Previous Stories and Reports

Summer 2015

In addition to the posts from Summer 2015, see the following archived pages:

Festival Series 2015 (5-7 Aug)

Orkney Race 2015


Helgoland Race 2015

Winter social programme 2014-15

All talks were on Wednesdays, in the clubhouse, 7 for 730. Members also went to FCYC social events, generally held on Saturdays, which our members are also welcome to attend.

8 April: Race programme 2015. By: The Sailing Committee

25 March: Neart na Gaoithe windfarm and the sailing community Ewan Walker, Mainstream Renewable Power: Ewan described the proposed Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, which is due to be located some 15km east of Fife Ness, distributed over an area of approximately 100km2. For full report: click here

11 March: Plastic and poo – Threats to Scottish Marine life Matt Barnes, Sea Champions Co-ordinator Scotland, Marine Conservation Society. An introduction the work of the Marine Conservation Society in Scotland, including the themes of biodiversity, pollution and fishing with a Forth estuary perspective. For a full report: click here

25 February: A year before the mast – sailing from Europe to New Zealand By: Helen and Charlie Pank, members, RFYC. Between November 2007 and November 2008, they sailed from Gran Canaria to New Zealand as crew on a wide range of yachts and with a wide range of people. The talk described their adventures, was well attended and much enjoyed… For more information: click here

Joint Quiz Night with Forth Corinthian’s:  Screen Shot 2013-12-22 at 10.29.35The (now) annual quiz competition, hotly contested with Forth Corinthians’, was held this year on Saturday 7 February at Trinity Bowling Club.

Despite our team calling themselves “the unsinkables” they were holed below the waterline early on and had to revert to some good old fashioned cheating to maintain any respectability. It was a good night and the Corinthians were great hosts.

Burns Supper: The Burns Supper in 2015 was a joint affair with Forth Corinthians.

Port Edgar Annual Visit was on 2 January.  The bar opened from 12:00.  All members were invited to come along to enjoy the fun and welcome our guests.  Soup and bacon rolls were available.  

Christmas Lunch 2014: The club held its annual Christmas lunch event on Friday 12 December.  Some 66 members and guests enjoyed a very festive occasion.  See details and photos in the post.

Summer 2014

The things one sees at Granton – Mermaids?

Is this a mermaid I see?

Is this a mermaid I see?

You might be forgiven for not believing your eyes recently in the harbour when there appeared to be a mermaid sitting on the launch.  Well you were not wrong.   Here she is in close up.  What she was doing there is not quite clear, but Rob Cowie sent the photos.



2014 mermaid-1

The club youngsters have been flying the flag for us again

The younger club members have been doing very well in the Laser Radial National Championships.

Lewis Smith finished 14th in the Gold fleet (8th if you discount the non-UK people) which is an excellent result.
Lewis also won the Scottish Laser Radial Championships with a string of firsts and is vying for first place in the Scottish Traveler Series.  See Laser Results

Jamie Calder, also an RFYC  member finished 3rd in the National Championships having represented Britain in the World Youth Championships earlier this year.

The above are significant achievements in some very intense competition.

Cruise in Company 3 Aug 2014

CIMG5403The weather forecast for this event couldn’t have been worse.  Severe weather warnings for very heavy showers.  However, the day turned out bright and sunny, though with quite a lot of cloud. 8/9 skippers and their crews met in the club room for a briefing and the decision was taken to go to Inchkeith and anchor in the harbour.  The cruise leader, Patrick Angier was planning to take his dinghy, so a trip ashore was possible.  See more details and pictures in the post.

For the final photos from 707 Nationals week 2014:

A fine start 2441AWe hosted the 707 Nationals in June.  Go to Final Results page.


Photo copyright

Robyn Honda Rib           

Our Girl Cadets win powerboat
competition again
.  See post.



Our largest visitor yet
Visit by Royal Navy.

HMS Archer was to be seen on the pontoons this year, to land an Admiral and his wife.  See the full post and photos.

Visit to RNLI – Saturday 22 Feb 2014

Some 14 club members enjoyed a visit to the RNLI Station at South Queensferry.  Completed in 2012, this is the busiest lifeboat station in Scotland, and it is not just for rescuing idiots from Crammond Island.  We were initially given a presentation of some of the costs and issues of running the lifeboats, followed by a film of some dramatic rescues.

We were then taken down to the boat shed where we we given a guided tour of their new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat the “Jimmie Cairncross”

Our  group left after an enjoyable afternoon, renewing our appreciation to the RNLI, and happy in the knowledge that they are there to come to our aid if we are unfortunate enough to get into trouble on the water.

