Lyme Regis Sailing Club continues centenary celebrations with sail past

LYME Regis Sailing Club was blessed with spectacular sunshine at its recent 100th anniversary sail past.

Although there wasn’t much wind for sailing, the weather made for a spectacular sight as dozens of dinghies and cruisers, accompanied by two of the town’s gigs, the lifeboat crew and harbourmaster, made their way onto the water.

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell, and wife Carola, with the Mayor and Mayoress of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian and Wendy Larcombe

They each sailed past a boat of special guests, including Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell, and his wife Carola, the Mayor and Mayoress of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian and Wendy Larcombe, and sailing club commodore Rob Wiscombe.

Guests then returned to dry land where the celebrations continued with speeches and toasts.

The mayor spoke about the history of the club, having learnt more about it in its special centenary book ‘The First 100 Years’ compiled by Hilton Davies, and its important role in the life of the town.

The celebrations were attended by Ray Smith, an inaugural member of Lyme Regis Gig Club, who is 101 years old – five months older than the sailing club.

Meanwhile, the club’s keen members remained on the water and battled the lack of wind to take part in the annual Bart’s Bash races, an annual national event held in memory of Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE, to raise funds for the Andrew Simpson Foundation which supports sailing projects across the globe.

A collection for the charity was also held back at the clubhouse.

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