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History of the RAYC

Those members who would like a copy of "The Royal Artillery Yacht Club - The Twenty Five Years from 1983 to 2008" are requested to please contact the Honorary Secretary.

Alternatively a draft soft copy of the History is available Here

The early RAYC history (1933 - 83)has been researched and edited by Colonel Harvey, who would like to thank many helpers. These include Brigadier Paddy Ryan and Colonel Peter Lowe who kindly acted as publishers; Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweet the Club's Honorary Secretary, and the Editors of Gunner and the RA Journal who have provided a wealth of material from the past.

Doctor Johnson in 1759 wrote: 'No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company.'

                                        Major James Blewitt

What then inspired Major Ralph Blewitt and twenty six other officers to found the Royal Artillery Yacht Club fifty years ago? Those who sail will know. Those who do not are unlikely to be convinced by even the most eloquent pen. Better to get afloat and see for yourself!

When the Club was formed in 1933 World War 2 was only six years away. In that time Gunner sailing made its mark on the Regiment. The RA Journal for the period makes good reading. 'The Regimental Yacht in 1938' by Lieutenant Colonel John Barry, tells of the forty seven Gunners who sailed in Rose at various times that year logging 4000 miles between twenty three different ports from Germany to Ireland. Captain Dick Scholfield's account of his attempt in 1936 to sail Gullmarn home from Singapore is fascinating. It is not surprising that thirty years later he became Admiral of the Club and then Race Director of the Sail Training Association. One is struck by his matter-of-fact approach to what at times must have been a hair-raising voyage. Gullmarn made the 4500 miles to Port Sudan in fifty four days', a bad leak had developed and her hull was found to be rotten, so there the attempt ended.

The progress of the Club is relatef in The First Fifty Years.

A soft copy of the Royal Artillery Yacht Club - The First Fifty Years is available Here



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

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Important News:
word The next RAYC Committee Meetings will be held on Fri 13 Jan 17 at the Excel (The London Boat Show).
wordA brief by the Hon Treasurer on the progress towards incorporation of the RAYC into a Company Limited by Guarantee can be found here.
word The Army Inshore Sail Training Centre(South)(AISTC(S))programme 2016 is Here

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The Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit: scheduled 17 Jun 2017
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Ex FASTNET UBIQUE 2017.
Crew needed.
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AOR 2017.
Crew needed.
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Ex MEDITERRANEAN UBIQUE 2017/18.
Crew needed.
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TALL SHIPS 2018.
Project Officer needed.
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Advertise here for skippers / crew for future exercises.
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