Monday, December 31, 2012

Notice for Festival Derawan 2013 Yacht Rally

Hi folks,

The information below has been passed on to me from another member which may be of interest to our RBYC members passing through Palau and on to the Philippines or Indonesia in the New Year.

"Following the success of Sail Morotai 2012 rally from Davao, we are excited to announce the next rally for 2013. Instead of being called SAIL DERAWAN, as is  the usual norm for being the featured island of Sail Indonesia, the organizers have chosen to name this as FESTIVAL DERAWAN 2013 because the activities in Derawan will be divided into 2 parts:
  1. June 2013 - Diving competition
  2. September 2013 - yacht rally (from Malaysia and from Davao)
If you are interested, please email me. I would also appreciate if you can spread the word around by forwarding the LINK to all your sailing friends.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

RBYC Board of Directors for 2013

Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM and Festive Party on Wednesday night.  Please be advised that the updated Articles of Incorporation have been adopted, and the Board of Directors for 2013 has been appointed as follows:

Commodore - Sam Scott
Vice Commodore - Linda McKeever
Port Captain - Roger Block
Treasurer - Laura Ahearn
Secretary - Charity Shaw handing over to Jo Rigby early 2013
Directors - Jo Rigby and Dave Funk

A big Merry Christmas from the RBYC team and wishing you fair weather and all the best for the New Year ahead.

Ho, Ho, Ho,

The RBYC Team!

Monday, December 17, 2012

RBYC AGM and Festive Party

The RBYC AGM and Festive Party has been rescheduled to this coming Wednesday at Sam's Tours 6pm.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

RBYC December Update

Hi Folks,

The great news is no yachts here were damaged during Typhoon Bopha and all our yachties safe and sound and busy putting their boats back together after packing it all up preparing for the worst.  Sadly though, there are many other areas of Palau that were badly hit by the Typhoon, luckily no lives lost in Palau.  I'd like to pass along the details below for Rotary Club of Palau who are co-ordinating a donation drive to purchase much needed supplies and distributing to affected areas. 

RE:  Request for Donations for Victims of Typhoon Bopha

Typhoon Bopha caused severe damage to residents of Palau when it passed through Palau on early Monday morning, December 3, 2012.  The east coast States of Ngaraard, Ngiwal, and Melekeok, as well as the southern States of Peleliu and Angaur, bore the brunt of Typhoon Bopha’s fury, leaving over 300 people without homes.  Thankfully, no lives were lost.

The Rotary Club of Palau, District 2750, is accepting financial contributions towards purchasing of much-needed supplies to assist the people in those State rebuild their lives.  Monetary contributions will be applied to purchase of drinking water, fuel, dry goods and toiletry/hygiene kits for the immediate use, as well as for supplies to rebuild and/or refurnish homes.

Donations can be made to Rotary Club of Palau, or deposited to Rotary Club of Palau’s Typhoon Bopha Relief Account at the Bank of Hawaii-Koror Branch:

For further details or questions regarding your contribution,  contact or Thomas Schubert at

What's on this month?

Thursday 13th Dec - Movie night at Sam's Tours 6.45pm screening 'In Bruges' starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Elizabeth Berrington.  Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Wednesday 19th Dec - Tentative new date for the Royal Belau Yacht Club Annual General Meeting and Festive Season Gathering.  The AGM will focus on election of board members for 2013, please be in attendance to vote.  Please sign up on the RBYC notice board or via email if you're going to attend so we can accurately order our meats, and sign up for a side dish too while you're at it :)   Just waiting on confirmation of availability from the venue.  I'll send out an email to confirm time and date as soon as possible.

Thursday 20th Dec - Movie night at Sam's Tours 6.45pm screening action, adventure and crime film starring Robert Downey Junior and Jude Law in 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'.  Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Thursday 27th Dec - Movie night at Sam's Tours 6.45pm screening 2010 action, romance, thriller 'The Tourist' starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.  Revoles around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart.  Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. 

RBYC Online

Once again don't forget to check out the RBYC Blog at  Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and spread the word!  

RBYC Membership Renewals in Q4 2012 will roll you over to the end of 2013 -  So pop in to the Sam's Tours Dive Shop and renew your membership today, so we don't need to chase you for it next year ;)  We're pleased to announce that our membership dues for 2013 remain unchanged with Regular membership $25, or Family membership $35.  A list of all the RBYC member benefits can be found on our blog here  Our updated Application and Renewals form can be emailed to you if you'd like to complete it ahead of time and return to either the Sam's Dive Shop or to RBYC.

Have a great month ahead!
The RBYC Team!