Opening Day 2019

Opening Day for the 167th sailing season at Royals was a fun filled, festive day for all.

Mayor of Williamstown, Cr Jonathon Marsden, opened our Royals Timeline which spans our history from 1900 – 2020 and has made a huge impact on our entry hall. Congratulations to Ann Goodwin and the Archives Committee on a wonderful and informative display. Thanks also to Hobsons Bay City Council who provided a grant to support the project.

The opening ceremony followed and Commodore John Duffin welcome everyone before Rev. Marg Goddard blessed the fleet. Rear Commodore Sailing Jane Richards fired the cannon signifying the opening of the sailing season and the Burgee was broken out by our junior club captains, Maddie Scambary-Speller and Tim Ronchi.

The Rats of Tobruk piped us onto water and members and crew went to their boats to prepare for the Sail Past while our guests were kindly entertained aboard Macanudo with Michael Neumann at the helm.

This year, the Novice Skippers’ Race had a strong field of 12 entries. Congratulations to Oscar Kirkpatrick on Vertigo who came first followed by Ava Schofield on Galatea and Guy Thomas on Kookaburra.

Following the sailing, “After Dark” played on the deck, entertaining members and their families into the evening. Altogether, it was a great opening day enjoyed my many.

Thank you Damian Paull for the great photos.