175th Anniversary Celebrations

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We want some FUN to celebrate the Dodransbicentennial Anniversary of our Club and FUN we shall have. We are planning a few momentous events rather than many small ones. So don’t miss anything, keep up to date by checking back regularly.

Details of planned events are outlined below. Further details on specific events, where available, are to the left of the screen.

If you have any questions, queries or ideas, please contact us at events@rsgyc.ie.

The first event of our celebrations took place in February, a sell-out dinner followed by a light-hearted talk by three of our illustrious members, Larry Martin, Vincent Delany and Ian Roberts on the History of our Club. Stories about the development of the Club, what did happen and what did not, lead to a great debate later in the bar as views were expressed and memories refreshed or contradicted. A great night was had by all.

There will be a second dinner in the autumn on the Treasures in our Club. More later.

Our next events will be in May; on Saturday 18th May we will hold aTeam Racing ‘Reunion’ to mark the 175th Anniversary and the arrival of a new fleet of fireflies. RSGYC teams from the 70’s onwards will take on an away team led by our friends in West Kirby Sailing Club who already have a strong contingent signed up to cross the Irish Sea. 3 on 3 Team Racing will take place in small keelboats and fireflies with a dinner to follow on Saturday night. A chance to renew old rivalries and share old stories. Can the home team win this clash of the ages? John Sheehy is leading on this.

The big sailing event is a Cruise-in-Company. On Saturday 1st June the fleet will convene in Howth for an opening dinner in Howth Yacht Club, by kind permission. And we want a real fleet. Not the usual old sea dogs who disappear over the horizon and talk to us about their travels over dinner during the winter. No. This is for all the boats that can sail to Howth – Glens, Shipmans, Squibs, Ruffians, etc. And let the “accompanying persons” travel over by DART to join the FUN. Please do not miss the start of this major event. The cruise will go on to Carlingford, Bangor, (dinner at the Royal Ulster Yacht Club!) and Portaferry. John Bourke, Brían MacManus and Dennis Wood are in charge here.

Justin McKenna, aided and abetted by Dennis Wood, is organising a Royal St. George 175th Anniversary Members’ Choir for performances on Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th November. Watch out for Justin rounding up our sweet-voiced Members. This is another unique event not to be missed. It is hoped that this will become an annual event.

The last event planned is a Masked Costume Ball on Saturday 30th November. This is going to lift the roof off the Club. We want to see our anniversary year go out with a bang. We are delighted that The Mick Walsh Band will provide the music for dancing and entertainment, as only they can do. Dinner will be served in the Dining Room and, to accommodate everyone, more food will be served in the Club Room. There will be lots more information nearer the time. Michael Buckley, Gena Walker, Gina Liuzzi, Shane O’Loughlin are developing this one.

Our 175th Anniversary will also be the theme of the usual wonderful annual events in our Club, such as the St. George’s Day Dinner, the Regatta, the Wine Tour that Keith MacCarthy-Morrogh is organising for September to Burgundy and anything else to which we can add a bit of FUN.

Brían MacManus is masterminding our Gathering contribution and we shall be inviting all our reciprocal Clubs to visit us this year, as well as our Overseas Members.

The special merchandise designed for this special year with the logo you see above is now on display in the Club and we hope you will invest in it and enjoy it – Details at reception@rsgyc.ie.

Let us know what you think and we hope you will enjoy your celebrations.

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