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2016 RAYC Offshore Regatta

The weekend of 10-11 September saw the annual pilgrimage of the RAYC Offshore community down to Yarmouth for the 2016 RAYC Offshore Regatta. Most crews made it by Friday night ready for the weekends racing. Some crews had even been practicing spinnaker drills out of sight of Yarmouth, although some might judge that they had also been practicing their drinking skills ready for Saturday night!

As the sun set on Friday night a champagne reception was held on St Barbara V as an opportunity to thank Carole Dutton for the legacy left by the late Col Jon Dutton. As many will know, all the instruments on the binnacle, companion way and chart table of St Barbara V have now been replaced with the latest Raymarine digital instruments helped by the legacy that Jon left. The reception was a complete surprise for Carole and a very fitting way to remember Jon.

With a fairly miserable forecast of high winds, fog and rain the RC(O) and Race Committee held a lengthy meeting on the Saturday morning but it was decided to set a course and try some racing. Due to the numbers attending, the IRC and cruiser classes started together and despite the weather had 3 excellent races on the island side of the Solent. It was noted that despite the secret training sessions the afternoon before, there was little evidence of any spinnaker action from Bombardier III on the race day.


RAYC Regatta - Vice Commodore at the helm.


In full flow off Yarmouth

Back on dry land the rain stopped and the sun came out just in time for another champagne reception, this time as part of the naming ceremony for Bombardier III. Tony Walton, Commodore of the Royal Solent Yacht Club, and his wife Jane were present as the Vice Commodore said a few words before the Reverend Cook blessed the yacht and Lady Richards poured some champagne on the bow as an offering to Poseidon. The RAYC have had Bombardier III for nearly a year now and all who have sailed her have commented on what a superb yacht she is. Hopefully, with a suite of new sails due in the New Year, we will continue to get many years of happy sailing out of her.

A quick change of location followed as the congregation moved to the Royal Solent Yacht Club. There followed a presentation from Col Neil Wilson on the spectacularly successful Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE with a number of presentations to those that had helped make the exercise possible. The RAYC Cruising Cup was presented to Brigadier Andy Bristow for his part in the Exercise, in particular his blog which I would encourage you all to read if you haven't already done so.

Read about the crossing in full on the Blog

The Admiral then oversaw the presentations for racing as follows:
Bantry Cup Col C.J.B. Copeland
Bhopal Cup Maj B.B. Archer MBE
Morgan Trophy Lt Gen C.C. Brown
Nawabzada Cup Lt Col C Gent

As usual the Royal Artillery Yacht Club was superbly hosted by the Royal Solent Yacht Club. Good food, in good company, after a hard day of racing - perfect. Some even enjoyed a night cap in Salty's or back in the cockpit of St Barbara. Sadly, Sunday saw a complete lack of wind, so there was no sweepstake race back to Gosport.

The RAYC Regatta continues to be an enjoyable and competitive event as well as a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, although disappointingly there was a lack of Regimental entries. The RC(O) will work with Regiments over the coming year to help find crews and yachts to race, if you are happy to offer your services as a skipper or wish to pull together a Regimental entry please don't hesitate to make contact.

St Barbara V Arrives Home

On Monday 8 August, St Barbara V caught the first of the flood tide and a warm north-westerly wind to sail up the Solent in bright sunshine as she returned from her 11 month circumnavigation of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Skippered by Robin Baker and crewed by soldiers from 32 Regt RA, she was accompanied not just by the entire racing fleet of Cowes Week, but also by our latest addition to the RAYC, Bombardier III, with the exercise planning team and exercise sponsor on board.

After St Barbara V flashed her best side and the crew, their smartest outfits, to the awaiting Beken photographer, they were briefly met by the Admiral in his own yacht at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour before re-entering Premier Marina and meeting the large reception committee waiting for her - mooring warps in one hand, champagne in the other.

It was a very fitting way to end a memorable exercise that has pushed the bounds of Gunner sailing and many of the individuals who have participated in it.

Read about the crossing in full on the Blog

Celebration Safe Home


Skipper, Robin Baker and Crew of Final Leg from 32 Regt.


Exercise Director, Neil Wilson toasts safe arrival of St Barbara and Crew in Gosport.

A welcoming party from RAYC, 32 Regt RA - the final Regiment on the exercise - some well earned champagne, and good words from the final Skipper, Robin Baker, Chris Coates from ATG, and the Ex Director Neil Wilson. Some final work to do clearing out St Barbara V, returning stores, and then handover to the EX AU and RAYC team to get the yacht ready for handover back to charter. St Barbara V has served us all so well, and if she could talk, what stories she could tell !!

