Spring 2006
Contents 7Mar2006

Commodore’s Report
Achieve Inner Peace
AGM, Prize Giving, Party
Annual Dinner
Boat Show 2006
Christmas and New Year
Ferry Meadows
Ice-Box Sunday
Last Working Party
Lunch & Frostbite Cruise
Mascheranda Menu
Masheranda Ball
Open Weekend
Place for Books
Start of Season Party
Thoughts for Today


2005 Annual AQSC Dinner
     The first Aquarius SC annual dinner that I ever attended was held at a pub on the Staines Road. Later, after a couple of poor experiences at venues, the dinner transferred to the club house but everything required had to be hired or brought in. Now we have acquired all the crockery, cutlery, tables, chairs, linen and wine glasses needed and only have to hire-in the caterers.
    The dinner itself has gone from strength to strength and this year demand for tickets outstripped capacity with some forty-eight members and guests being accommodated.  Lyn and I missed last year's dinner because we were in India but this year our timing was a little better and we joined everybody else on the evening of 19 November to enjoy this year's bash.
    The organisation of course started months earlier with Diana, our Social Secretary contacting "Food for Thought", who did the catering in 2004, and agreeing a date and requesting menu selections.
    Rodger Wheeler meanwhile quietly set about acquiring the table wine. The week before the dinner it was becoming apparent that we were likely to be oversubscribed. This is unfortunate because obviously we would like accommodate everybody who wanted to come, but, the club's only so big. It's for this reason that we always encourage people to book as early as possible and we do give priority to members over guests for as long as possible.
    On the prior Wednesday Joan, George and yours truly set about clearing the clubroom, washing all the table wear and bringing in the tables and chairs and scrubbing the galley from top to bottom.
    On the Friday a small army of helpers, including Diana, Peter, Nigel, Richard, Linda, Rodger, Joan, George, Stuart laid up the tables and took care of the hundred and one things needed for the following day.
    Saturday was fairly quiet with only Diana and Pete going down in the afternoon to let the caterers in, but by 6:30pm, early arrivals started to take care of the last minute arrangements and by 7:30pm the clubhouse was filling up fast.
    Those gentlemen that have them always wear dinner jackets; well we don't get too many opportunities nowadays. Everybody, especially the ladies, looked great. Having only seen people in sailing gear for much of the season evenings like these are a real opportunity for members to get dressed up and is probably only surpassed for sheer 'glam' by the Ladies Night held at the club over the last two or three years around Valentine's day. Now that is an eye opener as anyone who went to last years bash will tell you!
    I thought the dinner was great. Trying to serve forty-eight covers in the confined space of our galley is no small undertaking but "Food for Thought" managed superbly, despite the door to our old cooker deciding to take the annual dinner night not to shut properly.
    The dinner was followed by an excellent raffle organised by Bob Sumners and Janet Edwards. The evening continued with dancing until late. I think we left at around 2:00am'ish.
    My thanks to everybody who worked hard to make the evening a real success and particularly Diana Carpenter who planned and organised the event. Nice one Diana!
    Mike (Over Easy) Baker