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 guest speaker from the sailing world to get everyone motivated for the new season.
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. The social highlight of the year is the Regatta Party, often in fancy dress. Sunday racing is somewhat quieter as a result and in recent years it has focussed on cadets and novices.
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. This is another formal affair with black tie or lounge suits. It is particularly popular with the sailors as the season’s results are announced and prizes awarded, though all members are welcome of course. Rear Commodore Sailing hosts the event and gives a round up of the sailing season, the dinner is often followed by a disco.
This event has grown in popularity over recent years and many members regard it as the beginning of their festivities. Our bumper Christmas draw also takes place and the tension mounts as the valuable prizes are handed out.
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. 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 social calendar (click here) and the club notice boards.