XYOA Rally to the RYS Saturday 3rd September – Report

Over the weekend of Saturday 3rd September and Sunday 4th September the X-Yachts Owners Association held their Summer Rally, although you may be forgiven for thinking it was the winter rally given the weather. However, the torrential rain didn’t dampen spirits as the fleet met in the world famous Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.

X-Yachts from around the UK arrived and moored in the Squadrons own yacht haven where Bruce and Jane Horton hosted pre-dinner drinks on board their Xp50 ‘Tean’.  20+ people managed to gather under the awning in their cockpit for a glass of wine and nibbles and shared many happy summer sailing stories.

Stuart Abernethy from X-Yachts GB arrived in Cowes with Nick and Lynne Mulholland, the very proud new owners of X4 number 2 who took delivery only last week and had been out test sailing the boat for the weekend.

The Royal Yacht Squadron is the most prestigious yacht club in the world, with the club’s patron being Queen Elizabeth II and the Admiral is Prince Philip. With many thanks to John Oldridge who owns Xc45 ‘Perseverance’ the X-Yacht owners had the great privilege of having dinner in the spectacular castle.

After a Champagne reception the owners moved to the Platform to enjoy a fabulous three-course meal and wine.

The evening was wonderful fun and provided a great opportunity for all the owners to get together and share their passion for X-Yacht sailing.

The next event hosted by the Owners Association will be laying up supper on the 13th November at the Leander Club in Henley.

Annual Rally – RYS Cowes, IOW

Annual Rally – RYS Cowes, Isle of Wight 

Saturday/Sunday – 03/04 September 2016 

The Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes is already proving to be a popular destination for this year’s XYOA Annual Rally. Some 30 members and guests have already asked to attend, and there should be an impressive display of X-Yachts in the RYS Haven. 

If you are hoping to attend and have not yet completed the booking form, then please do so at the earliest opportunity, as the event is just over four weeks away. 

A reminder of the details of the Rally –

The Royal Yacht Squadron Haven has been reserved for member’s yachts on Saturday evening, 03 September 2016. Berthing is limited and places will be allocated in order of reservations received. If fully booked, there will be berthing places available on the Jubilee Pier. Berthing fees are the responsibility of owners and are to be paid to the RYS on arrival. High water Cowes is predicted to be approximately 13.15 hours BST on Saturday 03 September 2016.

An early evening reception will be held at the Castle, before members and their crews will enjoy a three-course dinner with wine. The reception and dinner including wine will cost £55.00 per person. Full details, including the menu, will be sent to all those wishing to participate in this splendid event, but in the meantime, in order to finalise the arrangements, please complete the form which is attached and send it to the Association’s secretary with the appropriate cheque.

In accordance with the traditions for dining on a Saturday evening at the Royal Yacht Squadron, the dress code is dinner jackets or mess kit for gentlemen, and ‘posh frocks’ for the ladies

The provisional programme is –

17.30 Welcome drink on-board a member’s yacht in the RYS Haven

18.30 Drinks reception at the Castle

19.30 Dinner

Members who are unable to sail their yachts to Cowes are encouraged to come by ferry as the Ferry Terminal is close to the Royal Yacht Squadron. There is a good choice of hotels and B & B’s in Cowes for those not sleeping on their yachts, but book early as there is international power boat racing taking place that same weekend.

Please complete the attached form either on-line or forward by post with payment to Nicky Gardner at –

Nicky Gardner

XYOA Hon Secretary

27 Astral Gardens

Hamble

Southampton

SO31 4RQ

Annual Rally Sept 2016 booking form

Annual Rally – Cowes, Isle of Wight

Annual Rally – Cowes, Isle of Wight

 Saturday/Sunday – 03/04 September 2016

 We are extremely fortunate in that the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, will be our venue for this year’s annual X-Yachts Owners Association Rally.

The Royal Yacht Squadron is one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world. The Yacht Club, as the Squadron was first known, was founded on the 1st of June 1815. Its clubhouse is the historic Cowes Castle which was built in 1539 as part of Henry VIII’s chain of coastal defences.

Member yachts are given the suffix ‘RYS’ to their names, and permitted to fly the White Ensign of the Royal Navy. The club’s patron is Queen Elizabeth II and the club’s Admiral is Prince Philip who is also a former club Commodore.

The RYS Haven has been reserved for member’s yachts on Saturday evening, 03 September 2016. Berthing is limited and places will be allocated in order of reservations received. If fully booked, there will be berthing places available on the Jubilee Pier. High water Cowes is predicted to be approximately 13.15 hours BST on Saturday 03 September 2016.

An early evening reception will be held at the Castle, before members and their crews will enjoy a three-course dinner with wine. The reception and dinner including wine will cost £55.00 per person. Full details, including the menu, will be sent to all those wishing to participate in this splendid event, but in the meantime, in order to finalise the arrangements, please complete the form which is attached and send it to the Association’s secretary with the appropriate cheque. An early response is advised due to the limited berthing in the RYS Haven.

In accordance with the traditions for dining on a Saturday evening at the Royal Yacht Squadron, the dress code is dinner jackets or mess kit.

The provisional programme is –

17.30 Welcome drink on-board a member’s yacht in the RYS Haven

18.30 Drinks reception at the Castle

19.30 Dinner

Members who are unable to sail their yachts to Cowes are encouraged to come by ferry as the Ferry Terminal is close to the Royal Yacht Squadron. There is a good choice of hotels and B & B’s in Cowes for those not sleeping on their yachts, but book early as there is international power boat racing taking place that same weekend.

Please complete the attached form and post with payment to our treasurer, John Noë

XYOA Annual Rally Sept 2016 booking form

 

 

X-Yachts survive harsh RTI conditions in style

Yesterday, 2nd July saw the annual Round the Island race run in very harsh conditions with gusts of over 40 knots being recorded. XYOA congratulates all X-Yacht owners from coming through in style.  Especially our own members near the top of the leader board, 2nd  Xtract (Dudley Stock), 5th Celavie (Robin Nixon) and 6th Quickstep (Clive Drury-White)

Here below are the full IRC results.

Round the Island 2016 X-Yachts Results