Autumn 2006
Commodore's Bit
AGM & Prizegiving
Annual Dinner
Bewl Visit
Bewl Water First trip
For Sale
In Memory Of
Indian Buffet
Kempton Park Fireworks
News of Members
Omerus Charity Dinner
Quiz Night
Return of an Old Friend
Sailing Secretary
Skittles Night
Social Calendar
Three Men in a Boat
Working Party
Homerus Charity Dinner
    On Saturday 2 September 2006 Aquarius Sailing Club held a charity dinner at the clubhouse in support of Project Homerus. I won't go into the details of Project Homerus again because Nigel covered that in the last newsletter and on the dinner booking form. Suffice to say it supports sailing for the blind.
    The evening took the form of a wine tasting, a four course dinner, presentations and musical entertainment.
    The guests of honour were Frank Rainsborough and Manuel Buonomo. Frank is a past Commodore of Queen Mary SC and the projects UK 'agent'. Manuel Bonomo is the son of the wine producer 'Cantine della Valtenesi della Lugana', who are a major sponsor of the project. The sponsorship results from the sale of their specially bottled wines. Manuel came over from Lake Garda specially for the AQSC dinner.
Some 44 members and guests started arriving at 7:30pm and were given the opportunity to sample the white, rose and red wines on offer.

Manuel Bonono
Manuel Bonono 
Frank Rainsborough presenting the AQSC cheque for £700 to Graeme Love, the Blind Sailing Representative, with Debbie Blachord the RYA Sailability Manager.
Frank Rainsborough presenting the AQSC cheque for £700 to Graeme Love, the Blind Sailing Representative, with Debbie Blachord the RYA Sailability Manager.
  Dinner was served at 8:30'ish and consisted of Antipasti, a pasta based main course, desert and cheese and half a bottle of each person’s preferred wine to accompany the meal. The club house and tables were decorated to reflect the Italian influence on the evening and added quite an ambience to the proceedings.
    After dinner Nigel invited Frank and Manuel to give a short presentation on Project Homerus and how the sponsorship money is used. They stressed that orders for the wine could be for any quantity and combination of type and all the profits from both the meal and wine sales went to Project Homerus. Wine can also be ordered after the event via Frank Rainsborough. His contact number can be found on the AQSC website.
    After thanking them both for their input Nigel presented Frank with a club donation to Project Homerus. This was supplemented by sales of and orders for Cantine della Valtenesi della Lugana wines on the night.
    Pat Halling and Mike Leigh then provided some musical entertainment on keyboard and Pat's very special violin. This seemed to be especially enjoyed by our Italian guest.
    I think the evening was a great success. Both Frank and Manuel were very complimentary about it’s organisation and the attendance at the dinner. Hopefully our contribution will help enable Project Homerus to continue training blind sailors and providing them with the boats, equipment and the logistics they need to enjoy a sport that perhaps we take for granted.
    Thanks to everybody who contributed in preparing for the evening. Rodger, Nigel, Richard and Mike for getting the club house ready. Gus Colletta for preparing the meat sauce. Nigel and Anne for preparing the antipasti and cooking the pasta. Rodger for procuring all the cheese on a recent trip abroad. Mike and Pat for the musical entertainment. All the guys who acted as waiters on the night. Last but not least Frank Rainsborough who supplied all the wine and a whole raft of Italian decorations and table accessories. A good evening for a worthy cause.
    On Sunday Frank and Manuel visited Aquarius again and had a very enjoyable sail to Hampton with Laurie Bridges in his cruiser.
Update: Since the dinner things have moved on. Both Frank and I have written to the RYA about Homerus and the dinner at AQSC. We understand that there may be a slot in a forthcoming Sailability Conference to promote evenings at other clubs such as the one we held at AQSC.
Mike (Over Easy) Baker

Note from Manuel  Bonomo

Dear Anne and Nigel

Not a long time ago Frank told me something about a lovely little club on the river Thames. Well now I can say I know that place and thet Frank was right about everything. But, more important I can say that I now know the people who make that place so special; lovely women and men, fond of the wind and of the river.
Thank you for all that you’ve done. May I offer you to spend some of your time at a lovely place on Lake Garda? My father and I will wait for you.
Un abbraccio,
Manuel signature