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The 2018 REYC AGM

REYC Dinner Night 

The REYC Annual General Meeting and Dinner Night will be held on Thursday 19 April 2018 in Brompton Barracks, Chatham.  The AGM will be held in the afternoon in the Chatham Station Auditorium as normal, with the dinner in the RE HQ Officers’ Mess in the evening.  All members are encouraged to attend, as are member’s guests, however Chief Royal has stipulated that members need to demonstrate that they either contribute to the Royal Engineer Central Charitable Trust (Day’s Pay Scheme) for serving officers and soldiers, or contribute to Corps Mess Funds (for respective Messes) for Retired Officers, Soldiers and Civilians.  In order to use the Mess, all members will need to contribute to one or other of the funds.  Guests may not exceed the number of members attending.

If you are unsure as to whether you are a contributor to either fund, the RE HQ holds the database.

Attached is a form to signal your intent to attend the AGM and/or dinner night.  In order to get the replies to the RE HQ in good time, the closing date is 31 Dec 17.

If there are any questions, please contact the REYC Hon Sec via email:


The 2017 Lymington Meet 


Please follow the link below for the Sailing Instructions including Amendment Number 1.

The annual Lymington Meet will take place on Saturday 20 May 17, at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club with racing in the Western Solent.

Full details can be found at the mini-site on the Offshore section of this website, linked here.

REYC AGM and Dinner 2017 – Calling Notice

Notice is hereby given that the AGM of the Royal Engineer Yacht Club will take place on Fri 17 Mar 17 at 1600hrs in the Chatham Station Auditorium, Brompton Barracks.  Tea and coffee will be available in the Auditorium reception room from 1530hrs.  Any items for inclusion in the Agenda under “Any Other Business” should be notified by Fri 17 Feb 17 to the Hon Sec (contact details below).  Please note that, in accordance with Rule 29c of the Rules and Bye-laws 2011 only full members of the Club may vote or forward any new proposals to the General Meeting of the Club.

The 2017 annual dinner of the Royal Engineer Yacht Club will be held on Fri 17 Mar 17 in the HQ Officers’ Mess, Brompton Barracks.  Dinner will be at 1930 for 2000hrs.  In a change to previous years, the dress is black tie, no medals for all.  Members are encouraged to bring their spouses and may invite other private guests.  An application form is on the Inst RE website and below.

REYC AGM and Dinner Proforma

Forms should be returned to the Hon Sec by Fri 17 Feb 17, which is the closing date for guaranteed applications. Any dietary requirements are to be made clear on the application form. Accommodation is available in the Mess and will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis once the needs of official guests have been met.

Confirmation of the application and of accommodation will be sent by email. This year we are offering the option for guests to sponsor, or part sponsor a junior soldier to attend the dinner night. Further details can be obtained from the REYC Hon Sec.

Hon Sec contact details: 565371 Maj HMM Stamp, 8 Engr Bde, Cloutman Block, Gibraltar Barracks, BLACKWATER, Surrey, GU17 9LP. Email:

REYC Audit Results

Please find details below of club audits from 2016








The Ilex Trophy 2016

The Notice of Race for the Ilex Trophy, Offshore Match, can be found linked below.



Sappers win the Carlier Trophy by Richard Truscott, RLymYC

The Royal Lymington YC again welcomed the Royal Engineers YC for their annual regatta last Saturday. The event included a 3-boat team race under IRC rules between the clubs for the Carlier Trophy with the Sappers fielding Trojan, a J109, Ilex of Upnor, an X-332 and Gualin, a Contessa 32. The Lymington team, hoping to retain the Trophy for the third year running matched them up with Robin Taunt’s J109 Jibe, Richard Downs’ Elan333 Islay and Charlie Roberts’ Contessa 32 South Haze.

With a light and variable north-easterly and a flood tide, two laps of a triangular course was set. With the pin end of the start line favoured it was with some surprise that South Haze started from the platform end until it was later revealed that she had problems with her backstay and spent the first part of the race effecting repairs! As it turned out it proved an inspirational decision as she made immediate gains in slightly better wind. Meanwhile the two larger REYC boats, Trojan and Ilex, sailed the wind shifts well and built a big lead over the rest of the fleet, who tried numerous sail changes, tacks and gybes in a futile attempt to catch up in the fickle conditions. Eventually the wind died completely catching out the two RLymYC boats Jibe and Islay badly as they were rounding the bottom mark causing them to float back 200 metres in the tide while the boats ahead had sensibly anchored up! A south west sea breeze then suddenly kicked in reaching the front of the fleet first enabling Trojan and Ilex to sail away and cross the line well ahead. Although the Lymington boats used their local knowledge to make some gains by tacking closer into the shore it was not enough to prevent Islay and Jibe coming in last on corrected time. Meanwhile South Haze had sailed the course expertly to gain first place on corrected time but with REYC boats in second, third and fourth the Sappers deservedly regained the Carlier Trophy.

