Guernsey Press

Yacht Club flotilla pays tribute to the Queen

DOZENS of boats large and small took to the Little Russel to pay tribute to the Queen on her special day.

The Yacht Club sail past from St Peter Port Harbour to Fermain for the Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Pictures by Sophie Rabey, 30889486/506)

Led by the St Peter Port Lifeboat, the Spirit of Guernsey, all the boats were sailed by members of the Guernsey Yacht Club.

Sailing yachts, motor yachts, racing yachts, boats crewed by juniors and rowing boats headed off shortly before 10am, past Castle Cornet and towards St Martin’s Point.

On board the lifeboat was GYC commodore Anna Rivers, who said that the last similar event had taken place on the club’s anniversary.

‘Historically, this is a fleet inspection by the commodore,’ she said.

‘We did it as a bit of fun for the Platinum Jubilee. It seemed the perfect time.’

While many of the boats did a second lap, Mrs Rivers said that she saw several heading off in the direction of Herm and Sark, no doubt to make the most of the favourable tides.

Rowing had only recently become part of the yacht club, and she was particularly pleased to see the section represented, and so enthusiastically.

‘One of their boats overtook the lifeboat at once point,’ she said.

Mrs Rivers thanked the lifeboat crew for taking part and said she had not intended to go to sea and had planned to watch it from the vantage point of the club’s hut in Castle.

‘When the lifeboat offered to take me, it was too good a chance to miss,’ she said.