Dear Fellow BOD Sailors
90th Anniversary Gala BOD Dinner – 22 April 2017 at Wivenhoe House
I am proud and excited to be your Chairman in the year of the 90th anniversary of the design and launch of Brightlingsea One Design C1 Jean in 1927. We owe everything to the legendary vision of sailor and designer Robbie Stone, who understood the special needs of estuary sailing from Brightlingsea and what was required to create a superb racing boat.
In celebration of this auspicious year we are hosting a Gala edition of the BOD Dinner which will be a very special and unique occasion. This year it will be held at the renowned Wivenhoe House Hotel with a menu designed to appeal to all and entertainment themed around our beloved BOD. It will be an evening of memories, nostalgia of what went before and excitement for the future and what lays ahead.
Planning for this truly memorable evening has been in full swing over the winter and it is now time for you, the most important ingredient, to add your essential participation to the social event of year. With fun and enjoyment at its heart I invite you all to this very special event, one that I believe will be remembered in years to come.
Tickets are strictly limited to 120 and as members of the class you have the opportunity to book tickets for yourselves, crew, friends and family first, before they go on sale to the wider BOD friends group from Saturday 11 February. I am delighted to say that we already have a large number of provisional bookings and expect the event to sell out rapidly, so please follow the link at the bottom of this message to access the booking form and formally reserve your tickets.
Tables are available for 10 people, although the hotel advise that 11 can be accommodate if you don’t mind squeezing in. Tickets cost £45 each to include a pre-dinner reception, fabulous three course meal and entertainment. Dress code is jackets and ties for the gentlemen and cocktail dresses for the ladies.
If there is sufficient interest a coach will be organised, picking up from Victoria Place at 18.30 and leaving the hotel again at 23.30. The exact cost will depend on numbers but will be around £8 to £10 per person return. Please indicate if you wish to use the coach on the ticket booking form (see link at the bottom of this page).
I look forward to greeting you at Wivenhoe House on Saturday 22 April 2017 from 7pm.
Alan Hicks – C54 Storm Petrel – Chairman BODOA
The Brightlingsea One Design 90th Anniversary Gala Dinner
Welcome Drinks Reception from 7pm
Chicken liver parfait, cherry, onion bread toast, caramelised walnuts
Smoked trout, beetroot, horseradish crème fraiche, dill vinaigrette
Compressed melon, fresh figs, tomato seed jelly, tomato bread shards
Roast sirloin of beef, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes
Red onion tarte tatin, savoury poached pear, goat’s cheese
Roast salmon, salsa verde, crushed new potato, confit of onions, peas
Sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream
Irish coffee crème brûlée
Dehydrated raspberry pavlova
Carriages 11.30pm Bar closes at midnight
Dress Code – Jackets & Ties, Cocktail Dresses