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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Regatta success for Worshipful Company

May 14 saw a yacht skippered by Worshipful Company past master Richard Hawkes compete in the “Royalist Regatta” in wonderful weather on the Solent. The team, sailing under the banner of "Actuaries and Edmonton Sea Cadets", put together a consistent series, being fourth overall out of 10 competitors and finishing on a high note in the last race with a second.

The regatta was a charitable event to raise funds for the Marine Society & Sea Cadets and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The Worshipful Company chose to compete with a team of liverymen and members of the Sea Cadets at Edmonton whom the company has “adopted”.

Richard’s crew comprised liverymen Julie Griffiths and Rodger Livesey, freeman Graham Jung, the chairman of the Edmonton Sea Cadets Allan Jones, cadets James Thompson and David Mulvain and a last-minute and very welcome substitute Kathy Claydon who is a member of the Committee of the Junior Offshore Group, of which Richard is currently president.

The Worshipful team won the prize for the best team with “City Connections”, beating the Haberdashers and Management Consultants. The final race was a masterpiece of tactics by Richard. The Actuaries were lying fourth as they passed the final buoy but whilst the three leaders all tacked to starboard, the Actuaries tacked to port and nipped in to take second place, just a second ahead of the Royal Navy.

Practice day for the Regatta on 13 May was followed by a black-tie dinner on board HMS Warrior, at which HRH the Earl of Wessex presided. Richard, as the skipper of a first-time competitor, was honoured to be invited to sit on the top table, and received the City Trophy from the Earl at the end of the Regatta, watched by the Worshipful Company’s enthusiastic master, Chris Ide, who had observed the racing from on board TS Royalist.