It has been conjectured that Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, had been brought to the Club, probably from one of the ‘J’ class yachts which during the inter-war years were a familiar sight in the Western Solent. It was from this chance event and his contact with the Club’s Commodore, that Prince Henry later became our first Patron, until his death in 1974.
That first Commodore, Major Cyril Potter OBE, was also a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.
H Andrea Esq, who was a Member of our Club owned a ‘J ‘ called “Candida”. Being of considerable draught, the ‘Js’ could not enter the river. Perhaps it was from her that Prince Henry payed his first visit to the Club.
The silver wine coaster known as the Potter Ship was the gift of an early Commodore, and the Andrea Trophy commemorates the sometime owner of Candida.