In true British spirit, 16 people attended the BBQ at Buckler’s Hard on August 21st and all seemed to have a good time, despite the wind, mist and driving rain on the trip there. There were some periods without rain during the afternoon and the wind died towards 5pm so we decided to take a chance and dinghy over to the downside quay where the Marina had set up the BBQ for us. Between us everything we needed was on hand, down to the ketchup and tongs.
50 matches and half a pint of petrol later the coals were alight and everyone pitched in and cooked their food or at times, provided cover for the BBQ and shelter for ourselves.
Fortunately we had decided to leave the desserts on the boats and just as we finished the last steaks and sausages, it started to rain more heavily and we disappeared back to our dinghies to head up the river to dry off in our boats. All 16 of us then had drinks and desserts on Beyzano and ended the evening warm and dry.
The trip back was much less windy but still wet. We anchored in Osborne Bay for lunch, using the bimini for an umbrella, which worked well. At least we know we can BBQ under that in future if we have to!
Thanks to everyone for making the effort despite the weather, for the good company and delicious desserts.