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We excited to announce that Roger Hudson and the Race Ahead Team will be involved in the Laser Nationals / EC Champs.



They have offered to :

  • Providing coaching to the Laser Radial and 4.7 fleets at no cost
  • Asinathi (Jim) and Brevan Thompson will sail in the Radial fleet
  • Roger will be giving a talk one evening on the recent Rio Olympics
  • Based on the results of the Nationals as well as the Youth selections, there is also an amazing opportunity (that will be provided by Race Ahead) for 2 youth sailors. Details still be finalised but it will be a really is a fantastic prize and one not to be missed, more details to follow…

Please Note : 2 days to go for early bird entries – currently we have :

Lasers have 32 entries ,  5 = 4.7  ,   19 Radials  and 8 Standards and no entries from Gauteng

EC Prov have 14 Entries   9 Oppies,  2 Tera’s and various other classes.

Please enter now – makes the admin much easier : link to entry forms 

NEWS 11/11/2015

Notes from RYC.
Hello to you all
A great Sunday sailing was had by all with the three races for the Summer Series
completed in a gusty south easterly. It looked at one stage as if we were a single handed club as out of the 17 boats that sailed 15 were Lasers & Finns but then we had a Gypsy and a new (seconded hand) Sprog joining us. Charles Young and your family we wish you many happy hours sailing the Sprog and the Tera ( not always a good idea to dunk your crew on their first sail especially if it is your wife! ).The front boats had good sailing between the Lasers & Finns with the Lasers winning line honours 2 out of the three races. It was interesting to see Colin venture out for his first races sailing a Laser, once he got the hang of it he was A for away but don’t think he will do it too often. Believe the Sonnets were having a rest day as they worked hard the weekend before. 😴.
This Sunday there is no racing at the club owing to the bad tides, but sailing academy will be there from 10am till 1pm as per usual. But the following Sunday we will be sailing Special Trophy 1  races 1,2 & 3 with a start of not before 13-00.Hoping there will be some good winds and sun then.
Fairweather Pam

Redhouse 24 hr – 2015

Good morning all. Just a quick report back on the weekend, and thank you to all those who supported.
The event ran from 12am on Saturday through to 12 am on Sunday, and was a great success, and thoroughly enjoyed by all those who took part, 70+ sailors in all.
There were 7 dinghies on the water, 4 Sonnets (3 from RYC, 1 from ABYC), a Gypsy (RYC) and two Sprogs (East London Yacht Club), as well as a paddling team from NMMU. Winds were very light for the duration, making for safe but tactical sailing. The winning boat was the Sonnet owned by Debbie and Steve Arnold, and their team “North Sonnet” achieved 121 laps in 24 hours, totalling a distance of 107.3 km (58 nm).
Of special mention is the youth team (Too Inspired to be Tired) sailing in aid of cancer awareness. They were placed third and were always in the running, completing an impressive 112 laps. Notably they did all their own organising and definitely were the most cheerful bunch on the water.
The paddlers comprising EMC students from NMMU in a double kayak, clocked up an incredible 131 km’s (71nm) over the 24 hours.
These events only run smoothly due to support from the shore – big thanks go to Darryl, Pam, Es, Gordon, Cherie, Nikki for manning rescue boats, lap counting etc. John for the use of his Rubber Duck. William for his great flag pole. ABYC for their support and loan of racing Bouys. Michelle and Alan for great pictures and exposure. Also a huge thanks to Nico Louw, who heads up the EMC programme at NMMU, and got the students to help out with medical support and manning of the rescue boat during the race, in between their own racing shifts. Thank you to Mandy from Coca Coal for proving water and some of the prizes as well as the ladies who provided the very tasty late night soup.
Big thanks also to the Eastern Province Power Boat club, who were very welcoming, and served fabulous food and chilled drinks throughout.
Some links with pictures and relevance:
See you next year – start planning those teams now.