RNLI Visit

Remember the RNLI is a charity and depends on our donations.  Contribute to the collection boxes on the bar or by becoming a member.

Champion of Champions – our own Sarah and Stewart were competing

Each Year the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club invites the winners of the various national sailing class competitions to compete for the EndeavourScreen Shot 2013-10-11 at 15.41.11 Trophy (see left).  As the winners from the RS400 Nationals, our own Sarah and Stewart Robertson were invited  to take part.  Congratulations to the pair of you.

Winter 2014

 Winter Talk No 3 – 12 March 2014

Report by Stuart Fowler:

The last  talk of the 2014 winter season was well attended with around thirty people turning out for the third in our winter talk series.

The evening was split into two parts with a refreshment interval. The first part was presented by David Wisdish from RNLI assisted by his wife Jean giving an informative and illustrated talk on Man Over Board (MOB) recovery techniques, personal safety at sea and highlighting some of the many safety devices that are currently available.

During the interval, David made himself available to give advice to members on how to carry out safety checks on their own life jackets and highlighted some of the problems that could compromise their effectiveness. David very kindly also carried out a safety check “workshop” for the few members who brought along their life jackets for checking.

The second part of the evenings talk was presented by Tom Wilson and John Spencely who both provided an informative and illustrated insight for anyone contemplating entering the 2015  “Orkney Race”.

Last year only one RFYC yacht took part in the Orkney race and it was hoped that this evenings talk might encourage more members to think about entering next year.

The talk highlighted in detail what a well equipped cruising yacht should carry on such a journey and also the additional safety equipment that was required to satisfy the regulatory body and rules that the race was run under. It was suggested that for relatively little outlay most cruising yachts could be fully equipped to take part in the race as most of the equipment probably already exists on-board.

Also highlighted were the needs for an effective watch system to be in place, knowledge of any dietary or medical requirements crew members may have and personal comforts necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable passage.

The evening concluded with our Commodore giving thanks to all speakers and Tom and John kindly made themselves available to take any questions from anyone at the end of the evening.

The Challenge Quiz 2014, with the challenge being to Forth Corinthians

took place on Wednesday 26 Feb.  You will recall that a team from Royal Forth was victorious at the FCYC quiz last year.  This year, despite a determined challenge from 3 Corinthian teams, Royal Forth again took the honours, with two teams vying for first place, and the Peak Flow team just pipping Jean’s team by half a point.

Quizmaster Tom Wilson set a fine range of questions, including some wonderful old tram photos in a picture round.  The bar did well and a good time was had by all.

Perhaps it will become an annual event.  Prizes were awarded to the top two teams.  There was a wooden spoon prize of packets of crisps for the bottom scorers, but they were saved the ignominy as the crisps were all sold at the bar.

The first of the Winter Talks  took place on Wednesday 12 February. About 25 members braved the cold to hear Adrian Shield, the Vice Commodore, telling the tale of taking the Yachtmaster Coastal Exam. This is all about an 8 hour examination on the water, not just a theoretical course.  Could you do it; would you want to?  Well you missed it.

For the second part of the evening the talk was about using an iPad on board.

Port Edgar Visit Thursday 2 January 2014
The weather was very good for the annual race from Port Edgar to Granton and some 11 boats, all with plenty of crew took advantage of the sunny weather and brisk winds.  Tides  dictated an early afternoon arrival. The bar opened at 12:30 and we had hardly got the shutters up when a flood of hungry and thirsty sailors fell through the door.

The Vice Commodore ready for business

The Vice Commodore ready for business

Hot soup and rolls  were quickly taken up and we even managed to run out of bacon rolls.  The last few stragglers had to make do with cheese rolls.

The food station was busy

The food station was busy





Happy visitors

Happy visitors

Some 100 or more visitors were welcomed by the PEYC Commodore, Terry Kirchin, who gave a vote of thanks to the hosts.  In reply our own Commodore, Mark Primrose, echoed his welcome and wished everybody a Happy New Year.

Shortly after 14:00 the crews were kitting up for the return journey whilst the sun shone.


Orkney and the Return

John, Spencely, Tom Wilson and the Browns are back from Orkney.  See the story of the journey.

