Annual Dinner 24 November 2012
An excellent dinner was enjoyed by 46 members.
Frank Rainsborough suggested the dinner would be the ideal occasion to present Richard Cannon with his Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Awards Certificate and bottle of whisky that came with it.
He asked Old Pulteney if they could donate their excellent product for the dinner; they agreed to supply bottles of Old Pulteney single malt Scotch whisky aged 12 years (£38.50 per bottle), and miniature bottles. Three 75cl bottles were generously supplied by Old Pulteney for the evening, that was three in addition to the one already supplied to Richard to accompany his Award.
One of the three was put aside as a star prize for the raffle organised by Anne and Leo Bond that star prize won by Janet Edwards and dram glasses were filled from the other two bottles in order that a toast and congratulations could be offered to Richard.
Old Pulteney also supplied 12 miniature bottles, these were distributed in two ways. One game was that one diner on each table would win a miniature bottle if a number on a their named menu matched the number that was taped under the seat that the diner was sitting on. Another batch of miniatures were won by answers offered to Rodger Wheeler's questions on whisky related matters. Given the apparently random answers offered to the questions, perhaps the 40% ABV had by then taken effect!
In the after dinner speech Frank presented Richard's achievements, following which Rodger Wheeler presented Richard with his certificate.
Frank called for a round of applause from the attending members, as a mark of appreciation to Rachael Gasiorowski and Vicki Byers and their colleagues at the Burt Greener Communications company, and the Inver House Distillers Company, for making our Annual Dinner just that extra bit special!
And now, not only has the Aquarius Sailing Club come to the attention the Inver House Distillers Company, that company's Old Pulteney Whisky was crowned World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's 2012 Whisky Bible, so AQSC is in good company!
Frank’s pictures are on Google+ and there is a link on the AQSC web site http://www.sailaquarius.org.uk/
Richard being presented with his Maritime Heroes certificate by Rodger Wheeler
Picture by Frank Rainsborough