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BHYC WEEKLY NEWS Issue 713 26th February 2020


Club Programme

Brading Haven Yacht Club programme for 2020/21 is available now, pick up a copy when you're next at the Club. You will find all the information on social, sailing, training and racing for the year ahead.


Powerboat Group @ BHYC

On Friday last week five members were out practising their skills with two of our instructors. The next practice for helms and crew will be the 6th of March.

This group is for members who would like to practice or improve their rib and safety boat skills. Whether you want to improve your skills for your own boat or volunteering for rib or crew duty. Friday 6th March practice session 12 - 2.00 pm £5 - Six places available to book please email

Offshore team

Scow and Swan owners pre-season planning and supper - Friday 28th February 6.30 pm

Before the 2020/21 programme commences on 1st April, we thought it would be fun to meet up and share plans and ideas for our two BHYC Heritage fleets.

Meet in the Club House bar at 6.30 pm to finalise Scow class racing rules, talk about how we can increase numbers racing (both classes) and share ideas about social sailing. Then we can all enjoy a Fish and Chip supper at 7.30 pm.

The sign up sheet is in the foyer or let us know and well add your name to the list, email We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Best wishes

Anne Barlow (Scow Captain), Linda Briant (Swan Captain) and Estelle Rayment

Boat Jumble - 4th April

Spaces for our Boat Jumble are now available, for a donation of £5 you can reserve a pitch for your car by emailing before the date. Spaces allocated on a first come first serve basis and are limited.

Save The Date - Fitting Our Supper

After the dark, wet and windy winter, the Fitting Out Supper heralds the start of the sailing season and the beginning of days spent messing about in boats. There's always a sense of anticipation and excitement and any new members that would like to come along it would be lovely to meet you. You will also hear about some new ideas for the coming season. This is an event for all members who enjoy all sorts of on the water activities from racing, social sailing and training. So make sure you save the date invite friends and family and get the season off to the best possible start.

Offshore Committee


BHYC Cadets Spence Willard After School Sailing Sessions Registration

The registration for After School is today Wednesday 26th February at 5pm.

After school sailing is aimed at BHYC cadets to give them the opportunity to get on the water and practice their skills. We have sessions on different days of the week when the tides are suitable. There will be some onshore sessions to learn water safety, rigging, parts of the boat, sail trim, knots, games and drills for on the water. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and the sessions follow the RYA ON Board programme.

Training team

Calling all BHYC Instructors

The new sailing season will soon be here if you would be available to support training in 2020 please let us know. We will be looking for instructors for Powerboat and Sailing to work with cadets and adults. Email

RYA Powerboat Instructor Course

BHYC hope to run an RYA Powerboat Instructors Course this April. The RYA Powerboat Instructor qualification gives you the ability to teach the RYA powerboat level 1 & 2 courses. If you are interested and would like to know more please email

Easter and May Half- Term Sailing Sessions

Our training coaching sessions run throughout the year. If you were sailing last year and took a break over the winter please join the refresher sessions at the start of April ... Whilst the juniors are training, we will encourage the parents to try sailing with an adult instructor or assist either ashore or on the water. Please email

Winter Workshops

28th February Workshop 3 VHF- a beginner's course 19.00 - 21.00hrs - This course is for those who want to be able to communicate using the VHF radio . This could be for safety boat crews or anyone who is involved with training or using the radios on the water. Learn the protocols of what and what not to say over the airwaves!

20th March Workshop 4 Assistant Race Officer 19.00 - 21.00 hrs - This course is for those members who would like to know more about how to organise a dinghy race at BHYC. It will go through the rules, flags and start sequences and what you need to do to support the Race Officer of the day. It is good preparation for the next step of becoming a race officer at the club.

Sign up via the club website


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BHYC 100 Club

Congratulations to February's 100 Club winners - Linda Briant & Bryn Davis.

Geoff & Clare Hogg

Gentlemen's Lunch

This Friday 28th February 12.30 for 1pm. Escape the drudgery of household chores and enjoy an hour or two of good conversation assisted by tasty victuals and liquid refreshments. Please put your name on the sign-up sheet in reception.

