The 2016 programme has now been finalised but essentially remains close to the 2015 format. For those of you that use a smartphone it is also be available as an import from the Calendar. Whilst the series racing starts on the 24th April, the top dog race has been moved to 15th May in an attempt to get more yachts competing in it. Coastal races have been moved to a Sunday to get some more competitors to the start line.
The Dowsing race is now back with a Saturday morning start so just the one night at sea if the wind holds. The inclusion of the dowsing has meant no suitable tides for an over the tide day in the bay could be found. Friday night racing has been reduced but we will be hosting the Humber Yawl Club event with a buoys for points race. Wednesday night races are now a mixture of races after feedback from the competitors.
Start times have been tweaked slightly so that all tides over 5.2m now allow the deeper draft yachts to compete with no detriment to the on the water time for the shallower draft vessels. A new dredger has been ordered for the harbour, hopefully resulting in us gaining a little more water under the pontoons.
The working weekend is set for the 2nd and 3rd of April and I hope to see you there. We struggled quite heavily for manpower last year leaving too many jobs for too few. A lot of work goes in to providing the facilities to race at the RYYC and not just the marks, all of it by volunteers and to them I give my warmest thanks. Additional Marks, chain and anchors will be purchased so it’s a good day to brush up on your splicing skills and help make up the ground tackle. Inclusion in the pier head duty roster is now a requirement of race entry so please help Tim Jones fill any spaces.
Regatta week will be the 30th July to 6th August. Tides this year are more troublesome than ever and Friday is now a Cadet race only for the half deckers.
So all that remains is to wish you all a great season and I hope to see you on the water if not in the bar.