On a recent Sydney evening, a lucky group of guests were entertained at a Mess Dinner on board HMAS Hobart III, the newest ship in the RAN fleet.
Hosted by Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore John Barbouttis of Royal Motor Yacht Club and Commanding Officer, Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, the glittering event was a fundraiser for SDMF. Also in attendance was Commodore Luke Charles-Jones, Chief of Staff - Fleet Command and other Naval officers and special guests.
On the flight deck (where just previously a Seahawk helicopter had been secured) four long cloth-covered tables were set up under a marquee with seating for one hundred guests. Candles and fairy lights completed the scene, with a trio of Naval musicians playing quietly in the background.
Guests learnt a few Navy Mess Dinner idiosyncrasies like how to applaud (one hand hitting the table), sitting for the Loyal Toast (because a King once hit his head) and hearing about the Navy Toast of the Day which for a Thursday is “A Bloody War and a Sickly Season”.
The final part of the evening was Sir David’s son in law, Michael Beaumont conducting a live auction which kept everyone entertained and which was a fantastic fundraiser.
A total of about $30k was raised for the Foundation.
Our thanks go to everyone who made this special night so successful. We would be thrilled if it became an annual fixture on the Sir David Martin Foundation, RAN, RMYC calendar.