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Friday Launch Service - 2014 PDF Print E-mail


The Friday launch service resumes on Friday 4th April 2014 and runs until 24th October.  Please remember this is run by volunteers to enable YOU to make an early start on your long weekend away.

You can see the latest rota here - Friday Launch Rota

Friday Evening Launch Service

For a trial period we are going to extend the Friday launch service. This will now operate between 10.00 and 22.00.


Please read these terms and conditions carefully and make sure that you understand them, before making any use of this Services. You should understand that by using this Service, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.


    • The volunteer Bosuns have the absolute right to refuse to carry anyone i.e. "at risk" through alcohol etc.
    • The launch is only allowed to operate after sunset if two bosuns are available
    • The launches must not exceed their passenger capacity at any time:
                     Gordon Matthews – 8 including the bosun(s)
                     Knot Me – 6 including the bosun(s)
    • Lifejackets or buoyancy aids should be worn at all times and must be worn in adverse weather conditions.
    • Members wishing to use the last launch run at 21.30 must be pre booked on the List maintained in the bar.
    • The last launch run will leave the club by 2130 to allow completion of the service by 22.00.

    Andrew Gardener

    Bill's Fitting Out tips PDF Print E-mail

    Please read this article for Fitting Out tips from Bill, our Senior Boson.


    2013 Moorings Draw Results PDF Print E-mail

    Moorings allocations for 2013 can now be viewed under 'Afloat - View from Rear Comm Sailing' when logged in

    Osbourne Bay - RYA Anchoring Challenge PDF Print E-mail

    For those not aware English Heritage has placed a serious of bouys to mark out a swiming area within Osbourne Bay and are requesting yachts not to anchor within this area.

    The RYA have challenged this action - details available here - and are asking any yachts who have been requested to not anchor or move to contact the RYA and inform them of the details.

    Navitus Bay Wind Farm Meeting Report PDF Print E-mail

    Navitus Bay Wind Park

     (Author Nicky Houghton)


    On Saturday afternoon 28th April the RAFYC hosted 3 representatives from Eneco, who gave an illuminating presentation about the proposed wind farm off Swanage Bay, to the west of the Isle of Wight.  Crown Estates auctioned off the rights to various areas of the sea bed off the Coast of Britain, and Eneco has bought the rights to develop wind generation on the two English Channel areas in a 50-50 joint venture with EDF Energy.

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