Fitting Out Dinner & (optional) Brewery Visit – Friday 24 March 2017
We are delighted that one of our members, John White (Noj to his friends), will be our guest speaker at the X-Yachts Owners Association (XYOA) Fitting Out Dinner on Friday 24 March 2017, due to be held at The Naval Club, 38 Hill Street, Mayfair, W1J 5NS.
Noj grew up on the family farm in Essex and learnt to fly long before he was old enough to get his road driving licence. When it was time to make a choice over his future, it was a no brainer for him. Flying was a far more attractive proposition to driving a Massey Fergusson tractor! He soon found himself at the BOAC training centre in Hamble and never looked back. Noj became the youngest qualified Concorde pilot.
The title of his entertaining talk is “From Massey Fergusson to Concorde”
John, with his wife Chrissie, are keen sailors with his X-37 “S X Girl” and they mainly cruise and race successfully just two handed.
Complimentary pre-dinner drinks will be served in the ground floor bar, followed by dinner in the second floor Cunliffe-Owen Room.
Dinner including aperitif, three-course meal with wine and coffee will cost £52.00/head.
Menu details will be circulated nearer the date of the event.
Dress code for gentlemen is jacket and tie.
Optional Brewery Visit
Friday 24 March 2017
Prior to the Fitting Out Dinner, subject to numbers, there will be an opportunity to visit an XYOA member’s family’s craft brewery in South Bermondsey.
Fourpure is a brewery established in 2013. Their approach to exceptional brewing is all about attention to detail, not cutting corners and innovating yet staying true to the principles of brewing – respecting the four core ingredients used to make beer: grain, yeast, hops and water. This was the inspiration for the name, Fourpure. They export overseas whilst supplying Tesco and Marks & Spencer amongst others in the UK.
The Tap Room is where you can get your hands on all the Brewery’s year-round flagship favourites as well as small batch beers and specials. The Brewery is located next to South Bermondsey railway station (one stop from London Bridge) or Surrey Quays (London Over-ground).
The visit to the Brewery including a flight of six different types of craft beers is £15.00. XYOA members and guests will have to make their own travel arrangements to and from the Brewery.
15.45 hours Meet at Fourpure Brewery (optional)
16.00 hours Brewery visit
17.30 hours Leave Brewery
18.30 hours Reception and pre-dinner drinks at the Naval Club
19.30 hours Three-course dinner followed by coffee and mints
21.00 hours Announcements and introductions
21.15 hours Guest speaker John White
21.45 hours Questions/Cash Bar
22.15 hours Close
The Naval Club is located centrally between Underground Stations at Marble Arch, Bond Street, Hyde Park and Green Park. The nearest car parks are at 5 Audley Square (W1K 1DS) and the underground car park in Park Lane (W1K 7TY), the latter is outside the London Congestion Zone.
The Club has 26 modern bedrooms each offering Freeview television, tea and coffee making facilities, a direct dial telephone with voicemail and complimentary secure Wi-Fi. All, but two, of the bedrooms are en-suite. Please contact the Naval Club directly if you wish to reserve accommodation on-line https://www.navalclub-reservations.co.uk:448/asp/IQHome.asp or telephone 0207 493 7672.
Fourpure Brewery, 22 Bermondsey Trading Estate, Rotherhithe New Road, London SE16 3LL is located a short walk from South Bermondsey Railway Station.
Members are advised to book early for this most exciting event. The booking form may be accessed below