Well what a different Opening Day it was this year on Saturday 5 December. Not only because of COVID, but because of the weather too, and in true SYC form, neither deterred our members from celebrating the opening of the 2020/21 Sailing Season and getting into the spirit of the theme, Red & White and celebrating with family and friends on your boats for our Boat Party! It was so good to see you all and catch up after having been away from the Club for so long.
With the Opening Ceremony pre-recorded and shown on your devices, we were lucky to have Past OTB Captain Daniel Conacher to fire the cannon live on the day, which rang out throughout the marina.
Unfortunately with the gale force warning, we were unable to undertake the traditional Sail Past, but I thoroughly enjoyed been ferried around the marina with Vice Commodore, Sue Bowes and Rear Commodore, Mark Welsh seeing your happy faces and well decorated boats and receiving your three cheers…maybe not being drenched with water so much, but it was all part of the fun!
The awards for the best dressed boats went to:
Keel: Rum Jungle, Matthew Weston
Recreational Boating: Rebecca II, Andy Allsep
OTB: Tsunami & Spitfire, Emma and Mischa Suda
The Boat Parties looked to be in full swing and Andy Healey had finished his wandering marina performance before the rain hit, so I thank you all for making the effort to come down to our great Club.
Our thanks also to Juliet from the Boating Department, our official photographer, you can view photos of the day here.
Club Member Ian MacWilliams has generously made a videos of the day, thanks Ian!