Club Guidelines and FAQs

Fri 16 Jul
Updated Fri 16 July

Rules from Monday July 19th 2021

Restrictions on group sizes have been lifted but the Club is responsible for protecting its members and staff.

The numbers of Covid-19 cases is rising steeply.
Please be kind and considerate to others by:

  • Continuing to wear a face covering indoors when not seated at a table
  • Avoid crowded queues at the bar
  • Avoid close contact with staff
  • Accept that the doors and windows may need to be open for ventilation
  • Be patient as service may be slower than usual
  • Continue to register your attendance using swipe card, QR code and sign in register

Not everyone has been fully vaccinated and a 95% effectiveness of a vaccine means that 1 in 20 of us are still at risk. If 100 people are in the lounge that means that 5 are not immune and you could be one of them.
Hence, the request to be kind and considerate to others

Safety Boat News #01

Mon 7 Jun
Boats Affected : All Club Safety Boats

Hi Folks
Welcome to the first edition of Safety Boat News!

What’s to tell

  • There is a new engine ordered for Safety 10, a delivery date has not been given as COVID 19 is causing logistical problems in all areas of world industry. The old engine had failed and was beyond economical repair.
  • We are in the process of replacing Safety 06 in its entirety. This has been approved by GC as part of our budgeted safety boat and engine replacement plan. We are currently at the quotes stage with potential suppliers and will advise progress in future updates.
  • Slowly but surely there is an MLU going on (mid Life Upgrade)
    • Nav Lights will be replaced with LED based Nav Lights like those on Safety 8 & 15. They are bomb-proof, I have never had an issue with light failure on those two boats.
    • Bilge Pumps – we will be trialling a Whale Bilge pump on Safety 03, to see if it’s more reliable than the existing Rule pumps. Three bilges pumps have been replaced recently. In one bilge pump there was a whistle from a life Jacket wrapped around the impeller which burnt out the motor.
    • Lastly, new cable (fully tinned) is being used to rewire the cables to the bilge pumps, with easy change connectors, this is all in an effort to improve bilge pump reliability.
  • We have a number of rope boarding ladders available to use for duties, they are in the bottom of the radio cupboard in the sailing office.
  • The weather has not been very nice through the spring, let’s hope better weather is coming.

The On-Going issues

In my recent Safety Boat inspections there are a lot of issues turning up that I thought we had buried long ago. I thought that a reminder may be timely and also impart the knowledge to some of our newer volunteers.

Please, when you have finished using a rib, can you check the following and leave the boats in the condition that makes it easy for the next volunteer to use the boat?

  1. Please make sure that the boat keys are returned to the club at the end of your duty.
  2. Do not set the engine tilt lock, its only use is when the boat is being transported on a trailer
  3. Leave the safety kill cord in place on the boat.
  4. Take all your litter and recyclables away when you have finished using the boat.
  5. Check the under-seat lockers and remove any rubbish.
  6. Moor the boat with the aft mooring line going through the first rung of the A frame to keep to line from rubbing on the tube.
  7. Wash down the control console with fresh water, including the radio mike, just play the water across the hand mike for some time in order to wash the salt out, the hose is on the pontoon.
  8. When you pick up a safety boat for your duty shake the radio mike to get rid of any residual water.
  9. Remember ‘OXO’ when mooring the boat to a cleat, wind the mooring rope once around the cleat then do the cross so that there is one cross only and then wind the remainder of the mooring line around the cleat, at the end give the line a tug so that it sets. I have seen ropes with 4 or more locking turns on the cross.
  10. Check for rubbish in the bilge pump pit at the rear of the boat and clear it out.
  11. If the anchor hatch will not close, especially on Safety 08 and 15, you need to take out all the mooring warp and place the anchor in the bottom of the anchor well., then place the warp around the anchor. This will allow the hatch to close easily. Applying too much force on the hatch lid may lead to a breakage, we’ve had to replace a few.
  12. Don’t forget the information that we have available on the website, see Volunteering. Please scroll through to the bottom of the page!

