Commodore's Cruise, Sunday 22nd February Frank Rainsborough
Again, another clearly popular event! Thirty eight diners sat down to a 3 course
lunch of soup, "posh bangers and mash" and "Mrs Bodgit's" apple crumble namely (in
strict alphabetical order of surname!):- Liz Archer, Ken Ayers, Lyn and Mike Baker,
Laurie Bridges, Richard Cannon, Peter and Georgina Clayton and two guests, Bryan
Clements, Jean and Mike Hendra, Tony Hopkins, Pat Irving, Dave Jennings, Anne and
Nigel Knowles, Ann and Frank Rainsborough with junior members Noah and Millie and
another 9 of their family, Stuart Schafer, Louisa Spawls with Tim, Daniel and Mathew
Hollands and Joan Walkden.
Master Chef Nigel 'Wallace' Knowles officiated in the galley, accompanied by galley
slaves Anne 'Delia' Knowles, Pat 'Nigella' Irving and Ken 'Ramsey' Ayers, with further
willing assistants who served, cleared up and washed up, namely, Joan Walkden, Jean
Hendra and Liz Archer.
Some Rainsborough juniors
Picture by Frank Rainsborough
Well done all of you, it was an excellent three course meal, there was even a choice
of items that could be chosen to make up the main course! ! Special thanks to Pat
who also baked some splendid cakes for tea.
The Commodore Tony Hopkins thanked Nigel and his Team for the hard work that they
had put in to prepare and present this excellent meal.
Tony went on to thank the Rainsborough Family, a contingent numbering 13, who'd arrived
en masse for the event, but also to celebrate Ann Rainsborough's Birthday. A surprise
cake was presented, and the traditional song was sung, but Ann is not saying how
many times in her life so far, that it had applied to her!! In terms of numbers,
the other family contingent, the Lunniss's of Simon & Oonie, Hanna, Robbie and Dominic,
also deserves a mention, and particularly so because of their vital contribution
to the day, about which, there is more below.
Bryan Clements then assembled the competitors for the 'Frostbite Cruise Treasure
Hunt' event that was about to commence. Peter Clayton, with eight on board his cruiser
‘Cirrhosis of the River 11’, and Stuart Schafer, with 6 youths and 2 adults on board
his cruiser ‘Cavatina’, together with the two club patrol boats skippered by Tony
Hopkins and Bryan Clements, took some 30 young and not-so-young passengers to the
downstream end of Taggs Island and back looking for the answers to a set of questions
devised and set by Junior Quizmaster Hanna Lunniss, and helpers Simon and Dominic.
It was appropriate that Louisa Spawls' team in the Club Patrol Boat, skippered by
Tony, won that quiz. (Appropriate because it's the Commodore's Cruise, remember?)
All having safely returned back to the warm Clubhouse, into which Gordon and Joan
Courtney and visitors Jessica Ashworth and boy-friend Chris had since arrived, Senior
Quizmaster 'Bamber' Baker had another quiz lined up.
Mike's 12 question quiz was 'How Well Do You Know Your River' and he had unearthed
many items of interest, three of which I've extracted below, all relating to famous
personalities connected to our stretch of the river.
Q5. Fred Wescott, by what more widely recognised name was he known by ?? A: Fred
Q6. Owner of 'Astoria' ?? A: David Gilmour. (Any AQSC Members not Pink Floyd fans?).
Q8. Who built a tunnel from Garrick's Villa (David Garrick, 18th century playwright,
theatre manager and producer) A: Capability Brown.
Modesty forbids me from announcing the winning table!
For the earlier River Quiz, Hanna and her helpers had also set some very interesting
questions, and on the upriver section, towards the finish, I was getting the hang
of it! Feeling proud of myself that I also saw the the required answers, I've extracted
below question numbers 28, 29 and 30, and the answers, that also appealed to my sense
Q: A clubhouse you wouldn't want to bank on A: The HSBC boathouse.
Q: Can you spy this boat? A: 'Cagey Bee',
Q: Pizza boat, 'Margherita' (both moored just downstream of AQSC Clubhouse).
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable day, and it ended by Tony thanking everybody who
had made it a success, to all Members and all Guests, he said, ‘Thank You All!’