By now many will have read and seen the sad news that our class Patron HRH Prince Philip has died – much will be written about his significant contribution to many walks of life whether science, industry, commerce, environment, sport, and family. Through his concept of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, launched 65 years ago, he encouraged the youth of the day to build skills, confidence and resilience that equipped them for life – in many cases through outdoor activity.
Prince Philip’s other main passion was the sea and his link with sailing was prominent throughout, none more so than during Cowes week when the Royal Yacht was anchored off Cowes with many of the Royal family actively involved in the week’s racing. FF192 Coweslip was a present from Uffa Fox to Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip on the occasion of their marriage in 1949, and Uffa and Prince Philip were often to be seen sailing Coweslip throughout the 1950 & ‘60’s, and frequently with significant racing success.... fun times.
All UKFFA members will have their own personal thoughts and memories of HRH Prince Philip – our collective thoughts are with the Queen and her family at this moment, and we wish them many happy and fond memories that will hopefully bring smiles to the fore.
Happy Sailing Days..
Yesterday evening's BBC Look East tribute to Prince Phillip included interviews and Flying Fifteen footage from Grafham Water SC - see the video in the link below and skip to around 12:13