On Saturday 21 June, at the end of a fiercely competitive and strangely sunny week of racing, the 707 crews and Club members came together for a celebratory dinner and prizegiving at the Ghillie Dhu.
After a welcome drink at the start:
and a good meal, the Master of Ceremonies, Patrick Carnie, waited to get peoples’ attention:
The Commodore, Mark Primrose, then spoke briefly to thank all of the competitors, the sponsors and the many club volunteers who made the whole event possible. The audience were mostly attentive:The prizegiving itself roused enthusiastic support from the crews as their skippers went up to collect their prizes:
First prize, went to the crew of Cacciatore, seen here with their trophy, presented by Charlie Younger (on the right) for the sponsors Rathbones
The winning skipper, RFYC’s Stewart Robertson, gave a witty speech in reply:
Fortunately much of his long speech i.e. thanking everybody, had already been said and he was able to humorously skim over much of that multi-page prepared missive.
The evening then settled down to a period of fun and laughter:
Which went on till 3 a.m for the stalwarts and stout hearted, though some of us, shall we say more mature members, drifted away well before midnight.
All in all it was a fitting end to a very successful event.