One customer is a bit of a royalist – she sends cards now and then to various members of the royal family. She sent a card congratulating Queen Elizabeth on her Diamond Jubilee, and in due course a note arrived from Buckingham Palace thanking her for her kind sentiment, and by the way what a lovely card it was. So I can tell you that the Queen likes “RVYC Races from 10 Mile Point”!
I was telling that story (okay, bragging) at a market and was told this by a member: Prince Andrew, the Royal Patron of the Club, hosted a breakfast in 2003. In attendance was a fellow member and his 93-year-old mum, who the year before had been given permission to acknowledge her wartime work at Bletchley Park. [For younger folks – Bletchley was the headquarters of British codebreakers in WWII and everyone working there was sworn to secrecy.] No-one had advertised her presence, so everyone was astonished at the end of the breakfast when Prince Andrew presented her with a medal. The Prince does his homework on the guests at his table!
Founded in 1892 – spurred on by races to help celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday – the RVYC is the oldest yacht club in western Canada. Marinas in Cadboro Bay, and Tsehum Harbour in Sidney, promote yachting, seamanship, racing & cruising. In 1911 King George V granted permission to add “Royal” to the title. The club organizes the Swiftsure race, now the largest annual offshore race in the Pacific Northwest. Member swag includes a silver medal from the Paralympics, a bronze medal from the Olympics, a Laser World Championship and 2 Mallory Cups. And there is racing every Wednesday and Thursday evening all summer long, a great sight from 10 Mile Point.
p.s. I’ll have the large print of RVYC Races at “Arts & Music in the Gardens”, Aug 25 & 26 at The Gardens at HCP, from 10:00 – 4:00 both days. There will be all sorts of artwork, live music, fabulous food, a plant sale, used books for sale, and all sorts of activities for all ages – all in the fabulous and stunning gardens.