Coastguard update (re closure of Forth Coastguards at Fife Ness)

With the closure of Forth Coastguards and their replacement coverage by Aberdeen Coastguards, new guidance for the public has been provided.  You can get it here:  Forth Coastguards.  Remember if you need help, you now call Aberdeen Coastguards.  You may need to be aware that the responding coastguard may have a little less knowledge of our sailing area.

Have Flares Had Their Day?  See the article in the Nov issue of Yachting Monthly, a copy of which is in the club room.  See Police in Action report for how not to dispose of them.

Jamie Calder, our young globe-trotting member who has sailed at the top junior level worldwide has been at it again.  He visited the club at the Pre-Season event to present a memento of his latest contest to us.   See Jamie Moves from Junior to Youth Sailing

A successful  Pre-season Gathering & Pontoon update  took place on  2 April.   Over 40 members turned out to this final event of the winter to talk about the upcoming season.  After a presentation by Jamie Calder (see above) and updates from House and Harbour committees, the meat of the evening was a review of  the racing and cruising plans from Graham Mitchell, the Sailing Secretary, and an update on the projected development of the pontoons at the end of Pharos Pier.  This was followed by some lively debate on this and other topics.  The bar was kept busy and the members also enjoyed some free snacking, tapas style.

See the report on the latest Winter Talk – RNLI Safety Issues and Orkney 2015.

Christmas Lunch An excellent Christmas Lunch was enjoyed by 64 members and guests on Friday 13th.  Photos are available on the post.

Police in action by the Club – Again.  See the story here.

The Prize Giving took place on Saturday, 16 Nov 2013  Over 50 people turned up for the evening and a wealth of cups and trophies were awarded including for the photographic and log competitions.   See report here.  Also at the prize giving Robin Dougall was given the FYCA quaich for Young Yachtman of the Year.  See Post.

ORKNEY RACE – See the video.  There is a video from one of the Fisherrow boats linked from  Orkney Race. See also:  Orkney – the Return.
Helgoland 2013

Due to fearsome weather,including gale force winds, only six of our German visitors managed to battle through to Granton, with five of them finishers, the sixth had to complete the passage using its engine .  The remainder turned back or ended up scattered up and down the East Coast.

For the full story and results see the report from Cathy Sedgeworth and also the report on the nordseewoche web site.  It is a dramatic tale and is worth reading.  There are also some photos.

One boat managed to get in just in time for the usual Saturday evening BBQ which included entertainment by TOPS, our local pipe band, and a Jazz band and to which a number of club members were attracted.   With a shortage of German boats, there was plenty to eat for everyone.   And at last the weather was fine and warm, without too much wind.

On Monday, some of the boats were due to be racing back to Keil (including our own Susan and Simon Peakman on Helena).  Unfortunately with no remaining entrants (as boats either withdrew due to damage in the severe conditions of the crossing, or were in the wrong place) the race has been cancelled.

Other stories in summary  with links to detail

The annual visit from Port Edgar Yacht Club on Wednesday, 2 Jan, 2013 saw over 60 hardy souls from PEYC braving the Forth to sail to Granton to be welcomed by over 20 club members.  For details and photos, See the post: PEYC Visit.

On September 24th and 25th 2012, a storm from the East battered the harbour at Granton and a number of boats were damaged.  For the story and the pictures see here: The Storm of September 2012

As a result of the September Storm, 4 of the Forth Corinthian boats parted from or dragged their moorings and were driven ashore on the rocks to the west of the West Harbour.  See how they were recovered here: The Recovery of the FCYC Wrecked Boats

The club now has a new RIB, which was launched recently for initial water trials. See the report in the post “The New RIB“.  For other pictures and details of the RIB go to Club News

The Edinburgh Regatta and One Design Event, sponsored by Benromach, was hugely successful this year.  It took place ofer the weekend of 29/30 September.  See the full Report here:  The Edinburgh Regatta

The Festival Series is another regular event for us.  This report is a wry look at the event from the Committee Boat perspective.  See Festival Series

RFYC Cadets Muster to Newhaven:  The training session on Tuesday 24th July was a muster to Newhaven.  For full report see: Muster

Tabula Rasa is currently in Amble for major repairs.  A temporary patch was been put on her damaged hull (or vaka) so that she could undertake the journey.  (It is more cost effective than trying to get her there by road.)  For the story of the original accident see Tabula Rasa holed.  The accident also featured in an edition of the Lifeboat magazine.

All sorts of people take part in the racing sometimes, not just the racing enthusiast.  Here is a tale of the Coronation Cup,stern chase raced on 1 Sept 2012, as reported by a “racing virgin”.  Coronation Cup.


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