HPO annual dinner
The Club was packed for the event which brings together its honorary port officers from home and abroad to recognise the contribution they make to the smooth passage of Club members when visiting foreign ports.
Each HPO was asked to give a brief report on his or her area; we heard from the Turkish contingent of azure waters and balmy breezes; Cairns Burrell, our new HPO for eastern Scotland, spoke about drying harbours and a thriving sailing scene (although a little colder); Captain Roy Facey, the HPO for Yemen spoke of a recent collision between a super tanker and a cargo ship which had left one with a hole in its side 25 metres deep; Chris Collman, our Minorcan representative exhorted members to come to the classic yacht regatta in September; and Dominic O'Flynn and Wietse Buwalda our representatives from Cork, did a great double act and said they were delighted to report a one hundred per cent increase in Little Ship burgees this year having had one visitor from the Club.
Closer to home, Ken Burton of the Western Solent spoke of changes in marinas, moorings and ferries; Tom Davey from Burnham on Crouch reported an increase in upmarket wine bars at Burnham and our HPO from Falmouth told us that if it all went pear-shaped in his waters you were only 7 minutes flying time from Culdrose and close to the coastguard station that coordinates rescue at sea for the world!
Fiona French finally received the RWJ Gibbons large bowl at the dinner. Fiona, Club honorary port officer for Guernsey, was unable to receive her award for the lady member contributing most to the furtherance of yachting at the laying up supper.
Anne Le Verrier's great contribution to the Club as honorary librarian was recognised at the HPO dinner. In the photo she is seen being presented with a bouquet of flowers by the commodore, Keith Irons.
Flying the flag:
HPO liaison officer Chris Nicholson (left) hands over an HPO burgee to
Rod Bennett, newly appointed representative for Falmouth