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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). Four student places in total are available on Bombardier II and these will be allocated on a 'first come first served' basis on receipt of the entry form at Annex A. Please see right hand sidebar for registration details. Applications should be received before 12 January.

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 potentially 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. Further details concerning the agenda for the AGM will be posted on the RAYC Website at www.rayc.org.uk nearer the event.

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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.


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 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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