34 guests joined Wetwheels and 7 Royal southern boats to go sailing.
The weather was kind, with sunshine and light winds. Some boats went across to Cowes and up to the Folly and the rest went to the Beaulieu. We met up at lunchtime to enjoy the packed lunch paid for by the Trust.
It was clear from the happy smiles and animated conversations that everyone had a good time. There are some standout moments for me; of the son of a guest standing on a chair in the club to sign my greeting; rafting up on Teal's anchor in the Beaulieu; the conversation between our guests and those on Teal from a distance of 15 meters as we sailed out of the river. Also I have had some conversations with the RSrnYC members about the day, all special and memorable. The guests and some of the skippers stayed for supper at The Southern. It was a great success and it was especially heartening to see the care with which the catering staff and bar team looked after the hearing impaired guests. I chatted to one or two of the staff and they had enjoyed the experience; it's always fun to have a busy upstairs bar or dining room in almost complete silence. Pat North
Article by one of the guests
Sailing for the Day in the Solent
Royal Southern Yacht Club had again very kindly offered to host a full sailing day for deaf and hard of hearing people on the Solent, a stretch of water between mainland and the Isle of Wight. The club had provided eight vessels of various sizes together with experienced crew members and arrangements had been made to take thirty four guests out for a day of fun on the water. On arriving at the quay in Hamble the guests were split into different groups and each group was allocated a boat to sail on. About 11.30am, John Wilson and I set off on the " Rin Jinn ", a small sailing boat with her all female crew of Maggie Widdop and Pat North. The weather was fine, dry, bright and sunny with a strong breeze, the sea was calm, ideal weather for sailing. We were heading for a spot on the Beaulieu River where everyone was to meet up for lunch. We sailed for about two hours with both Maggie and Pat at the helm, these ladies were very kind and generous, although they could not sign, they made every effort to communicate with us in order to ensure we understood what they were doing and where we were going. After about an hour, we arrived as agreed and with the crew and guests of the other boats, we ate a light lunch of fresh sandwiches and champagne provided by our crew. After lunch we waited about an hour for the tide to turn and then sailed back to Hamble quay. Once back on dry land we had a delicious hot meal in the club house. It is important to recognise the time and effort the club members and crew put in to ensuring we all had a wonderful day. I personally would like to thank all of them for their kind generosity and making us feel so welcome on their boats. Thanks also to Andrew Taylor for his part in organising a great day out with so many tremendous memories. Geraldine Davison Gray