As the Club approaches its Centenary in 2022, this area will become of increasing significance. It is worth reflecting how the archives, which are embodied in this, came into being.
A devastating flood at the Club, in 1989, led to the loss of a great deal of original Club material – of both historical and routine value. Such as had been salvaged, lay stowed externally in shipping containers for some time, until Judy Ruffell, arranged for the material to be extracted, spread out, collated and recorded.
In 2005, Anthony Ruffell was appointed Club Archivist and began the painstaking task of developing a coherent archive. To that, he then added content obtained from various other sources, to create what is as comprehensive an archive as could be obtained.
In this, Anthony was substantially assisted by Neil Eccles, whose skills naturally placed him in the role of editor and producer of the digital archive, and thence to the creation of the History pages, which you will now find on the website. Neil is undertaking the considerable complementary task of ensuring the history content is added to by the regular archiving of current material from the other areas Club website, with material from the Club’s sailing and social activities.