by Chris Clode, ESC Commodore 2012–14
Over 150 members joined in the Opening Ceremony of the new development on Saturday 18 May 2013, when Paralympic Sailing Gold Medallist Helena Lucas MBE cut the red ribbon to signal the completion of the development.

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.


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