Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Henley Sailing Club

WITH the clubhouse shut up for the winter, the annual meeting was held at Henley Golf Club.

WITH the clubhouse shut up for the winter, the annual meeting was held at Henley Golf Club.

Honorary secretary Jeff Manning and his wife Jane had used the long winter evenings to polish the club’s impressive collection of silverware, representing more than 100 years of local history.

After a review of the season’s highly successful programme of activities and the state of the finances, matters moved on to presenting cups to those deserving members who had showed up come rain or shine, zephyr or gale, to compete against one another.

Having been brought back from Australia, one of the club’s earliest awarded prizes, a barometer dating from the early 1900s, is now presented as an occasional award to highlight service above and beyond the call of duty.

This year, it was given to Neville Shermer, a past Commodore (1972-3) and long-serving committee member with a long list of accomplishments over several decades.

This year also offered the chance to thank our outgoing Commodore Peta Bowyer who has worked tirelessly during her three-season term to leave office with the club in rude health in every respect.

As a token of appreciation, Peta was presented with a framed set of early 20th century photographs of members racing on the river at  Wargrave.

It was all change on the committee with stalwart Carol Stitson stepping up to Commodore.

Having been an active member for many years, Carol will no doubt bring a new impetus to the club. Amelia Huby-Green takes Carol’s previous position as sailing secretary and Wargrave resident Adam Sokolowski takes charge of training. Good luck to them all.

Here’s to another successful season’s sailing.

The club is located off Willow Lane, Wargrave. For more information, visit www.henley

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