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BHYC WEEKLY NEWS Issue 702 4th December 2019


Management Committee Meeting 5th December

Following the SGM, the newly formed and restructured Management Committee will meet on Thursday 5th December at 19:00hrs. We shall take the opportunity to reflect an a very well attended and positive SGM to agree next steps particularly taking on board Member feedback discussed at the meeting.

Best regards,

Management Committee


Race Report - Saturday 30th November

A cold and gloomy morning deterred all but the hardiest sailors. With an easterly wind blowing F6 at Chimet, Race Officer John Carter decided to set courses inside the harbour, where the wind was lighter although gusty, for both handicap and Scow fleets. The fleets sailed the same starboard-handed course which started with a long beat to buoy 10A, followed by a broad reach to an inflatable mark east of Fisherman's Pontoon (where care was needed to avoid BSC's Illusion regatta), a beam reach to buoy 14 and a run to and gybe round buoy 17.The handicap fleet of four Laser 4.7s was set four rounds, with three for the four Scows.

Three of the handicap fleet made a clean start; Grace King capsized just before the line but recovered and set off in pursuit, but subsequent gear failure forced her retirement.After some close racing, Sam Steward finished first, followed by Kristian Schafer (second) and Karl Schafer.

As the Scow start time approached, Peter Hayward just kept on the right side of the line to ensure a second clean start.In the difficult conditions, Chris Girling and Chris Wilkinson retired after a couple of laps.Mike Bottoms bailed heroically west of Fisherman's and kept sailing to finish in second place after Peter Hayward.

Thanks as always to all who assisted with the race management off and on the water.

Sailing team

Race Report - Sunday 1st December

On the first official day of winter, the prospect of a cold and wet beat in to the teeth of a north-easterly F5 did not deter competitors for Race 5 of the Sunday Frostbite Series. With wind-chill barely above freezing it was particularly encouraging to see so many cadets on the Start Line; all the extra training and STW doughnuts is obviously paying off!. Conditions outside the harbour were 'rough', so a short windward leg to Channel 6 buoy was sufficient before returning to the harbour on an exhilarating planing reach. After three laps it was Martyn Davies in his Solo who gained line honours, however Sam Steward in a 4.7, who had been in first place up until the final furlong, was pipped to the post by close rival Kristian Schafer who won an overlap to windward just before the finish line. Following close behind, Tom and Millie Wilson in the RS200 and Grace King in a 4.7 also did extremely well considering the conditions. Final positions on corrected time: Kristian Schafer 1st, Sam Steward 2nd Martyn Davies 3d.

A course inside the harbour, that included two windward legs either side of Fishermans pontoon, was set for a brave trio of Scows. There was much 'bailing' throughout as gusts topped F6, yet after almost three laps the race appeared to have been sewn up by Mike Bottoms and Chris Girling who obtained clear water over Peter Hayward. However Mike and Chris overstayed the turning mark at No. 17 and gifted Hayward an opportunity to sneak round ahead of the others and develop an unassailable lead. Final positions: Peter Haywood 1st, Mike Bottoms 2nd and Chris Girling 3rd.

Sailing team

Isle of Wight Tera Championship at Gurnard Sailing Club

18 young Tera sailors from across the Isle of Wight gathered at Gurnard Sailing Club on Sunday 1st December for the inaugural Isle of Wight Tera Championship. Cadets from Gurnard Sailing Club, Royal Victoria Yacht Club and Brading Haven Yacht Club were all there.

The sun was shining but a strong biting wind from the North East gave challenging conditions. Race officer Steve Cole set up a short windward-leeward course in Gurnard Bay in front of the club house giving the spectators a good view of the action.

From Brading Haven Yacht Club Freddie Death and David Robinson were competing, this was the first time they has sailed at Gurnard and they both had an amazing time.Freddie received a prize from Helen Lucas for his grit and determination.Over the pass few months the sailing clubs have been working together to encourage more youth sailing and regular participation.

If you would like to know more about the winter coaching sessions please email

Sailing team

Cruise Section - Admirals Gun & Cock-up Cup

It's that time of year ago to reflect on the past season and to remind ourselves rom our log books (those who keep them!) how the season has gone and to confess those "cock ups" we hope no one else observes! This is all intended to be in the "not too serious" category.

