Princess Anne makes return visit to meet Royal Lymington Yacht Club young sailors
PRINCESS Anne was welcomed to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club for her second visit in two months.
Having arrived in June to help the members mark their centenary, last week the club's royal patron was back to meet young sailors for their youth regatta week.
The Princess chatted with children on the slipway and in the club’s Balance Pond dinghy park before heading to the RLymYC pontoon.
There she named a new Lymington River Scow in honour of Jonathan Rogers, one of the founders of the club’s volunteer-led Wednesday Junior Sailing community programme which has been running over 38 years.
Club commodore Phil Lawrence said: “Our centenary youth week was a great success. It was wonderful to see so many young sailors having huge amounts of fun out on the water.
"We were delighted to welcome HRH the Princess Royal, that she took the time to speak with so many of the children, who were proud to meet her.
“We would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to help make the event such as success, both on and off the water. Many thanks also to Durlston Court School for sponsoring the event.”
This year’s Centenary Youth Week took place from 25th-28th July 2022 bringing together junior sailors for four days of racing, barbecues and fancy dress. For some it was their first taste of a regatta, with Covid-19 having stifled the event over the past few years.
The AJ Slipway Trophy was presented to Nicky Curley and Helen Erdbeer for their efforts making sure all boats rigged properly and sailors dressed appropriately.
The Lymington Yacht Haven Trophy for family team effort was awarded to the Grealish Family.
The Dr Jonathan Rogers Trophy was awarded to Anoushka Farrelley for embracing the spirit of the event and taking two new Scow crew members under her wing.
The Olivers Boat Trophy was awarded to Scarlet Masters for overall perseverance.
The Durlston Court School Trophy was awarded to Benedict Kelso for showing determination and resilience.
Gold Fleet Class 1
1st: Cameron Bignold-Kyles
2nd: Archie Munro-Price
3rd: Teo Sheffield
Gold Fleet Class 2
1st: Dirk Rogers and Jonny Rogers
2nd: Harry West and Daniel Vaughan
3rd: William Hutchinson and Louie Punton
Silver Fleet RS Teras
1st: Harriet Paley
2nd: James McStay
3rd: Philippa Paley
Silver Fleet Optimist:
1st: Rupert Garlick
2nd: Olivia Grant
3rd: Henry Finch
1st: Annabel Hutchinson, Maisie Hutchinson and Olivia McAlister
2nd: Anoushka Farrelley, Hannah Moore and Scarlet Masters
3rd: Holly Pritchard, Olivia Maguire and Florence Newbery