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Secretary's News 7th July 2017


Round the Island Breakfast – 1st July

Despite the early 0530 hours start, it was great to see over one hundred and thirty members in the clubhouse for breakfast.  Those who managed a very early start would have just seen the first boat, the MOD 70 Concise 10, disappearing towards the Needles, en route to a record time of two hours, twenty-two minutes and twenty-three seconds.  It was a surprise (to me at least) to see so many boats sporting black sails.  As well as watching the yachts, it is always interesting looking at the captains of the Wightlink ferries displaying their skill, no doubt they relish the opportunity to show off their manoeuvring abilities as it must make a change from the monotony of sailing in straight lines!  As an aside, we do have one further breakfast, scheduled for Sunday 30th July so if you would like to come to the Club for this, please book early.


The original aim was to invite members to the Club for strawberries and Pimms to watch the two Wimbledon finals.  Unfortunately, the finals this year coincide with the Taittinger RSYC Regatta so that becomes impractical – (next year there is no clash).  However, those members who wish to have strawberries and cream, drink a glass (or two) of Pimms and watch the tennis on the large screen in the Hudleston Bar will be able to do so this Saturday and Sunday (8th and 9th July). There is no need to telephone or book – just turn up!

The Taittinger RSYC Regatta

Members will be pleased to hear that we have already received one hundred and sixty-seven entries so we should be on track to equal or beat last year’s record of one hundred and seventy-eight boats.  One of the many features of the regatta is the support we receive from over eighty members of the Club.  Without their (your) support we would simply not be able to run what many would consider has become the best regatta in the Solent.

Save the Dates

Our Rear Commodore (House), Graham Fell, in conjunction with the House Committee, is constructing the Winter Programme.  In addition to the usual offerings there will be some new imaginative additions to the programme including: •Summer Shindig – Saturday 5th August.

  • Gin Tasting Evening – Saturday 7th October.
  • Jazz Evening – Saturday 4th November.
  • Country and Western Evening – Saturday 20th January 2018

The full Winter Programme in card form will not be issued until October but it will be available on-line from early September.

A Day at the Races

One of our members, Geoff Horsnell, is organising a day out at Goodwood on Sunday, 15th October the season’s finale.  Assuming a take-up of forty-nine the price would be £70 per person.  Included in this would be: •Entry to the Richmond Enclosure (the premier stand)

  • Return coach travel from the clubhouse to Richmond Enclosure
  • Return ferry tickets.
  • Buffet breakfast in the Club

Members, partners and guests are all welcome.

The dress code is jacket and tie for men (Ladies do not need to wear hats).

This looks to be an exciting day out and value for money. If this is to go ahead, we need an idea of numbers, so if you are interested, please inform the Front Office or click here to register your interest online.

John Lewis’s Sky Dive

Members may recall that in my March Secretary’s News mention was made of a charity event that will be taking place in the autumn when John Lewis will be carrying out a tandem parachute jump in support of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.  Should you wish to support this worthy cause, to which the Club also contributes, please click here to access John’s fundraising page on the Just Giving website.

Prince Consort Charity Supper

For the past few years the Club has held a charity dinner in June and we did the same again this year.  The two charities being supported were Ocean Youth Trust and Combat Stress. It was a successful day on the water, followed by a fun evening in the Club. The Moody owners, who were dining in the Club that evening, were more than happy to join in.  The dining room was full with one hundred people present, Eurovines very kindly sponsored the dinner by donating the wine and Jeremy Willcock conducted his “heads or tails” routine in typically masterful fashion.  The main aim of the evening was to raise money for charity and this was duly achieved; it was gratifying to report that £1,400 was donated by those present, to be shared equally between both charities.

Possible Additional Club Activities

It has been suggested that there might be interest in running two additional activities, namely Mah Jong and Chess.  Two Mah Jong evenings were held during the spring which generated considerable support.  If members are interested in participating in either of these activities would they please contact me, or the Front Office.  It would be helpful to know whether further instruction is required in the case of Mah Jong or whether members feel sufficiently confident to “crack on” without further assistance.


Hamish Fletcher


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