The event was part of the RYA's national aim to promote sailing to the nation and show support for our Olympic and Paralymic sailors before the London 2012 Games. The day was also a great opportunity for Premier Berth Holders to come together and have fun on and off the water. Participants even 'dressed' their own boats with colourful flags and bunting to add to the spectacle on the water!
Plus, to help mark this special occasion, sailing expert, Tom Cunliffe also joined Berth Holders on the water - he even hopped onto some Berth Holders' boats to talk about all things boating and give advice! One Berth Holder said, "It was a honor to have Tom on board my boat. He is so knowledgeable, funny and down to earth!"
Berth Holders from Brighton Marina 'cruised' or 'sailed' to a way point off Beachy Head to meet Berth Holders from Sovereign Harbour who were also taking part in the event.
RYA Active Marina Co-ordinator, Peter Towner said, "The event at Sovereign Harbour was a huge success! Over 20 boats came together at Beachy Head and a lot of them had made a really good effort with dressing their boats - it was wonderful to see. What's more, everyone was in high spirits and the great weather was the cherry on the cake!"
Ashore, all Berth Holders enjoyed a reception barbeque courtesy of Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club and in the evening, everyone who took part in the cruise made their way to Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club for a meal and an after-dinner speech by Tom Cunliffe. Prizes for the 'best dressed boats' were presented to the winners. Prizes included a meal for four at Frankie & Benny's and a meal for two at The Ganges at The Waterfront, Sovereign Harbour. The RYA also gave away a 'Solent and Approaches' Folio of Charts. Berth Holders chatted together and enjoyed music and dancing until late.