    Lastly, many thanks for your support to Club Racing by volunteering, it is very much appreciated. Please respect club property as if it is your own and report faults on the sign- out form so that we can progress the repair. There is much dedication behind the scenes to ensure that you have the correct working equipment to fulfil your club duty

    Happy Sailing and enjoy your time on the water, Simon

    Poole Yacht Club  Club Safety Boat Bosun Simon Lawson
    Simon Lawson
    Club Safety Boat Bosun

Report on the 2021 Poole Osprey/Fireball Open

Wed 2 Jun

The forecast was for light winds but warmer than the arctic spring we have endured.
In fact, it was "Champagne Sailing". Anyone who did not come because of the forecast missed a treat. Outside of the harbour, the wind was 4 knots but inside, the sea breeze gave us 14 knots in the sun. Registration was very swift thanks to the online booking and no grubby notes had to change hands. Tracey Lee, our vice commodore welcomed us to the first open meeting at Poole for a long time. Race Officer Steve Thompson led a superb team and explored our stamina with 4 races on the Saturday (in case the forecast for Sunday came true) and 2 on Sunday similarly perfect conditions. 15 Ospreys set off 5 minutes ahead of the 3 Fireballs on each occasion with very little waiting between races and perfect reaches, occasioning many whoops of joy.

Matt Burge and Vyv Townend took the honours with 3 firsts and 3 seconds, narrowly edging Terry Curtis and Peter Grieg into second place whose 6th and a discarded 8th places to held them back. Previous victors, Piers Strong and Phil Angrave were third coming fairly consistently second or third but were hampered by a seventh place in the first race and fifth in the third race.

Places changed very frequently and there was competition throughout the fleet, with a few Poole boats battling it out at the rear but having no less fun. When asked what happened in the races quite a few competitors admitted to knowing they had enjoyed a memorably wonderful series of races but the details were a blur. This was possibly due to the salt-water spray we enjoyed on the reaches.

Mike Atkinson was most upset to find his sail obeying the laws of gravity during the third race but in the end, it was academic as he had failed to follow the laws of starting (he was OCS). Robber’s Alley treated us to a spectacular capsize as their new spinnaker ropes escaped from their cleats. Pete Smith decided to exchange Osprey Sailing for a spot of water skiing when his trapeze wire snapped. Basher did not seem to notice and carried on regardless. It was probably the crew’s fault anyway! Ian Hart and Andy Edmonds were desperate to climb up the rankings but their equipment put them out of the final race, just as they were about to reach warp speed on the reach. Nick Willis, with local guest helm, Andy Brewer, were never far from the front, and showed great form given that they met for the first time on Saturday morning. Also, Roger and Jamie Blake showed their potential with a couple of really strong races, including leading the fleet around the first 2 laps of race 3, until a couple of shifts went against them.

One very welcome competitor was Richard Hartley who joined his son Mark and came seventh overall. We are eternally indebted to Hartley Laminates for injecting new life into our fleet and delighted to hear Richard saying that he enjoyed it so much he would be back. He also put in a plug for his (excellent) boats!

The Fireball's under Derian and Andy Scott had hoped for a strong fleet but in the end only 3 boats joined us. They contacted the rest of their fleet to tell them what they had missed. Derian and Andy won all of their 6 races. It was great to sail with the Fireballs and in the hope that Covid fears will be gone by next year, we have pencilled in a repeat event, dates to be confirmed

Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone

Mon 22 Mar

Proposals may well affect you and our boating

In a stakeholder discussion on 18th March the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) announced that they plan to introduce a no anchor zone, covering at least the seagrass area where most leisure boats anchor, in this 2021 season. It will effectively ban anchoring in much of the southern half of Studland bay.

In that meeting an assertive consensus was expressed for providing recreational access, probably through moorings, and an introduction over a longer timescale. This came from broad range of interested parties and an academic source.

There will be a public discussion hosted by the Dorset Coast Forum on Thursday 25th March at 7pm. If you feel strongly about this issue you can attend and read about it by going to https://www.dorsetcoasthaveyoursay.co.uk/studland-bay-mcz

Read More about Studland MCZ

The Dorset Coast Forum web page gives a broad description and as you scroll down the right hand side of the webpage you will see some relevant documents and a link to register to attend.

