Three hundred and seventy eight visitors signed in at the GYC gates between Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening on 19th 20th September. The demand for tours was such that our team of 8 guides had to cram in 20 separate tours over the weekend.
Gathering in the Sail Loft, visitors spent time in the Art Show, taking full advantage of the pop-up cafe, then moved on to a guided tour of the site, taking in the Boat Jumble in the yard, and ended up roaming the main building, from the race hut down to the clubroom, where many of them were offered a boat trip on the river laid on by some of our keen sailors.
GYC artists submitted 105 individual paintings into the Art Show, prints, photos and sculptures to be admired. The Arthur Beale installation, with ropeworks dating back to a hundred years, was a particular draw for the sailors.
The weekend was rounded off on Sunday evening with a free live music event in the Sail Loft. As the stars peered through the open doors of the Loft, GYC members and visitors together danced and drank and chatted to a wonderful guitar/violin duo.
One visitor came back to tell us: 'I am a bit of a veteran, having visited many Open House events in all parts of the capital over a number of years, and what Greenwich Yacht Club has laid on today has been one of the very best I have experienced. The GYC guides were knowledgeable and very entertaining. There was plenty to see and experience, great refreshments, and everybody we met was welcoming'.
Needless to say, many thanks to all the GYC members who made this weekend such an outstanding triumph as well as the Dalai Lama who also made a surprise appearance.