The Ancasta Motor Boat Club set off for Dartmouth this weekend and in complete contrast to their somewhat ‘damp’ excursion to the Isle of Wight, no one could have predicted at that time, what exceptional and truly stunning conditions the weather would bring!
As planned, nine boats gathered at Calshot Spit, in the Solent, at 10am Friday morning and the adventure began as the convey made their way together, to Dartmouth. Arriving mid afternoon, in nigh on perfect conditions, the club members gathered together on the Quay for their weekend ‘de-briefing’. Roughly translated - newcomers were introduced, friendships were immediately forged, and the liquid refreshment (courtesy of the Ancasta team) flowed freely and was imbibed with the same generosity of spirit.
As the evening drew in, families and parties of friends separated for their own dinner arrangements, but all met up later at ‘The Ship’ afterwards for a drink.
The next day, and with no change evident in the heat wave, the club went for its pre-booked tour of Dartmouth’s Britannia Royal Naval College which boasts some of our military elite and is a modern military college steeped in traditional values. Special mention must be made, that this is the first time ever, the College have allowed a party to moor up by boat. Our 15 explorers from the Motor Boat Club then walked up the 200 odd steps to the college and enjoyed a brilliant experience as the history was told and unfolded before them.
(During this time, other members of the Motor Boat Club, felt it imperative to show their patriotism in a somewhat different vain, and remained behind to support the British Lions - bravely ensconced in front of the TV!)
The afternoon was spent sunbathing, socialising and soaking up the rays, while the younger members on the trip spent hours catching crabs, and then putting them back.
Saturday night, everyone went for an organised dinner at ‘Sails’ and while dining on the delicious cuisine, enjoyed the absolutely spectacular views over the river Dart.
Mark and Harriet from Ancasta told us it was
’ A truly brilliant weekend, and the best part was definitely seeing so many new faces enjoying themselves.’
Sadly, our two stalwarts had to leave early on Sunday morning, but, the Marketing team are very pleased to share, that this time they remembered the camera and we have photos.
At last count three boats returned late Sunday afternoon, but the rest have decided to extend the weekend and explore all the beauty of the West Country while the sun is still shining.
If you'd like to join the Motor Boat Club when they head to St Vaast on the 23rd -27th August, sign up now!
Joining the Ancasta Motorboat Club is easy, simply click here. in the meantime, for all information on the next excursion or the club itself, please phone Mark da Costa or Harriet Woolf
on 02380 450 000 or email email@example.com
Please click here or on the images below to take you to our FaceBook gallery of the weekend.