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January 2023 Newsletter

Published 2:33pm on 31 Jan 2023

Happy New Year to all at NDYC. 

The club continues to thrive over the winter with activities both on and off the water and lots of preparation going on in the boat park. Major off the water changes this year include extended opening hours for our bar.  We are serving lunches almost every Sunday with hot pasties/pizzas, teas, and coffees served otherwise.  Please drop into the club and support the bar  - details via the website link.   

On the water we have a Wednesday evening study work group to assist Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster and Ocean Yacht Master theory plus a Follow On Sailing and Just Sail programme which enables RYA level 1-2 sailors to rig, and sail in company with experienced support at organised events with full safety cover - see recreational sailing

Membership renewals

This year we decided to separate membership from boat park renewals as the membership year starts Jan 1st and in these tighter financial conditions it seemed reasonable to delay summer boat park to April and next winter boat park fees will be due in September / October.

At the time of writing 40% memberships have been renewed.  We have extended the membership renewal period to the end of Feb but after that date memberships will lapse.  So please try to get your membership renewals in by then. To complete your renewal log into your web portal ( and click on Renewal.  if you have any difficulty please let the secretary know and we will do what we can to help.

Youth Squad Relaunch

We have reformed the Youth Squad.  Its just fun sailing and sessions will have some extra training on weather conditions and tide and safety cover.  This is for youth sailors who are L2 and above and want to come and use club boats or their own boats.  There will be no cost to be involved but we do ask that parents support the events where possible.  The Youth squad will meet on 10 Saturdays over the summer from April to October along with Follow On Sailing adult groups.  A sailing instructor will also be available whenever possible giving pointers.

Joe Mellows is putting together a team of volunteers so if you are interested in helping please just reach out to the Vice Commodore (  For more information check out the Youth Squad pages on the website at or send an enquiry using the subject Youth squad from the drop down list. 

Looking for a Publicity Officer

We are looking for a member to help with communications of what is happening with the club.  We really just need help putting together regular newsletters and social media.  The role is as big as you want to make it.  Please make yourself known to the club secretary if you wish to take on the role. 

From The Galley

We are a band of a few volunteers from the Yacht Club who happily come along on alternate Sundays to serve lunches to the Yacht Club members, and sailors who have been out on the water.   These are planned on alternate Sundays to the Sunday Roasts.   We will be serving various Hot Dishes including Sausage Onion & Mash, Cottage Pie, Chilli, Meat Balls, and Curry in the future Sundays.  We also will have Homemade Soup and Toasties as well as Cakes. Menu will be posted on the Bar each week. Fantastic Venue, Happy Atmosphere, Great Views


RYA Day Skipper Theory Study Group 

We have a new social and self-help learning group every Wednesday evening in the club helping members with distance learning for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster theory courses.   Bar open, all welcome from 7pm every Wednesday till end of March.

CLUB FUND RAISING EVENT - Valentines Evening 14th February: We aim to make it really special with decorated tables candles, flowers.  The Bar will serve Special Valentine Cocktail.  

  • Canapes
  • Starter                  Salmon Pate Seeded Crackers or Cheese and Onion Tart 
  • Main Course          Poached chicken breast with either a roasted red pepper of cream and mushroom sauce or grilled Haloumi with roasted red pepper               
  • Dessert                 Mini pavlovas or crème brulee.
  • Coffee & Chocs.
  • £20 pp (Booking


This will start at 7.30  Cost £15 per head including A Buffet Supper.

We have limited tickets, so please book as soon as you can by calling the secretary.

Friday Night Skittles until the end of March all welcome from 7pm.

Regular Bar and Social dates:

29 Jan              Galley lunch: Plat de jour + soup, sandwiches & toasties

4 Feb               Rugby: England Vs Scotland (16:15)

5 Feb               Carolines Roast lunch: Please book 

12 Feb             Galley lunch: Plat de jour + soup, sandwiches & toasties

12 Feb             Rugby: England Vs Italy (15:00)

14 Feb             Galley Valentine Dinner: Very saucy food!  

19 Feb             Carolines Roast lunch: Please book 

25 Feb             Rugby: England Vs Wales (16:45)

26 Feb             Galley lunch: Plat de jour + soup, sandwiches & toasties 

5 Mar               Carolines Roast lunch: Please book 

9 Mar               SIR CHAY BLYTH TALK Cost £15/ head inc. buffet supper.

11 Mar             Rugby: England Vs France (16:45)

12 Mar             Galley lunch: Plat de jour + soup, sandwiches & toasties

18 Mar             Rugby: England Vs Ireland (17:00)

19 Mar             Carolines Roast lunch: Please book 

25 Mar             Sausage & Sizzle: RNLI fundraiser food+bar open 10-4pm 

26 Mar             Galley lunch: Plat de jour + soup, sandwiches & toasties.

Winter Bar Opening Times (Until 1st April)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday           11am - 3pm    

Friday and Saturday                                11am - 10pm

Sunday                                                   12am 3pm

Need a Job?  Summer Bar Staff Needed

NDYC Bar will be opening will be every evening during the summer.  If anyone is looking for a summer job please apply to Amanda Williams for shifts. £10/hour and £12/hour at weekends.

Get Fit

Finally we have an opportunity for a group discount at ARC Gym (just beyond the recycling centre in bideford).  ARC are offering a group discount for 10 sessions in the gym targeted at sailing fitness.  For details check out the NEWS pages on the website or contact the secretary.

January 2023

Last updated 2:50pm on 29 January 2024

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