The annual meeting of the members of the Royal Yacht Squadron was held on Monday afternoon, at the Castle, West Cowes, for the transaction of the usual business, to receive a report of the committee for the past year, and to elect the sailing committee to conduct the business of the regatta in the present year. A great muster of the members of the squadron were present, and more than usual interest was manifested in the proceedings on account of the recent election of the Prince of Wales as commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron, in the room of the Earl of Wilton, deceased. On account of events connected with the war in Egypt and the departure of the Duke of Connaught, the Prince of Wales was prevented from attending the meeting; and, in his absence, the chair was taken by the vice-commodore, the Marquis of Londonderry. The following were elected the sailing committee for the year:—F.C. Ashworth, Colonel Sterling, Mr. Spicer, and Lord Bury. In consequence of the Prince of Wales's absence, the customary house dinner of the squadron has been postponed.
Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2257—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, August 5, 1882, p.139