Hornet News

The Commodore's Dinner and the Commodore's Cup

The 2021 Award

This year’s Commodore’s Dinner was held on Friday 21st May. 48 members and guests enjoyed excellent cuisine presented by our chef, John Oyaro and Melissa Dear i/c front of house and their teams. Anyone interested who missed out can download the menu below.

After dinner we were treated to a wide ranging, varied and interesting speech from the Commodore, Richard Stokes. He included items from Wind in the Willows’ Ratty’s idea of why we enjoy messing about in boats; Hornet’s heritage and the Club today. He reflected on the life, the character and the sad demise of Prince Philip. In talking about his own plans for sailing this season and the difficulty achieving any sailing during the pandemic, he introduced the presentation of the Commodores Cup. He talked of a couple who, despite the pandemic, achieved a round Britain cruise.

He said, ”After launching on 9 Jul, they set off just 2 days later, for the Isles of Scilly. After a few days there, they headed up the Irish Sea towards the IoM, but a Force 7 prompted a change of plan and a call into Porthcress, Arklow, Ireland, having swapped the Blue ensign defaced with an Army burgee for a red one! From Porthcress, they made for Bangor, then Campbeltown, Lamlash on Arran, Bute and then Rhu Marina. Where it rained, and rained, and rained. This was Scotland of course, in early August. After just 48 hrs, they restarted their adventure, going back to Bute, Loch Ranza, and Campbeltown, and then on to Port Ellen on Islay. Unfortunately the ‘Whisky Bar of the Year 2019 was closed, so they had to drink beer instead. They left Islay on 9 Aug, and then moved to Loch Tarbert on Jura, Tinkers Hole on Iona, Tobermory on Mull, and then to Oban and Fort William to start the journey up the flight of locks that is Neptune’s staircase and into Loch Ness, and on to Inverness. On 24 Aug, they set off for the long trip South… all was going swimmingly until 2245, when they lost steering and the wheel completely locked up. They’d got caught in lobster lines. After call to the Coastguard, and visits by at least 2 lifeboats - they were finally cut free from 2 lobster pots. They then made their way to Grimsby, and after a few days R&R, set off on their final leg, arriving back at Hornet on 1 Sept. They’d spent 7 weeks away and had a proper adventure.

But beyond this adventure, they are also our Social Secretaries - boundless energy, unending ideas, and a bottomless dressing up box, they run everything from meat raffles to mess dinners, and everything in between. One of them was the part of the team that produced our safety video, and the other I’ve even seen helping with keeping the gardens straight.

On behalf of all of the members, well done, and a very sincere, thank you.”

“For seamanship, for sailing adventures and for services to the club” he presented the Commodore’s Cup to Rowena and Tim Heale