During the run up river Sylvester and his “sheepdogs” were instructing the junior members in the finer points of boat craft and handling as part of the Young Mariner competition.
After lunch the smaller craft went further up river to explore The Patches whilst our floating pontoon was being positioned at The Deeps and Sylvester was setting up a slalom course as part of the boat handling exercise. The afternoon passed very enjoyably with some tasty cheese and wine.
The evening was spent with a BBQ and finished with some very enjoyable music, during which a cake appeared for a birthday girl who earlier had also managed to get her bum wet whilst doing the splits and other gymnastics between two boats. A first for the rally was music on Saturday evening performed by The Doyle Family of Monageer.
Sunday was not such a good day weather wise with showers and a fresh wind, however whats a bit of rain to a sailor! We had a very enjoyable tour of our hosts’, Mr &Mrs Pearson’s, walled garden. After which the mandatory quiz was finished, it was amazing how many people had the same right or wrong answer! This was followed by a damp lunch and the journey back to the boat club.
When all the mountain of equipment that was required on each boat had been put away the prize giving took place. This year the overall winner of the Cecil Millar Perpetual Trophy was Sylvester O’ Brien, awarded for his tireless work in passing on his boat skills to the younger members and his on going commitment to helping with the Slaney Rallies. The Young Mariner Trophy going to Graham Corbett with the Cadet Trophy to Alice Mahon.
was deemed to be a success with the amount of enjoyment that the
had during the two days on our lovely River Slaney, unfortunately our
and his wife could not be with us this year, but he did send a text to
well, we are now looking forward to next