Past IACH AGMs and gatherings
Prior to our AGMs with Sunday lunches on HMS Warrior, the AGM with dinner was held on a Saturday evening on the Cutty Sark at Greenwich in London. Although popular, attendance seldom reached 60. Capacity was about 80. This compares with an attendance of 120 at the 2007 event on HMS Warrior.
We had to find an alternative venue to the Cutty Sark when she was closed for restoration in 2005. So our last meeting on the Cutty Sark took place in 2004.
and 50th Anniversary Reunion
18th November, 2007
The 2007 reunion lunch cum AGM took place on Sunday 18th November on HMS Warrior in Portsmouth Harbour. We had a capacity record attendance of 120. The weather outside was very blustery and wet but that only added to the cozy atmosphere on the gun deck. As has become usual, neither food nor wine ran out, only time.
The guest speaker was Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Having joined in the IACH 1969, he is out longest standing member. He gave an invigorating and amusing address. His first rounding of Cape Horn was in Suhaili in 1969 and the most recent in 2007.
Our President, Vice Admiral Sir George Vallings gave the welcoming address. Little were we all to know that this was to be his last attendance at an IACH event as he passed away a month later.
Many crews used the occasion to hold their own reunions. All 10 of the British Soldier crew gathered for the first time since the Whitbread Race of 1973/74. Pindar and VAIO also held reunions.
Chris Roche led many tables in shanty singing ensuring a degree of quality control.
The 2008 AGM and reunion lunch
took place on Sunday 23rd November on the Gun Deck of HMS Warrior in Portsmouth Harbour.