Members gathered on Saturday December 2nd for the annual prize giving, which recognises not just on the water achievements, but those off it as well. Warmest congratulations to all our trophy winners this year and to those who contributed their time to make 2023 a successful year.
You can view pictures of the prize giving here, and also a list of who won what, here.
The Coates-Walker Quaich is awarded for submission of the best cruising log during a sailing season. You can read the submissions for the 2023 season by clicking the link(s) below. You can submit your logs by emailing them to a committee member.
The Club is saddened to learn of the passing of long standing member, Betty Millar.
A keen sailor in her younger years, Betty began her sailing career crewing for younger brother, Jim Strudwick, in his graduate. Although to secure the coveted crewing spot aboard Jim's boat, she had to buy her way in by agreeing to purchase the sails for the boat, which Jim had built from a kit.
After two or three seasons Betty then crewed for husband and former ELYC Commodore, David. They sailed a variety of boats together including Thames Estuary One Designs (TEOD) and Skuas until they eventually purchased a Hunter Europa named Topsy. The Hunter Europa was partly aimed at introducing Betty's son Bruce to sailing.
Betty was also heavily involved in running Championships and club racing, known for running races (OOD) singlehanded.
Sail on, Betty.
Derek Braid has kindly provided us with pictures from the recent crane-in, taken on Saturday 1st April. You can view them here.
We are writing to advise that crane in will take place on Saturday 1st April. The crane will be setting up ready to commence lifting by 8.30 am. All lifting activity should be completed by early afternoon. Please note that access to the Granary, Fishermen’s Store, the Dinghy Park and Esplanade will be severely disrupted during this operation, so we apologies in advance.
Harbour Management Team
The Coates-Walker Quaich is awarded for submission of the best cruising log during a sailing season. A few of our more intrepid sailors have submitted the following logs for the Committee to review, and already there have been many positive reviews. You can read the logs by clicking the link(s) below.
Dreamcatcher - Rachel Scarfe
As the nights draw in we've a few club updates to share:
Winter dinghy racing gets underway for the 2022/23 season on Saturday 5th November with the first of the Winter Series. All winter dinghy racing events are listed on the club calendar and duties are available for volunteers to sign up on DutyMan.
Mike Rigg has very kindly offered to OOD the Winter Series - this is a great opportunity for AOOD's to learn from a very experienced race officer. We really want to develop and encourage more confident OODs for next season, so do take the opportunity now to learn the ropes (and lights and hooters!).
Everyone planning to race over the winter should take (at least one) turn volunteering for safety cover. Please sign up using DutyMan.
Please note that racing over the winter starts at 1300hrs. Those on duty should aim to be at the clubhouse by 1130hrs except the Assistant OOD, who would need to be at the clubhouse by 1230hrs.
Save the date — Prizegiving 2022
A date for your diary - the annual prizegiving will take place in the Club bar on Saturday, 26th November after racing. We do hope you are able to attend and join with other members to celebrate a good year of Club racing and other activities. It is rumoured there will be pies.
RS200 Training Weekend
RS200 sailors are in for a treat on the weekend of Nov 26/27 when we'll play host to a training/racing weekend coached by National champion Amy Seabright. This will be a great warm-up for sailors and volunteers alike as we prepare to host the RS200 National Championships in 2023. Full details and entry: https://www.rs200sailing.org/championships/index.asp?pg=Home&eid=2396
Remembering Ken MacLean
By Gerry Hughes
Ex Commodore Ken, sadly passed away on Skye in October.
Ken moved to North Berwick around 1980 and joined East Lothian Yacht Club where he was a very active member, holding various committee positions, becoming Commodore in 2001/2002.
When he joined the Club there was a very strong Skua fleet which had been growing since the 1960’s. Eager to participate Ken, who was a very talented Engineer, built Skua number 51 named “Tystie” and sailed her with much success throughout the Forth from 1984 to 1994, often crewed by his good friend, Malcolm Baker.
After life with his Skua, Ken purchased a Hunter Formula One named Sheer Magic, then moved onto a Trapper 240 named “Tiger Ragg” which he sailed until 2006. Both boats competed regularly at club level and also took part in many an epic Bell Rock Race and various other east coast events.
Ken, who was an Outer Hebrides man in mannerism and habits, retired to Skye on the death of his wife, Wilma. There he enjoyed his small holding and turned his skills to renovating tractors and other farm machinery.
If you were ever on the island Ken was always keen to meet for a chat about ELYC tales and the current state of activities within the club, especially over a couple of beers in a Portree bar.
A good man.
The Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former member, Pam Swanston.
Pam, a former Occupational Therapist in East Lothian, was introduced to the Club by a colleague, Chris Wallace, who was a Radiographer at Roodlands.
It was in joining the Club that she met husband, Ian, who was Commodore of the Club between 1985 and 1987.
Pam sailed GP14s in her early sailing career and even had a hand in building her own boat.
Pam and Ian also owned a Sadler 25 named Corsair, a well known and fondly remembered keelboat which they would regularly take on lengthy voyages.
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