Last Friday and Saturday a group of volunteers, led by the Club’s Archive Committee Chairperson Ann Goodwin rolled up their sleeves and pulled out our Club archives. Their objective was to identify boats and sailors pictured from the 1950’s through to the 1990’s that have been stored away, gathering dust in the designated storage container. Over the two day period, photos were displayed in the library and committee room, and more than a dozen members made an appearance to assist, including some Club members who have previously volunteered on the sub-committee.
One of the photos found was attached to the back of a framed photo, of a boat named ‘Defiance’. It had no date, which posed the question whether the men pictured had sailed with Defiance in the 1950’s. It took six different volunteers to confirm the names of the four sailors, shown with the two RGYC officials in the photo – taken after racing in the Advertiser Cup.
Another photograph of the yacht ‘Southerly’ taken after the clubhouse fire in 1970 was identified by many visitors too. Charles Treleaven had sailed on this yacht in 1967. Sail numbers on yachts in a photo from the mid 1970’s elicited more details from Doug Shields about ‘Deliverance’ with sail number R6. Photos of racing yachts from 1990’s with a sail number visible, helped our volunteers to estimate the year of the photo, the boat owner and crew. Yachts identified were ‘Valiance XI’, ‘Hulabaloo’ and ‘Cash Flow’.
This is only a preliminary report on the two day event. All the gathered information will be collated and filed on the archive shelves in the storage container.
Thank you to those volunteers who assisted, and also to those who made more donations of archival material over the weekend.
With 165 years of history, there is still plenty of work to be done, so if you’re able to assist the Archives Sub-Committee in anyway, please contact the office.