Weekly News from RYC – 14/10/2015

Hello Everybody
What a great turnout we had on Sunday with 17 boats sailing their way down the river to the bridge and back to see how far it really was.( The Island Race was changed to the Bailey Southwell as there is a better tide on 7 February to sail the Island Race. Please note the change but will remind you nearer to the time.) The race started in strong wind with certain Laser sailors wondering about the rig they had chosen but as the race progressed the wind died down but everybody managed to finish within two hours. First round the mark at the bridge was Sherri with William PJ in pursuit but alas they lost out to some bigger sails and lighter boats with Andrew Butler taking the Seniors race from Rod Lockhead with 17 seconds separating them. The Junior race was won by Cameron Hills with Jamie McGillivray in second place.
This weekend and next weekend there is no sailing at the club, on the 24 & 25 October is the George Lakes Interclub regatta.
The weekend of 31 October & 1 November sees Redhouse having it’s FIRST 24 hour challenge regatta at North End Lake, it starts at 12-00 on the Saturday and finishes at 12-00 on Sunday. More on this event to follow from Tim, but please if you are not going to sail we are looking for help in various sections so if you can help even for an hour or two please let Tim know.
This is a friendly reminder to all sailors if at the beginning of a race or for that matter during a race the bridge fly the “Y” flag ( red & yellow strips ) it means you must wear lifejackets for the whole race . Lifejackets should be carried on your boats even if you are not wearing them. This is a rule like all other rules and will be treated the same way for infringements. Here ends the first lesson.
See you all soon hopefully at North End Lake.
Fairweather Pam

NEWS 7/10/2015

Hello to you All
It seems like there were a lot of interesting happenings at the club while I was away, but luckily nothing too major happened.
Pleased to see that some of the juniors are giving the seniors a run for their money.
This Sunday we will be sailing the Island Cup (wind permitting looks like could be a strong one…. so don’t forget your life jackets!! ) which is the long race to the bridge and round the bouys and then back home, it will be a pursuit race and will not start before 14-30.
Please come and support the club as this is our only race day in October owing to the awful tides this year.
See you all at the river on Sunday.
Here follows a report from Tim on the Eastern Cape Provincial which took place last weekend at Wriggeswade….. Cheers Fairweather Pam
Redhouse was quite well represented in the end and featured very well in the medals. 
Turn out was good in the Junior, Mirror and Fireball fleets but a bit disappointing in classes like Lasers and Sonnets (not a Finn to be seen and I was the only full rig Laser).
The venue is great with lots of space (we had 3 separate courses at times running concurrently) plus lots of camping space – facilities were basic but adequate and I will happily return, so those of you who missed out, put it on your todo list.
In terms of results here is a link to the full ones – notable results were:
Open Fleet :
1st Sonnet RYC John McGillivran Lise McGillivran
2nd Sonnet RYC Colin Bernadie Lauren Hynch
3rd Gypsey RYC Jon Theron Warren Sheil
4th Gypsey RYC Daniel Moore Alistair Barker

Mirror Fleet :

2nd : Sigi Bailes & Tamryn Bailes
10th : Bronwyn van Wyngaardt & Jenna Bailes
Laser Fleet :
3rd Tim Jones
Tera Pro :
Sophie Hynch
Tera Sport:
2nd Jamie McGillivray
3rd Meghan Jones


News – 29/09/2015

This weekend saw us sailing the Spring series with 3 races sailed. Conditions were challenging to say the least, with an unexpected strong Westerly wind coming through at the end of race 1, continuing into races 2 and 3.

In the end it was only the Sonnets, Gypsies and a lone Tera Pro that braved the conditions in races 2 and 3 and it soon turned out to be a crews race, as carnage broke out at regular intervals.

From Lauren retrieving her Skipper after he was left behind after a capsize, Lise refusing to abandon her post hiking out on the toe straps right though the capsize and subsequent righting and John who saved my bacon more than once when the wind shifted around back winding the sails dramatically on the beat. Even young Adam (6) crewing for me needs a mention, finishing the 1st race as the wind came through, with the shore crew biting their nails with worry – from my perspective he seemed fine and was singing his favourite pop songs and even managing to keep a tune.

Those who managed to hang on provided the shore with some spectacular speed displays on the reach with even the Gypsies plaining at times. By far the coolest and driest was Sophie on her Tera Pro which was putting out an impressive bow wave.

This weekend there is no sailing as many of us are heading off to Wriggelswade Dam for the EC Championship’s – good luck everyone and safe travels


News 9/9/2015

Hello Everybody
Well what fun and games was had at the river today. Our first race of the Hurricane series was a very light affair with the wind coming through just at the end and allowing the heavy weights to get line honours. The second race was sailed in stronger wind and more enjoyed by the boats that took part.

Next Sunday we will be sailing Hurricane series races 3&4 start not before 11-00.

On Sunday 27 September will see us sail the Spring series races 1,2 & 3. start will not be before 14-00.

