01/10/19  Rally to Ginns Farm

Rally write up

20/08/19 Autumn training questionnaire sent out. make sure you don’t miss out! fill yours in now.

19/08/19 Newbury Yacht Club makes it into Yachting Monthly magazine!

30/7/19  Rally to Haslar Marina 

Rally write up

19/6/19 The Spring Rally

The dramatic events of the Spring Rally!

18/6/19 The Spring Cruise

A write up of this years spring cruise can be see here.

21/5/19 The 50th Celebration Dinner 

What a wonderful night that was!  See the 50th page for a slide show of the photos.

24/04/19 The 50th Celebration Dinner 

The prepartations or in full swing and we are all gearing up for the greatest night of the year!  Make sure that your outfit fits and that are ready.

12/03/2019 The 50th Celebration Dinner Tickets Closing Date!

To make sure that you don’t miss out on the Greatest Night of the Year book your tickets before 8th April.  Tickets are £60 so book your now and bring guests!

17/03/2019 The Newbury Yacht Club Skiing trip 2020!

After the success of this year’s inaugural NYC ski trip, we shall again be returning to the Trois Vallees in France in 2020! The week will again be from Sunday to Sunday, specifically w/b 12/1/20, and this time in Courcheval 1650 (Moriond) in a superlative piste-side chalet in easy reach of the village centre (https://www.leski.com/courchevel/chalets/chalet-rikiki ) — with no bunking arrangements forced on us, but a hot-tub instead!

To secure this fantastic but extremely popular chalet for us for that January week which includes the valuable free skipass offer, I do need to pay £200pp deposits now however. We already have 15 people signed up (& 2 more that have yet to send me their deposits!), so potentially we have 5-7 places available as I write. There are a number of possible interested “friends and family” so in the end I do not think there will be a problem filling the chalet, but naturally NYC members should have first options… So this is a plea to contact me now to secure your place with the £200pp deposit before the end of the month. If there is anything unclear that you wish to clarify beforehand, do e-mail or phone me…

Best regards,

Pisteur Pete (Hetherington)

01/03/2019 The Newbury Yacht Club make the News!

We have been featured in the Reading Chronicle this week!  There are still tickets available for the 50th ball in May, DON’T MISS OUT, BOOK YOURS NOW.

15/02/2019 The Newbury Yacht Club Skiing Trip!

23 members of the Club took an early morning flight on the 6th January to France and the ski slopes of the Trois Vallees area based at Courchevel La Tania. We had a total spectrum of ability from a non-skier to those who thought nothing of trying to conquer seven peaks in a day (though only achieving two).

It soon became clear that the noble tradition of the Club, where social activities take precedence, swung into action on arrival; a very enjoyable afternoon was spent in the local pub. All good things had to come to an end and the next day it was time to suit up and hit the slopes. Those confident in their abilities disappeared into the distance whilst the rest of us had a quieter time on the gentler slopes. Many of us had group lessons with instructors who taught us gently and competently, pointing out that techniques had changed in the 40 years since I had last skied and enabling us to tackle more challenging runs.

15/02/19 The Round the Island Race is coming to Newbury! come and join us at our AGM and partisipate on one of the World’s most famous races.

11/02/19 We have sold many tickets for the 50th celibrations already and the event is filling up fast, to avoid missing out on the biggest party of the year book your tickets now!

20/11/2018 50th Celebration Menu published

Follow the link in the title above to see, remember to take advantage of the early bird discount on members ticket!

15/11/2018 Joshua Slocum Publications

Following last weeks talk both of Joshua Slocum’s books are out of copyright and are therefore available free of charge in electronic format at Project Gutenberg.
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6317
Voyage of the Liberdade by Joshua Slocum https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18541

12/10/2018 NYC Rally 2019 Dates released

See the Events afloat page for detals

09/10/2018 NYC Southern Ionian charter

A group of members have recently been flying the Club burgee in the clear blue waters around the Med. By the sound of it much fun was had!

24/09/2018 NYC Autumn Rally to Lymington 2018

Despite the weather we had another great rally last weekend, see the report.

18/09/18 Stop Press, change of date for the January meeting

due to many of the Club members being away on the NYC skiing trip, we have moved the January winter talk back a week, this will now be on the 17th.  make sure that you put the new date in your calendar!

14/09/18 Cheese & Wine Evening

Th first winter meeting of this season was he usual cheese and wine social, we had several visitors take up the offer of coming along to see what the Club is all about, and we are very pleased to say that they have now all joined the Club, welcome aboard!

24/07/2018 Summer Rally to Bembridge

We had a fantastic weekend in Bembridge, read the report and see the pictures

23/07/2018 September Rally date change

Due to the immense popularity of our next destination, the gorgeous Lymington Harbour, we are unable to book berthing for the previously communicated date of the weekend of 29th September.

