THE
MAINSHEET
Summer
2000
Contents

COMMODOREíS BIT
JAZZ AND BARBECUE
AQSC REGATTA
Bewl Visit
OPEN DAYS
Virtual Sailing
Boat Bits
Club
A Sail on the Social Side
Colmere
Whatever Next
FOR SALE
MURDER AT AQSC
WEB SITE
Fails her M.O.T
BOAT BERTHS
Weather (or not?)
Start of Season Party
HAMPTON SC
WELCOME
CONGRATULATIONS
Future Events

A Sail on the Social Side
Quietly, and without any fuss our new Social Secretary, Madeline Hatton, has been arranging and organising some very enjoyable events, often with a bit of a difference.
The first, earlier this year, was a theatre trip to London. This was well attended and voted a great success. Madeline,s next offering on 20 May was a private afternoons viewing of the gardens at Coverwood in Ewhurst. This was preceded by lunch at the Hurtwood Hotel in nearby Peaslake.
Even those of us who view gardening as a necessary chore, marvelled at what can be achieved given a little knowledge, time and patience. The Stephens family originally owned Coverwood. Thatís Stephens as in Ink, and the estate combines a working farm with the gardens of Coverwood House. Well, not so much a house as a Baronial Pile !
The walk around the gardens took about an hour. There were four lakes, one bordered by a very elaborate Arboretum. Elsewhere the Rhodedendrums and Azaleas of every colour and size were in full bloom. Quite a sight ! The walk ended with tea and cakes on the lawn and then, for those who still had some energy, a tour of the farm was available which afforded some great views of the house and out across the Surrey countryside.
The visit was well subscribed with twenty-seven people turning up on the day. Admittedly a number of the fellows were keen not to stray too far from a car radio, but then it was Cup Final day, so what can you expect !
Madeline is to be commended for her choice. We obviously have been lucky in finding a Social Secretary with a knack for finding interesting and unusual things for The Club to do when itís not afloat.
Mike (can just about mow the grass) Baker