Good morning everyone
The Commodore’s sail past will take place on the morning of Sunday 6th September. Can you please add your name to the list in the clubhouse, or let Terry-Vice Commodore know by email email@example.com if you intend to take part and also confirm, for catering purpose, how many people you will have on board.
It is a Yacht Club tradition that as many boats as possible take part in this spectacular annual event where members can show their appreciation to both the Club and the Commodore.
There will be a Jazz Band playing on the decking and a Photographer to capture the atmosphere who will photograph your boat and crew as you sail past.
Exact timings will follow in due course but it is likely that boats will start leaving the marina at around 11.20am.
If you are unable to take part in the sail past itself but intend to come to the club to watch can you also please advise Terry accordingly.
For any new members who may not be familiar with “what happens” on this very important club event, here is a brief outline of history and traditions that you may find helpful.
The Sailpast is a long standing tradition honoured by many yacht clubs all over the world.
The actual “review of the fleet” is steeped in more than 600 years of Royal Navy tradition and history and was introduced in Yacht Clubs as a continuation of the Naval habit of having Admirals (and/or Royalty) review the fleet on special occasions. Protocol demanded that a flagship be anchored (moored) with the Admiral and staff on the quarterdeck to receive and return the salute. Vessels sailed past, dipping their colours in salute, and with their captain also saluting with the ship’s company standing at attention. The Vice Admiral would lead the fleet passing in review and the final vessel in the line would carry the Rear Admiral.
Our Yacht club tradition is almost identical, except that the salute is received by the Commodore instead of the Admiral and the salute is delivered by the passing boat by dipping its ensign. All of the crew on the saluting boat stands at attention facing the Commodore who is the only one to salute by hand. Boats initially go upstream in a line from the marina, turn round at Queen's Eyot (by Bray Marina) and then travel back past the clubhouse where the Commodore takes the salute. Boats then turn round in 'the Pool' before mooring back in the marina. Organising boats to leave their moorings is done over the radio.
Protocol dictates that the flagship (Commodore’s boat) only may be dressed (strung with bunting and flags) as it is considered the ultimate honour and mark of respect.
However, as is the TWYC tradition, the Commodore respectfully requests that all participating boats sail past 'dressed overall' with signal flags and bunting if they have them. Signal flags and bunting are NOT essential in order to take part in the special day so please join in and enjoy the day. The more boats that take part the greater the spectacle.
WHAT TO WEAR:
All participants are encouraged to wear full regalia including blazers, ties and whites where possible, otherwise smart dress is appropriate.
THE DAY OF THE SAILPAST:
We'll send out further information regarding the procedure for the day nearer the time.