The good news is that there is space on the weekend of 22nd September and I have provisionally booked us in for that weekend on the Dan Bran Pontoon.

With apologies for those who, I know, have arranged their diaries to accommodate the previous date but I do hope that this email gives enough notice to re-arrange.

I need to formally confirm with the Harbour Master numbers and would appreciate if you could give me an indication of whether you are likely to attend and, if a boat owner, whether you will be bringing your boat or, if not bringing a boat, then whether you need any assistance in arranging a berth with another boat.

Looking forward to seeing you all there


22/07/201850th Anniversary Celebration

See thee exiting news about this fantastic night here

15/07/2018 Privacy Policy update

The Club privacy policy has been updated to comply with changes in legislation.  The details can be found here.

30/05/2018 NYC Spring Cruise

The annual spring cruisers are now back from their adventures and the write up from Barney can be seen on the events afloat page.

14/05/2018 NYC Spring Rally

The first summer rally of the season took place over the weekend.  Seven boats and about twenty members met up at East Cowes Marina, with dinner at the Lifeboat.

a write up can be found here.

29/03/2018 Newbury Yacht Club Skiing Trip 2019

Great (if non boaty) News!

All 23 who responded to the questionnaire have been notified, with more details.
It is unlikely that there will be space for late applicants, but if you wish to have your name added to a reserve/waiting list, please e-mail Peter Hetherington direct or contact him via the Club Secretary on secretary@newburyyachtclub.com

Great work Peter, I’m looking forward to hearing all the stories and seeing the photos!

18/03/2018 Newbury Yacht Club Skiing Trip 2019

As raised and discussed at the recent AGM, there is a move to have a NYC sociable ski trip in Jan/early Feb 2019.
To gauge numbers and canvas any strong views on format, please complete this questionnaire if you wish to join in, so progress can be made on securing a suitable chalet and convenient transport reservations.
So as to we can get the best deal possible, there is some urgency over this, SO PLEASE RESPOND BY COMPLETING THE QUICK AND EASY FORM HEREWITH IMMEDIATELY(!).
Closing for responses will be the end of play on Saturday 24th to allow speedy analysis and move to the next stage.

13/03/2018 Changing of the Guard

At the AGM last week the club was happy to receive a new hand on the helm.  Mark, the out going Commodore handed the flag of office over to Barney and in return a bottle of rum was presented to Mark for his time in post.

11/03/2018 Day Skipper Theory Course

several members and friends have completed the course, well done to all that sat the exams!  a write up can be found here.

29/01/2018 Frostebite Rally to Royal Clarence Yard

The write up for the rally is now on the events afloat page

26/01/2018 RYA Day Skipper Theory course – Spare spaces!

We have some spaces on the upcoming RYA Day Skipper Theory course which will be held in Newbury!

The course will run over two weekends:
16-18 February (Fri-Sun) – 3 days
3-4 March (Sat-Sun) – 2 days

0900 – 1700 each day

The cost will be £260 per person. This is a considerable saving over the usual price of £365.
All necessary course materials are provided (charts, etc).
You will need to provide your own Portland Chart Plotter and Dividers.
Refreshments will be provided throughout the day but lunch is not included.

As the dates are very close, course packs need to be ordered and spaces are limited, please let me know ASAP if you wish to attend this course.

As always, we will offer spaces to family and close friends of club members (with a £5 surcharge), but priority will be given to club members.

Oliver May
Newbury Yacht Club – Training

25/01/2018 – Free Cruising Book Downloads

The epic series of books by Steve and Linda Dashew: Mariner’s Weather Handbook, Surviving the Storm, Practical Seamanship and Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia. Have been made available as a free to download (BIG pdf files) https://www.setsail.com/free-books/

30/11/2017 – NYC in the NWN!

The great talk by Jimmy Cornell was covered by the Newbury Weekly News, see a photo of your Commodore, Vice Commodore and the Secretary along with the guest speaker Jimmy on page 15 of this weeks paper.

24/11/2017 – Jimmy Cornell’s talk to NYC

Creator of the ARC, Jimmy commenced last nights winter talks series in fantastic style. There was huge turnout of Members and Guests who were clearly transfixed by Jimmy’s incredible sailing life story and vast range of wonderful accompanying photographs. He and his family have explored almost every corner of the Oceans, from the Antarctic to the Arctic, including stops at Pitcairn and Easter Islands and was one of the few yachts to have successfully crossed from the Pacific to the Atlantic via the North West Passage.

Jimmy also sold and signed copies of his latest book, ‘200,000 Miles – A Life of Adventure‘, but if you missed the talk, do purchase from Amazon by clicking the link.

