by Richard Crockett
While rummaging through my archives looking for a specific pic, I came across a file marked “RCYC Opening Cruise” – and in it were some interesting old pics which I have decided to share with you today.
There are few words to these as most I cannot identify due to there being no caption on them. Some were dated 1959, and others 1960 or later.
So my challenge to the ever increasing band of followers is to please take a careful look at them to see if anyone can identify the boats and their names, and of course the people depicted. This should keep you busy for the weekend! If you can please respond to this post or E-Mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
While searching for info myself, I found the following report (abridged to keep it pertinent) in the 1960 issue of SA Yachting from the May/June issue, of the RCYC Opening Cruise.
Royal Cape Yacht Club
The season opened with a short cruise on Table Bay on the afternoon of Saturday, April 2. A fresh north-westerly was blowing and there was a moderate swell; conditions which led to our official guests, the Lady Mayor, Mrs. Newton-Thompson, the Mayoress, Mrs. Victor Hugo, the American Consul, the Port Captain and Harbour Engineer and others receiving a wetting – an introduction to the sport for our Mayor which damped her person but not her spirits.
The Mayoress, Mrs. Victor Hugo, presented the trophies for the past season. lvor Jameson in ‘Parergon III’ and Ronnie Chedburn in ‘Windsong’ the most successful in the displacement classes, and Gordon Burn-Wood in the dinghy classes.
The burgees of the flag officers (Jack Nosworthy, Commodore: Ronnie Chedburn, Vice Commodore; and Gordon Burn-Wood (Rear Commodore) were then wet – with beer.