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Brian Snelgrove
Sailing and General Committee

Response prepared by Brian Snelgrove (Sailing Committee and General Committee) and Howard Davidson (Volunteer Consultant)

The Future of Recreational Boating at Studland

Mon 1 Mar

Update to Poole YC members as at 28th February 2021

The MMO have reviewed the response to their request for evidence on the Studland Bay MCZ. Their email is appended and many of you who made individual submissions will have received your own copy. The email has a link to the MMO website where all their lasted published information is displayed. There is much detail on their site and we have tried to condense it

What are the key points

The MMO documents are extensive and cover anchoring, mooring, speed, diving, PWC, all subsea types etc. They have now concluded they currently only need to address the risks from anchoring. They believe the evidence shows that it has an impact on the sea grass beds, and consequentially the health of the sea horse population. The options that they are considering could range from voluntary no anchor zones through to a total ban on anchoring

They have concluded that the current moorings ( 13 ) are not numerous enough to cause a problem and they are therefore not going to take any action. They have said that any proposals for increased mooring would have to go through their normal application process to be checked that they will not damage the conservation interests. They have indicated they are willing to work with interested parties to look at new moorings.

What is the next stage

The MMO next want to engage in a focused discussion with all stake holders to examine the way forward. In early March they will be setting up a virtual forum with all interested stakeholders. We will keep you posted. If you sent a response to the December MMO request, you should be invited.

This discussion is intended to allow them to come to a conclusion on the detailed actions they will take.

What is the Club doing?

We have had a meeting RYA and PYA. The RYA have said that they are happy to take the lead in putting forward recreational boating interests. We will continue to work with them and other interested parties. We now need to wait for the MMO’s invitation and their more detailed opinions

What do you need to do

If you are invited to join the consultation please do. If you want to see what the MMO said about your individual comments you can see this in their FAQ section by following the link in their email below.

While we wait for the next MMO communication you may still have comments. Please email them to training@pooleyc.co.uk where they will be collated.

Summary position.

The club recognises that having a fantastic natural environment on our door step is something that we should cherish. We believe that the best way forward now will continue to work positively with the MMO and other parties. We would want to press upon them that the Yacht Club community want to find a way forward that allows us to continue anchor or moor in Studland Bay in a way that is compatible with allowing the sea grass and sea horses to flourish.

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Brian Snelgrove
Sailing and General Committee

Flare Disposal

Mon 8 Feb

In case you are not aware below is important information about flare disposal.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has opened a new consultation on the disposal of pleasure vessel marine flares, and is inviting comments on four suggested options.

The consultation specifically focuses on flares carried on board leisure vessels and does not include those carried on board vessels used for commercial activities.

The options are:

  1. Allowing the current contract to expire with no further action.
  2. Continuation of the existing disposal service.
  3. Creation of a fully regulated framework for disposal of flares.
  4. Creation of similar existing disposal arrangements by the pleasure vessel industry.

The consultation period will run until 15 March 2021. You can respond to the consultation by downloading the response form and emailing this form to TEPconsultation@dft.gov.uk.

“Lilla” Award for Outstanding Contribution/Achievement to The Poole Yacht Club

Tue 26 Jan
The Lilla Award

The “Lilla” Salver is awarded annually by the Flag Officers to a Club member or group of members who have made an outstanding contribution or achievement to our Club during the previous year. It will be awarded at our AGM in March 2021.
The award is for achievements or contributions for the period January – December 2020.

Any Club member from any membership category is eligible to receive the award. Members of the General Committee and Club Employees are not eligible. The eligibility criteria encompass any outstanding contribution or achievement. e.g., An outstanding contribution to volunteering, a truly exceptional racing result, exceptional assistance to other members etc.

Whatever the reason for nomination, the person or persons nominated will have made a positive contribution to other members in the Club or will have put our Club in the spotlight in a very positive manner.

Our members will decide who they wish to nominate and submit such nominations to the Flag Officers. The Flag Officers will consider all nominations received and their decision will be announced at the AGM and the “Lilla” Salver awarded.