24/11/2017 NYC Frostbite rally – weekend of the 27th January 2018, Royal Clarence Gosport.

Derek is organising, so be warned…  A private tour of a local micro brewery will be just one of the highlights. Get thermals as Christmas presents…

18/10/2017 NYC Winter Talk 

We are expecting a good turn out for the upcoming winter talk featuring Jimmy Cornell on the 23 November 2017 .  To help us get an idea of numbers we have set out a Google form for you to fill in.

15/10/2017 NYC Photographic competition 2017
Do send in your entries as soon as possible – they should have a nautical theme, but do not necessarily have to been taken on a NYC event. Deadline will be 30th November 2017. There are some great images submitted already. Please send to the webeditor@newburyyachtclub.com or upload them direct here. Please add a caption

15/10/2017 NYC Frostbite Rally 2018
NYC Frostbite rally – weekend of the 27th January 2018, location tbc. Get thermals as Christmas presents… More info

15/10/2017 NYC Spring Cruise 2018 – Westward Ho! May 19 – May 28
Meet in Portland/Weymouth on the evening of Saturday 19th May, cruising west and returning for Monday 28th May. There will be a musical theme! More info

02/10/2017 NYC Autumn Rally 2017

The third NYC rally for 2017 was held 30th September and 1st October May to the Folly Inn.

As can be seen from the photo’s and Mark’s report yet another excellent event was enjoyed by all.

26/09/2017  NYC Training Update 2018

I hope you have all had a good summer on the water.

Now that the sailing season is drawing to a close, it is time to start planning for the next round of training courses.

I am sure you are all aware of the news regarding Stormforce Coaching and the fact they have gone into liquidation. As they were our training provider, this has resulted in us requiring a new provider.

So, from 2018 we will be using Hamble School of Yachting. They are located in Mercury Yacht Harbour, Southampton and have offered us good club rates (sadly not as good as we had with Stormforce, but still very good).

They have offered us 25% of the list price for club training courses, however, should anyone not be able to attend our club dates, they have offered 10% off of all prices listed on their website. A code will be sent out soon once I have it.

One thing that hasn’t changed, is the Training Questionnaire.

Please fill out the form with your interest for the listed courses. As before, there is a free text box to request any courses not listed.

The deadline for completing the form is 31st October.

If you have any concerns/questions/suggestions then please let me know.

Kindest regards,

Oliver May
Newbury Yacht Club – Training

17/08/2017 NYC Autumn Rally 2017

Join us for the last Rally of the 2017 season to the Folly Inn, River Medina – Click link or image for more details.


31/05/2017   NYC Spring Cruise 2017 – 20th/28th May 2017 – Cruise to the Corsair City !!

The NYC Spring Cruise 2017 Report now available see: Barney’s report sounds like this wonderful cruise will be set a new benchmark for several years and has given scope for the next Uncle Albert award.

There are also more photos at: NYC Spring Cruise Photos

15/05/2017  Chichester Rally
The second NYC rally for 2017 was held 13th and 14th May to Chichester Marina.

As can be seen from the photo’s and Mark’s report yet another excellent event was enjoyed by all.

Autumn 2017 – Spring 2018 Shoreside Events Programme

Peter Jones has been really successful in arranging some really exciting speakers for later in the year. Currently the programme is planned to be:

  • 14th September 2017 – Cheese and Wine Evening – A chance to catch up with NYC Members. New and prospective members very welcome.
  • 12th October 2017 – Bembridge Harbour – History and Future – Malcolm Thorpe
  • 23rd November 2017 –  200,000 Miles – A life of adventure – Jimmy Cornell
  • December 2017 – date and venue to be confirmed – NYC Laying Up Supper
  • 11th January 2018 – Rum, Sodomy and the Lash – Martin Thomas
  • 8th February 2018 – Flying Boats of the Sky – Colin van Geffen
  • 8th March 2018 – NYC AGM
  • 12th April 2018 – MAIB – Sailing Accident Investigation – Roger Brydge

There is more information on some of these speakers on the shoreside events page:

2017/18 NYC Committee confirmed 
Following their election on NYC AGM on the 9th March, the committee has now appointed the NYC officers for 2017/18.
Details can be found at: https://newburyyachtclub.wordpress.com/committee/

RYA Sea Survival Course 

 The RYA Sea Survival Course is being rescheduled for October 2017
Cost of the course is £75 per person.  This includes all course materials and hire of a lifejacket for use in the swimming pool.
A video about the course details can be found here.
Of all the courses we run through at Newbury Yacht Club, this one would be top of my list to recommend.  I have done this course myself and hand on heart can say it changed my approach to sailing for the better.
I would recommend that anyone who sails (even infrequently) attend this course.
It is also the most fun of all the courses I have done.
If you would like to know more then please get in touch.
Kindest regards,
Oliver May
Newbury Yacht Club – Training
07920 761721

Dont’t miss the final NYC Winter talk for 2017
Note change of day, the talk will be taking place on Wednesday 12th April

NYC Spring Rally 2017 – 13th/14th May 2017

Well, the sailing season is close at hand, although I know that one or two hardy souls are already out on the water.