Access to the Ex ATLANTIC UBIQUE blog can be found

Further enquiries can be directed to: ExAtlanticUbique@rayc.org.uk

Media point of contact. Major Tony Ball RA. Telephone: 07850265081. Email: ExAtlanticUbique@rayc.org.uk

RAYC Dinghy Regatta 2016

The RAYC Dinghy Regatta was held at Thorney Island on Thu 30 Jun 16 in Force 3 - 4 winds and challenging sea conditions. Full results and photographs may be found here.

16 Regt RA (Bdr Adi Parry - helm) won the Inter Unit competition (the Loseby Trophy) by the narrowest of margins from 12 Regt RA (Gnr Ryan Davies - helm) thus breaking the latter regiment's dominance for the past three years. The Individual RA Open Champion (The Dinghy Cup) and the RA Soldier Champion (The Barron Cup) was Sgt Peter Fry, 14 Regt RA with LBdr Danny Whitham, 16 Regt RA in second place and Bdr Apisqi Serau, 14 Regt RA in third place. The Best Endeavour Prize went to Bdr Conor Fisher and Bdr Jake Jepson, 14 Regt RA sailing a 2K like professionals after only a week's sailing tuition - a team to look out for in the future.

The 70th RA Keelboat Regatta
1st - 2nd June 2016

The 70th RA Keelboat Regatta was sailed at Seaview Yacht Club, Isle of Wight in 24 foot long Mermaid keelboats. Sponsorship was kindly provided by Thales. Ten boats entered; eight from the serving Regiment [two from 5 Regt RA, two from 12 Regt RA and one each from 16 Regt RA, 19 Regt RA, 74 Bty RA and RA Trials and Development Unit (TDU)], and two from the RAYC (Copeland and Sargent boats).


Keelboat Regatta 2016 Group Photograph.

Top three were:

1st Col (Retd) Chris Copeland (RAYC)
2nd Lt Col Matt Sargent (RAYC)
3rd LBdr John Johnston (12 Regt RA B)


Full results and photographs may be found here

They're Off!

The Royal Artillery Yacht Club flagship, Saint Barbara V, slipped her moorings from Premier Marina, Gosport at 1530 on Sunday, 20th September for the first leg of Exercise ATLANTIC UBIQUE to the Canary Islands.


The Admiral, Expedition Organiser, Skipper and Crew of the first leg of Ex ATLANTIC UBIQUE

Press release for the Expedition is here.

The Inter Services Kitesurfing Championships
Success for the Gunners

The Inter Services Kitesurfing championships took place on Hayling Island 19 - 23 October with the Gunners forming 1/6 of the fleet. The Gunner results were extrapolated to produce the results for the first Gunner Kitesurfing Regatta.

Results for the inaugural RA Kitesurfing championships were:
1st: Gnr Davies (12 Regt)
2nd: Gnr Roe (12 Regt)
3rd: Gnr Heron (1 RHA)
1st Novice Gnr Cunningham (106 Regt)
In the Inter-Services championships Gnr Davies won the most freestyle tricks in the heats with 16 back rolls in a 5 minute heat. Gnr Cunningham became the Inter Services novice champion.

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RAYC Offshore Regatta

Results of the 2015 RAYC Offshore Regatta which took place from 11th - 13th September at Yarmouth, Isle of Wight are posted below


RA Dinghy Regatta

12 Regt RA won the Inter Unit competition (the Loseby Trophy) for the third year running but were challenged hard by 16 Regt RA in second place with the YO's Branch, RSA and 19 Regt RA boats gaining much needed race experience. The Individual RA Open Champion (The Dinghy Cup) was Maj Chris Wane, 12 Regt RA and the RA Soldier Champion (The Barron Cup) was LBdr Eseroma Bolekilepanni, 106 Regt RA with Gnr Ashley Heron, 1 RHA in second place and LBdr Lee McDonald, 12 Regt RA in third place. The first RA Junior Officer (The Pinchard Pot) was won jointly by 2Lts Ben Douglas and Dan Clarke from YOs Branch, RSA in a Laser 2000.


Winners of the Loseby Trophy

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

Flag Officers: Ensign
General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux G.C.B C.B.E D.S.O DL
Colonel N A Wilson


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