The opening cruise ceremony in the morning was very sociable. Our guest speaker, Mornè Dettmer, the station commander of the Mykonos NSRI station, gave an inspiring talk about their work, conveying the passion, drive, dedication, and loyalty of the volunteers. Their training is very structured and of a high professional standard to prepare them for their selfless service to those in desperate need of it.

The sail-past took place in perfect weather. It looked so graceful – the string of vessels moving peacefully along the river, acknowledging the dignitaries on the holding jetty.

The evening dinner was a blast. Ed had done beautiful draping and other decorations: Linda’s table decorations were lovely. Jacques, Patrick, and Wilna made the cute wooden boats bearing the menu: these rounded off the sailing theme wonderfully. Brian’s music was just right and even got a few of us dancing! Cornè had organized all the background details including enough sparkling wine for the sail past, and the spot prizes for those lucky enough to choose to sit in the right places. Liz and Desi took lots of photos at the sail past and the dinner so that we have memories of the event.

The food? I can only say that it was stunning. The plates were piled high with absolutely delicious food. Dariol prepared most of it, bringing help from family in the form of Christopher and Jamie, who were such fun to work with. Doris is the vegetable queen and did herself proud. Barbie and Jackie gave some invaluable help: thanks!  We fed 79 people.

All of the preparation, much as those of us who were part of it, enjoyed it, was to provide the background for our members to relax and socialise. And did the members socialise! The atmosphere buzzed. Our guest speaker and his fiancé were very impressed at the friendly atmosphere at our club and are keen to return to enjoy more of it.