Princess adds sparkle to sail club cel­e­bra­tion


THE Princess Royal was the guest of hon­our when Redesmere Sail­ing Club cel­e­brated its di­a­mond an­niver­sary.

The club, based at Sid­ding­ton, was last year named as the Royal Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (RYA) Club of the Year.

As part of her visit Princess Anne, who is the pres­i­dent of the RYA and a sail­ing en­thu­si­ast, for­mally opened the club’s ex­tended fore­shore, which was a ma­jor part of the club’s ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion project.

She then met some of the mem­bers be­fore go­ing out on the water her­self.

Stu­art Camp­bell, com­modore of the sail­ing club, said: “It was an in­cred­i­ble hon­our to wel­come The Princess Royal to Redesmere to cel­e­brate our Di­a­mond Jubilee, and is some­thing we will al­ways trea­sure.

“We are for­tu­nate to en­joy such an idyl­lic set­ting here in Cheshire, but the im­prove­ments we’ve made over the past year have taken a real com­mu­nity ef­fort from all our mem­bers, so it was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial to have Her Royal High­ness carry out the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony, and mark an­other ma­jor mile­stone for us.”

The Princess Royal also pre­sented a num­ber of RYA cer­tifi­cates fol­low­ing the end of the train­ing sea­son.

One re­cip­i­ent was nineyear- old Thomas Cul­wick. He said: “It was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic to meet the Princess and get my RYA sail­ing cer­tifi­cate from her.”

Dur­ing her visit HRH The Princess Royal also met with El­liot Han­son, from Mac­cles­field, who sails for the Bri­tish Sail­ing Team and be­gan his train­ing at Redesmere, as well as groups from Kings School Mac­cles­field and Sea Scouts; both of which use the fa­cil­i­ties at Redesmere.

Redesmere Sail­ing Club is a fam­ily-friendly club which was set up 60 years ago. It of­fers train­ing, rac­ing and so­cial events and wel­comes new mem­bers.

It also has RYA Sail­abil­ity sta­tus, which means it is able to ac­com­mo­date those with dis­abil­i­ties.

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The Princess Royal on the water at Redesmere with Rachel Ward, who runs the club’s ex­ten­sive train­ing pro­grammes, and other mem­bers

The Princess Royal presents an RYA cer­tifi­cate to sailor Thomas Cul­wick, aged nine

The Princess Royal re­ceives a posy from Holly Ward, aged 19, and (in­set) meets El­liot Han­son of the Bri­tish Sail­ing Team

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