Roy Coombs’ vibrant representation of racing on the river not now on display, but formerly above the sandwich bar in the River Room.
Roy had been an active Member of the Club since 1950, sailing a range of boats and serving on Committees.
In his professional life, he was a graphic artist, which explains his colourful and energetic treatment of the subject. With a twinkle in his eye, he once said that most Members would have an example of his work in their homes … when faced with a blank expression he revealed that he was the artist who painted the fruit designs on Tesco’s yoghurt pots!
Coombs’ panorama contained fewer features of the river but much content by way of classes, colour and action, a factor that no doubt entertained many, as they queued for their lunches.
The piece depicts the smaller craft that flourished in the 1950s, as life returned to normal but, with dinghies and open keel boats of modest cost, the sport came within the reach of many more and younger sailors.
The boats featured include National 12, Firefly, Finn, GP14 and XOD classes, battling for supremacy in the River, from in front of the Clubhouse of the RLymYC. Bursting with activity, the scene displays the Club’s burgee, the finishing line mark and the all-important stop-watch, as well as the starting cannon and race flags, needed to set off the action.