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HRH The Princess Royal visits Dover’s vibrant maritime community

Princess-RoyalThe Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club (RCPYC) and the Port of Dover are honoured to have welcomed HRH The Princess Royal to Dover in her capacity as President of the Royal Yachting Association.

In order to get a nautical perspective on what Dover’s port and harbour have to offer and the vibrant sailing activities that take place, The Princess Royal was taken for a special tour in the harbour on board the Port’s harbour patrol launch ‘Dovorian’.

The Princess Royal was received by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, who presented George Jenkins OBE, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board and Tim Waggott, its Chief Executive along with Admiral The Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, who is President and a great supporter of the RCPYC.  Lord Boyce then presented Sarah Treseder, Chief Executive of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), together with Bernard Sealy, Commodore of the RCPYC and its Vice-Commodore Richard Hart.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said:  “It was a fantastic privilege to explain to The Princess Royal how the Port and the Yacht Club are working brilliantly together in a way that enables a full yachting programme and related activities to run successfully alongside a major international port.”

Bernard Sealy, Commodore, RCPYC, said:  “It is a proud moment for our famous club and equally recognition of the progress that Dover is once again making not only as a yachting centre but as destination rather than a place where people pass through.”

On returning to the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, formed in 1872, The Princess Royal was shown historic archive material and had the exciting future plans for the Port explained to her, including those that will benefit partners such as the RCPYC and the wider community with the prospect of major waterfront development and regeneration.

Bernard Sealy said: “Today we have shown what we have done, what we are doing and importantly what we are trying to achieve by working together with the Port and a host of other organisations towards a common vision.”

Tim Waggott explained: “Such a rich tapestry of maritime experience in Dover already makes it a fascinating destination to explore.  With our shared vision for major waterfront regeneration as part of our Dover Western Docks Revival project, The Princess Royal has also now seen the wonderful future being created in Dover that will result in an even more vibrant maritime community.”

The Princess Royal met RCPYC members in the Lord Nelson Suite overlooking Dover harbour, as well as representatives from a variety of other organisations, both at home and abroad, including Dover Museum, Dover and Deal Sea Cadets, Dover Bronze Age Boat Trust, the Cinque Port Pirates Sailing Club, Dover Rowing Club, Dover RNLI, Dover Coastguard, and Dover Sea Sports Centre, once more reflecting the rich maritime heritage in Dover.

Issued by Port of Dover Corporate Affairs

Posted on 22/04/2015