Date 10 May 2019
Dear fellow members of the Club
I would like to invite you and up to 3 guests to join me for a boating event with the https://www.sea-cadets.org/, a UK charity that I support. This will take place during the afternoon of Saturday the 8th of June, 2019 at the Royal Docks London E16 1GB. This historic location, on the river Thames, is about an hour’s drive east from central London. The boating afternoon will be followed by drinks at 6pm at my charity’s headquarters 34 Thurloe Square, London SW7 2SR.
The mini regatta will be on the RS21 keelboats https://www.rssailing.com/project/rs21/ (dinghies of about 7m in length) which take up to 3 guests at a time and there will always be an experienced skipper on board from the Sea Cadets. As you know for me it is the taking part that is important and not winning, but feel free to be as competitive as you like or sit back and enjoy the view of other members getting wet J!
The expected programme is below and coach transport will be provided by our Club throughout the day.
Members should fee free to attend parts of the programme or just the evening drinks in London.
12 noon meet at Stelios Philanthropic Foundation headquarters 34 Thurloe Square, London, SW7 2SR.
12.15pm depart from London for Royal Docks by coach.
1.15pm arrive DoubleTree Hilton Hotel https://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-london-excel-LONEXDI/index.html for a members light lunch in their restaurant overlooking the docks.
2pm welcome, introductions & debrief by the Sea Cadets (personal safety equipment & splash proofs to be given out).
2.30pm some time to have a go on the boats.
2.30pm-3.30pm alternative optional visit: During the afternoon I will be making a brief visit to the legendary sailing ship the Cutty Sark which is kept at the Royal Museums Greenwich about 20 minutes drive from the Royal Docks. https://www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark
3pm-4.30pm mini Regatta (Sea Cadets will create the teams & each race will be approx. 10 minutes).
5pm depart Royal Docks back to Stelios Philanthropic Foundation London headquarters.
6pm-7.30pm drinks & canapés at 34 Thurloe Square, London, SW7 2SR.
- The event is free to duly paid members of the Gustavia Yacht Club for the 2019 year plus 3 of their guests.
- We will be taking photos and video on the day.
- NB boat shoes will be required to go on the boats.
NB The following members of the Club have already confirmed their attendance: Charles Hancock, Chris Hocking and Andrew de Candole. We will have to limit the overall participation to a total of 30 people including guests and places will be secured on a first come first served basis.
With best wishes
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou
Commodore of the Club