Dame Ellen MacArthur visited the club on the 5th June 2008. These are some of photographs of the day.
Banners and bunting make the place look a bit special and let the world know what's happening
Accompanied by children from five local schools. The schools were also to receive award from Ellen later for eco-awareness work
Ellen meets Commodore and Vice
Ellen meets Christine Homer (Commodore), Paul Leather (Vice-commodore) and Jan Holland who was instrumental in organising the visit.
Tooktoolong also signed
Paul Leather also had his Enterprise, Tooktoolong, signed by Ellen. Rumour has it the boat has at least trebled in value as a result, but it remains to be seen if it now goes any faster.
We Want Ellen
After a brief lunch talking with club members, Ellen came out to meet the crowds and continue with the tour.
Summerfield Eco Village
The whole event was part of a tour of the Summerfield Eco Village as part of the Climate Change Festival hosted by the city of Birmingham.
Ellen Welcomed to the Club
Commodore Christine Homer formally welcomes Ellen MacArthur and the schools to Midland Sailing Club.
Dame Ellen awarded certificates to St. Johns C of E, St Patricks RC, St. Georges C of E, Barford and The Oratory RC schools for their efforts in raising eco-awareness.