Its Not the Laying Up Supper
Published 22:38 on 25 Nov 2020
I can safely say this year's virtual Lockdown Laying Up Supper was a Laying Up Supper like no other.
Everyone was dressed up to the nines, DJs, bow ties, long frocks, cocktail dresses, sequins, glitter . . . all matched with fluffy slippers!
We began with an opening speech by our Commodore, Barry Easton-Corke, followed by Gordon Kingston-Minnis speaking on behalf of the Sailing Committee.
Guests then left the main room to go to their 'tables' (aka breakout rooms) where they enjoyed their menu of choice in the comfort of their own homes while chatting with other members via Zoom.
It was lovely to see the efforts that everyone zwent to, to make sure this was a special evening, with tables set with candlelight, printed menus, and champagne.
On their return to the main room, we enjoyed the jokes of Chris Trott and David Brewster, a guess the baby photograph challenge, and a generation game style conveyor belt competition.
And then, of course, there were the Awards. . . .
Rear of the Year awarded to Steve and Sarah Cockerill, as the rear of their boat is all most of the rest of the fleet see for most of the time, as we all follow in their wake
Non-starter of the year suggested and nominated by Mark Robinson, this was awarded in recognition and thanks for the work of Gordon Kingston Minnis, who organized numerous open events only to be thwarted by lockdown.
It was all going well until . . . suggested by Tracy Porter and nominated by Val Child, this award goes to Steve Porter although it was felt this could have gone to almost anyone who sails a dinghy.
Trolley Dolly of the year this award goes to Peter Czura, for his sterling effort, not only looking after the other members of his family, but pretty much the rest of the single handers.
Paparazzi Award both John Norris and Jonty Yates have done the club proud, with some amazing photographs, so this was declared a draw.
Volunteer of the Year it is easy to forget that we are all volunteers, even the Commodore, and there is an enormous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. Since becoming Commodore, Barry has put in an enormous amount of time and a huge amount of effort, working on everything from meetings about the Clubhouse development, to basic maintenance of the Signal Station, to dressing the Signal Station for VE Day the list is endless. So this Award was presented to Barry, with thanks, for everything he has done on behalf of the club.
Everyone agreed it was a lovely evening - we might even have to insist on fluffy slippers at future events!
We had a fabulous time, really enjoyed every minute of it.
So much fun, we had a great evening . . .
. . . an evening to remember as one of the most enjoyable parts of lockdown.
A surreal experience. Great fun, and no driving home!
Last updated 23:47 on 13 June 2021