Akuna Bay Cruising Club

New Members Dinner (by Vice Commodore Kim Murray)

Tuesday 20 November, 2007

The weather forecast was really encouraging. Fine conditions and 27-30 degrees over the whole weekend.

On Friday evening, our numbers started to increase on the marina as people hurried down from their offices or factories with anticipation that a great weekend was ahead.

The new café tenant, Alf of Iluka Café in Collaroy, was rearranging furniture to seat 52 people. The band, "Pop Rivets" was set up and by 7.30pm members and friends started arriving and mingling. Plenty of food, music and not much space (HEY, two out of three ain't bad).
Commodore Steve handed out First Aid Certificates to Alison Gillan and Mike McLaren. We then welcomed new members, Gary and Irene Newport from "Just Coastin'", Bob and Bernadette Woolacott from "Bella" and Terry and Christine Arnold from "Zantara". We made the poor things stand up and tell us their story in boating without notice. They all did well!

After the formalities, Pop Rivets wound up the volume (even more) and so began the dancing! Well, Jackie Stamford would have not only cut a rug, she would have sliced and diced it!! Steve Madjwick, a guest of Frank and Janet proved popular with the ladies as he was quite the dancer (Take note men).

Then, as if by some miracle, Elvis, himself, was not only in the building, but there on the stage. With a borrowed guitar, and no other support, Elvis sang some of his favourites to us and we were entranced. Who was this man? Paddy Twohill from a boat appropriately named "Dial Elvis". He was an invited guest of Warren and Wendy Armour from "Wendarren".

After his set, Pop Rivets returned and took us for the rest of the evening to nearly midnight.

It was a warm and balmy night, the café doors were wide open and many stood outside enjoying their drinks and the evening air.

There were plenty of positive comments with many people coming up to me and asking if we could do this once a month.

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