We were promised a brisk AGM and Arthur is a man of his word. He is also a man of action, holding little or no truck with meetings. As he explained, he came as part of a job lot with Chris Nolan as Assistant Fleet Captain and Sheena Cosens as Fleet Treasurer so there was not much point in lots of raising and lowering of hands, so we didn't and, having voted them in en bloc, got onto more exciting things...
We then considered the programme for next year...expanded, improved and refined on this year's exciting model then it was off to dinner and the Prize Giving, made memorable by the inclusion of new prizes which are also newly-aquired artefacts of particular historical interest to the Club.
The Club has added three trophies to its collection. Two of them, now named 'The Malista Bowl' and 'The Malista Salver', were originally presented in 1908 and 1909 when the headquarters of RCYC had moved to Port Victoria and the Burnham branch was based in a clubhouse at Prior's Wharf.
The third new trophy is now called 'The Wizard Cup' and was won by Wizard, East Coast One Design no 7, in 1930. By that time the clubhouse at Port Victoria was no longer in existence and RCYC was based in the building which still stands next door to us, 'The Old Clubhouse'. This came about because of the move from Prior's Wharf and an amalgamation with the Eastern Yacht Club in 1911.
In 1930 the main discussion point was whether to build our current clubhouse so it is fanciful to imagine that the first winners of 'The Wizard trophy' would have seen the new clubhouse rising inside its scaffolding...
These trophies are not only beautiful pieces of silverware, they are also key artefacts in the history of RCYC and its move from one site to another. RCYC is most grateful to John Ellison who made the donation so that they ended up in their original home.
Back to the Prizegiving...
RCYC Cruising Fleet Prizes 2013
The Wizard TrophyThe two Opening Muster races - Robert & Tracy Coyle - Clara
The Swallowtail TrophyTwo offshore races - Graham & Sue King - Quick Reflex
Mitchell MugFor best Motorboat Cruise from Burnham to Oxford - Ant & Sue Law - Beach Hut
The David Eagling Memorial TrophyLen & Amanda Cole Amanda Louise ll
The Thistle TankardThe Three Pubs Race - Alistair & Wendy Wilson - Eclipse
The Missing Link!For when it all goes mysteriously wrong... - Chris Goodfellow - Nightsong
Stubbs Challenge CupFor the Best Log - Sue and Graham King - Quick Reflex
The Malista BowlFor Longest Cruise Round Britain - Chris Goodfellow - Nightsong
The Malista SalverThe Captain's Prize for Cruising - John & Sue Hardy - Jack
It was a tasty meal, a light-hearted prize giving, good company but above all (with reference to the Fleet Captain who said, "It's supposed to be fun!") - it was, good fun! Thanks, Arf!