During their years of service, successive 'Worcesters' flew a special distinctive Ensign - in official parlance 'the Blue Ensign of Her Majesties' Fleet defaced in yellow in the fly with a Naval Crown superior to a capital 'W'!
The 'Worcester' Ensign.
When the College closed it looked if as the design would disappear forever but, with the blessings of the Council, an approach was made to the Ministry of Defence (who, as successors to the Admiralty, control such matters) to see if OWs could use the design on yachts. We were delighted to receive approval subject to an 'in-house' Yacht Club being formed, membership of which is restricted to OWs. A Warrant to the Club was granted in 1974. On foundation there were 29 members. There are currently 151 members of whom approximately a third hold permits to fly the former College ensign - most of their yachts are based in the U. K. but we are also represented by vessels based in the U.S.A., Australia,, Canada, Spain, Greece, Gibraltar, Turkey and France...an unusual twilight for an unique ensign formally only ever seen at Greenhithe!
Every year the club appoints a new Commodore. In 2019 our Commodore, Peter Melson (61), chose Cowes in the Solent as his venue for his venue for our annual rendezvous to which 60 members and their partners attended. The three day event was blessed with excellent weather with a very successful formal dinner being held at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Over the years our annual rendezvous has covered ports between Lowestoft and Milford Haven including Jersey and Guernsey. The programs have included dinner on HMS Warrior, a guided tour of Harwich Port Control, lunch at Osborne House, a visit to the RNLI HQ at Poole as well as a trip through the Channel Tunnel with lunch in France.
Each year we hold a dinner to coincide with our AGM. In 2019 we will be privileged to be able to hold it in London at the HQ of Trinity House on Tower Hill on Friday 25th October. Over the years many OWs have been both Elder and Younger Brethren and Captain Steele (a Younger Brother) donated his Victoria Cross where it is on permanent display.
In 2020 our new Commodore, Trevor Crawford (64), will be holding the rendezvous on the East Coast at Burnham on Crouch in early June (precise date to be confirmed). This will be Trevor's second term as Commodore, his previous being in 2016 when he held his event in Ramsgate. As an active member of the shanty band, 'The Barnet Hill Lifeboat Crew', who regularly perform raising money for charity and also at our previous rendezvous, he hopes to persuade his fellow members to again join us and perform for our entertainment.
We are currently looking for a volunteer to take on the role of Rear Commodore. No work involved in the short term but by natural progression he would reach the dizzying height of Commodore by 2021 and be able to select his venue for the Rendezvous
An OWYC Newsletter is published each year in January and the Hon. Sec. would be grateful for any cruising memories, articles and news.
You do not have to own a boat to join and details of membership are available from the Honorary Secretary:-
Mr. Clive Bradbury
29 Harston Road, Newton, Cambridge CB22 7PA
Tel: 01223 871101 (use this number first)
Mob: 07816 124833 (Used only on the boat)