Plymouth yachtsman Conrad Humphreys has joined the OSTAR 2020 team as ‘race ambassador’. Conrad competed in the TRANSAT in 2004 onboard the Open 60 Hellomoto before going on to finish 7th in the Vendee Globe race. He recently completed a remarkable feat of navigation as he piloted a 23ft open boat 3600 miles through the Pacific over 60 grueling days...

Plymouth yachtsman Conrad Humphreys has joined the OSTAR 2020 team as ‘race ambassador’. Conrad competed in the TRANSAT in 2004 onboard the Open 60 Hellomoto before going on to finish 7th in the Vendee Globe race. He recently completed a remarkable feat of navigation as he piloted a 23ft open boat 3600 miles through the Pacific over 60 grueling days following in...

The Cruising Workshop went well with 30-35 sailors, planning 'to boldly go'!  A real pleasure to meet the visiting yachtsmen too! A huge thanks must go to Mo Joce and Sue Saunders and their team for organising a very informative (and reassuring) event.. including a delicious buffet! Lots of useful advice and info gained and most importantly...

American Peter Bourke is the first competitor to enter the next Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) organised by the Royal Western Yacht Club. The 16th edition of the OSTAR, sailing from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island, starts on 25 May 2020. Peter is no stranger to the OSTAR having raced it before in 2009. He suffered several gear failures, losing his headsail...

Peter Bourke is the first skipper to confirm his entry to the 2020 OSTAR.  Peter has again entered Rubicon, an Outbound 44 mono, which he previously sailed in the 2009 OSTAR. His last crossing was made harder by early equipment failures – losing his wind vane and autopilot as well as suffering rigging problems. He made the brave decision to continue...

Members will want to be aware of a safety advisory notice issued by MAIB following a fatal incident in the Clipper Race in which a crew member was lost overboard in spite of being clipped on. The notice can be found at Safety warning on the use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts – GOV.UK...

RWYC member David Southwood has been awarded the ICC Decanter by the Royal Cruising Club for his own personal challenge in the OSTAR 2017 and his subsequent fight for survival. The decanter was originally presented to the RCC by the Irish Cruising Club in 1989 to be awarded for “a cruise of exceptional merit” and will be presented at the...

The Royal Western Yacht Club is pleased to announce that the Round Britain and Ireland, two handed race, will start from Plymouth on Sunday 3 June 2018. This will be the 14th running of the legendary four yearly yacht race which was established in 1966 by the Cockershell hero Major Blondie Hasler. The race comprises five legs totalling approximately 2000...

Over 100 guests attended the University of Plymouth Yacht Club & Sailing Club Christmas Dinner on Friday 1st December. There was plenty on Christmas spirit all around and a good time was had by all, guests included Commodore Charlie Thomson & his wife Babs!...