On Saturday 16 October the Club will open the 125th year with the annual Sailing Season Opening Day. While a lot has changed in 125 years for Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Opening Day remains as a celebration of Club activities. It is a fun day on the water with an open invitation to members of other Clubs to join in the racing and a focus on the social side with the Club known for its friendly hospitality.
For the year 1903, the Club history book mentions that only five races filled the season with few boats competing, but that Opening Day was a different story. “The Club’s opening regatta was held on the King’s birthday, when all races were open to members of affiliated clubs. A large concourse of yachts and launches assembled at the Club’s premises, and the officers of kindred clubs were entertained by Commodore A Sherwood and Vice Commodore Miller in a manner which amply verified the Clubs reputation for jovial hospitality. Two yacht races were held… Numerous minor aquatic sporting events were held during the day, which were both interesting and amusing and served to make up a good regatta program.”