The Autumn Meet and Southwest Dinner will come together this year in the delightful Devon harbour of Salcombe.
It should be possible to berth overnight at that time of year on the walk ashore pontoons as opposed to the buoys. Once we know numbers we will approach the Harbour Master to facilitate this.
The Dinner will take place in the imposing Salcombe Yacht Club (SYC) on the evening of Saturday 29 September, and prior to the Dinner, there will be an opportunity for some dinghy racing, and a waterborne treasure hunt, and a visit to Overbecks. We are currently looking at venues for the get together on Friday evening after the Vice Commodores naming ceremony of his new acquisition. Again once likely numbers are known we will look at booking a restaurant for Sunday.
A hidden paradise of subtropical gardens and quirky collections, Overbecks is tucked away on the cliffs above Salcombe, overlooking the harbour entrance, and is a hidden paradise: a subtropical garden, bursting with colour, filled with exotic and rare plants and surprises round every corner, which surrounds the seaside home of scientist and inventor Otto Overbeck. The views from the garden over the estuary and coast are truly breathtaking. Inside, among Otto's eclectic collections, glimpses of a bygone age, are his 'Rejuvenator', once believed to cure all ills, and a melodious giant music box called a polyphon (you can choose a disc to play).
Overbecks is open daily from 11am to 5pm.
The programme for the weekend will be:
Friday 28 September:
1700-1900 VC Reception (boat re-naming)
1930 No host supper (venue tbc)
Saturday 29 September:
Am/pm Visit Overbecks House in preference to water borne activities.
1030 Treasure hunt using Yacht Tender/Hire boats
O/c No host lunch (at SYC)
1430 Dinghy Racing Start
2 x RS Vision (up to 3 crew)
2 x RS Quba (up to 2 crew)
1 RS Feva (up to 2 (small) crew
1830-1930 Drinks (SYC)
1930 Call for Dinner
1945-ufn Dinner (black tie)
Sunday 30 September:
CofE Holy Trinity Church, Salcombe
0800 Holy Communion
1000 Family Communion
RC Sacred Heart Church, Kingsbridge
1015 Holy Mass
1230 No host lunch (venue tbc)
Dinner Menu at SYC:
Roasted Scallops with Hazelnut and Coriander
Beetroot Carpaccio with Roasted Artichoke and Crispy Hens Eggs and Porchini Mayo (V)
Slow Cooked Lamb Leg with Celeriac Puree, Beetroot and Carrot with Star Anis, Chard and Leeks, plus Dauphinoise Potatoes
Spinach, Butternut, Feta and Pistachio Pastry (V)
Baked Figs with Balsamic and Ricotta
Plum and Almond Tart and Custard
£45.00 per head (includes pre-dinner Prosecco, half bottle of wine per head, glass of port)
At this stage all we are seeking are EOI's from anyone interested.
Expressions of interest should be sent to me firstname.lastname@example.org.