No IOM racing this Wednesday 07/12/22

Multi Class Sunday

31st July 2022 Multi class Sunday. Wind south westerly mostly westerly 13mph ,Temperature 22’ and changeable. 10 skippers today 2 IOM +2 65s , 4 95s and 4 65s. With the difficult wind direction Paul and Terry set the course as. Start 7&Y , 12p, Xp, 7p, Xp and finish 7& flag & I think it’s fair to say this proved to be a popular choice. We then had to set the handicap and after a bit of giggling 30 seconds prove to be about right between each class with all three different classes making the finish line a very busy place. However a slight pick up in the wind speed would favour the larger sail. The 65 all used A’s, the 95s A & B and the IOM A’s but a bit risky. The biggest problem however was boats falling apart with 31 missed finished from 130 potential starts. Final race having only 4 finishers . None the less a really fun day with the scores showing Paul with his 95 and Geoff with his 65 remained the most likely threats on the leaded board so well done guys 👏👏. Our next and final event like this for 2022 should be on October 30th so put that on your calendar and let’s get a well attended team event organised 😘

Message from our Chairman

27/01/2022 RG65 Request/invitation

Good Evening Girls, Before the Pandemic the club had a small interest in the RG65 Class and for my sins I’m to try and kick start the scene again . This was always a Saturday class ( certainly from the CFRYC point of view) There happens to be a few boats owned in and around the membership so I’m looking to see what interest there would be for a couple of hours on 5th February from 10o/c  DF65 are also welcomed to join us for practice/ set up/ training for our new peps and perhaps a few races . None members are of course welcome. I’m also open to any suggestions ( now now don’t be rude)  on preference of what Saturdays you would prefer and look to do this as often as you want. Nationally the class is screaming out for venues and we could in time fit the bill if we gain  sufficient interest within our own members & add another string to our bow.   Look forward to hearing from you 

 TERRY Wright (Class Captain RG65/IOM)

Coalhouse IOM Ranking Weekend 2021

Well what a weekend, the club showed that all pulling together we can run major events well.   With the help of Graham Bantock to lead us.  It’s wrong to pick out people but Terry Wright and Jim La Roche have worked behind the scenes and shoulder to lean on for me.  The path had many bumps in it but finally we got there.  Ray Reeves our ranger has helped all the way.  ON the Sunday George Pattern even manage to relay read for the club racing to start Wednesday.  Thank you to every one for your support for the club.  I am sure everyone slept well after the event. We have a wonderful sailing venue.  Thank you again I am very proud of you all.
Geoff Appleton your Chairman.

IOM, DF65 and DF95 Winter series 2021/22

Having been unable to hold either the Frozen Fingers or Frozen Feet 2020/21 due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we will resume both winter series events on the 1st and 2nd Sunday of the month starting in October. The IOM Frozen Thumbs will also be reinstated and held on the 4th Sunday as above. Please see individual class news pages for details.

IOM Ranking Traffic Alert!!

During the Weekend of September 11th/12th there will be road closures and restrictions affecting access to Coalhouse Fort , here are directions bypassing the Buckingham Hill Closure.

Coming from the west along the A13 turn off at the Orsett Cock roundabout (signposted A128).

Take the third exit towards Tilbury. In about 1.9 miles at the traffic lights turn left into Lindford Road for about 2miles turn right at the roundabout into Princess Margaret Road second exit. This leads down to the Fort. Follow brown fort signs.

Coming from the East along A13 turn off at the sign for the A1013.

Follow the A1013 Stanford Road which is the second exit on the roundabout towards Stanford le Hope.  At the traffic lights turn left into London Road.  At the mini roundabout turn right at the second exit into Butts Lane. Follow this, it becomes Walton’s Hall Road.  At cross roads, turn left  into East Tilbury Road to mini roundabout. Go straight across into Princess Margaret Road.  This leads down to Fort. Follow brown fort signs.