How to nominate a member for the Flag Officers “Lilla” Salver:

  • Two members must propose the nominee.
  • There must be a statement for proposing the nominee.
  • The statement must be no longer than 200 words. If necessary, the Flag Officers may wish to discuss the nomination with the proposers to further understand the proposal.
  • The proposal must be sent by email to our General Manager, Mark, headed “Lilla” Proposal: genmgr@pooleyc.co.uk
  • Closing date for proposals is 28th February 2021.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

General and Sub Committee Schedule 2021*

Fri 22 Jan
Month 19:00 (W)
20:00 (S)
H, B & C*
17:00
Y & H*
18:00 (W)
18:30 (S)
Social*
19:30 (W)
20:00 (S)
Sailing*
19:30 (W)
20:00 (S)
General**
19:00
Mem. *
19:00
IT*
Jan 11 11 11 11 FORUM-26
25
13 12
Feb 8 8 8 8 22 17 9
Mar 8 8 8 8 AGM-20
29
17 9
Apr*** 12 12 12 12 26 14 13
May 10 10 11 10 24 12 11
Jun 7 7 7 7 28 16 8
Jul 5 5 5 5 26 14 6
Aug No Committee Meetings In August # #
Sept 6 6 6 6 27 15 7
Oct**** 4 4 4 4 25 13 5
Nov 8 8 8 8 29 17 9
Dec 6 6 6 6 20 15 7

* Meeting Times/Days may change please see agenda when sent out.

** Flag Officers meeting will be held thirty minutes prior to General Committee meeting.

Bank Holidays: 1 Jan; 2 Apr & 5 Apr; 3 May & 31 May; 2 Aug & 30 Aug; 25 Dec & 26 Dec.

British Summer Time Begins: 28th March / Ends: 31st October
*** Meetings start as per Summer times. **** Meetings start as per Winter times

Opening remarks for the Club Forum from John Yonwin

Wed 20 Jan

Welcome to the 2021 Club Forum

Thank you for zooming into this important Club Event:

First off….a THANK YOU to the vast majority of members that have supported all the bulletins of dos and donts that have been issued over the last 11 months, necessitated by the Covid pandemic…it seems like a life time….As you can imagine, the Covid Group and your General Committee took no pleasure at all in having to put in place such draconian measures.

Whist in thank you mode, the hours put in by the Covid Group and other committees over the last year has been fantastic and we members do owe a big vote of thanks to those members for the all the time put in, also to our great band of Night Watch Team Member Volunteers. Thank you to our team of staff colleagues for all their efforts during the last year.

Past Commodores briefed me by saying “Being Commodore is easy peasy, just don’t drink too much at the round of Cocktail Parties you and Pat will attend….” Well, the first year has turned out slightly different than that, not so easy peasy and not a cocktail party in sight!

But let us hope that we may be beginning to turn the corner with this retched virus and we can, just may be, start to see our lives return to some form of new normality and the our Club can fire up again in the not too distant future.

So, now to the Club Forum:

Those member new to the forum process…..It is held at this time of year to give you, the members, the opportunity to ask questions to the panel.

Tonight we have Adam Deary, Vice Commodore Yard & Haven, Tracey Lee, Rear Commodore Sailing & On The Water Activities, Simon Philbrick, Rear Commodore House, Bar & Catering, Kate Mellor, Honorary Treasurer, Tim Edom, Chair of the Membership Sub Committee and Mark Fulton, General Manager.

Some questions have been submitted already and thank you for those.

There will be an opportunity for you to submit your questions live via the zoom chat box and this evening’s Zoom Administrator, Kate Macgregor, will help us through the zoom process. Lorna Whitehead is also assisting with the handling of the questions.

To start….The Flag Officers will each speak for a few minutes on their respective areas of responsibility and interest within the Club; looking at the recent past and turning to look towards the future.

We can learn from the former and work on the later. We will do our upmost to answer the questions as fully as possible during the Forum. If we need to research to give the answer, we will get back to however raised the question, after the Forum.

As in previous Forums, we do not keep minutes of the Forum, by Mark does keep notes so that we can capture these and raise them at General Committee for consideration or / and review.

Our Annual General Meeting is approaching:

I am very mindful that our AGM lead-in is almost upon us. I am sure that in recent years, as a result of the Forum, some members have decided to put in a proposition to the AGM for the membership to consider a Rule or Policy change. Will this year see the same?

