The first Cruiser Lunch of the 2017/18 winter series took place on Sunday 26th November. Our guest speaker, Richard Titchener, gave us a fascinating insight into the work of the Sea-Change Sailing Trust. The Trust works with young people and vulnerable adults, providing opportunities to learn and develop in the unique environment of a Thames Sailing Barge.
Until now, the Trust have chartered the barges Cambria and Reminder but recently they commissioned, and have taken delivery of, a replica of the steel-hulled TSB Blue Mermaid. It is their vision that they will continue the Trust's valuable work aboard their own vessel, operating as a working barge delivering goods around the Thames Estuary.
After Richard's fine presentation, over 40 RCYC members sat down to a splendid Carvery Lunch provided by Simon and James. During the lunch, a collection was held in favour of the Sea-Change Trust for which Richard expressed sincere thanks on behalf of the Trust.
Our next Lunch will be on Sunday 14th January 2018, and will be a slightly different format. We will meet and eat in the downstairs bar, where our very own Wendy Eagling will present an exciting display of RCYC memorabilia. A number of recent acquisitions have not been displayed before, and provide great insight into momentous periods in the history of our club, and British sailing generally.
If you haven't been to a Cruiser Lunch, you'll be very welcome. They are very relaxed events and are open to all members. It's a great way to keep in touch over Winter! We meet in the downstairs bar between 11:30 and 11:55 and sit down to eat at 13:00.