I'm hoping for a few more entries than last year - the Admirals Gun is a handsome Trophy that would grace many a mantlepiece and the Cockup Cup is a Steve Lymn carved rather handsome wooden prize - something unique to win!

Entries please, by 31 December, to Felix hetherington either in the "H" pigeon hole at the Club or phone 719204 for collection.

Thanks in anticipation.

Felix Hetherington

Save the Date

Christmas is only around the corner so look for that Christmas jumper and hat. Book your club boat now online for the Christmas Cracker Race and Boxing Day!

Cruiser Section Friday 13th December

We will meet at the Westover Car Park Calbourne (situated adjacent to the junction of Lynch Lane, and Strawberry Lane) to start the walk at 10 00. The walk takes us up to the top of Mottistone Down then descends to Westover and Calbourne Bottom. Crossing the lane we will then walk up to the reservoir and return via the Worsely Trail to the car park. Weather permitting we shall enjoy some lovely views within a distance of approximately 4 miles.

A short drive will take us to the Three Bishops at Brighstone for lunch.

Please let Anne know your intentions by Tuesday 10th December and we look forward to seeing you.

Cruising Section


Sail Training Week 2020

Our sailing training week has been a popular feature in the club's calendar for so many years and BHYC Cadets have really benefited from the RYA courses.

The 2020 training week will take place between Monday 17th to Friday 21st August.

Volunteers required. We are always pleased to hear from members who would like to be help us run this week either afloat safety or support boat crew or shoreside. We would be most grateful for your help please email the training team if you would like to be involved

Best wishes

The Training Team

Private Lessons and Practice sailing Sessions

If you would like a private lesson, practice sailing or RIB sessions please send an email to The sessions can be weekdays or weekends.

Training team


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Ladies Christmas Lunch - Today Wednesday 4th December

Today 4th December, Ladies Lunch will host a Christmas lunch at the Club with in-house Christmas themed entertainment. We really look forward to seeing our regular ladies for fun this afternoon.

Marilyn & Andrea

BHYC Golf Section

Match played at Osborne Golf Club, 28th November 2019.

With everyone keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts leading up to Thursday we were blessed with a lovely warmish sunny day with light winds making really good conditions for playing golf. The course was in very good condition in spite of the recent rain. Following a well received Bacon Buttie 10 players set of in good spirits.

With some good competitive golf taking place we all gathered in the clubhouse to eagerly check the scores.

1st Mike Tarry32 points
2nd Paul Cocks31 points on count back.
3rd Cheryl.31 points
4th Ian Thomson27points
5th David Popple26 points
6th Clare22 points on count back
7th Peter Broome22points
8th Sid Duncan20 points on count back
9th Stuart Schofield20 points
10th peter Muspratt19points.

Longest Drivewinner Mike Tarry.

Nearest Pin Winner Peter Broome.

A really good day out with friendship and fun. The next game is the Three Club Challenge at Westridge Golf Cub in December 2019. Date will be confirmed soon. New players are most welcome.

Quiz Night - Thursday 5th December

Tomorrow night is the last Quiz Night of 2019, the theme is definately Christmassy and the Galley is offering supper from 6.30pm so that you can feed those "little grey cells" beforehand! Booking advisable.

Christmas Choir

If you took part in last year's Fun Choir evenings or just enjoy singing Christmas songs and carols, we'd love to see you from 10am to 11.30am on Tuesday 10 December for a run through of the programme for Sunday 15 December. This starts with the Christmas Cracker Race at 12 noon, Sunday lunch, and the arrival of Father Christmas at 2.30pm. Carols follow at 3pm approximately.

Please let the office or know if you would like to be part of the fun choir for this event.

Social team

Save The Date

On Sunday 15 December our sailors take to the water for the annual Christmas Cracker race at 12 noon, the Bar will be open and Emily and Chef Webb will be serving a delicious Sunday roast. We're reliably informed that Father Christmas will be arriving at 2.30pm with his sack of goodies and there'll be carols to follow. Added to this the'll be table top quizzes, a Christmas Jumper competition, raffle and prizes.

Haven Bridge Christmas Lunch 19th December

Haven Bridge Christmas Lunch is on Thursday December 19th 12.00 for 12.30. Paul and Jenny Knocker have invited all those attending to a welcome drink prior to the lunch. There will be a raffle in aid of Jillie's Veterinary Fund which to date has raised £33,000 to help Island Pet Owners.