Our first Rally of the year is scheduled for 13th and 14th May and this year the plan is to head east to Chichester Marina. Chichester is one of my favourite destinations in the Solent and well worth the trip if you’ve not been before.

Ive reserved berths for us in Chichester Marina and we’ll take dinner in the welcoming confines of Chichester Sailing Club where you’ll find one of the finest sunsets on the South coast if the weather is kind to us.
Tides on the day mean that we’ll have time to explore the lovely countryside close by or possibly take a short trip by taxi into Chichester itself.

More details will be provided to those attending nearer the time but for now, could you let me know if you’re planing to attend and if so let me have:

– Name of skipper and crew
– Boat name
– Basic dimensions (LOA and draft)

If skippers looking for crew and crew looking for berths let me know, I’ll try to arrange introductions.

I look forward to hearing from you – if possible an early indication will help with the planning.

Best Regards

Dave L. – rearcommodore@newburyyachtclub.com

Wednesday 12th April 2017 – Donald Campbell – Across the Lake – NOTE Date change

Phil Holt will provide an insight to the charismatic, daring, and brave character that was Donald Campbell, the only man to hold both the world land and water speed records in the same year. Loved by 1950’s & 60’s Britain, what pushed him to that final fateful attempt at the world water speed record? Phil will also take a behind the scenes look, using clever reconstruction, at that fateful day in January 1967 on Coniston Water to find the cause of the crash and an update on the current recovery of both Bluebird K7 and Donald himself.

NYC Spring Cruise 2017 – 20th/28th May 2017

Hello Everyone.

I could be accused of trying to satisfy too many .. or of trying to do too much. Accuse, please.
As a result of the survey, my proposed cruise is outlined below .. and I need to know about numbers .. who is coming.

Please confirm your interest thus :-

  • Who is coming :-
  • What is your boat (just boat name if you completed the survey) :-
  •  Home port :-
  • If you need / want / will put up with … Crew (and how many) :-

The basic concept is to try and get to Brittany, spend some time there ….. and get back !


EVERYTHING is of course Weather dependant ….

The plan so far :-

  • Meet in Aldernay (Braye) on Saturday evening 20th. (We will put boats together for the crossing based on home ports).
  • St Helier, Jersey, on Sunday.
  • St Malo Monday and Tuesday (Isles Chausey for those who can/want to).
  • St Quay Portrieux Wed and Thur.
  • Havelock Bay, St PP, Fri. (Early start Sat .. 04:30 local time !!)
  • Cruise finish in Cherbourgh Saturday evening.

This gives two days to get home .. or to continue cruising ….

Please register scale of interest ASAP .. I will need to start talking to harbour masters ….
If it is too much .. please tell me !!

Happy Maintenance !!

07900 217632  or email: barney.green@highersafety.org

NYC Rally Dates for 2017

Yes folks, today marks the start of Meteorological Spring and the day when thoughts naturally turn towards plans for the new sailing season.

To mark the occasion I thought I’d let you know the dates that are currently planned for our Newbury Yacht Club rallies so that you can get them marked in your diaries.  They are:
  • Spring Rally – weekend of 13th/14th May
  • Summer Rally- weekend of 15th/16th July
  • Autumn Rally – weekend of 30th Sept/1st October.

More details and a call for participants will be forthcoming nearer the time, but for now – reserve the dates !

NYC Weather Training Success
weather2017Click image for full write up by Debby Clement

NYC – RYA Training

Currently there are some spare places on both the RYA Radar and RYA Sea Survival Courses.

For more details see the NYC training section – but be quick…

Fitting Out Supper will be a Ceilidh in the Highclere Village Hall


This year NYC will be having a Ceilidh! with a band and a dance caller. Thursday 27th April 2017

All you will need to bring are your own glasses and something to fill them with.

£19.00 per head plus BYOG.   Full booking and menu information here.

NYC AGM Documentation available

The NYC AGM will be on the 9th March. The agenda and documentation may be downloaded here

Wine and cheese supplied to aid the digestion of the matters of business…


Not to be missed…next Thursday’s NYC talk

Weather for Yachtsmen – Training – Spaces still available

We still have some spaces on the upcoming ‘Weather for Yachtsmen’ training course. This is one of the most popular courses we have run, so if you have not yet attended I would highly recommend coming along.

