Social Event Reports

2014 St George's Night

St George’s Day fell on Wednesday this year, but was celebrated on Friday 25th at the Club with a party in the Solent Room. It was behind the scenes that the hard work required to stage a successful event was evident, starting in the afternoon when the room was decorated ready for the party. Elaine and Consuelo worked a treat on the table arrangement and decorations with [obviously] red, white and blue being the theme. John Bell displayed the agility of a born sailor to balance atop the club step ladder, which rolled more than a yacht in a storm, and managed to hang the flags on walls and windows.

Sixty people sat down to supper and enjoyed an English menu cooked by Patrick and the team. They were joined by other members who were able to listen to live music played by The Hobos while enjoying a drink at the bar. This local folk band played brilliantly all night, singing and playing on guitar, banjo and fiddle. It was the perfect back ground to a relaxed and informal evening, where people could eat, drink and chat while listening to live music being performed to the highest standard. Thanks must go to Steve West who leads the band and gathered them together for the night’s performance.

There will be lots more live music at the LTSC in the next few months, so watch out for the posters and emails about upcoming events.

Clare Sleigh

2014 Children's Easter Party

The Club organised the usual Easter Egg Hunt for children on Easter Saturday.  Shiny, foil wrapped chocolate eggs were hidden among the dinghies for children up to the age of five, who hunted with the help of the adults. Pegs were ‘hidden’ amongst the boats on the lawn for older children to find, which they then traded for crème eggs. The Easter Bunny found that the nooks and crannies in the dinghy park were perfect hiding places, and some of the eggs will have evaded the eagle eyes of even the Mums, Dads and Grandparents, so there will be some left for dinghy sailors when the boats are sailed next.

After the eggs had been collected, some of the children went up to the Martineau Room where they could use the craft materials to make cards, decorated eggs or Easter models, and take them home.

Thanks must go to Carolyn Ingram for supervising the crafting and to Mary Reay for supervising the egg hunt.  Some of the children had also decorated Easter Eggs, which were displayed on a table in the Solent Room throughout the morning. The great chocolate eating festival had been celebrated in style at LTSC!

Clare Sleigh

2014 Sprat Supper

Over 100 people attended the Sprat Supper on what turned out to be one of the worst nights for weather this winter!  There was a great atmosphere, added to by the threat of possible evacuation during the evening after a visit from the Police before we had even sat down. We were advised to leave the building by 10pm due to the threat of a tidal surge that was expected on the high tide at 11pm, and the car park was expected to flood, so we quickly got down to the serious business of eating Sprats ably cooked by Patrick with the help of Elaine and the team!

A total of 34 raffle prizes, generously donated by local businesses, raised the grand total of £955 which was divided equally between the 3 charities, Seafarers UK, RNLI and Oakhaven Hospice.

Thank you to Viv Robins and everyone who contributed to a very successful evening.

2014 Burns Night

The Ceilidh was ably run by Ann Gorman and even though Ann despaired at our inability to follow orders, and none of us appeared to know our left from our right,  a few managed to move in the same direction at the same time!  Perhaps Ann should have used Port and Starboard?!


After a tasty menu of Cullen Skink, Haggis, Tatties and Neeps and a Beef stew with herb dumpling served up with a smile by Patrick, Elaine and Sharon, many of us felt that we needed to do quite a bit of dancing to work off the excess.


Robyn Bolam regaled us halfway through the evening with some of Burns’s poems, plus a couple more written by female poets, one from the east and one from the west side of Scotland, to keep things fair! This break enabled us to catch our breath before we once more ventured forth into steps unknown.......