Open Day for People with disabilities – 9th July 2016
Published 15:15 on 11 Jul 2016
With flags fluttering on a blustery day, The Royal Victoria Yacht club in Fishbourne opened its doors on Saturday 9th July 2016 for its yearly 'Open day for people with disabilities'. We have a long-standing tradition of inviting people with disabilities to enjoy a day at the RVYC. In 1995 Jane Pearson started by inviting a group of people with disabilities to the Club for a ride on some members boats. She ran the event for seven years, acquiring the boat 'Melody' and a hoist along the way with sponsorship from British Gas.
This year, over 140 guests enjoyed the day ranging in age from 5 – 91 and managed 65 trips out on the Solent. For the thrill seekers on fast Ribs that went to Osborne Bay to a Drascombe day boat pottering up Wootton Creek. The 'Spirit of Scott Bader' – a specialist wheelchair carrying yacht had the longest waiting list. It was a magnificent sight to see the catamaran in full sail with so many smiling faces on board. One guest said to "that everyone was amazingly kind".
Shoreside, guests were treated to a bbq, ice cream, cakes and tea/coffee/squash and music was provided by Bob's Basement Band. Gailforce and her team in the Club Galley was also supplying endless food, including a vegetarian choice or a full fish and chip lunch for those that wanted it. The tombola was as popular as always, and the table was practically cleared of the wine, cakes, ornaments and toys by the end of the day
The Commodore, Tony Pope welcomed local dignitaries - Robin Courage (High Sherriff), Patricia Partridge (Deputy Lord Lieutenant), Revd. Veronica Brown and Mark Persad (Wightlink Marketing Manager). They commented on what a strong community led event the Club had put on.
The organising committee Ann Capps, Rosemary Montero and Nigel Talbot were supported by over 85 volunteers onshore and the owners, skippers and crew of 10 boats lent by members and community organisations on the creek. The RVYC is indebted to event donors including The Daisy Rich Trust, PGL, Mingellas Ice Cream and Wightlink , Waitrose & The Cowes Employees Charity Fund and Round The Island Charters .
Special thanks go to Shoreside : 5 members of the Parking/Meet and Greet team, 6 members of the registration team, 5 members of the Lifejacket team, 20 members of the Shore Crew Team, 10 members of the Catering Team, 2 on Embarkation, 8 on Pontoon and a first aider. We are also indebted on the water to :
- Kat Pattison and Flying Parsnip
- Dave and Margaret Moore in Gaffer
- Steve and Fred Warren-Smith in Skippy
- Tim and Beth Blake in Whitewash
- Giles and Catharine Whitby-Smith in Stingher
- Garry Price and Kieron Blamey in Wight Cloud
- Ian Murray in TSTosterone
- Ivan Macaulay and Richard Rae in Victoria
- Kev and Marney Gibson in the Patrol Boat
- Chris Thomas in Mission Control
- John Douglas and the Disabled Sailing Association in Spirit of Scott Bader.
Invited guests were from Hazelwood House, Ventnor Physically Disabled Society, Isle of Wight Society for the Blind, Parkinson's UK (IOW branch), Newport Physically Disabled Society, Kingston Farmhouse Southern Housing (St Helena), PHAB, Plene Dean, Osteoporosis UK, Saxonbury, Overbrook, IOW Council home at 40 Venner Avenue, Royal Engineers, Cowes Physically Disabled Society and a number of individual families with disabled members.
We look forward to welcoming everyone next year !
Open Day Organising Committee - 11/7/16
Last updated 10:21 on 11 January 2018