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2019 Season Opening Day Recap & Photos

Opening Day 2019

Proceedings commenced with Vice Commodore Greg Marino introducing a smoking ceremony in Catani Gardens conducted by William Pepper from the Boon Wurrung Foundation.  This was a first for RMYS and for most of those who attended and participated, everyone agreed it was an interesting and enriching experience.

 

75 people then went upstairs to the Harbour Room to enjoy a magnificent two course lunch and important formalities.  Commodore Charles Meredith presented Kristen Buckland with Club Member of the Year. This recognised Kristen’s outstanding effort in leading the AWKR committee to produce and manage the biggest and best AWKR in its 29 years. Junior Vice Captain Aurora Davey read “Sea Fever” before City of Port Phillip Mayor Dick Gross, assisted by Councillor Andrew Bond, pulled the cord to unfurl the burgee and the new season was declared open with much applause.

 

35 boats headed out in a light south westerly and gathered around Killara to commence the traditional Sail Past.  The official vessel was the beautiful timber motorboat Kinross and the line of boats passing astern was fantastic and included the juniors in Quests, motorboats, classics and yachts of all shapes and sizes.  Commodore Charles received three cheers from all boats with Mayor Dick’s enthusiast support.

 

The pace picked up at 1630 with live music in the bar and a complimentary drink for all those participating in the Sail Past.  The members bar was full of wonderful atmosphere, fun and friendship, as Red Book footage indicated some dancers were soon on the floor.

 

As with all events we will review each element to ensure as many members as possible enjoy this important occasion.

 

Have a fantastic season!

 

Matt Solly

William Pepper, Elder of the Boon Wurrung traditional people of the East side of Port Phillip preparing for the smoking ceremony. Photo source Peter Chapman
Commodore Charles Meredith participating in the smoking ceremony.
Photo source Peter Chapman
The smoking ceremony was for all ages
Photo source Peter Chapman
Vice Commodore Greg Marino, Master of Ceremonies for the day.
Photo source Peter Chapman
Club Member of the Year 2019 – Kristen Buckland awarded for leadership of the Australian Womens Keelboat Regatta committee. Photo source Peter Chapman
Junior Squad Captain Aurora Davey presents ‘Sea Fever’ Photo source Peter Chapman
City of Port Phillip Mayor, Dick Gross (right) & Councillor Bond unveil the Squadron Burgee which officially opens the 144th sailing season. Photo source Peter Chapman
Club member of the year 2019 Kristen Buckland with Comm. Charles & V. Comm Greg.
Photo source Peter Chapman
Club member of the year 2019 Kristen Buckland with Comm Charles.
Photo source Peter Chapman
Official Party on board MV Kinross with Mayor Dick Gross & Commodore Charles acknowledging the salutes.
Photo source Peter Chapman
Rear Commodore Rick Matthews flew his burgee on Sugoi.
Photo source Peter Chapman
Club Captain Monica Jones brought her extended family to sail on Salamanda III.
Photo by Peter Chapman
Liberator – Andrew English.
Photo source Peter Chapman
Morning Watch – Bryon Jackson
Photo source Peter Chapman
Exocet – Max Nankervis. Photo source Peter Chapman
XIT Strategy – GC member Mark Grinter. Photo by Peter Chapman
Siren – David Kelly. Photo source Peter Chapman
Post sail past entertainment – Glenn Wee. Photo source Peter Chapman
Members rocking on!! Photo source Peter Chapman
Image source Matt Solly
Image source Matt Solly
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Image source Matt Solly
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Vagabond – Image source Matt Solly
Dolphins on the day – Image source M & P Sutton
Dolphins on the day – Image source M & P Sutton
Dolphins on the day – Image source M & P Sutton