Fitting OutDinner Update – Saturday 5th March 2016

As most members are already aware, a private room has been booked in Grieg’s Grill & Restaurant for the XYOA Fitting Out Dinner, to be held on Saturday 5 March 2016. We now have an interesting guest speaker to add to your enjoyment of the evening.

Last year, Peter and Christene Tanner took delivery of their new XC-42 in Denmark and then participated in ARC Baltic.

The ARC Baltic web site describes the Rally as – “Cruising over six weeks, ARC Baltic takes you on a 1,800nm voyage of discovery through Europe’s “east sea”, combining days of social cruising with exploring the Baltic’s fascinating culture and history ashore. The rally format has been adapted to the Baltic and the individual rally legs are short, one to two days, with the focus to experience the cultural history of the region and enjoy the stunning beauty of the Swedish and Finnish archipelagos.”

Peter will tell us whether the actuality matched the publicity!

A special dinner menu has been agreed for the evening, with members being able to choose their preferred dishes on the night.

 

Starters 

Whole smoked trout

Soup of the Day

Classic prawn cocktail 

Main courses

Prime filet steak

Tiger prawns with garlic butter

Roasted baby chicken

Vegetarian option – Garnished with button mushroom, vine tomatoes & served with

homemade chips & vegetables 

Desserts 

Lemon posset with shortbread biscuits

White lady ice cream, whipped cream & chocolate sauce

Strawberries & cream

 

 

 

Programme 

18.45 hours    Complimentary sparkling wine drinks reception.

19.30 hours    Dinner, complimentary white and red wine, including

coffee and chocolates

21.00 hours    Talk by Peter Tanner with an opportunity for questions afterwards.

22.00 hours    Close 

The all-inclusive price for the pre-dinner drinks, three course dinner including wine with coffee and chocolates afterwards is £50.00/head.

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Dress code – Jacket and tie

Members are strongly encouraged to attend this event.  

As we have sole use of the private dining room, members’ guests will be most welcome 

The booking form is attached and you can either book and pay-on-line, or alternatively complete the booking form and send it with a cheque to the Treasurer. 

Greigs location

Greig’s is located at 26 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J6NG. The nearest Underground Stations are Bond Street, Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

There is local on street parking and the nearest car park is at NCP Grosvenor Hill (W1K 3QQ).

XYOA ties

A very smart XYOA silk tie has been ordered from the manufacturers and this should be available for purchase at the Fitting Out Dinner on the 05 March 2016. The dark blue tie features the XYOA burgee and will make even the scruffiest of owners look very debonair!

Fitting Out Dinner 2016

Saturday 5 March 2016 – XYOA Fitting Out Dinner

After last year’s very popular event, a private oak panelled room in a well-established London restaurant has been booked for the XYOA Fitting Out Dinner to be held on Saturday 5 March 2016.

Greig’s Grill & Restaurant, in the heart of Mayfair, was established by one of London’s most highly acclaimed restaurateurs from the last century – Alistair Greig. He gained a reputation for serving the best steaks in London.   Greig’s Grill & Restaurant continues to uphold that tradition of top quality steaks and great British food, more than half a century later.

For our Fitting Out Dinner, apart from the infamous steaks, there will be a choice of other main courses, starters and desserts. This promises to be an exciting and enjoyable evening, as well as an excellent opportunity to meet fellow X-Yacht owners and discuss sailing plans for 2016.Greigs

Programme for the evening

    • 18.45 Complimentary drinks reception
    • 19.30 Three course dinner including white and red wine
    • 21.00 Coffee and chocolates
    • 22.00 Close

The all-inclusive price for the pre-dinner drinks, three course dinner including wine with coffee and chocolates afterwards is £50.00/head.

Dress code – Jacket and tie

Members are strongly encouraged to attend this event.

As we have sole use of the private dining room, members’ guests will be most welcome 

The booking form is attached, and you can either book and pay-on-line, or alternatively complete the booking form and send it with a cheque to the Treasurer, the latter being the preferred option. 

Greig’s is located at 26 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 6NG. The nearest Underground Stations are Bond Street, Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

Greigs location

There is local on street parking and the nearest car park is at NCP Grosvenor Hill (W1K 3QQ).

Saturday 5 March 2016 Booking form

 

 

2015 AGM REPORT

Sunday 8th November saw the 2015 AGM of the XYOA. Some 16 people attended including Ian Miller from Jersey who had sailed in to the Royal Southampton yacht Club from Hamble on his first outing with his brand new Xc-38

A very quick AGM was held to re-elect the existing officers, there being no other volunteers. This was followed by a very convivial lunch where this year’s stories were exchanged and next year’s plans shared.

The next event will be the Fitting out supper, which by a majority vote will probably be held at RORC in St. James, the date of which will be announced soon.

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Annual Review for the Annual General Meeting (AGM), Sunday 08 November 2015

Max Hubbard
by Chairman, Max Hubbard

The Association currently has over 60 members and has organised many popular and well-attended events. Despite being created essentially for owners in the United Kingdom and Ireland, enquiries still continue from owners in other countries as to whether the Association has overseas representation.

To celebrate the Association’s fifth year, a Celebratory Dinner was held on Friday 6 March on HQS Wellington, London. Excellent food, copious wine and engaging conversations were all enjoyed in the beautifully converted engine room of this historic Atlantic escort ship. Niels Jeppesen gave an interesting talk on the origins of X-Yachts, which led to a lively debate afterwards.

As there was no X-Yachts Solent Cup this year, the Association organised a two day-rally to Lymington and Poole on the 2 – 4 May. Some twenty X-Yachts and nearly 100 owners and crew came from various homeports on Saturday to enjoy an excellent seafood dinner in the Haven Restaurant at Lymington Yacht Haven. The fun race to Poole was cancelled on Sunday morning with winds gusting at over 50 knots at Hurst. However, by various means and methods nearly all the crews and owners managed to have dinner in the RNLI in Poole and enjoy an informative talk by Neil Garrie about the history of the RNLI

A rally to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight was held on the Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September with some nine yachts taking part from X50 to X332. After a drinks reception on the pontoon, later some 26 members and guests enjoyed a very convivial and noisy evening in Saltys restaurant.

The last XYOA event of 2015 will be the AGM and Laying-Up Luncheon on Sunday 8 November at The Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Ocean Village, Southampton.

Our Marketing and PR Secretary, Lawrence Hodgkinson, resigned earlier in the year. I take this opportunity to thank Lawrence for his considerable help and support during his term of office. All members were circulated to see whether a volunteer would step up to take on this role. However, despite this request, we are still looking for a new committee member who could take over the marketing and PR functions.

Partnering arrangements continue with several leading manufacturers and suppliers, where XYOA members are able to obtain a discount on items such as sails, electronic equipment, winches and insurance. The XYOA branded SLAM clothing is still a very popular purchase, as is the XYOA burgee.

The XYOA members’ only web site continues to expand, and all are encouraged to submit articles and photographs.

Max Hubbard
Chairman