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Commodore Sail Past

Commodore Sail Past

12:30pm arrival at HYC, with a return to the docks around 4pm.

The afternoon will close with the traditional wine and cheese social. 

History of the Sail Past:

The sail past tradition began at the first Yacht Club that was formed at Cowes in England nearly 200 years ago. The membership at Cowes was primarily aristocratic and many were familiar with naval practice and tradition. Cowes Yacht Club subsequently changed its name to the Royal Yacht Squadron and certain social graces were added to the traditional naval practices.

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 with the Admiral and staff on the quarterdeck to receive and return the salute. Vessels sailed past, dipping their colors 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.

This has been an on going tradition of our Yacht Club tradition since its conception, come out and enjoy this event, meet new members, and maybe see some old friends.

Earlier Event: August 20
Harrison Cup Race
Later Event: September 24
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2016