Additionally, you may feel the time is right for you to consider standing for General Committee and / or one of the Flag and Officer positions. All Officers and Flag Officers have to be voted in annually.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my years on General Committee and the various volunteering jobs I have undertaken, and if you feel the time is right for you to stand, why not put your name forward?

Finally:

I have been proud and pleased to have been elected as your Commodore and I know that our Club is one of the best around. When asked, especially by prospective members, why I feel that; it just seems to work so well with all the various classes, events, members, the volunteering, fantastic club house, our team of staff colleagues and great access to one of the best stretches of water anywhere….

Whilst being your Commodore, I will do my utmost to ensure that the objects and traditions of our great Club are protected and nurtured and we will journey into the future with confidence.

Now to over to our Flag Officers….

The Future of Recreational Boating at Studland

Fri 27 Nov

Hello everyone,

Last year Studland became a designated Marine Controlled Zone (MCZ) and there is now a request for comments and suggestions on how it will be managed. The closing date is 15th December 2020.

It is the responsibility the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to determine the management of the Marine Controlled Zone at Studland.

The MMO is considering what needs to be done for the preservation of the environment and marine life in that area.

A meeting attended by representatives from Poole YC, The RYA, The Poole Yachting Association including Parktone and Royal Motor Yacht clubs, and Salterns Marina was held to discuss the options put forward by the MMO and the implications for recreational boating activity in that area.

Broadly there is a consensus that The RYA should respond on behalf of all boating activity, recognising the need for conservation and protection of the seagrass beds at Studland, but at the same time seeking a largely voluntary code of practice. The yacht clubs will each be making their own representations on the specific options and in line with this consensus.

There was a general consensus for a statutory speed limit in the Zone and very much against a total ban on recreational boating; the latter option is the most severe of those put forward by the MMO.

If you wish to make a personal statement to the MMO, details can be obtained at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/mmo/call-for-evidence-mmo-mpa-assessments/ where there is a response form and further information about the consultation.

We will keep you posted as to developments on this issue and thank you for your support in this.

Signed Tracey Lee RC Sailing & On the Water Activity

Poole Yacht Club  Sailing and General committee Brian
Brian Snelgrove
Sailing and General Committee

Ellie's latest kite foiling success

Tue 8 Sep

Congratulations to Ellie Aldridge winning a silver med at the 2020 Formula Kite European Championships in Poland.

Angus Kemp makes GB sailing team Laser radial youth squad

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Another club member’s success!

Angus Kemp has gained a place in the GB sailing team Laser Radial youth squad. He is one of only seven boys and five girls from all of the UK and Ireland. The squad starts formal training early in November with their first international event in Palamos Spain late December. Needless to say Angus is "Really chuffed"

For Angus it all began over 10 years ago with a tiny little six year old in his Opi of Hamworthy beach on the end of a 100m floating line. He was way too young to do Wednesday nights but the Opi Start Race coach at the time, Tim Edom, said if he did OK at the Club Regatta on the White Course he could join in. Angus went on to win the White Course and so his journey began.

After a couple of seasons in the Opi doing the class Nationals (not very well he was ill) Inlands and several national rankers he moved, following his sister, into the Topper. At nine he was the youngest sailor to make the South Zone Squad, which he did for two years, then at 11 he was the youngest ever to make the Intermediate Squad. After a season in Intermediate he advanced to the National Squad, which gave him two more seasons of high-level training. In his last year of Toppers he won every Southern Traveller event, missed out on winning the Worlds by a fraction, ask him about checking toe strap lines! Angus won his last National Series event and then waved goodbye to the Topper and tried out for the Laser National Squad in the 4.7 rig.

This summer he took part in the Greek nationals on the coast off Athens, followed a few days later by the Youth Europeans at the same venue, a couple of days later the Kemps were off to Germany from Athens, along with one of the girls, as they had both been selected for the GB team to compete at the German Europa Cup. Then home, a day or so later Angus was off to Scotland for the Nationals, straight back to Poole the day after they finished to do Parkstone Youth Week with most of his old 4.7 mates. The Impala Nationals followed a day or so later in Weymouth, then Poole Week back in the Laser, with the summer finished off by the Sonata Lift Keel Nationals, sailing with a bunch of his Laser mates, he was only at home for a hand full of days all summer.

