Ralph was also Chairman of the Association of Thames Valley Sailing clubs and took the helm of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Thames Valley Region. He served on the RYA Council for two terms. He later joined Papercourt Sailing club which was nearer his home.
Ralph Anderson, Commodore of Ariel SC for 10 years from 1880 to 1990 passed away in hospital on 17 September. He was 89. His funeral at Leatherhead Crematorium on Thursday 1st October was attended by many old friends and sailing colleagues. Tributes to his leadership were paid in an address by Alan Woolford who said Ralph and Ruby were regular sailors in their Enterprise dinghy and joined other members at the visit to the two regattas run by Salcombe Yacht Club. They started an annual pilgrimage to Devon which lasted over 40 years and only ended three years ago when he was too frail for the journey there.