Resumption of Competitive Club Sailing

As of today 21st June 2021 The Club is now operating as usual, with some COVID-19 restrictions, under the remit of Organised Sport as defined by the Government, the MYA and the RYA. In line with these requirements please read and follow the restrictions and guidelines contained in the CHFRY Resumption of Competitive Sailing Document here This document also contains the relevant Risk Assessments.

Please be aware it is everyone’s responsibility to assess the risk to themselves, as well as fellow members and the General public. Individuals should not put themselves or others at risk, if there is any doubt please don’t travel, Stay Safe.

Club Sailing days (Reminder)

Monthly 1st Sunday DF65

2nd Sunday DF95

3rd Sunday DF65

4th Sunday IOM

Weekly Wednesday IOM

Ad hoc Saturday RG65

Covid-19 Update 11th June 2021

Great news! The Club is set to reopen for normal club activity as of 21st June 2021 in line with the organised sport restrictions defined by the MYA and agreement of the Park. A Covid-19 Risk Assessment will be published after the Government announcement on 14th June 2021, covering any additional requirements to help keep us and the public safe.

However If the Government decides to increase restrictions, rather than the expected status quo or removal of all restrictions, the committee will reassess and update you all here.

Covid-19 Update 14th April 2021

The members of the Club committee have met to discuss how and when the Club can move back into full Club racing, with as many people as possible.

Based on the government ‘organised sport’ guidelines, MYA recommendations and, in particular, the feedback from the park authority, we find ourselves unable to open the Club at this time.

The park has, and still is, seeing high numbers of people using the open areas including around the lake. This makes racing with normal numbers, whilst continuing social distancing, between the general public and competitors, all but impossible.

The committee will continue to monitor the situation as Government and local authority guidelines change with the aim to fully resume Club activities as soon as practical.

Covid-19 Update 2nd April 2021

We have now moved out of the ‘Stay at Home’ phase of the current UK Governments Covid-19 ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown‘,, allowing us more freedom, we have started to look at our route to full club sailing/racing.

At this time ‘Organised Sport’ is again allowed, however this has obligations to minimise the possibility of Covid transmission between those taking part as well as the general public.

We therefore find ourselves in an unchanged position, which does not allow normal Club activities, as such the Club remains closed with no organised Sailing taking place. The park remains open and the rule of six is back in place, however please be aware Travel restrictions have changed to ‘Minimise Travel’ see above link for details.

We are working to define our way back to sailing with the current Government/MYA roadmaps (see following link), whilst complying with the Park and Local Government requirements, we will update as and when we can.


The obituary for Graham Bartholomew is now open on the Funeral Directors Website, along with the opportunity to make a donation in Grahams name to ‘Cancer Research UK’ if anyone wishes. Please follow the link below. (Posted by Dave Sellens)


It is with much sadness that I have to report that Graham Bartholomew passed away on the morning of Friday 5th March 2021. Graham was one of the nicest guys anyone would wish to meet and a true gentleman on and off the water, he will be sadly missed by all who ever had the pleasure of meeting with and sailing with. RIP Graham. (Posted by Dave Sellens)

Covid-19 Update 2nd December 2020

Today we move from the latest National Lockdown to a Local Tier System.

See for details of tier restrictions.

Unfortunately the Tier System in respect to club activity has not changed and does not not allow normal Club activities, as such the Club remains closed with no organised Sailing taking place. The park remains open and the rule of six is back in place, however please be aware you should not travel to a lower tier area unless essential.

Covid-19 Update 4th November 2020

Parliament has today approved a second nation wide lockdown for England, starting at midnight 4th November ending on 2nd December.

Please see details of the new restrictions here

The Club committee’s decision to suspend all club activities until further notice is still in Place.

The Coalhouse fort park, including the lake, may still be open to the public for exercise, however only 2 people from different household’s may meet. If you decide to independently (not as a member of CHFRYC) use the lake please ensure all Government Covid-19 Restrictions are fully met.

Covid-19 Update September 2020

At this time the Club committee’s decision to suspend all club activities until further notice is still in Place.

