RNYC Newsletter – 21 May 2014

Wednesday 21         Wednesday Night Bay Cruise to Island Sailing Club – CANCELLED                      RNYC
Thursday 22             Brandy Tasting Evening                                                                                     RNYC
Friday 23                  Quiz Night – Book Early to avoid Disappointment                                              RNYC
Saturday 24              RNYC Autumn Dinghy Series (3)                                                                        RNYC
                               Commodores High Tea With the Ladies                                                              RNYC
Sunday 25                Grand Prix 4 Hobbies                                                                                        PYC
                               Dinghy & Cat Beachsite Series (7)                                                                      PYC
                               Von Klemperer Race No (3)                                                                                HMYC
                               RNYC Carvery – ‘the Best Value Carvery in Town’ – BOOKING ESSENTIAL           RNYC
                               Lunch, drinks and festivities and “Music on the Lawns” by Lorenzo                      RNYC
Friday 30                  Club Draw                                                                                                         RNYC
                               RESCUED IN PYJAMAS PARTY – NSRI Fundraiser                                           RNYC
Saturday 31              Bar anniversary Mug – Bay Pursuit Race                                                             PYC


RNYC wishes to invite all members to a Brandy Tasting Evening on Thursday the 22nd of May. It will be held in the Britannia Room at 18h00 for 18h30.

There will be a Mini Carvery Menu available for R55pp that will be served at 18h30.

If you would like to participate, please RSVP to Kearin on (031) 301 5425 or admin@rnyc.org.za
FRIDAY – 23 MAY 2014
Come on down on Friday the 23rd May and join the bunch of ‘quizzers’ who test their general knowledge against
others in a friendly and relaxed manner. It’s a great evening, with good food and music too. All for just R105pp. Please book through the Britannia Room – 031-301 5425 or club@rnyc.org.za

Roast Beef, Roast Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Chicken Curry & Rice, Chef’s Famous Vegetable Bake
Various Salads, Selection of Desserts, South African Cheese & Biscuits
Tea & Coffee

Friday, 30th May 2014 – By Phil Downing

The Water Sports Clubs of Durban will be hosting a fund-raising party for the NSRI at The Royal Natal Yacht Club, Victoria Embankment on Friday, 30th May.

The NSRI is a voluntary organisation, supported solely by donations, without which it cannot function.
Irreverent rockers, SALTY DOG, will provide the music, and renowned comedian, actor, radio star and raconteur, FRANK GRAHAM; will regale the audience with jokes, anecdotes and chirps.

The party starts at 7-30pm. There is no entry fee, but donations are welcome!

Two items will be sold by auction during the evening –  i) a Sharks rugby jersey, signed by the players and ii) a state of the art Kayak, so bring FULL wallets!!

Anybody wanting to make a donation or to contribute/assist in any way can contact Phil Downing on phil.downing@barrowsonline.com on 082 828 2040

REMEMBER THE THEME, so please dress appropriately!

17 MAY 2014

The annual NSRI Barrel day fundraisers are upon us!
For those of you who enjoy the finer things in life, we are doing a wine pairing on the 17th of May in the Islander room at PYC. 
The menu includes a four course meal, a cocktail, a glass of each of the paired wines, and a noble late harvest to end the evening, followed by coffee or tea.
While dining, we will be serenaded by a quartet consisting of members from the Durban City Orchestra.
Please book your spot on https://www.quicket.co.za/events/5027-nsri-barrel-fine-dining-evening-pyc/
Tickets cost R195 per person.
For more information email edd@delcon.biz or phone the office on 031 301 4787

By the Rear Commodore – Rob Samways
RNYC Autumn Dinghy Series (Saturday 24th May)
We are expecting another good turnout for the last day in the above series. Racing will start promptly at 14:00 in the bay.

Our usual Bridge Crews have been replaced for this last race day in the series, as the Commodores High Tea With the Ladies is taking place at the same time and all our Ladies and Flag Officers have been drawn into the event! However, we have the young and experienced Chris Coxen as Race Officer for the day supported by the talented Ricky Robinson as Assistant Race Officer, so expect a high level and enthusiastic approach to the days racing!  
RNYC Offshore series (Sunday 25th May)
This Sunday we are sailing offshore, running a “there and back’ race format of a suitable distance for the prevailing wind conditions for the day. My weather routing service gives two predictions, 17 knots Easterly and another of 4-6 knots Easterly. I trust the former will be more correct?! Yours truly shall perform the Race Officer duty supported by our Rescue Crews and Carol as scribe. Sailing Instructions will be available at registration and skipper’s briefing at 09:30 at RNYC. The usual R 20 entry fee applies. Racing will start promptly at 11:00 offshore Durban. There are two trophies applicable to the day, EJ Challenor Trophy for Div. 1 and Courtnet Beckett Cup for Div. 2.

