RYA Day Skipper (Shore Based)

Currently gauging interest in members who wish to achieve RYA Day Skipper (Shore Based)

Numbers are limited due to size of training room. Cost is £190 and includes 40 hours of tuition plus 3 hours of assessment.

RYA Course Material is approx. £65 and Plotter and Dividers £24.

We are looking to commence course on Wednesday 25th October 7pm – 9pm

For further details and to register interest please contact Frank Lee :  f3leef@gmail.com


Position of Principal for 2018

The post of RTE Centre Principal reaches the end of current tenure at the end of 2017. RVSC council wish to finalise selection of RTE Centre Principal for 2018 at the earliest opportunity. Thus, allowing a short period of time to work alongside the existing post holder, and witness an RYA Annual inspection. The period of office is limited to a maximum of three years, after which the post will be re advertised.

The principal must be aged 18 or over and show sufficient authority within the organisation to manage activities. Post is open to Club Members, and position reports to the Club Council.

The Principal is required to give a personal undertaking to ensure compliance by the Centre with the RYA Recognition Guidance Notes, subject to terms and conditions of recognition.

A Principal need not be a qualified Senior Instructor, but where the Principal is not a qualified Senior Instructor, a Chief Instructor must be appointed for each discipline. For clarity roles are split as:

Club Committee Finance / Staffing / Child protection / Buildings and Maintenance / Purchasing / Domestic and Teaching staff
Principal Administration / Equipment replacement and repair / Inspections
Chief Instructor (CI) Manage staffing for all disciplines and activities / co-ordinate all the centre activities / oversee all programmes / Carry out risk assessments / Produce or have major input to the SOP’s / Report to the Principal / Monitor teaching standards through practical observation / provide feedback to staff
Lead Senior Instructor (SI) or CI (If individual CI’s) All activities afloat / activity programmes / training and devlopment of instructors / Instructors daily tasks / mentor / Staff Development / Train assistant instructors


The Centre Principal is primarily a management role, overseeing paperwork, liaising and facilitating contact between the club and RYA. The principal holds overall responsibility for compliance with the RYA Recognition Guidelines.

Any interested parties should indicate their intentions to be considered for the role by Friday 15th September, accompanied by a brief supporting statement, to the club secretary by email to: secretary@rvsc.co.uk

Committee Vacancies

We have currently two rolls on the club committee, that require filling.

Membership Secretary and Vice Commodore.

In the spirit of being open and fair it is proposed that any existing member  wishing to stand as a council member should forward an expression of interest to any of the committee members as soon as possible either verbally or in writing before Friday 15th September.

At the September meeting, on Tuesday 19th September the current committee will elect the new members. If there are more expressions of interest than places then the appointments will be put to votes by the committee.

This complies and is covered in the constitution. If anyone has any questions please feel free to speak to David Hudson or any of the current committee.

Southport 24Hr Race

9th and 10th September 2017

The club will be taking part in the Southport 24 hour race again this year, and everyone is invited to take part, irrespective of their experience, age, or ability.

Each team sails around Southport marine lake continuously for 24 hours from midday on Saturday, with plenty of pit stops for crew changes. Pit stops can be entertaining! Inexperienced members can be teamed up with someone more experienced, and help onshore from non-sailing members is very welcome.

This is a very sociable event; food and drink are available from Friday night onwards, there’s live music, a disco, bar, etc. Tents, caravans, and motorhomes can be accommodated on the Scout site next to the lake.

Dependent on numbers, we will be entering either one, or preferably both, of the club’s Fireflies. Last year we entered both boats, with “Faster” and “Fun” teams, although in reality there was little difference between them. The cost per sailor is £10, as contribution to boat upkeep.

This is a great opportunity for everyone to join in and have some fun. To be part of it, either put your name on the list in the club house, contact one of your council members @ council@rvsc.co.uk , or contact me. For more information just ask around the club, many of us have participated before, or visit https://wlyc.org.uk/24-hour-race . I hope to see as many of our members there as possible.

Mick Green.