Commodore's Message - December 2020

One evening, leaning on the Main Bar railing, a glass in hand, I suddenly realised that Christmas decorations had started to sprout! It dawned on me that this year is about to end. And I am sure that we are all eager to turn the page on a year that has seen so many trials and tribulations, some peaks and many troughs. It also meant that I am halfway through my first year and that it has been rather “emotional” to borrow a line from thug turned thespian Vinnie Jones.


But our Club will certainly finish 2020 memorably and in sporting style! An Around The Island Race which was competing for centre stage with a Typhoon, an epic Lipton Trophy (wink wink nudge nudge), and not one but two further Around the Island races, one for rowers and the second for paddlers on outrigger canoes! Congratulations to all competitors. But equally importantly to all volunteers and race officials, and for the ATIR

alone that’s over 60 people, who give their time willingly to ensure we can sail, row and paddle fiercely and safely. Thank you!


Talking of typhoon, two years on and we are still dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut which struck in September 2018 but I’m happy to report that work has started on the pile extensions at Shelter Cove.


Looking ahead, more paddling and rowing with the final race of the year, the Red Bull 3 Peaks that will take place from Middle Island over the weekend of 12 and 13 December. More sailing at Middle Island with both the Etchells and J80’s class champs, both classes boasting large numbers, promising to deliver fast and furious action off Lamma! Budding

sailors will be duking it out in the Western Basin some Friday evenings, a great member initiative which I encourage all to come and watch!


The Club has been incredibly busy recently and my thanks to all of you for your support and to all our staff for working under less than ideal conditions. Many an event laid on has been sold out and several put on repeat. On the flip side some of our more traditional end of year events such as the Christmas Tree lighting and others may have to be reworked unless safe relaxation of social distancing measures takes place.


Planning for the Youth Foiling World Cup (YFWC) continues apace. The event has attracted significant international attention including entries from many of the Youth America’s Cup challengers. We look forward to publishing the final entry list by the time you receive this Ahoy! Please do follow the event on Facebook and Instagram (both @youthfoilingworldcup) and bookmark the website www.youthfoilingworldcup.


Whilst we are talking social media, please also find RHKYC on YouTube and subscribe to our channel, there you will find not only the recently launched monthly Club videos but we’ve also uploaded an incredible video of our very own RHKYC Team Agiplast.


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing you at Kellett Island on New Year’s Eve for the traditional firing of the cannon. Let’s blast this rather annus horribilis where it belongs.


PS – Did I mention the Lipton Trophy?