Racing 101

Upwind. Downwind. Gybe. Starboard! Pin Finish.

If these terms only vaguely make sense to you and you’d like to learn more about the basics of sail racing, then join us May 25th at 7:00pm for a Racing 101 seminar hosted by RNYC Safety Officer Ted Laurentius.

Ted Laurentius has seen all aspects of Sail Racing from every possible crewing position including skippering and Race Committee for over 5 decades. He will have plenty of examples and stories from which to draw upon.  Ted has agreed to share his “tips, tricks and lies” for racing fun in this FREE seminar!

The presentation is directed toward novice sailors or those who have wanted to try racing but might be unfamiliar with what it’s all about, intimidated by the technicalities, rigors or “danger” of the sport.  It will take the mystery out of such things as notice of race, start sequences, starting strategy, basic rules and winning tips. It will also be beneficial to regular racing crew who would like to know more about what goes on during the race and some of the challenges facing the skipper.

Where: RNYC Club House
When: May 25th, 7:00pm
Who: Anyone with an interest in racing

The bar will be open and this will be a laid back evening of fun to get the competitive juices flowing.


Motor Thefts

A warning to all boaters, there has been reports of outboard motor thefts in the area lately. The thieves have been brazen enough to cut lines to dinghies, pull them ashore and take the engines off the backs. Please take all precautions to lock down your engines and if you see any suspicious or criminal behaviour please call the RNC at (709) 729-8000 or if you require immediate assistance, 911.

Club House Opening + Mother’s Day details

Despite the hand Mother Nature has dealt us, we will be opening our Club House this weekend for the summer season and we look forward a great year ahead! Our Launch Lunch menu is sure to please as you get the wraps off those boats and get ’em ready for the water.


Also, our Mother’s Day dinner will be held in May. We’ll be offering a delicious dinner to celebrate all the wonderful Mothers. Book your reservation.

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Sea Shanties and Stories Night

06a842fe-1a27-4764-8257-30f0c3ac43e3MUN Sailing is a hosting a night of music and oral traditions called, A Life at Sea.

The night will feature some of Newfoundland’s most well-known traditional performers in a festivity of stories and songs of “…fish they’ve caught, of birds they’ve shot, of crazy risks they’ve run…”. The evening’s performances will centre on the theme of Newfoundland’s longstanding connection with the sea, and our cultural fascination with it.

Sea Shanties and Stories Night is being hosted by Memorial University Sailing. MUN Sailing was founded in 2012, with the intentions of providing students with the opportunity to experience the sea. MUN Sailing has, and continues to, represent our university and province at the national level.

Recognizing the importance of our maritime heritage and the strong cultural traditions associated with it, as well as a need for venues to support the arts in St. John’s – we have come together to present “A Life at Sea”. This event will be a partial fundraiser to support sailing opportunities for youth, as well to support local traditional artists.

So what can you expect from “A Life at Sea”?

Local fiddler and singer, Maria Peddle will open our evening with a number of renditions of traditional Newfoundland songs, including an exquisite cover of “The St. John’s Waltz”. Maria is a member of trad. group The Freels, and has performed all over the province.

Our headlining story­teller for the evening will be renowned folk-musician and cultural-ambassador, Kelly Russell. Officially designated as the Province’s first Tradition Bearer, Kelly’s story-telling talents will be celebrated in his sharing of stories from the sea, including “The Smokeroom on the Kyle”, and other tales from Pigeon Inlet, written by his father, Ted Russell. Kelly has also been a member of landmark groups such as Figgy Duff, The Wonderful Grand Band, Bristol’s Hope, and The Irish Descendants.

Our title performers of the evening, Fergus O’Byrne and Jim Payne, will share some powerful folk songs, and and recitations of traditional Newfoundland tales about the sea. Fergus and Jim are two of Newfoundland’s most respected performers combining instrumental prowess and humorous repartee, to cover a broad spectrum of Newfoundland folk culture, including songs, stories and dance tunes. Their repertoire includes rousing sea shanties and work songs, poignant ballads, comic ditties, folk tales and recitations, and toe-tapping jigs, reels and polkas on a variety of instruments.

We hope you can join us, for what is sure to be an incredible evening.

Doors open at 7:30. Please enter through the stairs on the side of The Rocket’s main entrance.

8:00 – 8:30: Maria Peddle
8:30 – 9:10: Kelly Russell
9:10 ­- 9:30: Intermission
9:30 ­- 11:00: Fergus O’Byrne & Jim Payne

For more information or to purchase tickets please click here.

Site Changes for 2016

Face Lift
You may have noticed a few changes with the website lately. The RNYC Exec has been busy bringing you a better, more user-friendly experience. This includes a new face lift for the website that is designed to play nicely across all browsers and platforms – from laptops, tablets and smartphones. It’s also designed to show more content with each post. Since life on the water is so beautiful, we want to show off the rich content within each post! Photos and videos will be better showcased!

You’ll also notice we’ve revamped our Classifieds section, removing the old cumbersome plugin and replacing it with a new, more streamlined experience. Have something to post? Check it out here. Want to check out the listings? Check them here.

Classifieds - Browse

Chat with Us
We’re always looking for ways to improve the site, so if you run across any issues or have a recommendation to make, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line! Stay tuned as we continue to make changes.

Christopher Pratt added as RNYC Life Member

In mid-December 2015, Commodore Leo Quigley presented Christopher Pratt with a Life Membership to the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club. Mr. Pratt is a long-standing member and longtime supporter of the sailing community in Newfoundland.

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Commodore Leo Quigley (left) and Past Commodore Ken Ryan (right) present Christopher Pratt with a Life Membership to the RNYC.

Race Qs – Race Week

For anyone looking to get a little more in-depth with their racing this week, Tom Hickey has kindly set up a regatta page on Race Qs. Click Here

Race QS is an iPhone or Android app that records sailing data with your phone and creates a 3D replay of your race online. The 3D replay will show your boat and any other boats who were recording in your area. You don’t need any special equipment to get started, just a GPS or a smart phone. Give it a test drive today and change the way you race.

One person on the boat needs to install the RaceEQ’s app and run it while racing. Links to specific iPhone and Android downloads can be found here

Here’s an example race from last year’s Race Week with Warlock, Bella J, Deja Vu, Shalloway and High Energy. 

Race Qs


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