Social Events are organised by the Social Committee which is chaired by a member of the Management Committee. The regular events include:
The club celebrates its Scottish connections (though these are shrouded in mystery and the mists of time) with a traditional Burns Night Supper, complete with piper and haggis. There is usually a complementary "Dram 'o Whisky" to start with, followed by the traditional menu. The traditional rendition of "Ode to the Haggis" starts the evening, with less traditional renditions of anything vaguely Scottish at the end. This is one of the several black tie events that the club does so well.
Fitting Out Supper
In recent years this event has returned to its original casual low-key format with a two-course supper type meal and a sing-along entertainment.
The Club Regatta
This event is hugely enjoyed by all categories of membership and there is always a good turnout. Sailing takes place on Saturday and Sunday. There is a live band on Saturday night – a meal is available and the Rear Commodore sailing traditionally hosts the event.
Like most sailing clubs we celebrate the famous victory with a formal dinner (black tie, full menu, port and Madeira). A guest speaker usually from Her Majesty’s Royal Navy reminds us of our proud history, but now that we are all European the jingoism is toned down (we even sometimes drink French wine!).
Laying – Up Supper
The Laying Up Supper and prizegiving traditionally marks the end of the sailing season, though recently the season has been extended right up to December. This is another formal affair with black tie or lounge suits, which is particularly popular with the sailors as the season’s results are announced and prizes awarded. Rear Commodore Sailing hosts the event and gives a round up of the sailing season, the dinner is often followed by a disco.
Christmas Supper –Dance
This event is generally held on the first Saturday of December and comprises a live band and supper.
The Lee on the Solent Sailing Club choir (i.e. everyone) and band entertain the residents at the old people’s home before returning to the club for an enthusiastic rendition of all the popular carols. This is the beginning of the Xmas season for many members and is a very popular event. There are also delicious seasonal nibbles on offer, and most members have perfected the art of simultaneously singing, drinking and nibbling without accident or danger to others.
Commodore’s Punch Party
On Christmas morning the Commodore uses a punch recipe passed down from generation to generation to get the festivities off to a raucous start. It is a pleasure not to be missed, and may be the only time the Commodore gives you a drink! There is always heated debate about the quality of the punch, but it always goes before members move on to the regular bar drinks prior to a gentle meander home ready for their own Christmas lunch.
Other social events are organised throughout the year and these are advertised on the Club Notice Board.