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A Great Night at The Trident Ladies 2012 NE Sailing Ball

by Jethro Gebhard, TridentUK 27 Feb 2012 20:15 GMT 25 February 2012
Winner of the build a boat competition at the NE Sailing Ball © TridentUK

122 sailors from across the North East descended on Newcastle for a dinner to launch the new sailing season, while raising £538 (correct on 27/02/2012) for Sail4Cancer on 25th Feburary 2012.

The Trident ladies organised a great night, full of entertainment and games. There was a "Build a Boat Competition", "Win It In A Minute" Table Challenges, and dancing to the Purple Supper Band.

The theme of the evening was lifejackets, guests were encouraged to arrive with the quirkiest, smartest, oldest, buoyancy / lifejacket that they could, with a winner being chosen on the night.

The Guest List

On the night 122 sailors from Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club, Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, Sunderland Yacht Club and Tynemouth Sailing Club including John Robertson the North Easts local Paralympic Sailor and Graham Vials the 2011 Flying Fifteen World Champion.

Sail 4 Cancer

A number of TridentUK's suppliers and other local businesses helped support the event by supplying prizes for a raffle. The venue, the Assembly Rooms produce a "Hello Sailor" Cocktail, 50p of each drink was donated, and £2.50 from each photo sold, was also donated. The final sum was £538 (correct on 27/02/2012), which we are delighted to say is on its way to Sail4Cancer. The Trident Ladies would like to thank the following for their donations:

  • Amble Boat Company
  • Crewsaver
  • Gill
  • Imperial Racing
  • Joules B of Jesmond
  • Kelvinhughes
  • Nauticalia
  • Optimum Time
  • Ovington Boats
  • Storrar's
  • TridentUK
  • Yachts & Yachting

Lifejackets/Buoyancy Aids

There were plenty of interesting items to see, with some real retro examples, some guests turn up with rubber duck to keep them afloat and one lady arrived with arm bands. Jonathan Wallis of RNYC won the competition, donning an old life ring (Pictured right Jonathan and Pippa Wallis). LifeJackets


The photographers (David Shilling from Trident and Louise Gebhard) donated 25% from all the sold photos on the night, there are some great examples on the TridentUK website. If you would like copies then please contact us here at Trident. They cost £10, £2.50 which will be donated to Sail 4 Cancer.


Well done all. Great fun and you were astonishing! - Jonathan Wallis

Thanks for a great evening on sat, Hannah and myself had a really good evening. The trident ladies did a sterling job x - Phil Hodkins

Had a great time last night, thank you for all your hard work. - Margaret Moore

Had a fantastic night. So glad to see you looking so well. Thank you. - Elaine McKeith

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