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


Nigel & Anne's Lunch & Frostbite Cruise
Sunday 20th Jan 2006

The day, which dawned truly freezing but gloriously sunny, boded well for the promised Frostbite Cruise. 28 club members and friends duly assembled at the clubhouse in good time for the lunch - which was provided (very impressively, we thought) by Nigel and Anne Knowles. Thank you both for all the hard work involved in producing such a delicious meal.  The apple crumble was particularly memorable with several diners going up for "seconds" (perhaps we could have the recipe for the next club magazine, Anne?).
    After lunch, 20 of us (replete but willing) split up between 1 motor cruiser, 2 motor sailers and the club's patrol boat, to take part in Nigel's exceedingly cryptic quiz.  Don and Helen Barnett  (ably assisted by Gnasher the dog, who also provided us with on board entertainment!) managed to accommodate 8 of us in "Zareba".

About to launch for the frostbite cruise

 About to launch for the frostbite cruise

Struggling with the quiz on Zareba
Struggling with the quiz on Zareba

    Laurie Bridges transported a further 5 willing quiz participants in his Leisure 17 with another 4 enthusiastic members traveling in Dave Jennings' Manta 18. (At one point Dave did try to change over to sail but as the breeze was down to a mere whisper he had to give it best.) With Bryan Clements at the helm, the patrol boat managed to seat the remaining 3 eager beavers.
    We all thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and had great fun trying to unravel Nigel's clues - the solving of which, due to the fertile imagination of the group on our boat, produced much hilarity and mirth!  Dave's crew managed the highest score with 12 correct answers out of the 15 questions set. After a highly entertaining outing we all returned to the clubhouse in time for afternoon tea provided by Stuart.
    Footnote: Nigel was telling me that the original quiz was compiled about 25 years ago and when he checked it out the Friday before the quiz he discovered that 70% of the clues were no longer relevant!  He then spent a memorable time in the patrol boat battling with the elements (and the controls) trying to set new questions.  No wonder they were cryptic!!
    Anne Bond

Frostbite lunch
Frostbite lunch

Photos by Mike Baker