A right Royal reunion for Hartlepool club when Princess Anne returns

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A Royal visit later this month will prove to be a real reunion.

Princess Anne will visit the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club on Tuesday, September 23 in her role as president of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), as reported yesterday by the Mail.

Princess Anne is no stranger to the yacht club, as she visited the town on April 1, 1998, to officially open the club, which was an amalgamation of Hartlepool Yacht Club and Tees Sailing Club.

Club vice commodore Graeme Boagey said: “The club is delighted we have got the Princess Royal making another visit.

“It’s actually the second time she has been there. I was there when she opened the club, as well as several committee members
“It’s been a very successful merger, partially backed by Lottery funding, and we have subsequently gone down the road of disability sailing, with our award-winning sail training principal Micky Early.”

As well as meeting club and RYA officials and local councillors, the Princess Royal will be launching the new Sailability pontoon, which was funded by the club with grants in conjunction with Sport England and Hartlepool Borough Council, to help disabled people get into sailing.

Princess Anne will officially open new £100,000 training facilities and safety boat storage at the club which were completed earlier this summer following a grant from the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund.

Mr Boagey paid tribute to the club’s Commodore, Barry Hughes, and the Commodore’s wife Christine, who is club treasurer, for their hard work put into the club over the years.