Luncheon at the Leander Rowing Club
 
16 July 2017
 
One of the highlights of the 'Season' is a visit to Royal Henley on Thames for one of the very traditional riverside and quintessentially English events. Whether it be the Royal Regatta, 
the Festival of Music or the Classic Boat Regatta these are the things that memory's are made of. 
 
The list has now been added to with the addition of The Bentley Drivers Club and The Aston Martin Owners Club 'Lunch at Leander' which took place on Sunday the 16th of July and which was blessed with excellent weather. 
 
 
The day started at Windlesham Golf Club in Surrey for light refreshment and the first opportunity to compare the marques, whilst we looked out over the stunning scenery and compared the various golfers skills or otherwise. There then followed a 20 mile drive, in the finest examples of both Astons and Bentleys, to our lunch venue at the world famous Leander Rowing Club looking out over the Thames
 
Leander holds a unique place in rowing, from which a many of our finest rowers have brought glory to both the club and to Great Britain and the vast number of oarsmen's names on the Honour Boards are an amazing sight as is the stunning collection 'silver' on display. Those 'old oarsmen' present are only to aware of the commitment needed to create such a record.
 
Over 60 members, spread across both clubs, sat down to an excellent lunch of cannon of lamb followed by summer pudding, complimented by the appropriate quantities of 'lemonade' and accompanied by the usual level chatter and bonhomie.
 
 
 
The Loyal Toast was honoured as was that to W.O. and there was a constantly changing background on the river as we had chosen the same day as The Classic Boat Regatta and the most beautiful wooden craft paraded up and down right in front of us. But more was to come.
 
After lunch two of the BDC members, Terence Morley and Adrian Glen, very kindly bought their boats across from their usual berths at Phyllis Court and those who wished enjoyed a run down river through the Regatta Course and back past the entire fleet of the Classic Boat Regatta's attendees. A splendid sight and a splendid end to a splendid day.
 
As Terence remarked to me as I was thanking them for 'going 'the extra mile',  ''to have been at Henley and not to go on the water would have seemed to be rather rude''.
 
Words by Harry Waddingham