RQYS opening day to celebrate 125 years

Celebrating 125 years of sailing in Brisbane, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron will open for the 2009/10 Sailing Season on Saturday 5th September .

With a rich history in sailing achievements, the Squadron boasts Olympic representation since 1956, numerous major event winners, national and world champions as well as starting major yacht races locally.

The 125th year of sailing promises to be one of the strongest and most successful, hosting Sail Brisbane and the upcoming Contender world championships.

Steeped in traditions, a regular highlight for the Squadron continues with the Blessing of the Fleet and the opening of the season performed by Commander Roger Priest RANR.

Celebrations continue when Manly Boat Harbour spectacularly comes alive with a flotilla of yachts, powerboats and dinghies. The Fleet Sailpast for Salute under full dress ships will be taken by Commander Priest and the 50th Commodore of RQYS, Russell McCart.

Afternoon sailing on the southern and northern courses for both division yachts and sailing competition classes will begin for the season. Excellent viewing opportunities will exist around Manly Village and along the Esplanade, and best viewing of boats and the sail past will be from Norfolk Point.

0915 Official Guests Morning Tea, 1000 Gather on Boardwalk arrival Guest of Honour
1010 Call to Order, Officer of the Day (Grant Somerville) 1020 Opening Ceremony
1130 Fleet Sailpast and Salute in Manly Harbour, 1230 Official Guests Lunch (Flags Function Room) 1400 Guests join Vessells to view Regatta on Moreton Bay, 1700 Beat to Quarters & Sunset Ceremony, 1730 Opening Day Regatta Presentations (Boardwalk Stage) 1800 Entertainment Commences (RQ Bar & Boardwalk Café)
Dress – Squadron Dress (Whites / Navy Jacket & Tie), Smart Casual
Location – The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is located in the seaside suburb of Manly, about 45 minutes South East of Brisbane CBD, 578 Royal Esplanade, Manly QLD
Contact – Christopher Murray (Marketing Manager)
Phone (07) 3396 8666 Fax (07) 3393 4100 Mobile 0419 279927
Email marketing@rqys.com.au Web www.rqys.com.au

– Christopher Murray

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