On a cold, frosty and foggy morning in January you can only dream about the weather that we had on Saturday 17th June. On arrival at Queenborough there was a barrier across the High Street which we had to penetrate in order to launch our two gigs. Weaving through the side stalls it was obviously the foundation of what proved to be a very busy day. Having achieved the launching by 9.30am we had to row down to the Queenborough spit buoy that divides the Medway from the Swale. There we joined the flotilla which was assembling. There was the Queenborough ocean going life boat, the large Reliance fishing boat, extra pilot boats, many yachts and rowing boats from Queenborough rowing club and ourselves. Aboard the large pilot boat was a mistletoe bunch of English pirates (grenadiers?) with rifles and canons. Soon after getting underway there was clear light between the thorpes and our back sides when a volley of canon fire went off without warning. This continued as we rowed in the flotilla. As you can see from the photo, we were apprehended on arrival! After that, apart from many other attractions and speeches, the micro pub with beer and hog roast was all we could have wished for!