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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Meal arrangements - finding a better way

    Second that

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    Default Re: Meal arrangements - finding a better way

    Good point. Aim of having a 'central' meal was to make sure that everybody got the chance meet everybody else. but there were still one or two people I missed, so maybe past a certain critical mass it's more important to get everybody on the same pontoon, so plenty of boat visinting can go on, then leave individuals to make their own catering arrangements?

    What about the value of the wine tasting?

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    Default Re: Meal arrangements - finding a better way

    Fair comment - I fancy a reccy in about April with just a handful of boats, too.

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  4. #14
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    Nick

    Absolutely agree with all the sentiments from others, that is an unenviable job to take on and it is a very brave man that does, you deserve everyone's thanks.

    I believe we were the couple who didn't appear that you spoke with so you know our story. Actually I was acting a little under Captain's orders (I'm only the Skipper) but there were other factors for us and we were always possible maybes for both the weekend or the dinner, as it was, SWMBO was OK for the walk to where we thought it was but not for a taxi ride to where it eventually turned out to be, her thinking being we had no idea when (or if) we would get back on board for tiffin before an early start for home and that some of the potential taxi sharers might be the worse for wear.

    Perhaps there are other considerations where like us we are a couple attending rather than individuals. For example we didn't have a crew of heavies to share the work with and free some shuteye time on the way back, plus as many will know attendance by SWMBO may come with some 'yes OK I'll go buts'. As one who likes to keep some nookie points in the bank I tend to consider the 'yes ok buts'.

    Personally I would like to see more of a gathering on the pontoons/boats perhaps during the day, that might give an opportunity to meet people whilst they are still upright, that way there could be less pressure on finding a meal location that could take huge numbers all arriving together as it would allow other choices either of restaurant or even eating on board.

    Robin



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    Default Re: Meal arrangements - finding a better way

    '2. Find out their availability for a weekend in September preferably with neap tides and make a provisional booking several months in advance.'

    same weekend next year is neaps again FYI

    A brilliant job by yourself even though the wine was horrendous the main object was for people to meet each other and this was achieved and enjoyed by all.
    yacht club seems a good option IMHO

    Chatting to a few of the RORC crew they thought it a brilliant idea and were very envious wanted to join in but due to their 9pm Sat night dept time unable to.

    If an April jolly materializes count me in.

    Nice to meet everyone again and lots of new faces and from the sounds of it everyone had a cracking sail home....brilliant weekend thank you

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  6. #16
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    Default Re: Meal arrangements - finding a better way

    RORC Cherbourg is provisionally set for Sept 9th 2005. Follow progress at www.rorc.org

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    Default Re: Meal arrangements - finding a better way

    Nick, a good job very well done under the circumstances of not being able to confirm numbers until people actually made it across, and coping with a very large crowd. Never easy to do, and more effort behind the scenes than anyone except those that have done similar will ever appreciate. So well done.

    I had a fanatastic weekend, so thank you to all involved!

    Willl PM you with some ideas from organising similar events in the past.

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    Default Re: Meal arrangements - finding a better way

    Nick

    Genuinely repentent that my 5 crew were no-shows at the meal, it was more than a bit silly spending the afternoon in the bar. We missed meeting a lot of people, many of whom I was looking forward to seeing.

    Yacht Club is a much better idea as the long distance to the hotel was a major factor with my crew.

    Many thanks for organising this and a public apology from a contrite crew.
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  9. #19
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    Default Re: Meal arrangements - finding a better way

    A great big thanks from all (three) of us on Yanez, quite a job getting everyone together for a meal, and although the food and venue left a little to be desired the company more than compensated.

    I think your proposal of the yacht club is the way to go however there may always be some people, probably couples (and there will be more as the event grows) who want a quiet meal away from the boistrous banter that the hardcore enjoy. So as long as numbers are agreed and payment made splinter groups can do so. But the spirit of the forumites meeting and putting faces to names is what it's all about.

    If we do something in and around the boats and pontoons it will again be weather dependent. What could be useful is a rally pennant so as we wander about the marina we can see who our co-ralliers are and can introduce ourselves. Without having the list of runners to hand I had no idea who was with us and who wasn't. How about an 'open house' policy say from 3 to 6pm when we can visit one another's boats (remember the gathering on Stingo's boat?), take a bottle etc. and we still have time to eat at the yacht club. We can forego the wine tasting and get our wine orders sorted earlier in the day.

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    Default Re: Less Formal

    We could always go for an all afternoon mass DIY Barbie on the grass area by the marina.

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