More than 150 people
attended the drinks reception and cake cutting, along with eight former
Commodores of the club. A special
commemorative cake was cut by the longest serving club member, and the junior
Emsworth SC is a Royal
Yachting Association (RYA) affiliated club and has produced its fair share of
Olympic contenders and national champions, currently counting more than 30
national or world titles from amongst the male, female and junior members since
2000 alone. Indeed among its most famous
scions are Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis Mountbatten and the round the world
yachtsman and record breaker, Sir Peter Blake.
reception marks the first of a
series of activities both on and off the water, including a centenary regatta,
a sailpast, a moonlight race, kayak and paddleboard fun events, an East Head
family invasion, and for the landlubbers a beer and band festival, a centenary
ball, vintage tea party, and a hard back history of the club. In addition, a new range of centenary themed
club clothing is being produced.
The juniors, who make
up more than 20% of the membership, also have a full programme of fun events
with an Emsworth millpond carnival, a swimming gala, crabbing competitions and
a sail to and BBQ on Fowley Island.
The club, which has
been at its current address since its formation, was founded by six members at
the end of World War I and has grown in popularity and strength to its current
membership of around 1600. It plays a
major role in the life of this Hampshire fishing village and its iconic
location holds fond memories for many generations of sailors.
The oldest sailing
club on Chichester Harbour, Emsworth SC is a family oriented club with a
thriving sailing and social community, with members drawn not just from the surrounding
locality but attracting families from further afield, such as Surrey and
Marking the launch,
club Commodore, Michael Geary said: “Emsworth
Sailing Club has gone from strength to strength over many generations, and I am
honoured to be leading the centenary celebrations on behalf of the members.
“It’s one of the great
sailing clubs on the South Coast, with an enviable location and a passion to
keep strong Britain’s connections with the sea.
We have a thriving sailing and social calendar, a full membership and a
flourishing youth section to encourage the next generation.
“We have a great many
activities planned, from serious racing to fun for all the family and we are
aiming to appeal across the board to as many members as possible.”
Pictured: Emsworth Sailing Club former club commodores:
(left to right) Richard Kent, Tim Goodhead (in front), Geoff Walker (behind),
Michael Geary (current commodore), Margaret Jay, Chris Clode, Marcus Lawson,
Ian McIntyre, Roger Bleasby.”