Akuna Bay Cruising Club

The Beach Ball - 2007

Thursday 01 March, 2007

The annual Beach ball was held on Saturday 24th February. It followed a fantastic night at the Café at Akuna bay which was held to Celebrate Jenny Turner's 40th (plus some months) Birthday.

The café was set up with a live band the "Pop Rivets" and it being a very nice evening we all sat outside while we dined and wined. The "Pop Rivets" obviously were of similar vintage to the revellers as we all sang and danced the hours away. The meal was excellent and company great with about 30 members in attendance. The songs varied from the Frankie Valley, Tom Jones, and the Eagles through, Van Morrison to Michael Buble. We are hoping to make these events a regular feature. Happy birthday Jenny I know you enjoyed the evening and so did we.

The Beach Ball again was great fun. With rival ball goers threatening to take over our venue Barry Southern and a team of storm troopers fought their way on to Hallett's beach to take and occupy our position. This assault took place on Friday as we needed to be back at Akuna bay on the Friday evening for Jenny's birthday. We also had to leave some occupying forces on the beach in the form of three large ships to keep the marauders at bay.

Saturday morning burst on the scene with beautiful sunny skies. Many club members turned up to help setting up. The gazebos were erected and our decorations included table settings, chandeliers, fantastic lighting, fairy lights. Marcia is to be thanked for the effort put in on this as it would have put Balls organised in halls to shame, much less one held on one of the world's great waterways. Around 55 members attended the event with not only our boats but boats from the CCCA in the bay. Over 30 boats in the bay was a sight to behold.

Happy hour extended through most of the afternoon with both Barry Southern and Keith Turner taking what is best described as an involuntary swim. The Ball proper started at 7.30pm and by that stage threatening rain. With the party in full swing and the catering just about to commence the heavens opened up and rain like you only experience in North Queensland dropped on our parade. Unperturbed we managed to get the antipasta served the prawns and oysters distributed to the gathered crowd huddled under the gazebos. The rain subsided and the main meal and deserts served to the soft sounds of the bush dripping from fresh moisture and music from our on beach sound system.

The prize for the best exit was won by Janet with her well placed dingy flop comfirtably winning the evening.

Thanks to all the members who turned up and helped make it such a great evening and for helping with the setting up and cleaning up after the event. It has been suggested that next years event be held at Warragamba dam to may be fill her up.

A special thanks also to Milan and Michelle, for their brilliant photographic efforts on the night. There are some great photos in the gallery, which really illustrate that a great time was had by all of us. Great work guys !!

Stephen Smith
"Banyandah 2"