Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Yacht Club - Member Pages

Log in

RNVRYC 70th Anniversary Summer Rally

  • 15 Jul 2017
  • 23 Jul 2017
  • 1- Falmouth, Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. 2 - Lanhydrock House and Gardens. 3 - Royal Fowey Yacht Club. 4 - River Yealm. 5 - Dartmouth Britannia Royal Naval College. 6 - Dart Yacht Club. 7 - RDYC


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed

RNVRYC 70th Anniversary Summer Rally

The 70th Anniversary Summer Cruise will this year take place in the sub tropical West Country. Starting in Falmouth and ending in Dartmouth. It includes a Mess Dinner in Britannia Royal Naval College.

The key dates are:

Saturday 15th July. Assemble in Falmouth Berthing in Pendennis Marina.

At 1900 there will be a Dinner with welcoming drinks in the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club

Sunday 16th July Free Day

Monday 17th July Arrival in Fowey. Berthing arranged on the Mixtow Pontoon. RNTCAB Serial on Pontoon at 1800

Tuesday 18th July - Ladies day. Visit to Lanhydrock House Coach departs from Pontoon at 0945.

Dinner in the Royal Fowey Yacht Club at 1900

Wednesday 19th July Free Day

Thursday 20th July Arrive in River Yealm. Berthing arranged on the 2 harbour pontoons. 1830-2030 Drinks/Buffet Party at the Home of Past Commodore Christopher and Jenny Powlett

Friday 21st July Free Day

Saturday 22nd July Arrival in Dartmouth. 1900 Drinks and Dinner in the Wardroom of Britannia Royal Naval College.

Sunday 23rd July 1000 Church Service in BRNC followed by coffee on the Quarter deck with the Staff and Midshipman of the College.

Additional Information.

The River Fal with the Helford River is a cruising destination in its own right and most yachts can get up as far as Malpass. There are plenty of pontoons along the Fal which make good overnight stops. There are plenty of places to explore in between and including the Fal and the Dart. So individual yachts can decide on their intermediate lunch/overnight stops depending on the weather forecasts. On the route from Falmouth to Fowey yachts can get into Mevagissey and also anchor on the West of the Fowey Peninsular. From Fowey to the Yealm there are numerous opportunities for lunch and overnight stops. Polperro has visitors buoys in the entrance and the anchorage of Looe is viable in reasonable weather, there is a very good anchorage off Cawsands (the other side of Rame Head) and of course Plymouth and the Tamar itself. From the Yealm to Dartmouth there are anchorages and of course the Salcombe Estuary.

There is one main tidal depth restriction which is the River Yealm entrance. However HW on the Thursday is 1550 (4.8m) and some yachts could get in at LW (1.4m) as the minimum depth in the channel is about 0.5m. LW on the Wednesday is at 2216 and Thursday is at 0941. So if draft is critical then be aware of these times.

The main tidal stream gate of Start Point has the tide turning to the east at about 1400 on the Saturday. So anyone planning the trip from the Yealm to the Dart should bear that in mind. (Start Point to the Town Quay is about +/- 2hours)

In Falmouth there are 3 marinas, we have chosen Port Pendennis as its close to the town and offers the best facilities. Those with reciprocal berthing arrangements with their home marinas may choose to go to one of the other two.

In Fowey there are alternatives off the town but are not walk ashore (buoys/pontoons). The Mixtow Pontoons are walk ashore (just past the Bodinink Ferry). So people with either be able to walk into Fowey Town (10mins) or take the ferry or their dinghies to the town quay.

In the River Yealm the berthing is all in the river with no walk ashore (except for ambitious bilge keelers). We hope to get everyone on the upper pontoon and we will organise a shuttle system for those without dinghies.

In Dartmouth there are 5 possible choices of alongside berths, although the Noss and Dart Marinas have limited visitor capacity. We have chosen the Town Quay which is run by the Dart Harbour Board as it has the capacity for most of the fleet, water and electricity are available. Most importantly it is not dependant on the either of the ferries or the water taxi for access past 2300. If you use either the Noss Marina (Premier) or the Kingswear Marina (Darthaven) you will need to ensure you can get from BRNC to the ferry/water taxi by 2250 for the higher ferry to Noss and 2310 for the passenger ferry to Kingswear. The alternative by taxi via Totnes will be very expensive in time and treasure.

If you are on the midstream pontoons then the water taxi stops running at 2300.

There are berths for dinghies on the Town side of the river.

We do understand that some yachts may be limited on space therefore we are looking at making available (depending on demand) a suitcase delivery service for Dinner Jackets/ Evening Gowns etc. from the Portsmouth area. Anybody needing that service should send an email to

For those people who are attending the Mess Dinner as shore party there are many choices of accommodation within walking distance (5-15 mins) of BRNC. The nearest hotel is the Dart Marina hotel (probably the most expensive) but with a plethora of smaller hotels and B&B’s. For serving personnel accommodation may be available at BRNC and anybody wishing to book should contact the accommodation officer Peter Williams on 01803 677568.

Whilst in most places there are no restrictions on numbers there is a limit on the number of people that can be entertained at the Powlett’s in the Yealm. Therefore we will give priority to the yacht crews.



Tide Times  (BST) 15th July
0400 1.0m
0950 4.5m
1620 1.2m
2210 4.7 m

Dinner will be at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club at 1900 which is a 20 minute walk from the town centre. The menu choices are as follows.

