With winter on its way there is less boating activity to report on but there are several land based activities in the club calendar to get involved with. One such event was the recent trip to the Isle of Wight organised superbly by Sue, with a little help from Alan, where 18 members took their cars across on the ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne heading for the Warners Holiday Resort in Bembridge.

With half board accommodation provided, we chose from a comprehensive buffet breakfast and were presented with a wide choice of mains and puds in the evening with either table service or a help yourself buffet available. The rooms were comfortable with many having a sea view and although there were a couple of hiccups Sue managed to sort them out without any fuss. The entertainment team worked hard to provide daily activities and they also put together some credible shows in the evening.

It helped a lot that we had allocated tables both in the restaurant and the evening theatre venue as it meant we didn’t have to scrabble to sit together and everyone got to chat to different club members at mealtimes. During the day we had lots of free time available which many club members used to visit various attractions around the Island the most popular one being a visit to Osbourne House, the former residence of Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert with their nine children. Victoria spent much of her time there and it was at Osbourne House that she died in 1901. I understand that the name of the building is soon to be officially changed to “Royal Osbourne”.

As a point of interest, the visiting US navy ship was the Harry S Truman, the 2nd largest nuclear powered aircraft carrier in the world, large enough to have two cruise ships placed on its deck and still have room for aircraft to take off between them.

Overall it was an excellent weekend and the Club showed its thanks and appreciation to Sue for organising the event by presenting her with a bouquet of flowers in the bar on our last evening. We did raise a glass or two to absent friends that couldn’t make it, you know who you are!