Newsletter January 2022

Newsletter January 2022

Dear Members and Friends,

2022 has arrived and we continue to develop our communication with both you, the members, and with partners, potential sponsors and regatta organisers. We are committed to the VCYC and believe that the club has the potential to go far, as this past season has proved. Thank you.


It is with great pleasure that we welcome two new yacht members to the ever growing VCYC fleet. 

Viveka”,  a Frank Paine design from 1930 is the first Schooner to join the VCYC and she is a very welcome addition. We look forward to seeing her lift her skirts this spring!

 “Kipawa”, a 1938 Christian Jensen 10 Metre also joins the Marconi fleet with her fine racing pedigree and her dark blue hull which will be unmistakable on the starting line.

Have a look at the yacht profiles to keep up to date with your competition!

We would also like to welcome “Prestige Peintures”, a French based yacht painting company who has become a partner in this adventure. They specialise in yacht painting and have a wealth of experience painting classic yachts. They have also agreed to become a Technical advisor so should you need some advice they will be happy to help. We are in the process of adding them to our website so have a look at theirs and get a competitive quote to have your yacht looking her best at your next event.


With the beginning of the season just around the corner, many of you will be wondering about the new rating formula for this year. I have to say, we are too! I have shared all the info that we have so far but I do believe we will have to be patient. Some yachts are actively questioning and seeking change, some with in depth analysis of race results and others with letters to CIM addressing issues deemed unfair and we wait for the results of these actions, hopefully sooner rather than later. The introduction of headsail measurement into the formula also is intriguing to say the least. Let us know your thoughts on rating issues.


We are actively searching for a VCYC Master of Series to accompany the five race commitees at our events to ensure that the racing is run fairly and according to the rules of each event. The person should be a professional race officer and available for the five events. If you know of such a person, then please contact us with their contacts. We know from previous experience that sometimes we are not allowed to have a real yacht race for reasons beyond our control. It is always nice to be back at the dock early with an ice cold beer, and this is good for the spectacle and sponsors but you go to the events to race for good results and there is nothing better than a result well deserved because you were allowed to fight for it.

We hope you all survived the end of year festivities and we look forward to sharing this new year with you all on the water.

Best regards,


Top tip of the month #1

Service your winches at least twice during the season, paying strict attention to the winch drawings, lightly grease the bearings and make sure to oil the pawls. NEVER put grease on the pawls, only light machine oil, as grease can cause them to stick closed and the winch could become dangerous.

Historical Note.

“White Wings” is a John Alden sloop built in 1938 and was the flagship of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club during the 1940s and 50s.


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