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Club Members and visitors enjoyed the best Start of Season Open Day of recent years, boosted in no small way by the outstanding weather.

In addition to our normal activities, we also held the New Members' reception and the unveiling of the new picture on the main staircase which was generously donated by Sheelagh Cohen in recognition of her husband Dr Lennard Cohen's 90th Birthday.
Thanks also went to Mercator Media for printing and installation of the photograph, taken by Rick Tomlinson.


Sheelagh Cohen and Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams with the new picture on the main stairway

Recent applicants for membership were being interviewed, while 35 visitors on the day were so impressed by what they saw that they applied for membership on the spot.
In total, over 150 active sailors including many younger families, have applied to join the Club since our membership drive started in January; far more than we dared hope for back in December and exceeding all our expectations.

But the day did not happen on its own. My Vice Commodore Graham Nixon and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported us to make the day happen; especially Flag Officers and Members who encouraged friends and neighbours to come along and proposed or seconded their applications; Tim Robinson for helping with the membership drive and interviewing potential candidates along with Flag Officers, Executive members and some Past Commodores.
Yes, we called in all the favours and it added to the atmosphere of the day.

Huge thanks go to the committee chairmen and members who prepared and manned the stands; Brian Curtis who designed all the pop-up banners; Phil Riley and Peta Stuart- Hunt for running the social media and our Ladies Committee who had donated the new furniture on the lower deck and re-planted all the flower beds; and many, many more volunteers.

A very special thank you goes to our staff who have worked tirelessly over the past week to get the Club looking magnificent; especially Stephanie, Gloria, Dawn, Michelle and Rob who worked so late the evening before that they had to spend the night in the Club bedrooms; Laurence and our kitchen staff who kept everyone fed from the barbeque; Cherie and our housekeepers who made sure everything was spotless; our waiting staff who worked non-stop to keep everyone's glass topped up; and not least our Club Secretary Chris Hogan who pulled it all together and kept everything running like clockwork.
Oh yes - and whoever it was who arranged the glorious weather.

Thank you all. It certainly made a day to remember and I look forward to seeing everyone enjoying the club in the weeks to come.

Best wishes,

Karen Henderson-Williams
Commodore


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Our Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams was recently interviewed by Sasha Twining on BBC Radio Solent's H20 slot.
Karen was asked about her childhood and how she got into sailing with her parents, how she progressed from dinghies into keel boats and about her role in helping to develop youth sailing at the Club. She explained her current role as well as her stewardship of the Royal Southern as only the second lady Commodore in the Club's 179 year history. Karen also discussed her aims and objectives for the Club going forward. It's a great listen, and we hope you enjoy it.

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