Swan & Scow Supper - 28th February

Pre-season planning meeting starts at 6.30 pm with a Fish & Chip supper 7.30 pm, vegetarian option also available.

Tuesday Talk's

Our next Talk on Tuesday 3rd March entitled "A Walk on the Wild Side" is to be given by Sue Waddleton who says her Talk is about "My two week stay working on a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. Basically I was looking for a holiday adventure which was to have included horse riding and I came upon this one which looked interesting so I went for it along with a friend. It did not turn out to be what was stated on the package!"

I cannot imagine where this will go but feel sure it will be a fascinating Talk on a most unusual topic!"

As usual the bar will be open from 6pm and Supper will be available between 6.30 and 6.45 only to enable it to be finished in time for the Talk to start at 8pm. Pre-booking is required either by ringing the Club, emailing '' or putting your name on the list on the Club noticeboard by noon the day before. We need a minimum of 10 for supper to make it viable for the Caterers. Guests are welcome but must be signed in please.

Robin Powell


The last Bingo session of the season,next Wednesday 4th March, promises to be something special. Pre-ordering food is essential so please add your choices in reception as soon as possible please.

6 Nations Rugby

Come down to the Club to support your team and watch it on the big screen. The Bar will be open. The matches being shown are listed on the main poster.

Bring & Buy Sale - Friday 20th March

The Club is holding a Bring and Buy sale on Friday 20th March 10am 12noon, this is your chance to give your cupboards and garage a spring clean. We are looking for good quality and clean items, Collectables and consumables, books, unwanted Christmas gifts.

No clothing, DVD's or CD's please.

On Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March an area will be made available in the Haven room for you to leave any items you are kindly donating for the sale. Money raised from the Bring & Buy sale will go towards purchasing new furniture for the clubhouse.

St Patricks Night - Saturday 21st March

Having celebrated something Scottish, it's now time to celebrate all things Irish at our St Patrick's Night. Join us for an evening of music and fun. Fancy dress is optional but there will be a prize for the best outfit.

The Caterers will be laying on a Traditional Irish stew topped with layered potato, served with seasonal vegetables. Pudding will be homemade Irish Kelly Apple Cake served with Irish cream. There will be a vegetarian option main course available. All for £11.99 a head.

Please place your name on the sign-up sheet in the club foyer.




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

Thursday - Saturday Lunch 12:00 to 14:30
Thursday - Saturday Evening 19:00 to 21:00
Sunday Lunchtime 12:00 to 15:00

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

Steenbok Shiraz & Sauvignon Blanc only £9.99 per bottle


Club Operations

Another fun packed Bingo session last Wednesday. Haven Bridge enjoyed another session last Thursday. On Friday we hosted a Winter Workshop. Unfortunately the weather took its toll and we were forced to cancel both Saturday and Sundays planned sailing events.

Looking Forward

After School Sailing sign up today. Haven Bridge are back on Thursday afternoon. Friday afternoon we entertain the Gentlemen's Lunch and later in the afternoon we host a wake at the Club. Friday evening we hold another Winter Workshop and welcome the Swan & Scow pre-season planning and supper evening. Saturday afternoon we welcome a party group for a Member to the Club.

We look forward to seeing you all again for Sunday lunch.

Health & Safety

A Member reported an accident whilst parked in the Club car park. On Tuesday morning on the 18th February, the Member attended an early meeting at 10:00 am and left the Club at approximately midday. During that time a vehicle, unknown at this time, manoeuvred in to the Members car causing damage at significant cost. If the individual causing the damage was not aware at the time, they will undoubtedly be aware now as their vehicle will be damaged. I would ask the person to come forward if they have access to the Newsletter If any Member has any further information please advise me direct.

The weather remains very windy and unpredictable with forecast rain and strong winds to continue. Please be vigilant and ensure your boat is safe and secure and bailed out where necessary.


For information I am normally 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 10:03 on 26 February 2020

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