Thank you to all who participated in the Staff Day Afloat


On Saturday 4th July, 18 RTYC staff participated in the biennial ‘Staff Day Afloat’. It was a blustery day on the Solent, with wind speeds of up to 30kts and sunny skies, undeterred by the wind, the staff along with members- David Hiscock, Brian Smullen and Mike Halstead made the journey from Warsash across a rather choppy Solent to Shepards Wharf Marina.  Upon their arrival, they were greeted with a BBQ in the newly opened Sugar Store, where they spoke about their journey across the waves over wine. The return journey was a slightly smoother passage with the South Westerly blowing them home to Warsash. All the staff who participated in the day thoroughly enjoyed themselves, huge thanks to David Hiscock and his boat Pipit, Jamie Matheson and his skipper Peter for the loan of Highlander, Brian Smullen and his skipper Alex for his time and the loan of his boat Cuilaun, and special thanks to Mike Halstead who loaned his boat and helped with the running of the day in his RIB.

Some words from the staff:

Rakel Amor on board David Hiscock’s Pipit
A once in a life time opportunity.
We worked as a team to help sail the Yacht; we had to pull ropes to adjust the sails, and battle against the wind and tide – making the experience even more thrilling. On the return trip, we had the chance to use the tiller and direct the boat back to the harbour. I was really amazed by the hard work that goes into sailing. Overall, one of the most exciting experiences I have ever done and so I don’t mind that my nose got sun burnt!

Siobhan Ginty on board Jamie Matheson’s Highlander

Cruising the South coast on Highlander was an exceptional way to spend our Saturday. If we weren’t standing at the front tackling the wind and the waves (we got drenched!), we were sitting soaking up the amazing atmosphere and view. We took great pleasure in storming past the other boats and overtaking the rest of the team – and we made sure they knew!  A special thank you to Mr. Matheson for allowing us to use his boat and giving us some treasured memories. 

Bernard Moray on board Brian Smullen’s Cuilaun

Most of the staff hadn’t had any sailing experience before. It was exciting and pleasant experience for all the people who attended, and it went exceptionally well. Everyone was very well looked after.
I was very lucky to board Brian’s Cuilaun which was absolutely a beautiful. Brian and his crew Alex were extremely kind. They shared lots of stories, experiences, and knowledge regarding sailing and the boat. It was very interesting and educational. We also had the chance to get involved in the sailing, such as steering the wheel, pulling up the sail, etc… I’m sure these experiences will be talked about among the staff and members for a long time.
Overall it is an unforgettable experience. I very much appreciate the efforts from the Club and the members for hosting such a fascinating event.