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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Worshipful Company of Actuaries Regatta

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, who recently presented the Worshipful Company of Actuaries with its Royal Charter, has long been an active supporter of the Royalist Regatta. This has been arranged each year since 1998 in aid of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (of which Prince Edward is a trustee) and the Marine Society and Sea Cadets.

The Actuaries entered a boat for the third year running on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 May. The team was delighted to be supported by the presence of the Master, Adrian Waddingham, and also Graham Jung who had been a member of the crew in 2008 and 2009.

One of the aims of the Company and the Company’s Charitable Trust is to support the Edmonton Unit of the Sea Cadets, so the crew was made up of four members of the Company — Richard Hawkes, Julie Griffiths, Fiona Morrison and Nick Salter — plus four from Edmonton (their chairman, an adult instructor and two young cadets). It was a great opportunity to strengthen our bonds with the unit and exciting to see the confidence with which the teenage cadets approached Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, commander-in-chief of the Royal Navy, after dinner on the first day and asked him to visit their training establishment.

The crew had not sailed together before, but there had been an afternoon of practice to hone basic skills and teamwork. A fantastic start to the first race was on the cards, until two other City boats barged into us and caused a multiple collision that ruined that race for all three of our boats. The race officer had a diffi cult day with a very flakey and light wind, but he eventually got four races completed, with the Actuaries and Sea Cadets improving all the time and getting their best result in the last race.

We came eleventh out of the sixteen boats participating, but a highlight of the event was when the whole team, including the two cadets, was presented to Prince Edward at breakfast on the Wednesday morning. The ‘end-of-term’ report can be summarised as an excellent couple of days on the social and charitable front, although the Actuary/Sea Cadet team could have done better on the competitive side!