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Laying-up Party 2013

  • 03 Nov 2013
  • 12:00
  • Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club, Portsmouth


Please register now for this event.
To round off 2013's sailing activities, we are holding the Laying-up Party lunch on Sunday 6th November at the Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club in Portsmouth.

We shall be dining in the RNC & RAYC members dining room. The food has a deserved reputation for quality and quantity, furthermore, a selection of wines are available at the bar with a wide range of good wines at very reasonable prices.

The cost is a remarkably low £17.00 per person for a three course lunch plus coffee.

Guests and shore party will be very welcome and the Commodore looks forward to seeing as a many Members and their guests as possible at this event.

1200 in the first floor bar; then 1300 in the ground floor Members' Dining Room.

The Menu
We shall choose from the Club's lunch menu and there is a fixed cost of only £17.00 per person for a three course lunch.

Chefs Chicken Liver Pate
Melon Balls in Port

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Stuffed Roast Chicken in Bacon
Salmon Fillets
Celeriac Aubergines Courgettes & Potatoes Gallet

All above served with a selection of
fresh vegetables and potatoes

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Apple Crumble
Crème Brulee
Cheese & Biscuits

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A cash bar will be operating.  The wine list contains some very reasonably-priced wines.

The Venue
The Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club is the historic amalgamation of the two famous old Clubs.  The Royal Naval Club was formed by four Royal Naval Lieutenants serving on board HMS Bellerophon anchored off Spithead in September 1867. From those humble beginnings grew a Club of international prestige and importance graced by kings and princes which at one stage could claim to have one hundred and sixty Admirals on the books.  The Royal Albert Yacht Club takes its name from the Albert Yacht Club formed in 1864 under the patronage of Prince Albert who was a very keen sailor. The following year the "Royal" was added by gracious permission of Queen Victoria and at the same time the Club assumed responsibility for the Portsmouth and Southsea Regattas held in the eastern Solent.  The two clubs then amalgamated after the Second World War.

The club house itself is an old building located in the old town area of Portsmouth, overlooking the Green, which was established in its current location in 1868, prior to which the buildings were a bank, a pub and a house.  The distinctive tower was added in 1875.

Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club
17 Pembroke Road

Telephone: 023 9282 8266

The Club has a lift to the first floor.

Travel Arrangements
By road: Parking (metered and payable by card and Ringgo account) is available on Pembroke Road.  In addition there is a large pay and display car park just 300m away on Long Curtain Road, located next to the Clarence Pier funfair, which is adjacent to the hovercraft terminal. There are other car parks nearby - see and search for Southsea.
By train: Regular trains to Portsmouth Harbour railway station (South West Trains from Waterloo).  This is 0.8 mile walk from the Club.

By sea: Very economical berths are available at Hornet SC where we are corporate members. Haslar Marina is slightly the nearer and recommended by the RNC & RAYC Marina is the nearest and recommended by the RNC & RAYC.  Berths have been reserved.  The rates are £15 overnight per boat or £4 for a short, day stay.  Please note on the registration if you require a berth and we will make the reservation for you (skippers: you have responsibility for settling your berthing fees in full directly with the Marina).  The clubhouse at Hornet will not be available on the Saturday evening as they are holding their pre-booked Pickle Night Dinner on 2nd November.

The rig is "Club Rig" (blazers & tie).          

Local Accommodation
The following hotels are located within easy walking distance of the RNC & RAYC:

Holiday Inn Hotel Portsmouth
Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2TA
Click here for website
From £84

Premier Inn
Long Curtain Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 3AA
Click here for website
From £83

Local Amenities
The Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club is located centrally to Portsmouth, so it is easy to make a day of it by taking in other attractions:

- The Spinnaker Tower, whose viewing deck offers spectacular views of the solent.  Booking recommended.

- A walk along the sea front from the Club westwards through the battlements and into the old town to the Spice Island Inn.

- Gunwharf Quays outlet shopping centre (0.6 miles)

- The Royal Marines Museum in Southsea

- Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Next Steps
Bookings should be made using the Register button, as soon as possible and by 25th October at the latest in order to facilitate bookings

Notes on How to Book
  • Would all members register themselves individually. Only non-members should be recorded as guests.
  • If you want to add more guests but you have already made a booking, then email the organiser, Nigel Collingwood.
  • Please do not add guests by typing their name instead of your name.
  • Please don't type names in lowercase, use Title Case as you would expect them to be. The reason: they are used in various lists that are distributed.
  • Lastly, complete the registration by pressing the "Confirm and proceed with payment" button. This will cause an email to be sent. If you don't receive the email, then your registration hasn't been made.
Then send your cheque (payable to RNVR Yacht Club) to the event organiser, Nigel Collingwood, 07966 932890, 185 Pegwell Rd, Pegwell Village, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 0LY as soon as possible.

Further Information
For further information, please contact the event organiser, Nigel Collingwood.

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