Crab tian w/a caper and crayfish salad (Default)
Feta, olive & Palma ham salad with balsamic dressing
Chicken liver pate with confit of red onions & garlic crostini
Breast of chicken stuffed with red pepper mousse wrapped in bacon with chive cream potatoes (Default)
Sole fillet roulade with prawns, spring onion crushed potato cake & crab cream
Mushroom and Cornish blue cheese pasta bake with herb crust
Chocolate orange tart with vanilla ice cream (Default)
Fresh fruit filled meringue with Chantilly cream
Local cheeses with crackers grapes & chutney
Coffee and mints

Please note the default options. If you don't advise another preferences you will get the default. Please advise any Dietary Restrictions


Tide Times  (BST) 17th July
0550 1.4m
1200 4.5m
1810 1.6m

There will be a pontoon party on the evening of the 17th July.

Starting at 1800 with a Tot club experience. Participants should bring their own glasses, canapés and favourite tipple.

On the 18th July (Ladies day) there is a trip to Lanhydrock House and Gardens. The coach will leave the Pontoon at 0945 and return at approx 1500. The Gardens and House are National Trust so members should remember to take their membership cards. 
Dinner will be at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club 1900 This can be accessed by foot (20mins) after crossing on the Fowey Bodinick Ferry or by dinghy.  

The menu choices are as follows.

Melon & Prosciutto Ham (Default)
Ministrone Soup
Fish Goujons
Cajun Chicken Fillet, Coleslaw and Fries (Default)
Grilled Haddock Fillet
Wild Mushroom, Blue Cheese & Rocket Risotto.
Fruit Crumble  (Default)
Selection of West Country Ice Creams
White Chocolate and Irish Cream Liqueur Cheesecakes
Please note the default options. If you don't advise another preferences you will get the default. Please advise any Dietary Restrictions

River Yealm

Tide Times  (BST) 20th July
0310 4.7m
0940 1.4m
1550 4.8m
2220 1.3m

There is a Cocktails/Buffet reception from 1830 to 2030 at Past Commodore Chris and Jenny Powlett’s house in Newton Ferrers. This is about at 10 minute walk from the main landing pontoon close to the berthing pontoons. There is a water taxi but it may not be running for the times we need so we will be instigating a dinghy shuttle service. Chris and Jenny’s hospitality is legendary and it is felt participants will not need further sustenance. However for those that feel the need for a top up there is the Yealm Yacht club and Dolphin pub on the Newton Ferrers side.

Update RPC Chris and Jenny Powlets Newton Ferres 21st July 2017.

Please note we have arranged a coach from Dartmouth to Newton Ferres which will leave Dartmouth (Station Cafe close to the Town Quay) at 1730 tomorrow night (Thursday 21st).  It will return to Dartmouth at about 2200.


Tide Times (BST) 22nd July
0540 4.5m
1150 0.7m
1810 4.8m

Dinner in the Wardroom Britannia Royal Naval College. This will commence at 1830 with a glass of Prosecco. Other pre dinner drinks are available for purchase from the Wardroom bar. The price of the dinner also includes Wine & Port. It also includes Coffee with the Staff and Midshipmen after the Church service on the Sunday morning. Our Guest of Honour will be Commander Rob Dunn RN Commander of the College.

Duck rillette with Cumberland sauce and brioche melba (Default)
A salad of creamed goat’s cheese with rocket and pine nuts finished with pear chutney


Blackened seared tuna steak served with salsa Verdi (Default)

Avocado, walnut and dolce latte filo parcel with red pepper coulis


Panacotta with mixed berries and cinnamon brioche


Coffee and Mints


Please note the default options. If you don't advise another preferences you will get the default. Please advise any Dietary Restrictions

Access Information for BRNC. The College is about a 20 minute walk from the Town. Most of which is uphill. Therefore taxis are advisable for those who think they might prefer that option. Can anybody requiring that service please advise and we will look at mini buses etc. Parking is available in the College but cars must be removed after the function. For anybody wanting to come by car we will need your plate numbers in advance and who will be in the car. For all people attending the functions in the college you will need photo id (passport or driving licence) Please allow time to clear security at the main gate.

Supplemental - The Dart Yacht Club where RNVRYC members Mike and Kate Brown (past and current Commodore) will host a supper for Friday 21st for those who have arrived in Dartmouth. For Sunday Lunch we have arranged, hopefully on the terrace of the RDYC for those staying longer in Dartmouth. These meals can be ordered from menus which will be circulated shortly and should be paid for directly with the Club concerned.

We will give more details (maps of venues, comms, etc in a Skippers pack closer to the Rally)

The Port Officers are
Falmouth and Fowey
David Evans <>
River Yealm
Tim Clark <>
River Dart
Peter Costalas <


Peter Costalas, Tim Clark, David Evans


Dinner Royal Cornwall Yacht Club £29.00

Lanhydrock Coach Fare £10

Royal Fowey Yacht Club £18.50

River Realm Cocktail Party £10

BRNC dinner £60

Dress Code

Smart Casual for all events except:

a) Club Rig in the RCYC

b) BRNC Dinner which is Black Tie/Mess Undress + miniatures  Church Plus Coffee on Q’Deck. Club Rig.

c) Club Rig at River Yealm Cocktail party


Cheques should be made payable to Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Yacht Club and sent to Peter Costalas, The Pound House, Carr Lane,  Slapton, TQ7 2PU.

If you wish to pay by BACS transfer, please email for details.

PDF of this Event

You can download a PDF version of this page that you can then email to potential guests who aren't Club members, by clicking here.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software