The club decided this year to have an early cruise to Henley on the first May Bank Holiday.  Inspired by our very early cruise to Windsor at Easter which began rather cold but warmed up later, Linda and I set off on the
Thursday for a leisurely trip up to Henley being joined on the way by Alan and Sue on Rosette and mooring overnight at Cookham, dinner at The Ferry.
We arrived at the Town Moorings in Henley at lunchtime Friday –now £10 per night but free 10am to 3pm.  Ron and Sheridan on Malbec joined us on Saturday.  We all ate out on Saturday evening, with Denise and Roger arriving by car, at a pub in the High Street –The Argyll, which was very good with a good selection of ales.
Unfortunately the weather forecast for the weekend was not good which put off other members, however as is often the case the weather turned out to be good with the exception of the Sunday.  We had a pleasant cruise back on Monday to Bray in bright sunshine.

 

Mike & Linda, Prime Time

The April club meeting took a different format this year as 10 members gathered at the Brooklands Museum for a tour organised by David Seager.  David works there as a volunteer and organised a tour that allowed those who wished to enjoy the Concorde Experience (sitting in luxury as the plane accelerated to Mach2 –all without leaving the ground).  There was also the opportunity to try the Napier-Railton experience which is a simulator of the car travelling around the track at speed.  It is described as a “multi-sensory ride with motion”.

 

There was also the opportunity to drive in an F1 Maclaren simulator.

Other highlights included the Barnes Wallace Stratosphere Chamber, built to simulate a variety of climatic conditions.  Tests included those on engines, aeroplane parts and even BOATS. 

A fascinating experience on the hottest day of the year so far, with an expert commentary provided by David, to whom we owe our thanks.  Although it was a full day, there was plenty of time for lunch and coffee breaks in the Sunbeam Café.

Handing over the Baton

Past Commodore Denise Harden presents the commodore's flag to our new commodore, Lisa Johnson.

The committee for the 2015/16 season is now in place.  The flags of office have been handed over and the new committee, under the leadership of Lisa Johnson is now chomping at the bit (or should it be gripping the tiller?) eager to get the season going as the weather begins to warm up.

 

The upriver cruise to Windsor was an early start to the boating season for some intrepid members who were brave enough, or foolish enough or had good large hot water bottles to enable them to survive the freezing nights.  The cruise started off with four boats, but spring fever obviously caught on, so by Saturday there were seven boats of fearless sailors who stayed the course until Sunday. Thee boats made it to the end of the cruise on Monday. Francisco's, a new venue for WBCC, was a popular choice for lunch and 20 people joined in the merrymaking.