“Nice? It’s the only thing,” said the Water Rat solemnly as he leant forward for his stroke. “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. … In or out of ’em, it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you’ve done it there’s always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you’d much better not.”
— Kenneth Grahame, Wind in the Willows
Truer words were never said! If you feel the same way, we invite you to join us at the Royal Savage Yacht Club. You won’t find blue blazers or a fancy clubhouse, just a fun loving and welcoming group of people who love boats. Any boats. Power boats, sail boats, row boats, canoes and kayaks. We have folks who love cruising, sailing, racing or just hanging out at anchor and watching the clouds float by.
Take some time to check out our many activities on the website. You’ll find we offer social events including club breakfasts, burger burns, parties and potlucks at our club tent, educational activities from formal courses to new-found friends who know stuff, cruising trips like our weeklong summer cruise of Lake Champlain, sailboat racing with our Fast Sail program and amazing camaraderie centered on our love of boats. Come join us. You’ll be glad you did!
— Wendy Friant
Boating in a Plague Year:
RSYC and COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic things will be a bit different this year for the Royal Savage Yacht Club. As any good captain knows, the absolute first responsibility is to ensure the safety of the crew. RSYC will strictly follow the State of Vermont and CDC guidelines regarding gatherings.
At this time all group events under the tent will be discontinued until further notice. We are reviewing the guidelines and the RSYC calendar on a regular basis and will consider holding shore-based gatherings only when it is deemed safe, and following Vermont’s guidelines. We will, however leave events on the calendar for reference and cancel on a rolling two-week basis.
We plan on conducting the Fast Sail series, although we have cancelled the first race, scheduled for May 30, since so many folks were delayed launching boats this year. There will be no on-shore skippers meetings prior to the races; instead we will be conducting the meetings via VHF on Channel 8. Full details can be found on the Fast Sail page.
We also plan to run weekend cruises and cruise week this year as scheduled. There is nothing like proper scope in a beautiful anchorage to bring about physical distancing. During these events strict adherence to social distancing recommendations will be followed, and it will be the responsibility of individual vessels to limit crew to ensure safety within Vermont State guidelines. In the words of Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, “Be Smart, Stay Safe.”
— Wendy Friant