Anglesey girls sail into the RYA Cymru Wales winter training squad

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Two members of the RAYC have been selected in the North Wales squad just a year after youth sailing was re-started at the RAYC.

Megan Elias and Robin Scanlan, two junior members of the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club in Beaumaris, have been selected for the North Wales Regional RS Feva sailing squad and are taking part in winter sailing training between November and March alongside the Welsh RS Feva sailing squad.

The Royal Anglesey is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the UK having received its Royal Charter in 1887, with a full racing programme from May to September as well as social and development activities during the off season.

The RAYC has recently re-started its youth sailing in Beaumaris thanks to a generous grant from Sport Wales, while Anglesey firm Peninsula Home Improvements helped with the cost of the girl’s kit.

Stevie Scanlan, vice-commodore of the RAYC, said, “We are so pleased that all the hard work in re-starting youth sailing has paid off so soon.  The popularity of the weekly sailing lessons here in Beaumaris has been unprecedented and shows the local enthusiasm for sailing and the desire for local children to connect with the water.”

Peninsula Home Improvements, based in Gaerwen, Anglesey, were pleased to help with Ken Grayson, CEO of Peninsula Windows, adding, “Our company was thrilled to be able to help Robin and Megan with their sailing and we look forward to seeing them progress during the winter training camps.

“As a company we are very keen to help support local sports and, as we are based here on Anglesey, it is great to have a connection to the sea.

“As a business we are all about helping people keep their properties dry and cosy so it just seems fitting to help kit out the girls and keep them warm when out on the water.”

Robin and Megan will be sailing in the RS Feva class alongside other junior sailors from Llandudno Sailing Club, Pwllheli Sailing Club and Rydal Penrhos School.

The Welsh High Performance Manager Paul Simes commented, “This year we selected an all-girls team for the North Wales Regional Feva Squad and we cannot wait to see how they get on next season and hopefully in the Welsh National RS Feva Squad next winter.”  IMG_5459

Thank you Anne James

This month’s members lunch was the last to be organised and hosted by Anne James who has done a sterling job co-coordinating the very popular monthly lunch time events.  A huge thank you to Anne for all the hard work and tireless efforts she has put into a very important part of our social calendar here at the club.  Anne will be handing over to Leslie Bebbington in the new year.

Anne James with Vice Commodore Bob Dixon and Commodore Rhys Davies

Anne James with Vice Commodore Bob Dixon and Commodore Rhys Davies

 

Beaumaris Crews in London Marathon Row

Beaumaris Rowing Club, part of the RAYC, sent two crews of six rowers in their Celtic Longboats to compete in the annual Great River Race on the River Thames on Saturday 2nd September.

The two crews battled strong winds and rough water during the 21.6 miles row from the Isle of Dogs to Richmond and finished in a creditable time of under three hours. The ages of the crew members varied from 18 to 80 years of age!

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The Great River Race attracted 331 crews from all over UK and Europe rowing a huge variety of boats from Irish canvas-hulled curraghs to enormous Dutch rowing life-boats and powerful Cornish gigs.

All these boats had to squeeze through designated arches of the many bridges and this led to collisions and clashes of oars. An exciting day out for all concerned!

Please contact Tim Knowles for a taster row 01248 812970

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Success in Ireland for RAYC sailing team

10 sailors bring home the first Celtic Challenge sailing trophy.

 

The sailing challenge saw sailors from the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club travel to Ireland to take part in a team-racing event in Glandore South west Ireland in County Cork.

The Celtic challenge was a Team racing event where experienced sailors from Welsh and Irish sailing clubs raced against each other  in a bid to win the weekend by racing three races on Saturday and Sunday.  The teams raced in Dragon’s, an international class of keel boat, in stunning weather on Saturday and then gusts of up 40mph winds on the Sunday.  The sailing captain for the RAYC Ewan McEwan said of the weekends racing “both teams fought hard to win the challenge trophy and the Welsh were made extremely welcome in Ireland. We look forward to hosting members of the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club back here in Beaumaris to race in the waters of the Menai strait”

The rayc often take their classic boats to yacht regattas and in particular the Glandore Classic Regatta http://glandoreyc.com/classic/ arranged by the GHYC every two years.  This is a way of forging friendships and flying the flag for Welsh sailing in other areas of the world and is a great opportunity to share ideas and best practice with like-minded friends.