The Hobie Cats will also be partaking in racing from our Bridge, supported by the King and crew, assisting me in  laying  a suitable course for their requirements. It should be a good days sailing.

Vasco da Gama Yacht Race 2014. (Start 19th June)
Thus far we have 13 confirmed entries with a very competitive IRC component. Ciao Bella breezed into town on Sunday ex the Rio race and Brenan Robinson’s subsequent South American adventure! This boat will be a hot contender with the entire Robinson family onboard.

In regard to race teams,  some  interesting developments are:  we have Leo Kroone teaming up with Nigel Milln on Skitzo. Dale Kushner (Commodore of RCYC) with his Rio crew are teaming up with Gavin Wadsworth on Therapy.

We may yet also see “Ray of Light” owned by Michael and Heidi Kavanagh join in? Both Michael and Heidi have “just” moved to KZN from Cape Town, joined RNYC and brought their Beneteau First 44.7 “Ray of Light” up to Durban from Cape Town. (They also brought back “Femme Fatal”, a Flying Fifteen previously owned by Percy Elston and before that Peter Morganrood).  The Kavanagh’s will be looking for good crew. We welcome them to our racing waters.

On the 6th June, Dave Claxton (Event Organiser) has arranged a Vasco Briefing evening for all Vasco entrants. At this briefing any requests in regard to making the race more enjoyable will be considered. Beer in the form of 2M along with peri-peri chicken are on the menu for the evening. More on this next week.

Other than that, all systems are “go”. Considerable effort has been put in by Dave Claxton and his team to make sure that we will have an enjoyable and memorable event.
See you on the water and around the club for “Serious Sailing and Awesome Fun”

Rescue News:
We held our annual rescue Dinner on Friday night, having 30 people attending. Amongst our Guests were 4 of Rescues previous OC’s, seeing a sharing of experiences been thrown back and forth. Mr Steve Coxen was our guest speaker and he reminded us that Rescue is stooped in tradition and history which we would be wise to remember. After Mr Coxen shared some interesting anecdotes, we moved on to our awards where we had our senior Rescue members receive their ranks. The new ranks, along with our new No1’s, will now be worn by our members in and around the club.

Congratulations to Dominick and Mark for their award for Service Excellence to Rescue This was awarded for their efforts, after rescuing two paddlers in distress. Our last award went to Steven for Most Valued Member, which includes Service Excellence to Rescue, for is commitment and time given to our cause.

Thank you to all who attended, a most welcome R3 200.00 was raised by our Master at Arms for the night, Mr Phil Downing. A tremendous amount of fun was had by all and I look forward to the next one, as I am sure we all will. Thank you must go to Kearin for her hard work which made the night so memorable. A further thank you must also go to our club and club manager, Mr Steve Rawlins for the great food and service we received.

Rescue Duties:
Training held the second Saturday of each month
Equipment and Shed maintenance – every weekend

Calendar: RNYC Rescue
Wednesday Trip to Bluff
Saturday Dinghies
Sunday Offshore

RNYC Rescue Sponsors 2013/2014 – Please support our generous sponsors
ADT – Community orientated security service provider. Contact Details – Glen Smith 083 701 0382
Offshore Sailing Academy – Libby (Continues supporter of RNYC) (Sailing courses and life style)
Southern Ocean – All Weather Clothing – Suzie 031 301 7524 (1st Floor, 38 Fenton Road, Durban)
Toolsense – Good quality tool supplier – Dominick Kempe 071 880 6413 (Bluff)

By – Hemraj, Stuart, James and Kevin
We had a great send off courtesy of Adrian who took lots of the well wishers offshore on Ponty to bid us a fond farewell.
Weather was fine till Richards Bay where we had some really huge swells. Went a bit light after and we motor sailed much of the rest of the way.
Stopped off in Maputo for diesel and waited out the big westerly. The crossing to Touliara was very quiet forcing us to motorsail much of the way across.
Fishing was pretty good. Caught and cooked a yellow fin tuna. Caught and released two huge dorado and a baracuda. James has video of one of the dorado. Will place on Facebook with other photos.
The first day of being on anchor saw mother nature give us a good wake up after the gentle crossing with winds gusting 38knots and resultant dragging anchors and rain so hard that one could not even see the bow of the boat. We eventually put to sea looking for something better than what was happening at anchor. With darkness setting in we returned to port. With double anchor refusing to hold we eventually tied up to a small coaster. Stuart displayed superb skill and seamanship in getting us alongside and tying up to the coaster.

