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August News

August 09, 2020

Dear Members of the RABC,
We do hope that you are all fit and well. Regretfully, we have had to cancel Volcano Night 2020 and the RYA has cancelled Discover Sailing (aka 'Push The Boat Out').  However, following new RYA and Government guidance, we are pleased to announce that RABC events can now resume, at least in part, subject to social distancing.  See the Events Page.

The estuary moorings are becoming increasingly crowded.  Whilst this increase in sailing activity is to be welcomed, it must be managed to avoid conflicts with other boats in the limited space available.  Members are reminded that all moorings, both Summer and Winter, are to be marked with a current, paid for, RABC Mooring number.  Any unmarked moorings are liable to be removed and disposed of at the next Boat Park Clean-up. It is also Members' responsibility to agree in advance any new or changed mooring positions.  This is to be done with Gordon Pope, our Moorings Officer, who is usually at the estuary at some point on most days.  The same requirement applies to requests for reservation of the Hardstanding for boat maintenance.

We look forward to seeing some of you again soon.

The Committee.

Approach to Alnmouth [UPDATED AGAIN!!]

July 26, 2020

Steve Ellaby has updated his useful aid for members/visitors if you dare the sand bar!

 

Notes:

  1. The bar can change - if it does significantly, then Steve has offered to update the doc as required

  2. There is now a red can on the tank trap so if left to port on way in to Alnmouth you’re clear of all of them.

  3. There is also now a red can which seems to be holding well at the end of the sand bar, GPS plotted by Steve 

  4. Click on the image to download

The misadventures of John Taylor

July 23, 2020

A short video of the recent trip up to Holy Island.

For Sale

July 22, 2020

The Sales/Wants pages have been updated, so head on over if you're looking for a new/old boat!

Discover Sailing

July 11, 2020

The RYA has decided to cancel Discover Sailing 2020, the event formerly known as Push the Boat Out.  We hope to revisit this in 2021.

Goodbye Suzy Wong

June 24, 2020

Members may recall that Suzy Wong ran aground entering the estuary in August 2016 and was assisted by the RNLI.  She sustained damage to her rudder and the boat has been deteriorating since. 

 

The committee has spent considerable time trying to arrange for its departure and has now been rescued and this morning she was towed to Amble Boatyard for repairs before heading to Ireland where she will be used to train disadvantaged young people.

The sight of her departure into the morning mist was not quite Turner's Fighting Temeraire - the future for Suzy Wong is bright, unlike for the Temeraire - but it was a poignant sight nonetheless.

Solo Fleet News

June 20, 2020

Sunday 21st June saw 3 Solos taking part in the new 'non-official' dinghy racing series - we have the beginnings of a small fleet!

HMS Ramsey visits Alnmouth

June 20, 2020

On this year's Summer Solstice HMS Ramsey visited Alnmouth to take on provisions. 

 

The 53m Sandown class minehunter was returning from a NATO exercise in the Baltic where she removed historic ordnance from the depths off the coast of Estonia.  After stopping for a training dive off Coquet Island she anchored in Alnmouth Bay to carry out a very special mission....

Covid 19 News and RABC

May 18, 2020

Dear Members

Firstly we do hope that you are well and fit. These continue to be difficult times but in light of the recent lifting of lockdown restrictions we feel it is appropriate to re-state our understanding and view on how we might proceed.

Underpinning everything we do and say is the understanding that the risk has not gone away and the risk of further upsurge in the virus is real. Therefore in all things the government’s recommendations, especially regarding social distancing must be adhered to.

  1. RABC events and formal club activities are suspended until further notice and we will advise members when this situation changes.

  2. Boating is currently an acceptable activity under Government and RYA guidelines as long as social distancing and keeping to only having a meeting with one person outside one’s own household are adhered to or whatever the latest guidelines may be.

  3. Please be respectful at all times of the people of Alnmouth, being aware that they will be seeing more people simply because it is Alnmouth and we must all be sensitive to their feelings.

We have all been looking forward to this opportunity but please at this time taken even more care with respect to safety. Life jackets, notification to someone ashore as to where you are going and when you expect to be back and if at all possible in company of other vessels, to reduce the possibility of needing the coast guard or life boats or putting anyone else at risk.

We look forward to seeing some of you in the near future down at the dinghy park.

RABC

Committee

Janet Thomas (nee Hyatt)

I regret to inform members of the death of my good friend, neighbour and fellow Club member Janet Thomas (nee Hyatt).  She died on 15th May after a long illness.  Janet was born in Alnmouth and had been a teacher before retirement. She and her family had a long history of boating in the Alnmouth/Amble area.

Janet was an active RABC social member, attending Winter Programmes, Lesbury Picnics, etc. but she will mainly be remembered for her stalwart service as a volunteer for Push The Boat Out (on the far left in the photograph).  She was always keen, helpful, friendly and particularly witty with an infectious laugh.  She will be fondly remembered. She leaves a husband and daughter.

John Taylor

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