If you want a place, please email training@newburyyachtclub.comas soon as possible.

This course is planned for Saturday the 18th of February at Shamrock Quay, Southampton and will cost £51 each.

For full course information, please click here.

Kindest regards,

Oliver May   07920 761721
Newbury Yacht Club – Training

Frostbite 2017 rally report

Read on our Events Afloat pages

NYC Company Documents

You can now download a pdf of the Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association on this website from the link on the About Page

Dates for your diary

NYC Spring Rally 2017 – 13th/14th May 2017
NYC Spring Cruise 2017 – 20th/28th May 2017
NYC Summer BBQ Rally 2017 – 15th/16th July 2017
NYC Autumn Rally 2017 – 30th Sept / 1st Oct 2017

More details to follow – watch this space…

AGM and Committee Nominations

Our Annual General Meeting is due to take place on Thursday 9th March 2017. During this meeting the Committee Members of the Club will be elected. The Committee consists of the Officers of the Club and up to six full members.

If you would like to be put forward as a candidate for the election you will need to be proposed and seconded by Full or Honorary (Life) members. The name of every candidate together with the names of their proposer and seconder need to be sent to myself (Club Secretary) at least 35 days before the date of the AGM and they shall be included in the notice of the general meeting.

Last date for submitting candidate nominations: close of day 2nd February 2017

Should you have any questions regarding being a member of the committee you are welcome to send them to myself or other members of the committee whose details can be found on the committee page of this website

Laura Turnnidge
Newbury Yacht Club Secretary

Reminder – Spring Cruise Questionnaire
We are keen to obtain more responses to our Spring Cruise Questionnaire so please complete it if you haven’t done so already. The questionnaire is for crew as well as skippers.

Please click on this link Spring Cruise Questionnaire and it will take you straight to the questionnaire.

If you have any problems accessing the questionnaire please just contact the Secretary or the Rear Commodore .
As a club we really do appreciate your views, so please just give up five minutes now to complete the questionnaire, if you have already completed it. Thank you.

Happy New Year everyone.
Don’t miss next weeks talk by Tristan Gooley. Click on the image for Tristan’s Website


2017 Membership Fees Reminder
It’s that time of year again – no not Christmas – membership renewal time for Newbury Yacht Club! The membership fee is due on 1st January for the year, unless you joined on or after the first winter meeting this year, in which case it’s due on 1st January of the following year (i.e. January 2018). Fees remain at £25 for single and joint membership.

It would be very helpful if you could pay by standing order or by BACS rather than by cheque if possible. As you may remember, Newbury Yacht Club changed banks just over a year ago, so please can you make sure that you have cancelled any old bank details for the Natwest Account, and ensure that you use the new Cooperative bank account details of which should be in the email that you should have recently received. But please feel free to contact me or the treasurer if you have any queries.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mandy Boston     membership@newburyyachtclub.com   Membership Secretary

Sort out those digital NYC photos…
Hopefully many of you will be having a break from work over next couple of weeks… So please take some time to have a look through your digital photos of your from 2016 and upload them as shown at:    NYC Photo Uploads

It would be great to see a lot more new images of NYC boats – don’t be shy!!! You might even be in the running for winning the 2016 NYC photo competition.

Last call for the 2017 Frostbite Rally
Before we all disappear into the fog of excess and merriment that is Christmas, I thought I’d put out a “last call” for boats and folks for the Frostbite Rally on the weekend of the 21/22 January 2017 to Port Solent.

So far we have seven boats and 22 definite folks coming along.

If anyone else would like to come along could you please let me know before Christmas so that I can finalise the arrangements. Do come by road if you have already laid up. Also, if anyone is looking for a berth, again let me know and I’ll see if there are any spare places aboard.

Seasons Greetings to all and have a jolly good Christmas break.
Dave L. – rearcommodore@newburyyachtclub.com

Free 2017 tide tables now published at VisitmyHarbour
– most UK ports – for example Portsmouth:

Report on the NYC Laying-up Supper 2016 and Uncle Albert Award


This year’s laying up supper on the 8th December was again held at the Hare & Hounds in Speen. The restaurant can accommodate 70 in style, so it is a great venue to use for the large turnout that this event commands.

This year there was an important announcement that needed to be made and ceremony carried out, one of the early founding members of the Club had recently ‘crossed the bar’ and we had been asked by one of his friends to raise a glass of rum in his honour. So it was that we found ourselves toasting to John Lester with a tot of Pusser’s finest. Many thanks to Haydn Gunningham for generously supplying the rum.

