WEYMOUTH Sailing Club members and guests attended a dinner dance at the Hotel Prince Regent to celebrate another year’s sailing and look back on the club’s centenary year.
Guest of honour was the mayor of Weymouth and Portland, councillor Ray Banham, supported by the mayoress Pamela Nixon.
Also on the top table was Peter Allam, chief executive of the National Sailing Academy, Castle Cove commodore Richard Bow-ers, RNLI deputy launch officer David Auger and their wives.
The club’s vice-commodore Euan MacNair delivered a Rabbie Burns missive, which was wholly in keeping as it was Burns night.
After the speeches, the highlight of the evening was the prize-giving for the previous season’s exploits.
Of note was the new Scoline 200 trophy. Scoline is a Sigma 33 yacht that is joint-owned by three members whose combined age of more than 200 years decided that a trophy to encourage youth sailing would be appropriate.
Recipient was Jez Rees, former vice-commodore, who along with the co-owners of his boat Farr Out, had trained a crew of teenagers into a tight-knit, competitive team.
The commodore’s award, the Vincent Shield went to Geoff and Val Warren for their graphic design work, which contributed greatly to the success of the Heritage lottery funded Centenary Exhibition.
Weymouth Lifeboat representatives were presented with a cheque for £1,100, while a raffle with a top prize sponsored by Bussells Chandlers raised £104 for Chesil Sailability.