Looking at the diary today, he only has one weekend free between now and Christmas, the rest taken up by two World/European qualifiers, squad training with the Radial Squad, open class training, the Inlands plus the Radial lads are also all starting to train this winter in the standard (full) rig so they are in a good position to transition into standard rigs over the next eighteen months to two years, probably helped by the lure of the 2020 Under 21 Worlds (raced in standard rigs in Garda next summer). Just before Christmas he is off to Palamos in Spain for their Christmas Regatta then the 2020 season starts in earnest.

For any of our Junior Sailors coming through Wednesday nights with aims and passions: train hard, spend as much time on the water as you can, perfect your skills and make sure you are as fit as possible. Try different boats when you can, get involved with our Commodores’ Challenge, you will gain huge transferable skills from that alone but most of all make sure it’s fun.

2019 Formula Kite Europeans

Fri 4 Oct
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Poole YC’s Ellie Aldridge, a dinghy sailor who only began foiling a year ago, took second in the Open Europeans and lifted the European crown with stellar racing that beat off challenges from Australia's Breiana Whitehead and Russia's Valeria Garashchenko.

"It feels a bit mad," said Ellie. "The racing was so intense; so good. Everyone's improved so much. It's really tight racing. It's ridiculous to think that we have all come so far in the space of just a year. All the girls are pushing each other so much."

Aldridge was also part of the British team, paired with Connor Bainbridge, that was victorious in the inaugural Mixed Relay European Championship, when one day of the regatta was allocated to the Paris 2024 Olympics' format event. The duo just edged out the Russian pairing of Alexey Chibizov and Garashchenko.

YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year

Fri 20 Sep
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Picture courtesy of YJA/Sally Golden

Lucy MacGregor with the coveted trophy, congratulated by MS Amlin's Keith Lovett.

The YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year and the YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year Awards were presented during a Gala Dinner at the Grand Café Southampton on September 13, following on from Press Day at the Southampton International Boat Show. The event drew together the great and the good of the marine world, distinguished guests and many previous winners of the awards.

Lucy MacGregor, four-times winner of the Women's Match Racing World Championship after her victory at the Lysekil Women's Match in August, is the YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year. '

The YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year 2019 is Matilda Nicholls, winner of the Women's Laser Radial Youth World Championship at Kingston, Canada.

The MS Amlin Seamanship Award, presented by 2018 winner Sean Rose. The trophy, previously awarded for acts of seamanship in the Round the Island Race, has been extended worldwide in 2019, this year being presented to Roy Disney, the owner of Pyewacket who rescued the team on John Sangmeister's Santa Cruz 70 OEX during July's Transpac 50 Race after they were forced to abandon ship due to water ingress from damage to their rudder post.

Next up was the YJA MS Amlin Young Blogger of the Year Award which was presented to Alex Rabbitt, who produced a fabulous short video story, filmed over a year, which is about the experience a group of youngsters went through in passing their sailing instructor course in Manchester, called 'Journey to Instructor'.

In 2018 the vote was split between two great sailors from different generations - Tracy Edwards and Nikki Henderson - the first time this has happened in the history of the event. Conrad invited Nikki to the stage to present the award to Lucy MacGregor - four-time winner of the Women's Match Racing World Championship after her victory at the Lysekil Women's Match in August. 'Team Mac' took the final 3-0 against French skipper Claire Leroy. -- Mark Jardine

ITCA Nationals

Wed 21 Aug
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Well done to all the PYC youth members that travelled to Largs in Scotland for the Topper Nationals.

Amber Hale came 1st in the Bronze fleet and Devon and Mason Green grabbed 1st and 2nd in the Regatta Fleet… Brilliant results!

Mirror Write Up

Wed 21 Aug
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Well done to Steve Bland and Steve Thompson for coordinating a successful National Mirror Event at PYC 11th – 14th August.

It was great to see the harbour ablaze with colour from the 35 boats that were entered. Well done to a number of our Youth members that borrowed boats so they could participate in the event and to the PYC members that received trophies for their efforts

The final results can be found here Results Page