In a convivial presentation ceremony afterwards the REYC used the event to formally ‘name’ their new J109 ‘Trojan’ before their annual dinner in the Royal Lymington clubhouse.

The full results can be found at this link:

20160514 – RLymYC_REYC2016_Results

The Lymington Meet 2016

The annual Lymington Match and supper will take place on 14/15 May.  Entries and attendance is welcomed from individual racers, owners of boats who wish to race and club members who wish to cruise in company and enjoy supper at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Lymington Meet – Application form 2016

Lymington Meet – Application form 2016

Lymington meet calling letter 2016

Lymington meet calling letter 2016

REYC Lymington Meet 2016 NOR ver2

REYC Lymington Meet 2016 NOR ver2

REYC Lymington Meet 2016 SIs v1.1

REYC Lymington Meet 2016 SIs v1.1

REYC Annual General Meeting Documentation

N.b. Please note that version 3 of the agenda is linked below.





New Graphics for Trojan

We’ve now got a final design for Trojan‘s graphics and they’ll be being applied next week by Grapefruit Graphics of Hamble.   Alongside that, and on all the other boats too, we’ll be applying the ‘Sapper 300’ logo to advertise that 2016 is 300 years since the formation of the Corps as a distinct entity.

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REYC Skipper Familiarisation Training – Trojan and Hebe

 As two of our yachts have significant differences from the types of boats many members will have sailed, Hebe being a gaffer and Trojan having an asymmetric pole system,  we will be running familiarisation training for those who wish to sail them.  The first opportunity to take part will be 12/13 Mar 16.  If you would like to take part please contact the Offshore Racing Secretary (

 REYC Annual General Meeting and Dinner Night 2016

 The  Annual General Meeting and dinner night will be held at Brompton Barracks on Friday 11 March 2016.  If you wish to attend please complete the form at the link below and send to the REYC Honorary Secretary at or at the postal address on the form.


And the Winner is…

After a close vote and a lively debate the J109 is to be named Trojan of Upnor.  We’ll be posting more details of her upgrades, specs and racing programme as things firm up through the winter.  If you want to be involved in sailing with the club next year make sure you have signed up for the ‘Offshore’ mailing list as well as the ‘members’ one!

Voting Begins to name the Club’s J109 (7 Oct 15)

All members should have recieved an e-mail asking them to vote on a new name for our J109.  The candidates are:

  • Ajax of Upnor

  • Avalanche of Upnor

  • Ravelin of Upnor

  • Trojan of Upnor

If you have not received an e-mail then please contact the Membership Secretary (via the Hon Sec, to update your details.

Ex Transglobe 2015/16

Sun rise over Brazil as the Sapper crew of Ex Transglobe near the finish of Leg 2.

Sunrise over Brazil as the Sapper crew of Ex Transglobe near the finish of Leg 2.

In September members of 33 Engr Regt (EOD), 101 Engr Regt (EOD), 39 Engr Regt and RMons sailed from Lanzarote to Rio as part of Exercise Transglobe.  A full account can be found at the members’ logs section of the Offshore pages.

New Yachts in Autumn 2015!

The Club has taken on two new yachts recently.  The first, Hebe, was an incredibly generous bequest of a Norfolk Smuggler. She’s a beautifully crafted gaff rigged cutter, she has four berths, all the ‘mod cons’, a lifting keel and is a breeze to sail.

She is perfect for exploring all those little Solent creeks you’ve often sailed past, for a day sail or for a weekend with a young family – although she looks a little different to our usual boats she really is very simple to sail.

smugglerThe second boat we’ve acquired is a J109 crusier-racer.  The J109 is a proven race design (one came in the top ten in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race) but also has a reputation for being solidly built, fun to sail and being roomy enough for a family or group of soldiers to take away for an extended cruise.

With this yacht the club is also joining a highly competitive Solent one-design fleet which includes the Royal Navy (Jolly Jack Tar), Royal Air Force (Red Arrow) and the Royal Armoured Corps (White Knight 7). Exciting times are ahead!



Warning Order – The Lymington Meet 2016

The annual Lymington Meet will take place on 14 May 2016.  The calling notice and NOR will be linked at the Racing Section of this site in due course.

REYC AGM and Annual Dinner 2015

The Annual General Meeting and dinner will be held at Brompton Barracks on Tuesday 31 March 2015.  If you wish to attend please complete the form at the link below and send to the Honorary Secretary by e-mailing or at the postal address on the form.






J109 Paper Final Version

J109 Paper – Hulls Review Covering Letter


REYC Winter Newsletter

The newsletter can be found at the link below.