For those of you that are intending to sail the provincials at Wriggleswade on 3 to 5 October the NOR and entry form are under evnts for download, please get your entries in early they have extended the late entry to 18 September 2015, also please read rule 1.5 in the NOR and comply. To all of you that do sail have a great regatta, sail well and hopefully we will have some provincial champs at Redhouse 😊 .
Well folks that is all for now, I will be away for a few weeks but the notes will continue.
Hope you all enjoy the river.
Fairweather Pam

News 01/09/2015

Notes from R.Y.C.
Hello to you all
What a terrific turn out we had on Saturday for the start of the season with 22 boats taking to the water to try and drift on the river ( what a lot of noise was made by some about the strength of the wind — remember every dog must have their day 😼 ) It was great to see you all with some faces we have not seen in quite a long time, it was a pity that the weather did not want to play ball and we only managed one race and none on Sunday as it would appear we don’t have any ducks for members !
In the evening a great schwarma experience was had by all with the weather playing along ,thanks to everybody who made it possible. Pics of the weekend are on the website follow the link (click here) to see them.
This Sunday we will be sailing Hurricane Series races 1 & 2  with the start not before 11-00 the weather at the moment looks good with some sun ( remember that yellow ball that is in the sky) and a warmer temp forecast.
This is a friendly reminder to you all that when you receive your subs invoice to pay promptly ( should be this week), especially those of you that are going to sail at Wriggleswade as SAS is starting to get tough on membership fees and these are a requirement to sail regattas. And when you have paid you will be given a RYC sticker to stick on your boat so everybody knows where you sail !!!
That’s all for now.
See ya on the river on Sunday.
Fairweather Pam

News 12/05/2015

Hello Everybody

What a great afternoon and evening was had by all that were on or by the river on Saturday.

We sailed one race to complete the NSRI/ Frostbite regatta with a gusty wind and not too much water . The winner in the Laser Fleet and largest class was Frank. The Finns were won by Andrew and the Sonnets by Tim with Lauren and Brigitte helping at the front on different races. The Tera Sport class was won by Jamie and the Open B by Jenna Bailes on a Tera Pro. Well done to you all.

After the race we reintroduced the Sail Past, it was great to see the boats sailing past the Commodore and saluting him. Luckily afterwards he changed as he got a bit of a wetting from some of our members.

We then got onto building the burger night which was enjoyed by all from all accounts we also made more money than our target which is great. The raffle is still continuing until the 22 May if anybody wants to still buy tickets at R10-00, some very nice prizes and remember it is for the junior team going to the J22 Junior Nationals at TYC. If you would like to buy some please contact Tim @ o827811770.

Our Junior Team going to the J22 are Justin Harth, Patrick Butler, Sophie Hynch and Jamie McGillivary with their coach Darryl and some spectating/ driver parents.

Well that is all for now folks.

Will let you know of anymore news and those lucky people who won the raffle.

Remember the AGM on 28 June at 11-00 notice to follow later.


Fairweather Pam

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NEWS 5/05/2015

Hello to you all

Last weekend saw a number of our sailors join the keelers to sail in Algoa week. They seemed to have fun and learnt all about big boat sailing. In fleet 1 line honours and 1st on handicap was Nemesis skippered by Tony x Sigi Bailes with Andrew Martin on board. The Arnolds were on their boat Adamo skippered by Steve and included Debbie, Sarah, also Colin Benadie and Sophie Hynch. On board Malgas was William Fraser and on Wild Thing was Justin Harth and Cameron Martin. A good selection of our senior and junior sailors.

After a recalculation of the overall results for ABYC Interclub held the weekend before it was confirmed that RYC won overall ( this is the addition of Senior and Junior fleets) Yeh, Yeh !!!

This Saturday sees us return to the river for the last sailing of the current season to sail races 3 x 4 of the NSRI/ Frostbite series. The first race will not be before 14-30.

After the racing it will be time to party when we will be having the build a burger evening with craft beer, this is the only fund raiser for our Junior Team who will be taking part in the J22 Interclub Youth Nationals in June at TYC. The burgers will be R25-00 and with a craft beer it will be R55-00 so please all of you come and support your club and the juniors that will represent it. There will also be a raffle with some great prizes of nights at the City Lodge and also breakfasts at a mere R10-00 a ticket that is great value, so bring lots of money with you.

On Saturday morning the Blue Water Bay Canoe Club will be holding time trials but they will be off the water before we start sailing, this is just a friendly note in case you arrive and think you are at the wrong club.

Rhona has Thule Roof Racks for sale if anybody is interested and they will be at the club on Saturday for viewing.

Well that’s it for now folks, see you all on the river on Saturday ( it looks like a great day for sailing) and afterwards at the party J


Fairweather Pam