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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.

The RA Keelboat Regatta
Wed 28 and Thu 29 May

The RA Keelboat Regatta will be held on Wed 28 and Thu 29 May 14 at Sea View Yacht Club (SVYC), Seaview, IOW. The Regatta is open to serving members of the Regiment and members of the RAYC. The Entry Form for the Regatta is available on the side panel under Important Events.

Nine Regiments/RA Headquarters/RAYC members have entered teams in the Regatta - there is still time to get your entry in. Not sure what its all about? Call Maj Colin Walsh on 07788 304662 or 01980 845235 for further details. Two days exciting sailing off the Isle of Wight - bargain - sign up now - link to entry form under Important News on the right hand side of this Homepage.

Availability of St Barbara V

St Barbara V is now available for general charter for the period previously blocked for the Tall Ships Race from 16th June to 15th August. Please consider whether you would like to charter St Barbara V for both AT and private charter over these dates.


The Gunners are conducting an adventurous sail training expedition as part of the Royal Artillery tercentenary celebrations "UBIQUE 300".

The overall aim of the expedition is to sail the Gunner yacht to America and back with as many Royal Artillery personnel participating as possible.

The expedition is open to all Regular and Reserve Royal Artillery officers and soldiers and may include the opportunity for participation by some qualified retired individuals. The RAYC flagship, St Barbara V, will depart Gosport mid-Sep 15 and will return to the UK by mid-Aug 16.

The proposed route sees the yacht sail to the Canary Islands then, via the Cape Verde Islands, westward across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. This would be followed by 3 months of cruising around the Caribbean islands before sailing up the eastern seaboard of the USA and Canada which presents excellent opportunities to reaffirm links with Allied and Commonwealth artillery nations. Finally, St Barbara would return eastward across the Atlantic, via the Azores, back to the UK.

Headquarters, Regiments and other organisations, groups, or individuals should scope their potential participation in Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE and submit an initial expression of interest. This should be done by completing the Expression of Interest at Annex A (see link at sidebar)and sending it to Lt Col White at [email protected] as soon as possible and latest by 1st July 14.

RAYC Membership E-mail Contacts Database - Update

The Hon Secretary and Hon Membership Secretary are endeavouring to update the E-Mail Contacts Database for the RAYC Membership. It would be helpful if all those members who have not received an e-mail from the Honorary Secretary this year could send a confirmatory e-mail to the Hon Secretary from their preferred e-mail address. This will not result in a deluge of e-mails on RAYC related matters in the future and its use will be restricted to notifications of major RAYC events such as the various regattas, the AGM, Commodore's Luncheons and circulation of the RAYC Year Book on a biennial basis. Such e-mail addresses will in future also be used on a restricted basis and your e-mail address will not be widely distributed. 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..

New Secretary for a New Era at Hornet Services Sailing Club

Commander Paul 'Arty' Shaw takes up the new, full-time role of Club Secretary at Hornet Services Sailing Club in early February 2014.

Having recently left the Royal Navy, after 37 years' Service, Arty is well placed to take forward the exciting development plans made possible with the negotiation of a new, long-term lease of land in Gosport and the Club's 220 berth marina.
Both Commander Arty Shaw MBE RN and Commodore Peter Melson CVO CBE RN, the Club's Commodore, are available for media interviews. Please contact Jim Fraser at the Club on 023 9258 0403 or 023 9276 5828 or [email protected] Alternatively,look online at Hornet Services Sailing Club (www.hornetservicessailing.org.uk)

Skipper and Crew Request Page
(See Side Panel)

There is now a skipper or crew request page. The purpose of the page is to allow skippers to request crews for specific charters or races by placing their details on the page and requesting availability of crew for a charter period and providing contact details. Alternatively, crew can declare their availability. Please submit your requests to the webmaster who will post details on your behalf.

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.

Files for use by the Committee and other authorised users can be found here.
A short presentation on the way that the RAYC Cloud Cupboard may be used is accessible here.
Important News:
word Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE Warning Order.
word RAYC Keelboat Regatta on 28/29 May Entry Form 2014.
Eddystone Charity Pursuit - Saturday 21st June. Details of the race are at: http://www.eddystonepursuit.org/. Gunner entries welcome.
word AISTC Programme for dinghy & keelboat, wind or kitesurfing and powerboat Programme for 2014
word The Army Sailing Directory is now available to all registered users in the Cloud Cupboard.
line Skippers and crews wanted
Permanent Skipper wanted for "Queen Galadriel" of the Cirdan trust. See Skipper and Crew wanted page for further details.
GALLIPOLI 2015 - Nicholson 55 Skippers wanted. Opportunity for skipper training and assessment at JSSC. See also the ASA website (link opposite).
The 47 Regt Leg 5 Video


Contact Richard Thisby for information about Moorings.
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Boatswain; Contact L/Bdr Craig Downing.
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Based in Building 100 of the AOSC at Fort Blockhouse
Military: 9380 65681 or Civil: 02392 765681; mob 07414 581600
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