Unique Norfolk sailing club raises a glass to its 40 year anniversary

Commodore Paul Thomas with founding member Admiral Pat Baron celebrating the squadron's 40th anniver

Commodore Paul Thomas with founding member Admiral Pat Baron celebrating the squadron's 40th anniversary. Photo: Ranworth Yacht Squadron - Credit: Ranworth Yacht Squadron

An exclusive sailing squadron has marked its 40 year milestone with two celebratory events.

Squadron president Tony Canham presents Admiral Pat Baron with a 40 year token to mark the anniversa

Squadron president Tony Canham presents Admiral Pat Baron with a 40 year token to mark the anniversary. Photo: Ranworth Yacht Squadron - Credit: Ranworth Yacht Squadron

Ranworth Yacht Squadron began in 1977 as 'a small collection of gentlemen enjoying boats, their lovely ladies, and life' and remains true to its roots.

Members enjoyed a formal dinner at the Strangers' Club in Elm Hill, Norwich, a stone's throw from the coffee shop where the first meeting was held, and toasted surviving founder member Pat Baron, known as its Admiral.

And on Saturday night a more informal gathering was held at the city's George Hotel.

Commodore Paul Thomas said one of the highlights was hearing an account of one of the world's most challenging sailing events, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, involving his daughter Marina and her partner Jon Haines. Founder Pat Baron, said: 'Two grand events. Now we look towards the next 40 years.'

Marina Thomas and Jon Haines update members on their round the world Clipper Race adventures. Photo:

Marina Thomas and Jon Haines update members on their round the world Clipper Race adventures. Photo: Ranworth Yacht Squadron - Credit: Ranworth Yacht Squadron


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