Jump on your boat and sail past your Commodore to offer a salute! Then gather at the club for happy hour and a pig roast!
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: (please check back)
3:30 - 4:30pm: Meet & Organize for Sail Past
5 - 6pm: Happy Hour
6 - 7:30pm: Dinner
Menu: BBQ Pork, BBQ Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Salads/Vegetable Dishes, Baked Beans, Buns, Dessert.
Cost: $15 per person, $20.00 for non-members
RSVP REQUIRED BY JUNE 16 - pay at the door.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: email Sonya
Setup/Cleaning on Friday, June 23
Cleanup on Sunday, June 25
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 since its conception, come out and enjoy this event, meet new members, and maybe see some old friends.