This is the event where motor boat clubs from the Thames meet up in Kingston to raise money for that most worthy of charities - the RNLI. Albany had its usual Bric-a-Brac stall and managed to raise a very creditable £250 despite some challenging weather. This year we were accompanied by Captain Jack Huggins and his Treasure Chest who in addition to running the lucky dip managed to raise £74 by shaking his RNLI bucket.
Seven Albany boats made the trip to West India dock for the annual ATYC Rally. We stayed at the new Imperial Wharf mooring on the Friday night in order to miss the rush through Teddington and also get the first lock into West India Dock. Visits were made to the wonderful Museum of Docklands and the historic Gun pub where Nelson is supposed to have supped. On Sunday evening there were drinks on Melbar followed by a meal at the famous floating Chinese Restaurant. Most of the Albany Fleet delayed their departure until Tuesday morning to miss the return Teddington rush.
The 2012 Sailpast took place on Sunday 7th October with 8 boats from the Albany Fleet saluting the Commodore at the Hampton Court Mooring. On Saturday evening members joined the Commodore at Chu Chin Chow's for a wonderful Chinese meal. On Sunday a number of guests joined the fleet and the weather decided to be friendly for a change.
After the Sailpast it was back to Dittons Skiff & Punting Club for a buffet lunch before members departed for their home ports.