HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Published 09:44 on 12 Apr 2021
We were all deeply saddened at the news of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and I am sure you will wish to join the Commodore and Flag Officers as we mourn the passing of this extraordinary man. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this time.
The club ensign will be flown at half-mast until 0800 on the day after the funeral.
The Duke of Edinburgh had a great love of sailing, having started while at Gordonstoun School. He sailed his Dragon Bluebottle (a gift on his marriage from the Island Sailing Club), for a number of years. The Duke was also a friend of boat designer and sailor, Uffa Fox and they frequently raced the famous Flying Fifteen keelboat, Coweslip, and had great success.
In 1962, His Royal Highness visited Fishbourne to open our new premises. Having officially opened the club, he entertained several members in the 'snug' (gentlemen only!).
In July 1965, HM The Queen and Prince Philip paid an official visit to the Island. The principle event was to instal Lord Mountbatten as Governor of the Isle of Wight, the ceremony being held at Carisbrooke Castle. The Royal party then toured several Island towns and the only visit to a private venue was to RVYC's building in Ryde.
The Island's Lord Lieutenant has posted a personal tribute on her website, which you can read here.
As a former President of the RYA, there is a wonderful tribute to his life, which you can read here.
Last updated 13:01 on 11 May 2021