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OPENING DAY 2017
On Sunday 12 November Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club staged its 55th Opening Day for the 2017/2018 sailing season.
The Club was blessed with delightful sunny weather and a healthy attendance of invited guests and Club members came to Sand Island to celebrate the occasion.
All enjoyed the convivial atmosphere and hospitality of the Club in the Bar prior to the Opening Ceremony, with old acquaintances renewed and new friendships started.
Once the ceremony commenced, Commodore Richard Lowe welcomed guests and members and was followed by Vice Commodore Chris Laker who was most pleased to present a donation for $3,000 to Tony Featherston, General Manager of Cottage By The Sea. QCYC has now donated in excess of $100,000 to CBTS since the Club’s inception in 1963.
LCDR Tristan Heritier of HMAS Cerberus officially opened the season and unfurled the Australian flag and Club pennant to the sound of Les Dusting firing the cannon. It was a particular pleasure to have Tristan and his young family attend the function and the suggested prospect of the QCYC and Cerberus Sailing Club combining to stage races off Queenscliff is most appealing.
Rev Peter Martin was again generous enough to participate in the ceremony and to bless the fleet, complete with throwing the wooden cross from the wharf into the water.
To close the ceremony Commodore Richard Lowe was pleased to announce the results of the Goorangai Race, staged on the preceding day from Brighton to Queenscliff. Ian Staley sailing Dream Catcher was the handicap winner, with Imagine skippered by Vice Commodore Chris Laker second and John Raff sailing Kate third. It was the second year in a row that Chris had come second by 6 seconds on handicap in the race.
Guests and members were then invited to enjoy lunch in the Clubhouse, while listening to Steve Murphy’s jazz band playing late into the afternoon.
The occasion was an excellent start to the season.
Photos are now available in the Gallery, thanks to Club Captain Mike Phelan.
Commodore Richard Lowe