Walton Bridge Cruiser Club always supports the RNLI Rally on the Queen’s Promenade in Surbiton.  Usually we have provided a bric-a-brac stall but this year we had the added attraction of this street organ built by one of our members.

Ours is a fairly informal club so we only have a formal sail past to salute our commodore on special occasions such as major anniversaries.  2011 saw the club’s 35th anniversary so we held a party at Shepperton Marina, complete with sail past.

Friday of the Late May Bank Holiday weekend saw the crews of Jeverek, Tahoe, Pieces of Eight and Blue Dream rafting up in twos at a very busy Teddington.  We all went off for a meal in the evening with Jenny in a local hostelry to celebrate Viv’s birthday.

An 8am start on Saturday meant we got ahead of the queue, sailed safely down through London, arriving in South Dock at lunchtime.  The only incident of note was an overheating engine on Tahoe which David was able to sort out on arrival in the marina.  A piece of plastic bag had somehow managed to pass through the filter system.  Six of our intrepid adventurers went off to the Moby Dick Inn for supper, to find themselves surrounded by football fans watching Manchester United playing Barcelona in the Champions League Final – not a quiet evening, we suspect.

  

A week's cruise to the River Medway.

We had a remarkably good turnout in spite of a gloomy, overcast day. The weather remained dry and relatively warm in the evening so for once no need to shelter under the gazebo.