We sat down at 2000 and had a fabulous three course meal. After which the important business of the evening was attended to. Namely the Uncle Albert award, which is presented to the skipper that has shamed himself in the most spectacular way, preferably in front of witnesses during the year.


It is the prerogative of the current holder to sniff out the stories and interrogate the witnesses, before handing over the hallowed trophy.

Nick Handy had the honour this year, after reviewing the true criteria for the award decided that it was not restricted to skippers, but that crew and onlookers were all fair game too! There were some very worried faces around the room at this point…..
Nick went on to outline some of the runners up before explaining the storey of the winner. It started on the spring cruise while the flotilla were in a west country harbour, during the departure the skipper in question was untying is lines from one of the other boat when he unwittingly sat on that boats throttle control, sending all of the boats in that raft hurtling towards another club boat at 6Knts!


Derek Manning was not able to be with us and so Nick was forced to call him on the phone, and while on speaker presented Derek with the award. It was the first time that technology has been used in this was to present this prestigious prize.
A note to all skippers, remember, Derek will be watching you, ready to hand the award on in 12 months!

Once the raffle had been drawn there was plenty of time for chatting and sharing memories of the season before everyone started to head home after a very successful evening, a big thank you to those people who organised it.


NYC Frostbite Rally 2017
Details of the next NYC afloat event, the Frostbite Rally on the weekend of the 21/22 January 2017 to Port Solent now at: https://newburyyachtclub.wordpress.com/events/afloat/

New Audio System for Winter Talks
NYC have recently invested in a new audio system that should help ensure that everyone can hear our speakers wherever they are seated in the hall.

Not to be missed our next winter talk –  Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Bob Shepton – Yachtsman of the Year 2013 – Addicted to Adventure

Bob Shepton is a highly experienced Arctic explorer who has led several Sailing and Climbing Expeditions to Greenland and Arctic Canada in his yacht, the Westerly 33 ft sloop ‘Dodo’s Delight’. Bob was awarded Yachtsman of the Year 2013. You can read more about his inspiring adventures at: www.bobshepton.co.uk/about.html

He acts as Arctic Advisor/Ice Pilot to Sailing Expeditions and undertakes Yacht Skippering and Deliveries anywhere in the world.

Bob traversed the North West Passage east to west in 2012, and now west to east in 2013, in his own small boat. He is now experienced and qualified to act as Ice Pilot and Adviser for this Passage, and the Arctic generally

Submit your 2016 sailing photos for the NYC Photo Competition

winner 2015The 2015 photographic competition winning entry by Paul and Bridget Horsman

Please click HERE to upload your own entry for the 2016 Competition

Nominations for the infamous 2016 NYC Uncle Albert Trophy
Nick Handy, the current holder of the distinguished NYC Uncle Albert trophy, is looking forward to passing on the batten to some other well deserving NYC member at the laying up supper. Please send your nominations by email to Laura at: secretary@newburyyachtclub.com

The NYC Frostbite Rally 2017 – Eastern Solent

The next afloat event will be the Frostbite Rally which will be held in the Eastern Solent on the weekend of the 21/22 January 2017. Ask Santa to buy your some thermals…the precise harbour choice will be confirmed nearer the time.


Thursday 8th December 2016 – Christmas Dinner / Laying-up Supper – Hare and Hounds – Speen


You should have already received an email with your invitation, the booking form and The Barn’s information booklet. The detailed menu can also be downloaded here:

The Hare and Hounds has a strict maximum seating capacity of 70 that absolutely cannot be exceeded, so please book early to avoid disappointment, in any case no later than Friday 18th November.

2016/17 Training Programme Questionnaire

It is that time of year again, the annual training questionnaire.

This year, you will notice things are a little different. A new style of form and a new way to submit your responses. I hope you all like what has been done and find it easy to use. If you do have any issues, please email me (Oliver) at the training email address: training@newburyyachtclub.com

One of the big changes for this year is that ALL members now need to fill out their own form. There are no more joint responses. So those of you with joint membership, please ensure you both submit a form. You can use the same link to submit multiple forms, just please ensure you fill out the names and email at the top accordingly.

All sections (except the final section) are now mandatory, so please select an appropriate response for each question.

The closing date for completed forms is 31st October 2016. After this date, the form will be closed and no further responses can be submitted.

The form can be found at the following link:

Thursday 13th October 2016 – Debby Clement – Do Whales have eyebrows?

Click here for for details of the rest of the NYC Winter ashore events

Report on the September NYC Rally 2016 – Beaulieu River

Celebrating the “Last night of the proms” at the RSYC Ginns Farm club house. Click the Union Flag for photos and Mark’s report.


