In mid-September, we were delighted to host a meeting of the Electric Boat Association for two days on the water – a welcome outing for all, after 18 months of hopping in and out of lockdown.
Some members brought their boats – three of which are based here at the marina – and a few simply arrived by car and hitched a ride aboard with friends old and new. The boats that arrived on trailers used our slipway and everyone was afloat by the afternoon of Wednesday 15th, for a short trip down the river in the glorious sunshine.
Monique from Monique’s Country Kitchen in Lechlade supplied an excellent cream tea back at the marina and then the overnighters moved on to the New Inn Hotel in town, where, we are reliably informed, the beer and wine flowed long into the evening!
The next morning, members set off at 10:30 sharp for around a 6km sail down the Thames to the lunch destination, The Plough Inn at Kelmscott. The weather started off a little hazy, but once everyone was happily settled in The Plough’s beer garden, the sun burned through and made for a beautiful cruise back to the marina.
The meeting was rounded off by more tea and cake, and a club awards ceremony where the winners – in categories that included ‘Most Relaxed Driving Position’! – were each rewarded with a bottle of 2016 St Emilion. (We can confirm the quality, having been awarded Best Marina 😊)
As members of the EBA ourselves, we thoroughly enjoyed this long overdue get-together, which was unanimously voted a resounding success – roll on the next one!
(Thanks and credit to the EBA for the images.)