RUYC Templeton Robinson Regatta 2018

Posted: 15/6/2018

RUYC REGATTA: Note from the Rear Commodore

The Regatta on Saturday 9th June was a great success. The Club was at its very best in the brilliant summer sunshine, there was a good turnout on the water and there was even a  half decent sailing breeze.  This year, the Vice Commodore’s reception and buffet lunch was held on Regatta day and guests included the newly-installed Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Richard Smart, Councillor Ian Henry, the Naval Officer Commanding Northern Ireland, Robert Milligan, the Flag Officers of neighbouring yacht clubs and several past RUYC Flag Officers. The spectacle from the terrace of the Gloucester Room was indeed impressive, with lots of activity afloat and the lawns colourful with the members and guests enjoying themselves. The display by the two biplanes and their wing walkers was an unexpected bonus. When the racing crews arrived and the marquee filled up, everyone seemed to be having a great time.


The Vice Commodore and I would like to congratulate and thank our staff, the caterers, Michael Frend and his volunteer helpers who erected the marquee (very kindly loaned to us by the Army), Sailing Secretary Jim Coffey and all his team ashore and afloat, Brenda Lindsay and her flower girls, and the ladies who brought tray-bakes for the Regatta afternoon tea. We would also like to thank Templeton Robinson for sponsoring the event and their Director, Judith Gilchrist, for presenting the prizes. Congratulations to all the prizewinners, a list of whom will appear shortly on the website. Many others helped with the Regatta and our thanks go to all.


The Club was extraordinarily busy all weekend, with the celebration of the life of Joyce Beattie on Friday attracting more than two hundred guests, then the Regatta on Saturday, followed by the regular Sunday buffet, which is always a sell-out. Our Club Manager and her staff coped with all the pressure admirably and with good humour.


Ed Wheeler.

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