2017 OPYC update

The OPYC was indebted to the Royal Yacht Squadron for allowing it to hold the Old Pangbournian RYS members and Yacht Club Centenary Dinner on the Platform of the RYS in June,” reports OPYC Vice Commodore Merrick Rayner (68-73).  “OPYC members were also allowed to moor their boats in the private Haven Marina of the RYS over the weekend.

We had an extremely successful event with 76 people attending the dinner. Alderman the Lord Mountevans of Chelsea (Jeffrey Evans 61-66) and Lady Juliet Evans were GOH and other notable guests were the Headmaster, Thomas Garnier, Mrs Leah Simpson and Miss Saskia Clark, Gold Medal winner with Hannah Mills in the Womens 470 class at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Saskia talked about the work of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. She kindly brought her Gold medal to the dinner which was passed around the room.

An introduction was given by Commodore Anthony Morrow (58-62) and Commodore of the OPYC. Jeffrey Mountevans was the main speaker and made reference to the number of outstanding sailors over the years who had been to Pangbourne. He added that it was regrettable that this legacy was not being continued at the College today which does not offer sailing on the current curriculum. Amongst OPs he mentioned were the Olympic Games sailors, Rodney Pattisson, Glyn Charles and Andrew (Bart} Simpson.

During the evening, there was a live auction was carried out by Merrick which raised just in excess of £10,000 for the ASSF (Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation). The OPYC would like to thank all those who participated for their generosity. The OPYC also recorded its thanks for the Nigel Hollebone (59-63) bequest which helped to fund the reception prior to the dinner and provide some Port afterwards.”


Four OP boats are known to have taken part in the 2017 Round-the-Island race. There was a total of 1,342 entries and the OP results were as follows:

Troubador Swan 46 –  363rd overall. On board: Andy Roy, Mike Stringer, Ian Kirton & Ralph Godfrey.

Jenn-oh-Jeanneau Sunway – 504th overall. On board: Peter Kewish and family.

Bright Future Beneteau 39 – 533rd overall. On board: Adam Kelvey, Emily Kelvey, James Landers & Ed Nation.

Wardance Farrier 32 – 9th overall. On board: Paul Butler.


The 2017 Arrow Trophy took place in mid-October…


Anyone wishing to take part in the 2018 Arrow Trophy should email events@opyc.org.uk  In 2017 we had enough OPs wishing to take part to crew two yachts, so get in touch early!


[OPYC boats at the Royal Haven anchorage, RYS Cowes, September 2017]



[ OPYC dinner at RYS 2017)