The first 25 years 1978-2003
From our Silver Jubilee book (2003) To look at the whole thing see the link below.
On the day that I became a founder member of the Brighton Marina Yacht Club, never in my wildest dreams or expectation of longevity did I expect to be writing about the celebration of the Club's 25th Anniversary. Since then our Club has become a very important and happy part of my everyday life, and I am very proud and honoured to say that I was the first elected Commodore and President, and first elected Life Admiral. Much of what I treasure is captured in these pages. But I do feel that in this anniversary year it would be appropriate to dwell first on the memory of some of the members, now regrettably deceased, who played a very important part in the administration and welfare of our Club in its early days - past President and commodore Charles Wilson and his boat 'Priscilla', Geoffrey Gilbert our first Secretary, Ray Inman, Johnny Robertson, Arthur Oxborrow and his boat 'Tempest Tender', Tony Watts, Dick Tate, Ron Moles and Dennis Hann, past Club Secretary. It would be inappropriate not to give thoughts and thanks to the stalwart members - about twenty of them - who have become the very backbone of our Club over the years, and through whose hard work and dedication the Club has survived some very difficult times. With their continued help and guidance the Club will grow from strength to strength.
It is a great honour to be Commodore of Brighton Marina Yacht Club and a special privilege to hold this position in our Jubilee Year. While not a founding member, my recollections of it stretch back to those early days on the Medina and I've been a committed member ever since. Although I firmly believe in looking forward, it's a pleasure to look back over the years and see how the club has grown up. It has done so through the good offices of many dedicated individuals and friends. Indeed, this friendship is the rock on which this brilliant club is built. I hope all of you find something to enjoy in this book. For long-time members I'm sure it will spark memories of happy times and valued friends. For those newer to the club it can't fail to excite curiosity, amusement and perhaps a little respect for its history.