The sailing season lasts from April to October. Racing is scheduled for both Saturdays and Sundays, and on some weekday evenings, tides permitting. Some members continue to sail recreationally during the winter although January and February are usually too cold.
Racing takes place both in Findhorn Bay and in the Moray Firth and varies in scope from events aimed at beginners right up to national championships. To ensure that there is something for everyone a number of non competitive fun races, musters, picnics, overnight camping expeditions and novelty events are scheduled during the season. Open meetings and travellers events take place from time to time, but the principle events are the club’s Regatta Weekend and Findhorn week. These takes place in July. Training sessions are also organised from time to time.
Club members will always welcome and assist visitors and new members, both on and off the water and new members will be ‘mentored’ by an existing member until they find their feet. Those who don’t sail often become involved in the race management and rescue organisations. Full training is available for those who are interested in this side of things. The Club has a small fleet of dinghies which are available for loan to members and a training fleet of newer boats which are used for training courses and can sometimes be hired for racing.
These sailing instructions apply to Club (i.e. closed) events for which no other Sailing Instructions have been issued. Competitors should note that the RFYC implements the RYA Racing Charter and that they will be required to undertake to sail in compliance with the Charter, which can be found at the front of the RYA rule book (Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016). The club trophy list (pp 7,8), Notes on the Sailing Programme (p20) and the published Sailing Programme as amended together comprise the Notice of Race.
1. CLUB RACES - ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
(a) Dinghy. At least one crewmember must be a member of the Club.
(b) Cruiser. The person whose name will appear on the results sheet as skipper must be a member of the Club.
(c) Anyone may on an occasional or trial basis enter any race even if the membership criteria are not met. Non-members will not be allowed to win trophies but finishing positions will be recorded and handicap results will be calculated and displayed on the results sheet; any applicable trophy will be awarded to the first eligible competitor. Gordonstoun, the Sea Cadets, the Sea Scouts, Findhorn Marina Sailing School, the RAF, army or anyone with a boat is cordially invited to take part. Use of the clubhouse by non-members is restricted to the immediate vicinity of the noticeboard but non-members may use the clubhouse as guests of a member if signed in iaw the club rules. Short-term membership is available to summer visitors and should be taken up if more than occasional participation in Club events is intended.
The club has an active fleet of about fifty boats and almost as many classes. Most racing is therefore under handicap. The club has long had a fleet of the relatively rare National 18s and in 2012 a fleet of RS400s emerged. Class racing for N18s and RS400s is provided. Other classes with more than one boat are the Laser, Topper, Topaz, Feva, RS200, Phantom, 2000 and 29er.
Many Members also sail keelboats and cruisers, racing locally at other clubs and taking part in passages and musters.