On Saturday 2 June, as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, our Patron, HRH The Princes Royal, paid us a visit.
On arrival at the Club she was received by welcomed by the Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Councillor Frank Ross, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Provost who presented the Commodore and the Vice Commodore to HRH.
At a reception in the Club lounge she met over 70 members and special guests, moving among them, greeting each of them personally and having a few words with them. Even the youngsters were spoken to. The Lord Provost also moved among the groups in the room and spoke to them.
Skippers and crews of the boats then had to slip away to get their boats out into Wardie Bay whilst HRH unveiled a plaque commemorating the visit and the Anniversary. She then met some of the Cadets who had rigged a Topper on the patio area.
Making her way down to the pontoons she received a Guard of Honour from the Leith Sea Cadets, who are associated with the Club, before embarking on HMS Royal Archer to sail out into Wardie Bay to take the salute of the Parade of Sail.
Although the day was heavily overcast, the fog had lifted and though a very grey day (as can be seen form the photos which follow) the rain held off. Some 30 boats then sailed past, dipping their ensigns in salute or doffing their caps in the smaller boats. Most of the boats were RFYC but we had invited FCYC boats to join us and it was a great parade of boats of all sizes, from a 32 ft Contessa to a 12 ft Twinkle.
After sail-past and the departure of our Patron, there was a celebration of the visit in RFYC’s lounge with the bar open and food available. There was a lively buzz about the place which went on for some time.
Photos of the boats mustering and the Parade (by David Penny):