On a beautifully sunny Autumn day (just right for sailing), on Sunday, 23 October around 40 members and their guests attended the Club's annual Laying Up Lunch. This was the first Club event to be held at the Cruising Association's clubhouse in Limehouse Creek, East London.
Given the benign weather, Jill and I decided to join the crowd of foreign sightseers making the most of the weak pound to visit London and we cruised to our venue from Embankment pier by River Bus. The ride was as fascinating as ever - the views of the city each side of the river are constantly changing and it was good to see historic sites mixed with London's exciting new architecture. We had a pleasant ten minute walk from Canary Wharf pier to the CA clubhouse.
The CA provided us with an excellent lunch, which we all enjoyed. Given the closeness of the date to Trafalgar Day, Commodore Nigel Collingwood regaled us with interesting anecdotes of his distinguished Admiral forbear's relationship with the younger but more illustrious Admiral Lord Nelson.
Our thanks go to the Cruising Association for their warm hospitality and to Past Commodore David Whitby for organising a most enjoyable event.