Portsmouth News

Royal touch for centenary celebratio­n

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A ROYAL visit delighted members of a sailing club celebratin­g 100 years since the club was founded.

Hayling Island Sailing Club hosted HRH The Princess Royal on Monday for a commemorat­ive visit as part of the club’s centenary celebratio­ns.

The Princess Royal, who is president of the Royal Yachting

Associatio­n, started races on board committee boat Lady G, before chatting with members.

Commodore Andy Partington said: ‘We had a great time on the water and The Princess Royal showed a great interest in the centenary flag project.

‘Her Royal Highness wanted to know the stories behind the flags and she was impressed with fact that the 100 flags were all created by volunteers.’

Trustee Rod Carr, who helmed Lady G for the visit said: ‘As an experience­d sailor, the Princess was impressed by the standard of sailing in marginal racing conditions from our youth and women on water sailors.’

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HRH The Princess Royal spends time with members. Picture by Peter Hickson
CELEBRATIO­N HRH The Princess Royal spends time with members. Picture by Peter Hickson

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