River Fal trip 5th June 2005
On Sunday morning Cornwall awoke to dreadful weather which spread as far afield as Somerset. By 10.30 am seven people had 'phoned to cancel their booking, their bed seeming so much more snug than the thought of being cold and soaking wet on a boat which they hadn't even seen! However, with a few extra guests arriving unexpectedly, we set off with 22 of us on board. What stars they were! Despite there being a nice dry cabin beneath (complete with cafeteria), most people chose to travel on the open top deck. As the Commentator had to cancel his commitment due to illness on Friday afternoon, I and Tony Pawlyn did a Morecombe and Wise act, me reading from the Commentator's notes which I had gleaned from him on Friday evening, and Tony being thoroughly erudite with an amazing amount of knowledge simply emerging from his head! Fortunately, something akin to the British WW2 attitude prevailed, enabling everyone to enjoy themselves because it was so awful. Mind you, it seems that my wife's home made cakes had a lot to do with that!
The following additional comment was provided by our secretary Martin Hazell.
A small, but select, company sailed the waters of the Fal on Sunday 5th June and despite the weather the 22 attendees enjoyed the event - thanks to Tony Pawlyn, plus the geology expert plus organiser and his wife from Maritime Museum for their contributions and the delicious cakes!
Reported by Roger Stephens
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