Tuesday 27th October 2015 – Autumn Supper

On the 27th October the Trust held its Autumn Supper with a capacity crowd which had booked up within a week, leaving a hopeful waiting list. After the delicious meal at Parkstone Yacht Club attended by 85 members, Patricia Richards-Ferguson presented the annual Ferguson award, in memory of Alasdair Ferguson, her late husband, who was one of the three people who started the Trust.
The recipient this year was Peter Gordon, joint owner of Rockley Sailing in Poole Harbour, for his work in educating and enthusing hundreds of children and adults in the sailing school and creating Rockley Academy, an education for life in the maritime world.
Colonel John Blashford – Snell then gave a rip-roaring account of his exploration of the Blue Nile. Asked by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, to map and investigate the parts of the Blue Nile that had never been navigated before, John Blashford-Snell and a team of British Army volunteers journeyed down, and through, huge rapids and 1,000 ft. deep gorges in specially designed army assault craft and were the team who first used inflatable boats and probably invented white-water rafting. Attacked by bandits, helped by strangers, watched by crocodiles, they had an exciting adventure over unknown waters in an inhospitable part of the country. The film and the talk went down a storm, and John Blashford-Snell signed and sold books at the end of an evening enjoyed by all.

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