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HRH The Princess Royal, visited the Royal Harwich Yacht Club to celebrate 175 years since the founding of the club and the release of an Illustrated History Book of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, 1843 – 2018.

Celebrations took place at the club where Her Royal Highness was presented with a copy of the book and named a new boat for The Woolverstone Project, a charity set up by RHYC that provides opportunities for people with disabilities to go sailing.

Despite its illustrious history and royal connections, the Royal Harwich Yacht Club is now a diverse, lively and inclusive club that offers a wide range of sailing, including RYA approved sail training courses and social activities for all ages and welcomes new members. Marking the 175th celebration with a commemorative book and the royal visit is testament to the amount of work and dedication of all involved in the development of the club over its 175 years.

During her visit, The Princess Royal named a new boat that has been especially adapted by RS Sailing for sailors with disabilities. The boat was named Lion Venture in honour of RHYC’s “Rampant Lion”, part of its identity since being given an admiralty warrant in 1845 when Her Majesty The Dowager Queen Adelaide became its first Royal Patron.

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