To mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of AMYC in 1971, a club meeting was organised for the weekend of 21st / 22nd August by Robbie and Gill. The plan was to meet on the Saturday at Windsor Marina, where moorings had been reserved.
In the event, only two boats were able to attend, Beatrice Rose and Purple Orchid, but we were joined at various times by the crews of Mojito (Nick and Tracie), Venture (Maurice and Ann), and Sea Quest (Geoff and Sally) not forgetting the dogs, Leo and Shadow!
A gazebo, resplendent in 50th anniversary bunting, was erected on the grass area near Windsor Yacht Club. A great “bring your own” picnic was then enjoyed, followed by ultra-competitive games of giant Jenga and skittles. I’m sorry to report that the girls were mullered by the boys in both events!
An excellent takeaway supper of fish and chips was then eaten aboard Beatrice Rose, followed by the consumption of a considerable quantity of malt whiskey. This resulted in a very good night’s sleep!
The Sunday morning was a leisurely affair, with crews mostly attending to their ablutions! Dress code for the afternoon was club regalia and straw hats for the gentlemen and posh frocks and fascinators for the ladies. Ten members then gathered in the gazebo for prosecco and a speech and toast to the club delivered by the Vice Commodore Tony, as David, our Commodore, was regrettably unable to attend. The agony of the speech over, we adjourned to the Oakley Court Hotel for an incredibly civilised tea on the terrace, with views over the lawns to the river. The weather was most obliging, remaining sunny throughout. Some excellent photographs were taken and hopefully will appear in due course on the club website.
On our return to Windsor Marina, an ominous black thundercloud appeared, prompting a rush to get the gazebo packed away before members made their separate ways home.
We all agreed it had been a splendid weekend, most ably organised by Robbie and Gill to whom we extend our thanks.
Here’s to the next fifty years of successful club boating!