Pirates’ Weekend, 3rd – 4th June 2023
At last! An Albany event that didn’t need re-arranging due to adverse weather conditions! The forecast for the weekend was unbroken sunshine and warm temperatures.
So it was that 13 of the crew of the pirate ship “Albany”, suitably dressed in authentic pirate garb, gathered for their annual Pirate’s BBQ at the BBQ area at Penton Hook. Captain Jack Sparrow (aka Tony) duly ignited the charcoal with his trusty flamethrower and the scene was set for an excellent meal, washed down with large quantities of Rum Punch and Pimm’s (Albany is a very middle-class pirate organisation!) This was followed by suitable pirate activities such as walking the plank blindfolded (the plank was securely attached at ground level to avoid too many injuries!) and a pirate themed quiz which was won by the Commodore, despite protests that he had had advance notice of the questions!
Mandy had “double-booked” the BBQ area for a surprise birthday event for Terry, but this was amicably sorted out between us as they intended their event to start at 4pm and we were able to clear the area by 3pm.
Six “pirates”, Tony and Sharon, John and Geraldine and Geoff and Sally, later met in the clubhouse for an excellent evening meal. The weekend finished on the Sunday with a cruise to Runnymede. As Ginista is currently immobile due to a steering problem, Tony & Sharon crewed for Geoff and Sally aboard Zephyr. She was joined by Laird Tommy (John and Geraldine) and Lady Farrington (Terry and Mandy). The Pirate Fleet moored at the “secret warehouse” at Runnymede and were welcomed aboard Laird Tommy for an excellent lunch of leftovers, made special by Mandy’s cooked additions. A gentle cruise back to PH in balmy summer sunshine ended what had been a most enjoyable weekend.
The Commodore would like to thank all who took part for making it a special occasion.