The Coalhouse fort park, including the lake, is open to the public and as such the lake can be used to sail as long as the Government Covid-19 Restrictions are fully met.

The Coalhouse Fort RYC are not organising any sailing.

The MYA have published a document which may allow the Club to return to organised events, but there are currently a few areas which may yet stop this for us. Assessment is ongoing.


The CoalHouse Fort RYC is still following government and MYA-UK guidelines during the Covid-19 situation and staying closed for organised sailing. If you decide that you want to go to the lake and sail a boat during this period, please be aware that you are doing this as a member of the public and not as a member of CoalHouse Fort RYC.

Please be aware that if you are involved in any damage or injury to a third party whilst at the lake, CoalHouse Fort RYC will not be held responsible in any way for any claim that follows.

The committee 16/04/2020

MYA Guidance on Covid-19 – 16th May 2020 see the link below


Sorry to say but because of safety issues the club ( CHFRYC) will not be using the lake until further notice and apart from the safety issues there are very few marks on show. Let’s hope it goes down soon. Whilst I have your attention we have some events this year that will require help from the members, these meetings are- The Coventry Trophy on the 10th May for IOM The Eastern District Ranking Meeting on 13th& 14th June for IOMs and the DF65 National Championship’s on 14th 15th& 16 August, so yes a busy year and hopefully one we will end up proud of. So if you could make us aware of when and where you can be of assistance it would be greatly appreciated. We are also not classist you can help at any of the classes.


As discussed during the AGM in December, the need for filling the Class Captain positions is important to ensure all the classes have representation on the Sailing Committee, allowing the sailing/racing you the membership want. To this end Jim La Roche has been co-opted as the IOM Class Captain, allowing Terry to concentrate on the DF65 and RG65 class’s. Terry will also deputise for Jim when required.

IOM Open Icicle Trophy NOR

25/10/2019 IOM Thames Trophy

03/10/2019 John Newton Memorial event

Unfortunately in light of the awful weather forecast for Sunday it has been decided to postpone the memorial meeting until the spring.
  It will not be fun to sail and are wanting to raise money from members of the public but we fear there will be no members of the public about on Sunday!! 

DF65/95 winter series 2019/20

Its almost time for the Frozen Fingers/Feet series to start,please see the following Notice Of Race for both series. There are the odd spare boats available if anyone would like to have a go. please see the class news pages for the Notice of Race.

John Newton Macmillan event

In memory of John Newton we will holding a race event for the DF65 whith the aim of raising a donation to the Macmillan Cancer Support in Johns memory. lets all dust of our 65’s and join together racing at the club, as John enjoyed so much.



Hi Guys. looking for a work party for 17th or 31st August I know it’s RG’s on the 17th so only looking for non RG sailors for that day. I need one in the boat with me the rest on the bank. Let me know with a thumbs up and what dates available and if available for both Dates. 4 or 5 skippers would be fine 🤔🚣Thanks

Hi Girls, No doubt by now you will have all read the minutes of our recent committee meeting that James kindly posted out to you and for my sins ( not unsurprisingly) the organisation of the John Newton Memorial meeting has fell on my shoulders Thus far its has been decided that it will be for the DF65 class held on Sunday 6th October this year , that all monies raised will go to McMillan Nurse, there will be a £5 entry fee plus it will be thrown open to all comers and will between 10 o/c through to 4o/c.

In view that the committee seems to be very busy I’m looking to form a race committee to help me with this event to form the format on extracting as much fun along with raising a good amount of dosh in Johns memory, so if you feel you and or your partners have something to offer please contact me TERRY 😘

Hi People’s, We have pencilled in a much needed work party for Saturday 10th August. Whilst we don’t need a huge amount of bodies we do need someone to man the Dingy whilst George does his magic . Are you that someone? Please let me know ASAP so as I can continue to link it all together. I wouldn’t ask but all our normal suspects are tied up for a few weekends 😘

Please be awarethere is now a defibrillator placed on the wall of the ranger’s office.  If I can find out if we can receive training on the use of this I will try and arrange. Geoff Applelto

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