Akuna Bay Cruising Club

Another Great Ball !!

Friday 18 March, 2005

Once again, the weather Gods were ultimately kind to us, despite a few afternoon clouds and a couple of wind gusts that threatened to blow the tents and decorations away at about 7.00pm.

By 7.30pm the weather conveniently cleared, the tide was perfect and the efforts of all who assisted in the pre-Ball preparations was put to the test. The unique and colourful
decorations engineered by Frank and Janet Gardner, were outstanding and the entire Hallets Beach setting was an absolute picture. The twenty or so boats, bobbing at anchor
off the beach made it even better.

The arrival of almost 60 Club Members, dressed in their 'beach formal' wear, heralded the start of what was to be another wonderful club event. With decorated tables, silver candelabras and ice buckets filled with champagne, it was a little hard to realize we were on a beach somewhere. Then came the food.

The seafood entrée of smoked salmon, prawns and oysters was a worthy start, followed by a banquet of assorted meats and a variety of fresh salads, then the wonderful range of desserts. A huge thank you to the team who organized, prepared and served the food, especially Jenny, Jill and Jackie, some members may not realise that this entire event is
organized and catered for by the Club Committee.

This years event was further enhanced by the lighting and wonderful sound system and Milan's great music selection, this kept the party (or some if it), rocking on well past midnight. The 240volt power and lighting was supplied and set up by Steve, this certainly helped the atmosphere. Thanks also to Barry and the crew for picking up the food from the Scott and Robyn's coolroom, to Mike and Wendy for their efforts on the day and to Joe for his donation of a great range of drinks.
As always, Scott and Kim together with our Queensland branch members, Kerry and Bill were great support.David and Yona's assistance was significant in taking a large load of rubbish back to the rubbish barge after the Ball.
It's the old story, "many hands make light work".

D'Albora kindly donated a $250 fuel voucher, which was won by Dennis and Joanne

Sunday morning saw a small but willing group of helpers dismantle the Ball venue, collect the left over rubbish and return the beach to its pristine state. Until next year!

Whilst all this was happening, Mr & Mrs Commodore's daughter was rushed to hospital early, for the birth of their new grand daughter. Son-in-law being under strict instructions "don't tell Mum, she's at the Beach Ball and she'll freak out". It was a good call !

All went well, Cailtlin Michelle arrived at 7.00am on Sunday morning!!