Commodore’s Newsletter September 2018

5 September 2018

 Greetings to everyone,

 In this Newsetter:

A great Regatta

Autumn Events on and off the water

Postponement of Autumn Charity Race 

Twelve days ago we were enjoying the Pre-Regatta Commodore's party on the Terrace and wondering what sort of Regatta we would have.

Now it is all over. But what a great Regatta it was (see two regatta racing photos attached).

Although the wind was light throughout, with some very wise decisions by our Race Officers we raced every day and the schedule of races was completed. The Bay Race was particularly memorable with 4 out of six legs under spinnaker and some very interesting tactical situations as different fleets converged on marks.

Our congratulations must go to team Bandit who, with their skipper David Goulden sailed their Corby 29 to victory in IRC Class 2, winning the magnificent Whitelegg Cup. We think this is the first time since 1991 that an RDYC yacht has won in either IRC Class 1 or 2. A great effort. I'm sure the loan of a Numeral 2 pennant was crucial! Thanks for returning it.

 So many people work so hard for regatta that it is impossible to thank everyone. Peter Boote as chairman of JRSC (the joint committee who organise it on behalf of RDYC, DYC and Dittisham SC), has done a really excellent job. His energy and wisdom has paid dividends supported by so many teams. Richard Stevens and his three Race Committee teams worked so well together, supported by Buoy Layers, Bosuns, Shoreside teams, Peter and Barbara Forey and their computer support teams who produced accurate results so quickly, Mike Webster who checked handicaps and the ferry teams who got us out to the boats. 

 It is easy to forget that there are two other Regattas running as well earlier in the month; Senior dinghies at Dittisham and the Junior Regatta here on the four days before the yacht crews have even started. Our thanks go to those enthusiastic teams and their dedication. 

 Onshore the catering was so well run and we hope crews will realise just how good RDYC are and make even more us of it next year. Hayden, Adey and their teams deserve our very profound thanks as well as Darton in the Darthaven Marquee. And for those breakfasts, Daphne. Thanks to everyone supplying endless coffee, bacon (and lots else) baps and even the healthy options. Those of us who enjoyed the hospitality at Dartmouth Yacht Club and Dittisham Sailing Club realise all this effort is duplicated there as well. Always in the background were the reception teams answering all sorts of queries, and Melinda fixing, calming and sorting competitors, volunteers and problems.

 The final numbers show a 5% increase in competitors overall (to 292) and a 2% in the yacht entry (to 119), which bucks the national trend of declining figures in Regattas. Although numbers take second place to enjoyment, it is good that both are increasing. We have had some very favourable comments on the quality of the racing.

 And finally a note of thanks to our very many sponsors and advertisers whose support is crucial to events like this. The crew of Free Spirit certainly enjoyed their free spirit courtesy of Salcombe Gin on their way in, and I'm sure you all enjoyed the support of Darthaven, Helly Hansen, Chatham, Dart Harbour, Paradigm Norton, Jelf, Premier, Sunsail, Wollen Michelmore, Savills, PGC Photography, Baltic Wharf, Scanstrut and  Dartmouth Holiday Homes.

And so to other things.

The season is not over yet and the final Wednesday Race is this evening, but Saturday Racing continues well into October and even then there is the Frostbite Series.

Ladies Afloat, Boys in Boats and Cruising all have events, and on Saturday the Juniors have their Falling Leaves Regatta.

 I am sorry to say that we have decided to postpone the Autumn Charity Race as we have not been able to get the publicity out and we know a number of key people are away. We will need to rethink these events for the future and we already have more effective ways of supporting the Royal Dart Youth Sailing Trust.

 The details of the Winter Lecture Programme will be with you soon. These talks are a great way to enjoy an evening at the club finding about about new subjects you may know nothing about, or for the sailors being inspired by others exploits and refining your tactical knowledge. All rounded off with a great meal. We look forward to seeing you at these and a great variety of other events over the coming months.

Best wishes to you all,


Norman Doidge, 


Royal Dart Yacht Club, Priory Street, Kingswear, Dartmouth TQ6 0AB.

Tel: 01803 752496  Email:

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