Senior Actives Buccaneer’s Lunch

The word “Buccaneers” was first used way back in April 1965 in an obscure reference in The Boomer to “Florence may be in the next Sydney-Hobart, She was seen doing circling practice for hours, no sign of her Buccaneers”. And then in October 1972 “The Annual General Meeting of The Buccaneers to be held on Monday Oct 16th 1972, contact Norm Adams”.  Whichever is pertinent, the term Buccaneers was the name given to past active members of Portsea who were still interested in contributing to the club, initially through working to run The Nippers program and also by becoming a State Centre, Board of Examiner member.  In other words, keeping our retired experienced patrolling members involved in the club activities.

Following the very successful Senior Active Members Luncheon held at our magnificent clubhouse on Saturday 14th March 2020 it has been agreed that the pejorative nomenclature “Seniors” is not what we want to referred to as, and so the name Buccaneers is to be resurrected and used for that group of older ex-active members with a connection to the club that never will be broken.

In an initiative kicked-off by Norm Adams and Goofy Phelan over 40 Buccaneers gathered at the lunch to remember the days gone by and catch-up with some old friends they have not seen for years.  It was heart-warming to catch up with some of the legends of yesteryear: Andy Wright, Goofy Phelan, Peter Horman, Peter Burke, Marcus Burke, Rollo Moore, Kevin Greenhatch, Roger Wright and Keith Forbes. It was also great to see and greet Andy Napthine, Mil’s daughter in attendance.

After a few drinks around the bar the Mazza Bell pealed out and the group brought to order.  Buccaneer Robbie Robertson took the floor to welcome all present and to thank Geoff ‘Wilbur’ Wild for his donation of a number of photos and a video circa 1921 of a lifesaving demonstration held at the Portsea Front Beach.

Lunch was then ordered and the group took their seats in The Club restaurant for some great food and more reminiscences.

With the assistance of Norm’s son Tim, Club historian Ian Campbell recorded some video interviews of the most senior Buccaneers for the clubs archive.  These will be available on the club Facebook site when they have been edited to remove the libellous bits.

As the members one-by-one drifted away it was left to Simon Knight, Goofy Phelan, Tim Adams and Norm Adams to shut-up-shop at 8:00pm

It was suggested that we may run these luncheons twice yearly so keep reading the eBoomer for the next Buccaneers Lunch date.

Ian Campbell

Club Historian

Footnote. It is with great sadness we learned that Marcus Burke, Active member and club stalwart from the 1959 Bronze Exam suddenly passed on the day after the lunch. While Marcus had been unwell for some years it will still come as a shock to those at the lunch.

The committee and members extend their condolences to his family.

“You had a great lunch and chat on Saturday at the club with all your mates from the early days”.

Vale Marcus.