Shoreside events programme updated

Peter Jones is again weaving an exciting programme to keep us entertained over the winter months. Already confirmed will be Tristam Gooley – the Natural Navigator plus Bob Shepton the Arctic Explorer and intrepid sailor. Additionally the date and venue for the infamous NYC Christmas Supper has been announced.

More details are at Shoreside Events Page Do make diary notes now and check back for more events that are in planning for the Spring

Photos and report on the NYC Summer BBQ in the Medina now published at Events Afloat
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Full report on the very successful NYC cruise to the West Country just published on Events Afloat

No less than 11 NYC boats and around 30 Members made it to Yarmouth for a meal at the Royal Solent YC. Full report now here: 2016 Spring Rally Report


Final call for anyone wishing to come to the Fitting Out Supper – 13th May

Please do not be put off by the threat of music/dancing!! It will be more or less the usual format though our esteemed Commodore would like to give some words of Thanks to Mike Bassett and a presentation. I have not organised a raffle. Towards the end of the evening, I thought it would be nice to play some music at one end of the hall and those that wish to get up and dance, can do so…….that is if I can get my speakers to make any noise at all – there are no guarantees but I thought it would be fun.

Thanks to those who have already booked their slot and if anyone else would like to join us, please let me know by Friday – to give our busy chefs time to organise the correct amount of food. Contact me either by phone or email and if possible transfer the correct amount of money (£14 per head) to the Treasurer, alternatively, send a cheque.

Please remember this event is not licensed and we rely on you to bring your own liquid refreshments and glasses. Any problems, speak to me.

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday week.

Kind Regards


Spring Cruise 2016 – Sunday 22 May to Monday 30 May

Now that we have the ‘hors d’oeuvres’ of the Spring Rally to Yarmouth in our diaries, it is time to think about the main course! This year our plan is to head West, but as with every Spring Cruise, our eventual itinerary will be subject to the weather forecast, to be firmed up at the rally.

The plan so far……

The tide will be good for us to leave Yarmouth for Weymouth around mid-day on Sunday with 5-6 hours of tide taking us West. On Monday we will have another late start to round Portland Bill at approximately 12:30. The only drawback with such a relaxed start, determined by the tide, is that some of us may have a late finish! We will head for Brixham which will be in the order of an 8 hour passage across Lyme Bay, even with the Spring tide.

What we do and where we go once we are in the West Country is yet to be determined! I anticipate we will do short trips and try to spend some time in Dartmouth, the Yealm and Salcombe before we need to start thinking about heading back on Friday 27 May.

As before, nothing is set in stone and depending upon the forecast, we may come back via Alderney to avoid the tidal gate at Portland Bill. If we do, we will allow for a day to recover on Saturday in Alderney before heading back towards Poole on Sunday leaving Monday for the trip back into the Solent.

There could be a lot of sailing (or motoring), provided the weather is kind, but as always, the intention is to time our passages to go with the tide whenever possible!

If you are interested in extending the weekend rally by a week to join the cruise, or you can only do the cruise, please let me know. At the moment there are 7 or 8 yachts that have indicated their interest. Any potential ‘crew’ that would like to come but do not have berths, please let me know and I will see which boats have any spare bunks!

In order to make some advance bookings please let me know if you are able to join us for what will be, based on previous cruises, a fun week!




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NYC Spring Rally 21st to 22nd May

I’m delighted to invite you to the first NYC rally of the 2016 sailing season which will be held on the weekend of 21st/22nd May. This year we’ll be making the trip to Yarmouth Harbour on the Isle of Wight.
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Provided we achieve at least 5 boats (which we should do with ease) we’ll qualify for a 10% “rally discount” off their standard rates. The intention is to use the rally as the launchpad for those wanting to partake in the Spring Cruise (21st to 30th May), but you’re very very welcome to join us in Yarmouth even if you’re not planning to join the Cruise

More details will be provided to those attending nearer the time but for now, could you let me know if you’re planning to attend and if so let me have:
– Name of skipper and crew,
– Boat Name
– Basic dimensions (LOA and draft)

If skippers looking for crew and crew looking for berths let me know, I’ll try to arrange introductions.

I look forward to hearing from you – if possible, an early indication will help with the planning.

Best Regards

Dave L. – rearcommodore@newburyyachtclub.com

Last few spaces for VHF Course

We have some spaces for the upcoming VHF course on Saturday 23rd April.

Further details can be found on the training page

If you would like to attend, please contact me by email as soon as possible.

Oliver May – Newbury Yacht Club training@newburyyachtclub.com

Sea Survival course 11th June 2016

We have kindly been offered the opportunity to join The Royal County of Berkshire Yacht Club (RBYC) on their Sea Survival course on the 11th June this year.

