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RNSA East Coast Branch attend the 86th Little Ship Club Calais Rally

East Coast - 04 Jun 17 Cruising

The Little Ship Club Calais Rally was the usual splendid occasion overseen by Norman Hummerstone MBE (96), who has attended the Rally since 1948.

Easterly winds in the North Sea whisked the East Coast Branch to a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend at this year’s Little Ship Club Calais Rally. Even the weather Gods smiled upon us! We were delighted that several new RNSA members were ale to join this unique event, and we took along our Flying Pongo too.

The promised heavy shower conveniently expired before the obligatory Beer Call on Saturday afternoon, so we were able to muster on the pontoon in the sunshine to begin the inevitable 'dit spinning'.

The dinner at the Cercle Amical Maritime was well up to the usual standard (usual menu too!!) and accompanied by generous amounts of wine. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, evidenced by the flying around of lots of paper aeroplanes (could it be something to do with our newest member being ex-carrier?). Norman welcomed the gathering with his characteristic wit and ordered three cheers for our French Hosts, now in their tenth year.

The RNSA are a sturdy bunch but it was clear they still needed to recuperate next morning.The waft of bacon butties and the temptation of champagne had them all there on time! That was followed by the reception provided by the Calais Yacht Club and a warm welcome from the Deputy Mayor (deftly interpreted by one of the officers of the Maldon Little Ship Club) [reunited with the Little Ship Club after a 'tiff' in 1927 over female membership, but now represented by a female Commodore and Vice-Commodore] . The prize giving was punctuated by Norman's dry wit; he was well on form. The Little Ship Club Challenge Trophy was happily collected by Jon Coone and Peter Broadly of Successor. Well done the ECB!

The final informal event was a rounders match. Well... in short the men were no match for Leslie Hastie (Big G)'s female team, which had clearly been educated at St Trinians.

Three RNSA boats attended, Successor, Jacqui B and Big G.

A big thank you to Jonathan Hague (Adventura) and the Team of the Little Ship Club for a splendid occasion.

Roll on next year, a really happy event for everyone.


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