Also present were Rt Hon David Willetts, MP for Havant, the RYA's John Derbyshire, Robert McDonald from the Conservancy and Rev Simon Sayers, who said a short prayer.
The Family Fun Children's Party followed, with dancing, magicians, a scavenger hunt and a photo quiz.
This was followed by a fabulous Sail Past.
Ollie's BBQ at 1830 saw more than 240 fed and watered by his team – quite a feat considering the amount of work they had already put in that day! Members sat down to enjoy their food inside the Club and out – on the picnic tables, on the Upper Deck and in the new Training Room.
At 2000 Paul Brown fired up The Magic Disco - whereupon all the children took to the dance floor, enjoying some great music.
2100 saw a fabulous Firework Display, following which it was the turn of the adults to rock the night away until closing time at midnight.
A huge thank you to Rear Commodore House Sarah Brown and her team for putting on such a great day for everyone and also to Ollie, Eloise and their team for coping so magnificently with large numbers of people all day long.