What a fantastic day we had for Opening Day on Saturday 6 October, it was great to see so many of our members down at the Club getting into the spirit of the theme, Legends of the Sea. With perfect weather conditions, we couldn’t have asked for a better day!
The Paddock was abuzz early on with the inflatable obstacle course, jumping castle and Myuna Farm petting animals. Haley and Steve entertained from the stage and performed a wonderful rendition of our National Anthem during the official ceremony.
The Sail Past looked amazing both on and off the water. Vice Commodore Garry Anderson did a rough count and apparently there was in round figures 150 boats participating in the Sail Past. The effort that went into decorating boats to the theme was amazing!
After grabbing a free sausage from the Northern Podium where the Peter Chapman Trio were entertaining, the crowd and the kids were occupied with the face painter and magician in the Olympic Room.
The awards for the best dressed boats went to:
Keel: The Secretary, George Shaw – Gilligan’s Island
Recreational Boating: Estella Grace, Stephan Morrison Jack – nicely decorated and with a number of legends on board
OTB: Ellen Sampson – dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and named her boat Black Pearl for the day
Happy Hour in the Port Phillip Room was well received and I couldn’t believe the energy in the room when the dance floor was filled as soon as Andy Healey and the Higher Functions took to the stage!
All in all, we had a wonderful celebration of the Opening of the 2018/19 Sailing Season at our Club, it was filled with great entertainment from start to finish and I hope you all enjoyed the day!
Club Member Ian MacWilliams has generously made a video of the day, with new member John Deeks doing the voice over. Thanks Ian and John.
Our thanks also to Michah, official photographer for the day who has taken some great shots. You can view photos of the day here.