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FROM THE COMMODORE
October 2019

Our Centenary year continues on a high with a team of 14 boats from ESC convincingly winning back The Yoke by 47.75 to 58 points from ESSC, who had 15 boats out. Our own Mikado (skippered by Michael Briggs) looked splendid and took overall line and race honours with ESC boats also 2nd, 5th, 6th and 7th. I was on the Committee boat and, shadowing the fleet, we witnessed some great racing on the shortened course to Cowes in a gently dying breeze, meaning several boats sadly never finished. The party afterwards in Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club was very well attended, with Hugh Kennedy from ESSC graciously giving us back The Yoke, which will return to its proper place in our snug bar after a spruce up. Well done all!

The Terrace Party on 7 September was held inside because of the weather, but was well attended. £819.50 was raised for the Blake Fund for Young Sailors, with some very worthy winners of great raffle prizes. Thank you to everybody who donated prizes, and to everyone who attended – these funds will ensure that we help to support our young sailors as they progress through the ranks.

The production of the newsletter is moving into the office to make use of SCM. I would like to thank Lizzi Petersen on behalf of you all for producing the newsletter very successfully over many years, ably supported by Christina Darby, who will continue to maintain our website. Thanks Lizzi!

Ian Frogley has also decided to hang up his hat as Honorary Sailing Secretary with effect from the AGM. He will be succeeded by Simon Langford. Our thanks to Ian for his tireless enthusiasm over many years in the job.

This is my last newsletter as your Commodore before I hand over to my successor at the AGM, which is on Sunday 13 October at 17:00 in the clubhouse. I hope as many of you as possible can come.

It has been my privilege to be your Commodore for three years including this, our very special Centenary year. And what a year it has been, with the visit of HRH The Princess Royal, the weekend of the Centenary Ball, the Strictly Vintage Tea party, the excellent talk from Sarah Ayton and Wind Down Sunday, the Regatta and the fabulous fESCival party, the Terrace Party and of course, our retaking The Yoke.

We have had some wonderful weather contributing to the success of our onshore Centenary events and also out on the water, resulting in a very successful sailing season. The cruisers have had an active and well supported season with many regattas and a week’s cruise in company.

I’d like to thank all the many people who help keep the Club thriving as it does. It’s a great club and I’m proud of what we have achieved. I can’t single out everyone but particular thanks to my fellow Flag Officers – Jane Scott, Jane Mellor and Tim Keeping who put in amazing hours behind the scenes − and to all the members of General Committee. Also special thanks go to the Centenary Committee, under Chris Clode, which will shortly wind up after three years of planning and running the Centenary celebrations. And of course, my thanks to the team in the office – Celia, Victoria, Liz, Lucy and Zoe.

I look forward to more time at the Club (and elsewhere) but perhaps more in the bar and dining room, rather than the office!

Enjoy the remainder of the season and thank you for supporting the Club as you do,

Michael Geary
Commodore

 

 

 

 

 

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