At Saturday's Royal Southern Yacht Club AGM (26th November), the following Flag Officers were elected:
Commodore - Karen Henderson-Williams
Vice Commodore - Graham Nixon
Rear Commodore Sailing - Robert Vose
Rear Commodore House - John Rutherford
The sell-out inaugural Gentlemen's Lunch organised by the Ladies Committee can
fairly be described as a great success.
The highlight of the event, however, was the post-lunch speech by Noj White, who
entertained the assembled with numerous tales of his career with BOAC and later
British Airways as a Concorde and Boeing 747 pilot, not all of which would be
repeatable in mixed company.
An annual charity event when, for one day, club members transform the clubhouse into a busy marketplace.
The Fayre is sponsored by 30 local companies. It attracts over 500 people who come to take part in fundraising activities, buy gifts from 35 stalls that sell a range of unique and interesting products and enjoy fabulous riverside views whilst eating and drinking.
Launched in 2012 as part of the Royal Southern Yacht Club's 175th Anniversary celebrations, this year marks the 5th year in which the Hamble-based Yacht Club and Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. have united to recognise the prestigious
annual Champion of Champions award.
To mark this, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. has kindly provided a Champion of Champions Trophy to be presented
Typically, the annual late Cruiser supper marks the official close of the season
when we Cruisers reminisce about the good times we have had through the year in
the 25 or so events that the Cr/Committee have put on. Friday 14th October was
A healthy compliment of members sat down to a great supper of tasty Gammon in
sauce (Chairman's favourite - thanks Maggie) followed by Summer Fruit Tart -
another popular choice. Most of us decided to team this appropriately with what
was not quite the last of the summer wine, whilst viewing the member's action
photos on the large TV screen.
With equal numbers of sail and power boats this could be described as a hybrid
rally, with five of each! A great two days, with a pleasant beat to Lymington
for those with sails, and a calm ride for the motor-boaters.
We moored on the Dan Bran pontoon, just downstream from the Royal Lymington
Y.C., an excellent viewpoint for watching activity on the river - ferries,
dinghy sailing, all the usual sailing and motor boat traffic, and a few paddle
boarders too. Perhaps we should be thinking of paddle board rallies?
The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, which runs from 16-24 January and
marks the start of the Caribbean race season, is fast becoming a good charter
option for race-thirsty, sun-seekers.
Those keen to escape the post Christmas northern hemisphere winter chill, could
do worse than sign up for a place on one of the many charter yachts competing at
this popular Caribbean regatta.
Hamble Square, 0845 for 0900 start. Spot the picnic bags in the sunshine.
Coliseum Coaches, Dean at the wheel. 0910 and we were off after the usual
"hands up anyone who isn't here" from one of the Committee Members. Safe
Dean deposited us soon after 1000 at Colt Hill Wharf in Odiham where our numbers
were swelled by a dozen own-steam crew-members. We were 50 mixed Mercury Gardens
Residents and R Srn YC Members, some falling into both camps for a cruise on
John Pinkerton II on the Basingstoke Canal.