Well, we went up to London on a wet and blustery day (April 2nd) for the Classic Boat Awards 2019 presentation at the Royal Thames Yacht Club.  True to form there was a lot more fizz than canapes to lubricate the crowd.  Once the well oiled throng of a couple of hundred (mainly) suits had partaken in a rousing sea shanty we all moved upstairs to seats for the presentations.

It was hot and crowded and everyone was being very polite.  I found myself wedged between two of the three other shortlisted entries in our class – so the tension mounted and….

Anyway, the class winners are listed at Classic Boat Awards 2019 – Winners.  We were, of course, disappointed not to win our class but mollified by the award of ‘runner up’.  No-one likes being second, even to a gloriously restored Broads cruiser such as Countess of Light.  On reflection, and looking at the other ‘runners up’ such as Ariki I was happy to be in such good company.

I suspect that it may be some time before I am in a position to put forward another entry so it will be back to smaller projects for the present.

Thinking back, the last time that I was presented with any sort of certificate is some 11 years ago, when I received my City & Guilds (Level 3) in Boatbuilding & Repairs from The Boatbuilding Academy.  Quite a lot has happened since then.