Ribble Cruising Club | Lytham | Lancashire
Sailing on the Ribble estuary since 1950

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    Our Clubhouse & correspondence
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    The Promenade,
    Central Beach,
    FY8 5LD.


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    01253 739983

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    Posts tagged with ‘General notices’

    • Mar222024

      Wreck Trek – 3rd June – Fleetwood (cancelled)

    • Jun202023

      July Newsletter

      The Commodore’s Notes

      Dear Members,

      First of all, can I wish you all a pleasant Summer which will hopefully have sunshine and good winds for sailing.  The Summer events are underway at the Clubhouse where the group “Flip” recently performed a fabulous music night which was well attended.  Unfortunately due to the recent thunder storms, the planned Casino night in July has been cancelled as the host’s equipment was damaged in the storm.  The Summer Regatta and BBQ at the Dock was well attended and as the weather cooled down a little it was a very pleasant event all round.

      The old signs outside the Clubhouse have been replaced with new ones that include an email address and clubhouse phone number. The same has been provided for the Dock entrance. These new brighter signs with our RCC logo are keeping the club’s image up to date and making sure the public who pass by, know who we are and how to contact us.

      Try Sailing at Fairhaven Lake was well attended throughout the month of May.  A big thank you to all the Wednesday volunteers who make such a fantastic contribution of their time and experience, with great camaraderie.  Without you the Try Sailing would not be possible.

      The Training Team have just undergone a very successful RYA inspection to maintain our status as an RYA Registered Training Centre. Special thanks must go to Rob Jarman and Richard Elsdon for their hard work and dedication, and also to the marvelous band of helpers, both those on the water, and the support of those on-shore.
      Without all your hard work, we would not be able to run our Wednesday evenings training sessions at Fairhaven, and it is wonderful to see such a thriving and active side of our club.  This is entirely down to our dedicated band of helpers, and all your efforts are recognised and very much appreciated.

      The Lytham Festival organisers are due to issue some free tickets to RCC for each of the evening concerts.  As in previous years, members can come into the Clubhouse on Friday 23rd June and place your name and preferred event, (no guarantee), on the FESTIVAL SHEET at the bar. Names will be drawn at random at 22:00 in the clubhouse that evening. The lucky recipients will be issued TWO tickets for one concert in exchange for a donation of £20 to go to the RNLI. Good luck everyone!

      During Lytham Festival, (28th June – 2nd July), our Honorary Secretary will open the bar on Wednesday 28th June to the 1st July from 17:30 onwards so that our members can use the club facilities whilst listening to the concerts.

      The Bar Committee are doing a superb job in keeping us all refreshed on Friday evenings and at our functions. I’d like to say a big thank you to all those involved with the running of the bar.  You are doing a marvelous job.

      The Dock Committee meetings have broken up for the Summer months and will start again in the Autumn (so they can go sailing).  Dock working parties have also ceased for the Summer, however, the Wednesday group of Dock volunteers have been very busy building pontoons – thank you to all of those who volunteer each Wednesday.

      Our Honorary Secretary has a fully booked set of Last Tuesday Talks for the next winter season, starting in October 2023 and ending on the last Tuesday in  April 2024, so watch this space for more information.  I suspect she is also optimistic that some of our members’ summer sailing exploits may also generate a Last Tuesday talk for the following season!

      As we enjoy the warm weather and get out on the water, I think how lucky we all are to have our wonderful facilities. There is nowhere more pleasant and peaceful than our Dock on a warm sunny day.  If you keep your eyes open you might even see our nesting birds of prey, the weasel and the pheasants.  I’ve spotted a kingfisher flying past the stern of our boat, whilst in the creek.

      Before I sign off, I’d like to say I feel very proud to be your Commodore.  Our club is a thriving place, with many wonderful members who are willing to share their vast array of skills and experiences, and a place where many lasting friendships are made.

      I wish you a very happy summer.

      Best wishes

      Angela Begley


      June Regatta

      There was a good turn out of boats on the river for the June Regatta held last weekend.
      Several cruisers were on the water.

      The weather was very kind, there was just about enough breeze and not too much sunshine to create some very keen racing.

      The results for cruisers and dinghies are posted on the website here: http://ribblecruisingclub.org.uk/2023-dinghy-race-results/

      Which prompts a call out for any club members who feel inclined to help out on Regatta days (or any club dinghy racing days) to please get in touch, either by replying to this mail or to contact a member of the Sailing Committee. There are always jobs to be done, one of the interesting spectacles is to view the sailing from the race box and even get involved by helping with the race management. The Racing team recently commissioned a video to show what’s involved in club race management, and it makes interesting viewing (see here on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAIx91z4QIU&t=227s) There will of course always be some old hands in the race box to provide instruction.

      …and in other news

      Club Dinghy Hire
      The use of club dinghies for sailing on the river, either racing or for leisure on ‘Club Sailing’ days, is increasing to the extent that the Sailing Committee has now introduced a procedure, mostly to ensure that the dinghies are available when required. The procedure is now documented on the website by clicking on the ‘Club Dinghy Hire’ tag within the black band at the bottom of the home page, or alternatively finding it on the Sailing Committee homepage.