I know some NYC Members had expressed interest in the sea survival this year, but sadly we did not have enough to run the course ourselves. This is a fantastic opportunity to complete the course and save some pennies at the same time.

Full details of the course and how to sign up can be found here – http://www.therbyc.co.uk/event-2069490

As this is not a NYC run course, please sign up via the link provided and address any questions and payment direct to RBYC.

Don’t forget our final winter talk on the 14th April
NYC April 2016

Radar Course cancelled
It is with regret that the RYA Radar course due to take place on the 2nd April has been cancelled. Unfortunately, there were not enough confirmed attendees to make the course financially viable to run.

NYC Training Update
Details of the next two NYC training courses – RYA Radar and RYA VHF are now detailed HERE
vhf Radar

NYC Training Update
NYC Yacht Rigging Course report published here

Friday 13th May 2016 – Fitting Out Supper
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The NYC Fitting Out Supper this year will be on Friday 13th May at the Portal Hall in Burghclere.
An exciting evening is currently in detailed planning, so ensure you make a diary note and check back!

NYC 2016 Events afloat programme

Winter is almost gone and it’s time to start planning for sun and fair winds !

So some dates for your diaries. The plan for the rallies and the Spring Cruise are as follows:

  • Spring Rally: The weekend of the 21st May. Venue expected to be Poole and will be the launch pad for…….
  • Spring Cruise: 21 st – 30th May. Starting with the Spring rally and expected to be back in the Solent the following weekend which is a Bank Holiday (28/29th/30th May). Tides look good for a trip westward but, as always, the weather will also have a say in our plans.
  • Summer Rally: The weekend of 9th July. Planning isn’t finalised yet but Island Harbour Marina is on the cards.
  • Autumn Rally : The weekend of 10th September. Venue TBD.

More details will be sent out closer to the time of each event, but for now – please put the dates in your diaries !

Also do look through our Events Afloat page for reports on our previous meet-ups afloat.

Test your knowledge of Solent Marinas
Solent Marina Quiz

2016/17 Committee Elections

Our AGM is due to take place on Thursday 10th March 2016 at The Royal British Legion, Newbury. The AGM will start at 8.15pm prompt but you are welcome to join us for cheese and wine from 7.45pm onwards.

In preparation for our AGM the following documents:
– Your formal invitation
– Nominations
– 2015 AGM Minutes
– 2016 AGM Agenda

Maybe downloaded as a pdf file here: AGM docs 2016

The committee looks forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Kind Regards

Laura Turnnidge
Newbury Yacht Club Secretary
Email: Secretary@newburyyachtclub.com

Race on a Class 40 whilst supporting the Rona Sailing Trust
Newbury Yacht Club members are being given a fantastic opportunity to join a day race on the Class 40 yacht Fortissimo to the Nab Tower and back as part of the Gosport Marine Festival on the 21st May 2016. The video below gives a flavour of being aboard Fortissimo.

If you are inspired, just click the photo of Fortissimo below for full event and booking details, but places are very limited.

Don’t miss the next NYC winter talk

Frostbite Rally 2016 Report
Another successful “early” season rally by stalwart NYC crews to the River Hamble for well earned hospitality at the Royal Southern YC then River Rat Restaurant. Click photo below for full report.
River Rat

2015 Photo Competition Winner
During the January winter talk evening, Mark the Commodore presented Paul and Bridget Horsman with a framed copy of their winning Photograph from the 2015 photo competition. The picture shows a tranquil early morning misty anchorage on the River Rance in Brittany.
NYC summer photo 2015 winner #1
Another photo competition will be held in 2016, so do remember to capture some evocative views during your next cruise. Photos can be uploaded easily by following the Gallery link on the above menu or click here NYC Photo upload

AGM nominations for NYC 2016/17 Committee required
The deadline for submitting nominations for next years NYC Committee is Wednesday 3rd February 2016.
More information on the Committee page.

NYC Training Programme 2016
Final call for training 2016 responses. Please visit this link to submit your training course interest for 2016. Closing date for replies is this weekend – 17/01/2016

If you have any questions please email Oliver at training@newburyyachtclub.com or speak to me at the meeting this Thursday.

Ken Endean – Winter talk 14th January
Remember our presentation next Thursday 14th – and also to buy a ticket if parking in the pay and display in Pelican Lane!
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30th/31st January 2016 – NYC Frostbite Rally update

The Plan is to Rally in the Central Solent area, either in Southampton Water (Hythe or Ocean Village) or on the River Hamble. The final venue will be confirmed depending on final responses, weather and boat locations etc
If you’re intending to join the rally please let Dave Lawson know the following info ASAP:

  • Boat Name with length and draft
  • How many on board
  • Where you’re coming from
  • Any strong preference for destination

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