OPYC centenary event at Royal Yacht Squadron
“The OPYC is indebted to the Royal Yacht Squadron for allowing us to hold the Old Pangbournian RYS members and Yacht Club Centenary Dinner on the Platform of the RYS,” writes OP Society Chairman and 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 who 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 RN, CVO (58-62) and Commodore of the OPYC. Jeffrey Mountevans was the main speaker who made reference to the number of outstanding sailors over the years who had been at Pangbourne and that it was therefore regrettable that this legacy was not being continued at the College today which does not offer sailing on the current curriculum. Amongst those mentioned were the Olympic Sailors, Rodney Pattisson, Glyn Charles and Andrew (Bart} Simpson.
“Among those present were Clifford Edgecombe and his wife Judith – he came as part of the OP RYS members aspect of the dinner as it has been a tradition for some years that Conway and Worcester members of the RYS are invited.
“During the course of the evening there was some fund raising and a live auction carried out by Merrick Rayner 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. If you wish to learn more about the charity then google - andrewsimpsonfoundation.org
“Sir Ben Ainslie, a Trustee of the ASSF and currently training for the start of the Admiral’s Cup racing in the United States, subsequently sent this message to Merrick Rayner: ‘Thanks for the update Merrick, sounds like a very successful evening and of course much appreciated by the ASSF. Hope you’re keeping well and have a lovely summer, look forward to meeting up again soon. Best wishes, Ben.’”
The OPYC would also like to record its thanks to the Nigel Hollebone (59-63) bequest which helped to fund the reception prior to the dinner and provide some Port afterwards.”