Ex ACSC . YM(OS) required to skipper Bombardier / St Barbara 12 - 19 Jul. Contact Lt Col Gent 07701 048220; [email protected]



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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