Download the Celtic Challenge full write up from the GHYC

RYA Push the Boat out @ Beaumaris

 

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The Royal Anglesey Yacht Club in Beaumaris will this year be taking part in the RYA’s Push the Boat out initiative, which invites everyone and anyone to get on the water.  RYA Push the Boat Out (14-22 May 2016) is a nine day nationwide event that will see hundreds of sailing clubs and centres across the country opening their facilities for local people to come and have a go at sailing and other water sports.

Whether you’re completely new to the sport, looking to get back on the water or sail regularly, the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club will be one of the many sailing clubs and centres  across the country taking part in RYA Push the Boat Out. The event will see hundreds of people taking part in the sport at similar taster sessions.

Starting at 10am, on Sunday 22nd May at the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club, Beaumaris, there will be a whole host of activities taking place.  We are offering taster sessions on keelboats and Celtic rowing boats. There will also be demonstrations of the Dart 16 multihull catamarans.   To book a place please visit our event brite site

Ewan McEwan, RAYC’s Sailing Captain said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out. We are inviting the local community to come down to our club, have a go at sailing and rowing, see what we to offer and get involved. Who knows if you visit you might just get hooked!  Anyone who is interested in getting on the water is invited to come along to beautiful Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey and join us for a taster”

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Royal Anglesey Yacht Club, Beaumaris – 6-7 Green Edge, Beaumaris, LL58 8BY 

 

 

Bart’s Bash Second Sail

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We took part in Bart’s Bash Second Sail again this year and  welcomed visitors to the club for a sailing race which started at 11am – conditions were exciting for the race with gusts of 25kts  coming down the menai strait.  We welcomed lots of visitors of all abilities and everyone had a great time.

Here are some photos from the event:

 

Tour of Britain starts in Beaumaris

A fantastic morning was had by all for the start of the Tour of Britain Race in Beaumaris.  The RAYC was perfectly positioned for the start and the club house hosted visitors from all over for Breakfast served by the Rear commodore Ioan Shah and his House committee.  The starting hut was also full as it was the perfect vantage point for the start of the race on the green.  Thank you to everyone who helped and supported the event at the RAYC it was lovely to see so many people on the day happily tucking into the delicious breakfasts on offer.

Breakfast is served!

Breakfast is served!

View of the start from the  top of the starting hut

View of the start from the top of the starting hut

Ready, Set, Go! RAYC Race as part of Menai Seafood Festival

The Royal Anglesey Yacht club is very excited to be part of the Menai Seafood Festival for the first time this year and will be staging a classic-yacht sailing race at Menai Bridge with race commentary and live camera feed for spectators.

Take a step back in time and watch these beautiful classic boats sail in the waters they were built for nearly 100 years ago.  The two classes of boat that will be racing will be the Fife One Design and the Menai Strait One Design, both created specifically for racing here in North Wales.  The first Fife was created in 1920s and the first MSOD in 1930s, the heyday of yachting; as a club we are proud to share the love we have for our natural environment and our enthusiasm for these stunning yachts.

We race on the Menai Strait every week throughout the summer; and sail as far as Puffin Island at the Northerly end of the Strait and Caernarfon to the South.

The Menai Seafood Festival race will start at 2:30 pm on the 22nd August and will begin from the start line at Menai Bridge (Prince’s) Pier.  The race will be broadcast life to the tv screens set up around the festival and spectators can see the boats getting ready for the start from the main festival area and the promenade.  Members of the club will be on hand on the promenade to answer any questions people may have.

We are holding two “open Sailing” events this summer for people who would like to have a go on Sunday 16th August and Sunday 20th September and both start in Beaumaris at 10:30am.  Visitors are very welcome to come and get a taste of sailing in the Menai Strait, no experience necessary.

For further information and to book your free place on one of our taster days please send us an email steviescanlan@aol.com

 

Travelling Fifes visit the 2015 Glandore Classic Regatta in Ireland

The travelling Fifes will again be visiting the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club for their 2015 CH Marine Glandore Classic Regatta in Southern Ireland this month.  News and reports of racing and fun will be filtering through on the facebook group and on twitter @Royal AYC so keep a look our for their progress… There is a great week of sailing and entertainment planned for the Regatta week 18th -24th July 2015. The highlights will be the Parade of Sail at 3 pm on Sunday 19th and the parade will be led by the Baltimore Lifeboat “Alan Massey”.