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
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.
Frank Rainsborough presenting the AQSC cheque for £700 to Graeme
Love, the Blind Sailing Representative, with Debbie Blachord the RYA
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
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.
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
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
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
enjoyable sail to Hampton with Laurie Bridges in his cruiser.
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.
Note from Manuel
Dear Anne and Nigel
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.