Jillie Wheeler

Christmas Community Party

We are looking forward to what will be a fun filled days event on the 21st December as we will host an all day Community Christmas party for members, their families, friends and an open invite to the local community.

Gordon Wight has assembled a really unique and fun packed menu of entertainment for the family in the daytime and a night to remember in the evening.

Some highlights to be aware;

Daytime - music, raffles, disco, children's entertainer and magic show, a hot and cold buffet if you choose to eat and obviously, although he has already visited us Santa will again be at the Club!

Evening - a special Christmas menu, table magic, raffles, live entertainment with singer Chris Beard, and music till late. Please add your name for the daytime and / or evening event to the list in reception, this promises to be a day and party to remember!

BHYC New Year Party

We are almost at capacity for this year's New Year's Eve party, with a small number of spaces on a few tables, so if you would like to join in please send your name(s) through to and we'll try to allocate you.




Please join us for lunch and evening dining (please note our winter opening times);

Thursday - Saturday


12:00 to 14:30

Thursday - Saturday

Evening 18:30 to 21:00
Sunday Lunchtime 12:00 to 15:00

Christmas Menu

Please book up for that special Christmas get together. Whether that be for you and your partner, family, friends, a party or work function - we will make it a special evening for you.

Look out for our new Wine of the Month offer - this months offer (available until further notice) - definitely worth trying!

Tres Atlas white & red wine only 9.99 per bottle


Bingo nights just get better and better, don't get caught short make sure the 11th Dec and 18th Dec sessions are in your diary. On Thursday afternoon the Bridge Club enjoyed their regular weekly session. On Thursday evening we conducted an SGM. On Friday afternoon Gentlemen's lunch met for their monthly get together. On Friday evening we hosted the Angling Club's presentation evening. Saturday and Sunday afternoon our sailors took to the water racing.

Looking Forward

This morning we hosted the Breakfast Club, a hearty breakfast and a chance to sing a Christmas Carol. This afternoon we welcome Ladies Lunch to the Club for a Christmas themed afternoon with us. Thursday afternoon Haven Bridge session and on Thursday evening we host the Quiz Night. On Friday evening we have our monthly Sailing Social evening as well as the Cruising Section festive supper.

Christmas is really close now so if you haven't arranged that special party yet call us! - If you are planning a celebration or maybe a party do talk to me and let's see how we can cater for your needs. The Club is a great venue for that special event and as a Member it will work out extremely competitive versus other venues so email me to book up.

Whatever you decide to do and get involved in please enjoy your Club.

Health& Safety

Reminder - the weather has been dry of late although bitterly cold. Please take care on the pontoons and generally on the water. Always let us know if you are taking to the water please.


Reminder - I've still got it - a mariners watch has been handed into me so if you have mislaid or lost such a watch please email me to discuss,

For information I am available to Members during normal office hours, Monday to Friday 9am till 3pm. If you would like to see me outside of the days and times above let me know and I will accommodate, email me

Staff Christmas Fund

At this time of year we look back and reflect on the things that have made a difference over the year. I trust the staff at Brading Haven Yacht Club will have made a positive impact each and every time you visited the Club. Carol, Nicky, Gary and Georgia all work to ensure your time at the Club is both positive and enjoyable.

So, thanking our hardworking staff team for all their support throughout the year in attending to our Members' needs is something I hope you would support.

As usual Members have the opportunity to show their appreciation by contributing to the traditional Staff Christmas Fund. Please direct your contribution to me and I will ensure the team mentioned receive your token of gratitude.

Please note: all cheques payable to Brading Haven Yacht Club.

On behalf of the staff at BHYC we wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year.

For information I am available to Members during normal office hours, Monday to Friday 9am till 3pm. If you would like to see me outside of the days and times above let me know and I will accommodate, email me

John Maher

Club Manager & Secretary

BHYC Club Merchandise

BHYC merchandise is now available to all Members online follow the link below. Order whatever you choose, input the Club address for free of charge delivery and we'll advise you when it is delivered. Any issues contact me direct.

Look out for the new merchandise display cabinet at the Club displaying smaller items that are available at the bar or to order.

To place orders follow this link.

Last updated 13:54 on 5 December 2019

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