Ties and Burgees (available from the Hon Secretary as detailed below), and the history of the Society (’75 Years of Port & Balls’, available from Jeremy Atkins as detailed below), are the three items of Society merchandise currently on sale. The history is also available from Amazon.

Society Tie

Society ties are available from the Hon Secretary, priced at £15 if you are in the UK and £17 for the rest of the world. The current tie is discreetly modelled to the right by an invisible Andrew Reid in his term of Presidential office.

Society Burgee

Society burgees are available from the Hon Secretary, priced at £8 if you are in the UK and £10 for the rest of the world.

Jeremy Atkin’s history of the Society traces events from the founding meeting on 24th February 1934 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club on Knightsbridge in London, through its members’ continuing successes, up to 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

In a light-hearted reaction to the more serious intent of the Society, the Imperial Poona Yacht Club was formed just two months after the Society.  Poona’s irreverent history has been combined with the Society’s in this book;  formed as foes, but now bound in a book.

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

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

The book is available at a special price of £15 (plus p&p) from Jeremy Atkins.  Please add the following postage and packing costs to your cheque (made out to Jeremy Atkins):

  • UK: £1.50
  • Europe: £5.00
  • Rest of the World: £8.00

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