Our gentlemen looked so smart in their jackets and ties, especially as we normally see them in their sailing togs or more recently in antifouling overalls! And of course the ladies as usual were looking their best. We spent a convivial time at the bar catching up with friends we had not seen for some time, before moving to the recently decorated Upper Deck where we enjoyed a very nice three course meal served by our staff. 40 members of the Yacht Section attended the Annual Dinner, and on this occasion, we had no speaker or entertainment, but judging from the lively chatter, a good evening was had by all. Thank you to Andy, Tom and your team for good food and service. David Roberts, our Rear Commodore welcomed us including some new members, and reminded us that the Cruising Season begins next weekend with the Easter Cruise, and there are still spaces on many of the cruises so people should sign up soon. He also mentioned that the informal Yachtie Ladies group were meeting the following morning to practise on VHF radios, and learn about first aid at sea. Also, the final lecture of the winter on 8 April, will be a talk from the Deputy Harbour Master of Chichester Harbour. Don’t forget that members of the Yacht Section continue to meet throughout the summer if they are not away sailing, on the second Friday of each month from 6.30pm. This is an opportunity to meet like-minded members for a chin wag and to exchange ideas about boat maintenance and new places to explore on the water. We look forward to seeing old and new members there.
– by Helen Jupp