Unlike Wimbledon, Royal Ascot or the World Cup , this extravaganza can be enjoyed by anyone able to take to water aboard a navigable craft.
Lady Lucy is our craft, built in 1946 by William Osbourne of Littlehampton she made her way to the Upper Thames in 1951 and has been moored in the Hurley Mill Pond for most of the last 60 years. In 1995 I took on the job of renovating her and for two years she was rebuilt by Peter Freebody. She had a new hull in Mahogany in double diagonal and she returned to the water in 1997 to win the Osland trophy for Classic Boat Restoration, the most prestigious award available to a wooden boat.
Over the past three years, many people have enjoyed cruising between the Tideway and Oxford on Lady Lucy including our good friend Rodney Bewes, likely lad and world heritage site.
Rodney is President of the Booms at Henley-another self appointed title. We will be joining him as he skiffs up and down the course indulging in the racing and the fine wines and food available from those moored alongside the course.
Our day out will begin after assembling in Peter Freebody’s car-park and boarding Lady Lucy. We will make our way through Hurley and Hambledon locks to the top of the course where we will be able to view race starts before making our way down and up the course for a fabulous afternoon.
We will return to Freebody’s early in the evening.
Lady Lucy is fully equipped with a galley, its own wine store and ample space for 20 people.
Getting to Lady Lucy is easy, just find the A404 that links the M4 and M40 and runs past Maidenhead, take the Henley turn off, proceed down a steep hill and turn right into Hurley village. Fork right after passing Ye Olde Bell and follow the little lane till you can no further, you can now park in Peter Freebody’s boatyard.
We aim to assemble each day at 9.30am to be on our way by 10am.
Lady Lucy will be sailing on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundsy. If you’d like to come, contact me on 07785 377768, we might just have a space!