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Scuttlebutt – September 2020 – RMYC Toronto News

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Members and Guests – welcome and thank you for continuing to support the club in accordance with the guidance issued by federal and state governments, the health authorities and clubs NSW. At this point in time, little has changed in our region since our August Scuttlebutt update. We are still subject to social distancing requirements and the capacity constraints that come with it, and we continue to have restrictions on visitors to the club if they come from or have visited a hotspot Covid19 area. A second Covid19 wave appears to be avoiding us at this point in time, but again we must remain vigilant so please continue to do what you are doing to help us all through this difficult time.



The RMYC Toronto Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday September 20 at 10 AM. Nominations for positions on the board are now closed and can be viewed in the club’s entry foyer and on the club website.

There was only one nomination for each of the Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore positions, and as such, will automatically be filled by the nominees. There are 6 nominations for the position of General Director and a vote will be required to finalise the 4 required board positions. Voting is occurring as this newsletter is being published, so please vote now – voting finishes on Thursday September 17 and can be done as follows:

  • Members wishing to vote must have been financial members as of 31st July 2020.
  • Members may vote in person at the Club between 10am and 8pm from Monday 14th September to Thursday 17th September


The RA Mackay Winter Wednesday Series is continuing and will do so through to the start of Daylight Saving. En Avant (Brian Meredyth) currently leads the point score followed by Barney Cools (Adam Boslem) with Midlife (Steve Upton) and Sapphire Lady (Bob Mitchell) sharing 3rd place. 

Covid19 resulted in the Winter Saturday Point Score being shortened to just 4 races with only one out of those races actually sailed. Lack of wind or forecast severe weather warnings resulted in the three of the four races being abandoned. The one race that did take place was won by Crackerjack (Adrian Williams) followed by Barney Cools (Adam Boslem) with Sapphire Lady (Bob Mitchell) in third place.

The Spring / Summer Saturday Point Score has started with two races held so far. Rant & Rave (Justin Mitchell) currently leads division 1 and En Avant (Brian Meredyth) is leading Division 2.

The Sailing Sub Section Presentation Night was held on Saturday August 15 with a gathering of 60 people - all within the Covid19 social distancing and capacity guidelines. Greg Croak (Challenge) took out the Yachtsman of the Year Award and Yachtswomen of the year was this year shared by Brenda Jump and Amanda Shaw – both crew members on Wallop (Peter Hewson).

The 2020/2021 sailing season introduces some changes to the sailing program with an increase in the number of races that are Interclub events. In addition to the RK Robertson Interclub Series, and a 3 race Windward / Leeward series, there will also be a 4 race Long Course (Pulbah Island) Series, all of which should make for some picturesque viewing with big fleets and lots of color in the spinnakers.       



The Cruising Section recently held their AGM and there has been a change in the guard with Travis Sullivan stepping down and Chris Somner being duly elected as the new Cruise Captain.

Sunday August 9 saw the running of the annual Coal Trophy. A watchful eye was kept on participation numbers so as to keep within the Covid19 restriction guidelines. Overall winner of the Coal Trophy was Doug and Chris Oldin with Travis and Michelle Sullivan taking out the Peter Fossano Trophy for their prowess with the Q&A component of the event.

Assuming there are no more Covid19 restrictions with people movements, the Cruising Section will be doing their annual pilgrimage to Broken Bay on the October Long Weekend.  




We continue to seek feedback from members and guests utilising the clubs facilities and in particular, we would like to know how our members feel about the way the club is managing the health restrictions, the bar service and the current food regime in the restaurant. We do have survey forms to get this feedback, but the difficulty of handling and retrieving them given the current restrictions, presents some issues. Instead, we have attached a copy of the feedback form to this Newsletter and would very much appreciate you giving you feedback by return email – you can send you response to or drop it into reception at the club.


Mel Steiner

Vice Commodore RMYC Toronto



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