      For reference:http://ribblecruisingclub.org.uk/tag/club-dinghy-hire/

      Sail Training News

      Try Sailing has now finished until next year but dinghy training continues onto September at the Lake on Wednesday evenings.
      Please be aware that many of the Volunteers will be off on their holidays soon so there may well be less Instructing available.
      Also as the weather has warmed up it is noticeable how busy it is getting at the Lake on a Wednesday evening. There is only a limited supply of club boats so unfortunately it will be a case of sharing and taking turns. If it gets too busy we may have to implement a ‘booking strategy’ see ‘club dinghy hire’ above, then it will be a case of first come first served.

      The next tidal sail training session will be on Sunday 23rd July, if you are planning to attend you will definitely need to book using the usual booking email, to ensure that there is a boat available for you.

      Date for the diary: The club ‘Laying-up Supper’ will be on Saturday 28th October at St Anne’s Palace

    • May012023

      Proposed Mona Morgan and Morecambe Wind Farms – Have your say!



      The club has already registered its interest in being involved in the consultations.

    • Jan022022

      The Commodore’s New Year message

      Happy New Year Members of RCC!

      May the coming year be full of grand adventures and opportunities.

      It’s perhaps an understatement to say that 2021 has been a difficult one but let’s not dwell on the past but to look to the future to planning some wonderful times on the river or further afar

      OK, some of the things planned for last year, didn’t happen, others were adapted to suit the conditions at the time. Highlights included a fabulous Barbecue at the dock in July with a free bar provided by the club. The Laying Up Supper at Fairhaven Golf Club was a resounding success and enjoyed by all. Possibly the highlight of the sailing calendar was the Xmas Cruise with more boats than ever taking part. A quickly reorganised party for the sailors and shore crew took place outside the Dock Cabin with other members joining us to enjoy food and refreshments provided by RCC. Another great day!

      All but the newest members may know that RCC operates as a self-help club, and it is pleasing to see members working together for the benefit of all. Be it work parties at the dock or the club, everyone, be they young or not so young, with a variety of interests, motor, and sail cruising, racing yachts and dinghies and simply those who like messing about in or around boats. This mix requires mutual expressions of tolerance, co-operation, and collaboration to succeed and to continue to listen to each other and then to work together for the benefit of all. For me there is an overriding obligation to ensure we introduce boating to new audiences, particularly local young people, for without new blood in the sport, there is an impoverished and unsustainable future for boating in general and RCC in particular. We all have our roles, as members and ambassadors, in our mission to keep the club vibrant and growing in stature.

      Life is an adventure that’s full of beautiful destinations. Wishing you many wonderful memories made in 2022.

      John Gallagher – Commodore Ribble Cruising Club

    • Dec292021

      The Cruising ‘WhatsApp’ Group is suspended

      Due to infiltration by an undesirable external hacker the group has been temporarily suspended

    • Jun152021
    • May122021

      Club merchandise available -click on image for details and ordering

    • Jan072021

      Covid-19 Updated Clubhouse and Dinghy Sailing Restrictions following Lock-down 3

    • Dec042020

      Covid-19 Updated restrictions for the Dock, Clubhouse and Dinghy Tanks following the end of Lock-down 2.

    • Jul102020

      July Newsletter

      Dear Member,
      I am pleased to say that there has been some recent sailing, predominantly in cruisers by club members although it has to be said that following the early good signs the recent weather hasn’t been particularly conducive.
      The recent continued easing of restrictions by HM Government from the 4th July has meant that the main committee has again reviewed the club’s response in terms of getting back to sailing.
      The Government has assessed that outdoor activities can be increased but indoor sports venues/facilities cannot be made sufficiently Covid-19 Secure and should remain closed. Additionally, the RYA has published additional guidance stating that limited cruiser and dinghy sailing is possible providing that social distancing is maintained.
      We are now allowed to gather outdoors in a mixed group of up to six, but still with social distancing.
      Whilst we can gather in small groups the preparation and launching of our dinghies and crewing of safety boats will inevitably require individuals to operate closer than 2m apart and whilst one meter plus mitigation is allowable the committee do not consider that the required mitigation requirements are practical for sailing purposes.
      Our guiding principal is the safety of our members, rather than what ‘could’ be done under the regulations. The upshot is that, for the month of July, the Main Committee has decided that
      • The club and dock will remain open for personal sailing (subject to government distancing regulations)
      • The Clubhouse will remain closed
      Over the next couple of months we will continue to clean the Club in preparation for re-opening and in the meantime, I would be grateful if members could be mindful of the restrictions and understand that we are acting in the interests of our members
      The main committee will continue to monitor the advice issued by HM Government and continue to review changes to the club’s sailing policy in response.

      Stay safe and alert.
      Andrew Walls