Obtain O&CSS ties and burgees from the Hon Secretary and the history of the Society (“75 Years of Port & Balls”) from Jeremy Atkins – as detailed below.

The price of Society ties is £15 (£17 overseas) from the Hon Secretary. An invisible Andrew Reid, President at the time, models the current tie to the right of this paragraph.

The price of Society burgees is £8 (£10 overseas) from the Hon Secretary.

History of the Society

Jeremy Atkin’s history of the Society traces events from the founding meeting on 24th February 1934, up to the year 2008. O&CSS members’ successes, which are unparalleled by any other sailing club, include the following.

  • Competing at the Olympics on 20 occasions (3 gold medals, 3 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Competing in all but one of the World Team Racing Championships (3 silver medals, 1 bronze)
  • Winning the Prince of Wales Cup 27 times

The Imperial Poona Yacht Club was formed just two months after the O&CSS, in a light-hearted reaction to the more serious intent of the Society.  The book combines Poona’s irreverent history with the Society’s;  formed as foes, but now bound in a book.

The hardback book comprises 160 pages and many photographs.  It even includes a Forward (rather than Backward) by HRH Prince Philip – but you will have to read it to find out why!

The title of the book comes two sources. The first is the Society’s penchant for maintaining and enjoying an impressive cellar of vintage port. The second is the fact that Poona, whose burgee consists of three red balls on a yellow background, is often described as “a load of balls”.

The price of the book is £17 (£23 overseas) from Jeremy Atkins.  Please make your cheque payable to Jeremy Atkins.