Fortunately Stuart contacted a taxi driver who had some English language skills which helped somewhat to pave the way through officialdom. It was the usual pay-pay for everything from visas through customs to cruising permits. Hopefully the paperwork will last through Nose Be which is our next port of call.

Madagascar/ Touliara seems to be a generally nice place. People are kind and one never has a sense of fear of being mugged or otherwise molested.

Touliara is pretty run down though. The streets are narrow, potholed and lack any form of drainage. The people are generally either very poor or very rich – not much in between. The prices of food and beer in restaurants are pretty equivalent to RSA – often cheaper. Everything is run down. The tugs and ships we saw looked really tired – pretty much looking like being put out to die. Driving in Touliara is really hectic. We were very glad to have a local driving us around. The prangs are quite gentle because one seldom gets to speeds exceeding 25km.

Spent the last few days replacing anodes, damaged in Maputo by careless fishermen who managed to wrap So Basic up in their net. We are pretty much refueled, restocked and ready for departure. All this – naturally in between lots of beer, good food and new friends. Depending on the weather forecast we will leave for Nose Be either Saturday or Sunday.

More to follow. James has put some pics on Facebook. Will update them with pics from other cameras when we reach Nose Be.

Please forward regards to all at the club.
Hope rescue dinner goes well. Philly has already fined Stuart and me 50 bucks each for not having a good enough reason for missing the dinner.

We have you guys in our minds and hearts as you do us.
Till Later
Hemraj, Stuart, James and Kevin



RNYC insignia
Club Buttons
For the first time in over 30 years we are pleased to announce that authentic RNYC Club buttons are now available.   
Available in black resin at a cost of R150 a set. 

Club Ties
The ties are available at a cost of R170 per tie.

Club Badges
Club Badges are available at a cost of R60 per badge.

These genuine RNYC Club buttons, ties and badges are a must for any Club blazer. Members wishing to obtain either of these highly collectable items of club insignia should contact Gayle or Kearin to place their order as stocks are limited.  

Club Burgee decals are available again from Gayle in the Reception Office. Both ‘left’ and ‘right’ versions have been produced, so get a set now and let’s see your boats adorned with them.

The Club has two function rooms available for hire for private functions, parties and business events.

Contact Gayle May for details (031-301 5425 or club@rnyc.org.za).

We have some great menu choices available, so contact Gayle NOW.

Platinum members do not pay room hire, provided they are present at the function.
Gold members pay half room hire, provided they are present at the function.
All other member categories pay the full room hire.

Please arrange the above with Gayle (031) 301 5425 or club@rnyc.org.za)


Braai packs are available from the Galley consisting of either 2 meat or 3 meat packs and of course the cost of the braai pack includes a selection of “as much salad and bread rolls as you can eat!”

                                                                   Members                      Non-Members
2 Meat Braai Pack                                        R60                              R78
3 Meat Braai Pack                                        R80                              R104

Members are encouraged to make use of this wonderful facility especially after sailing as there is no better way to relax with friends while enjoying the Club and sunset over the bay.

These are now so popular due to the good fare and reasonable price, that bookings are essential.

Members Price – R115 and Non-Members Price – R175.

Call Gayle on 031-301 5425 to book. Otherwise take your chances on the day.

A range of Club clothing is in stock.

Ladies Blouse – R135                                                            Ladies Golf Shirt (Plain Navy) – R135
Men’s 2 Tone Golf Shirt M/L/XL – R205                                  Navy/White Caps – R65
All weather Jacket M/L/XL – R385                                           Polar Fleece Jacket M/L/XL – R300
Men’s Denim shirt M/L/XL—R265                                           SALT ON THE SAILS – History of the RNYC – R495
RNYC Burgee Decals (Sticker) – R55                                     RNYC Burgee Decals (Cloth) – R150

2XL, 3XL, 4XL & 5XL can be ordered on request for the ALL WEATHER and the POLAR FLEECE jackets.
Sample Sizes of the 2XL and 3 XL are available at reception during Office Hours. Payment is needed upfront
to place your order.  
Durban 082 990 5948
Port Edward 076 617 5002
Richards Bay 082 990 5949
Shelly Beach 082 990 5950

Members are requested to please support the following who have so generously contributed to the betterment of our Club.
Graham Rose
Seaport Supply
ADT Security
Lord Dent
Stuart Ritchie
North Sails
Ultra Chemicals
Offshore Sailing Academy
Dr Smash
Orion – Ellian Perch
Gavin & Neil Wadsworth
Sails & Boating
Graham Els
Sea Sailing Adventures