We were delighted to be joined for drinks on board and supper by so many charming supporters; thank you to Brigadier Johnny Walker (51-59) and his wife Sue; Trevor Llewelyn (72-79) and Louise; Martin Godfrey (42-48) and Bernie; Nigel Barnwell (52-61) and Isobel; Alastair Capon (73-80) joined by Michelle; Tim Soare (01-08) and Rosie. Amusing speeches, many awards for gallantry before the mast, good food, Friday morning was a gentle motor back to the Hamble. Thanks to all skippers and crew for giving up their time and expertise so willingly, especially Jemima Lofts, Music Teacher and Damian King for their organisational skills and good humour. GrahamNicholls, Commodore Round the Island Race 2016 The Round the Island Race is the most famous challenge in the UK yachting calendar. Peter Leggett was joined by Alastair Capon (73-80) who ran the ASS team for the Arrow Trophy, Ollie Light, Samantha Flint, and Mike Donnely. Saturday 2nd July the day of the race was forecast with challenging conditions. We had one close encounter with another boat when she missed the team’s yacht by less than a foot.
Finally we crossed the line. 8 hours and 21 minutes of hard sailing made easy by the expert guidance of Olly and Sam and the excellent team work from the crew. The ISC handicap system corrected our time to 7 hours 48 minutes and that put us very firmly in 1st place for our division. We were all elated. Secretary’s Notes In late January we held our AGM and winter lunch at the school. Fifty four members and wrens made it a record number, our Admiral (the Master) presented the David Emms Plate to Alex Langley (98-03) for his outstanding contribution to the Society over the past twenty years. Alex started sailing with the Society whilst at the school and started crewing in 2000. The Archie Shaw Cup was awarded to Mark Richmond for his helming the Arrow Trophy yacht to three successes and The Tony Pendry Cup was awarded to Haken Digby on the last night of the Boys Sail Training Week, as the boy showing the most aptitude during the week. Our Commodore of the past three years, Graham Nicholls, will be standing down at our next AGM and Peter Leggett will be taking command for Here’s to next year. Peter Leggett
the following three. Graham who has been involved with the Society for the past thirty odd years and has taken part in all but two or three BSTW and his input over the past few years has been most invaluable. The BSTW will take place from Sunday 9 July to 14 July 2017, with 13 July being the last night supper at the Island Sailing Club, again all are welcome. Notification of all the above will be sent out in due course, for further information on other events and sailing ventures please go the ASS Facebook page and the website. My thanks to the Committee for their continued support, to Graham Nicholls for his countenance and advice throughout his term in office, the Brigadier, Johnny Walker for being on hand at the BSTW and for support throughout the year. The help of the Alleyn Club and Friends of Dulwich is invaluable. Without their input none of the above would be achievable. Final thanks to our Admiral who allows us to continue to take boys out on the water to participate in an activity that can be challenging and difficult whilst fun and rewarding.
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