Our new ship has docked at Royal Ulster Yacht Club and is waiting for its new crew to climb aboard. With sun forecast for Saturday and our Grand National event on, why not call in! Special Grand National Menu. For more details see: Grand National Race Day at RUYC
An interesting Lipton fact about Ponsonby Cruising Club
An amusing incident occurred in 1919 when members of the Ponsonby Cruising Club posed outside the hotel shown here for a photograph.
The photo was sent to Sir Thomas Lipton, along with a request to donate a trophy to the club.
Sir Thomas, impressed by the "Clubhouse", sent out a solid silver cup then valued at £1800 for the competition, stating that he would like to visit the clubhouse if he came to New Zealand.
The Ponsonby Cruising Club, which did not even have a clubhouse, were relieved when hearing of Sir Thomas' s death as he never managed to visit New Zealand and find out the embarrassing truth.
Thanks to Ian Douglas in Brisbane for sharing this little known fact...