Commodore’s Helgoland Blog

Wednesday 3 June

Most of the German boats have now departed.  Some of them very early this morning.  Carli and Maria gave them breakfast again and saw the last few off from the pontoons, having bonded with our visitors over the past few days.  It is good to  know that our visitors left with warm feelings about their welcome and stay at RFYC.  Next task is our next Open Event, the Edinburgh Regatta, now just 10 days away.

Tuesday 2 June

Unseasonal weather, methinks.  Most of the German boats are still with us, though the Nicholson 31 thought it worth a try and he went off down river like a train.  The rest were up in the club house where House Committee were providing breakfast of croissants, pastries, ham and cheese with our usual fine coffee.  House were also planning to run the bar for them again tonight.  No wonder our German friends are so happy.

Meanwhile Fiona and Sandra were busy totting up the takings and offsetting the expenses.  Not an easy task.

Monday 1 June

June already and the opportunities for sailing so far this season have been few and far between.  There are even some masts still to be put up.

Some of our German friends are still with us waiting for better weather to return home.  We will be opening the bar this evening, manned by club volunteers, for them.  On the subject of volunteers, we need to thank the large number of volunteers who helped in so many ways to make the German visit a success.  Led by Fiona Brown, we were fortunate in having people do radio watches, help with berthing, and running generators for the boats, the house team and the regatta office team, willing and happy volunteers all, and it is much appreciated.  Such input from members is what makes the Royal Forth Yacht Club the happy and vibrant organisation that it is.  Also let’s not forget Sandra’s input having put in a lot of extended hours and extra effort.

Sunday 31 May

The morning after the night before.  The Scottish night/hog roast was a great success, with over 150 tickets sold.  There were lots of happy German visitors, including a coach load who had come from Cuxhaven to join their friends and the fun.  About 15 of our own members also joined in.  The whole evening supported by great work from 8 volunteers.

Today some of the German boats will head off to catch a weather window whilst some will stay for one or two more days.  For the rest of us, it’s a typical day on the Forth.  We have the tide and a boatman, but pretty lousy weather.  F6 to F7, cold and with the occasional shower.

One post I would like to recommend is the one about Nordseewoche at Helgoland immediately preceeding the race to Edinburgh

A crowded pontoon

A crowded pontoon

Saturday 30 May

Lots going on today.  The visit of the Germans is in full swing with activities organised for them today and the Scottish night/Hog Roast this evening.  One competitor came in just after midnight last night and the final boat (Rode Zora von Amsterdam) crossed the line  just after 18:45.  Another interesting item on the tracker is one of the boats, Baxkiste, coming up the A68 doing 46 knots.  Not to worry, the boat went into Tynemouth and the tracker is coming up to Edinburgh by road.

Friday 29  May

The visitors are arriving in a steady stream now, from about midnight right through the morning.  There are five boats still to arrive, the last of which should be here by tomorrow morning.  Of interest was one boat, Croix du Sud, which crossed the line and then headed straight out again, without touching the shore.  It is currently heading down the Northumberland coast heading southwards, apparently headed for Falmouth.  The other interesting one seems to have gone into Leith then cut acrossLeith and  Wardie Bay and into the club house.  I suspect that they have moved their tracking device to the club and it is still on.  So the club and bar are getting very busy right now, supported as always by a band of trusty volunteers.  We have also had visits from the Sail Doctor to repair damaged sails and the rigger is due this afternoon.  The club has also taken delivery of various pieces of equipment for the visitors, including a large dinghy.

Thursday 28 May

The first two Helgoland boats are now in Leith Dock, the first having arrived in the middle of the night and the second a couple of hours ago.  Two others are now in the Forth having to tack their way up against the usual Westerly.  It still looks as if there are about another 20 boats battling up the North Sea, though one boat seems to have gone into Blyth harbour but still seems to be doing 7.9 knots.

Update Wednesday pm

The Helgoland fleet are now storming towards us as with Southerly winds they are clocking up good speeds, with 9, 10 and 11 knots being logged for the bigger boats.  It looks as if another 4 boats have retired.

Wednesday 27 May

The Helgoland competitors are making good progress, with only four showing as dropping out.  Fiona Brown who is co-ordinating the event has received an update from the organisers which has been posted at Helgoland.  Meanwhile, a meeting last night briefed the volunteers for the radio watch to log the arrivals of the boats.  The first of these is expected at about 2 a.m tomorrow.  The club base station radio has been replaced, thanks to the efforts of the Carnies and Peter Smith.  The old one was kaput and replacing it proved to be problematic, but is now all sorted.  The current depths have been checked by John Spencely and the Mickery has been cleaned from top to bottom.  The ceiling has never looked so clean.  Bunting has sprouted all over the place (the colours of the flag on the stairs are the Helgoland flag, yes they have their own flag, and signs in German have appeared everywhere.  And so it goes on, as an event like this , which reflects well on the club,  depends on so much effort from so many people.  We thank them all.

Tuesday 26 May

It’s a busy week at the club as we are gearing up for the biennial visit of our friends from Helgoland.  If you  are watching the tracking of the race as I am, you will see that they are making good progress across the North Sea, though the wind direction is forcing them to go due West at the moment.  A couple of them are going North first and hoping to get a better wind as it backs, if it goes according to the forecasts. We have a number of volunteers to do the radio watch and to monitor their arrival, but there is still a few empty slots if anybody is available to volunteer.  The shifts are 4 hours long and each has two people to give appropriate safety cover.

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