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Princess Anne helps Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate 100th birthday



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THE Royal Lymington Yacht Club welcomed the Princess Royal to its centenary celebration on Saturday.

The club, of which Princess Anne is patron, hosted a regatta and Après Sail Festival at its Bath Road base and on the adjacent recreation ground to mark 100 years since its formation.

Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57414996)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57414996)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415010)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415010)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415012)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415012)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415018)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415018)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415020)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415020)

As well as the royal visit, the members-only event included hay bale hurdle races, and live music from 1960s cover band Carnaby Army and R&B group JG & the Ultimates.

Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415022)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415022)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415028)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415028)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415050)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415050)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415068)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415068)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415056)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415056)

Club members headed out onto the water in flotillas of yachts, dinghies, motorboats and paddle craft to take part in a variety of racing and cruising events throughout the day.

A fleet review took place on the Solent, with sailing yachts and motorboats on anchor near the club’s starting platform, along with a colourful display of pottering Lymington River Scows.

Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415074)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415074)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415076)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415076)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415082)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415082)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415086)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415086)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415090)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415090)

A number of members’ yachts were dressed for the occasion, and the club’s youngest members joined fun sailing activities on Oxey Lake.

Back at the group’s headquarters there were festival-style celebrations, with music, dancing, bars, a barbecue and paella stall.

Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415094)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415094)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415100)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415100)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415110)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415110)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415114)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415114)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415118)
Princess Anne helped the Royal Lymington Yacht Club celebrate its 100th anniversary on 18th June 2022 (picture: Steve West) (57415118)

Family games included a tug of war and the Yellow Welly Throw, and the Centenary Haybale Games hosted by George Heathcote featuring obstacle, hurdle and relay races for children and adults.

Wightlink’s ferries between Lymington and Yarmouth flew the pennant of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club to mark the occasion.

They flew next to the Red Ensign on the masts of Wight Light and Wight Sky as they cross the western Solent making up to 15 round-trips a day.

Steve Harridge from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club joins Captain Phil Husband to hoist the club’s pennant on the mast of Wight Light (57425452)
Steve Harridge from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club joins Captain Phil Husband to hoist the club’s pennant on the mast of Wight Light (57425452)

Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield said: “We have been friendly neighbours on the Lymington River for 100 years.

"We are delighted to join the celebrations by flying the club’s pennants.”



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