Henley Sailing Club – Henley Standard

The HENLEY Sailing Club’s season-ending dinner party on Saturday looked decidedly spooky, with members embracing the theme of pirates, ghouls and betrayal.

The spooky supper expertly prepared by first mates Ruth Kitching and Jane McIlroy (skillfully aided by cabin boys Dave and Dave) was more cordon bleu than the ship’s rations.

The hearty three-course menu included caramelized leek and cheese pie with celeriac and apple remoulade, followed by lamb and feta meatballs in a tomato sauce with polow-e-bademjan-rice. o-felfel and tzatziki and possibly the best sticky caramel pudding ever.

Dave “Blackbeard” Kitching ran the gauntlet of daggers and swords with a challenging quiz on members’ knowledge of pirates and piracy, with questions such as “What was the golden age of piracy?”, “What is a pirate duplicate?” and “When a pirate says ‘Sail ho!’ what does he mean?”

A raffle ensued for a bottle or two of rum (and other prizes).

Fueled by great food and stories from the sea, a number of sailors were motivated enough to set out again in the club’s Sunday morning winter racing series.

The occasion marked the end of an active sailing season for the Henley Sailing Club. A particular achievement this year was Simon Beddows winning the Indoor Fire Dinghy Championship. Potential new members of all ages who can answer any of the pirate questions above are welcome to our club and if you want to know the answers (or just want to browse) there’s always a member here ready to help you.

We are a family friendly club of racing sailors, social sailors and social members (all ages welcome) who take advantage of our wonderful location to cruise the River Thames at Wargrave.

For more information please email [email protected]

Sue James

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