Arrangements are in place to open the Sailing Club bar on friday afternoon ready for the first boats arriving, although unfortunately the bar will have to shut at about 1430 to allow for afternoon tea and cakes to be served (I know, it does nothing for the hard earnt reputation of 2,000 drunks clinging to a rock). However, there is no 'drinking up' time limit, so you can line them up to tide you over until the bar reopens at 1800 if you wish.
Upshot of all this being, if you get there quick enough you can quench your thirst with alcohol, if not, you'll have to make do with tea
. If weather makes for a delayed arrival, and by general consensus it is beer-o'clock, rather than tea-o'clock then the venue can be moved to the Mooring's or Diver's instead.
The bar will be reopened again on Saturday at a time to suit the next tranche of arrivals. As with last year, the thanks will need to go to my mother for opening and running the club bar for us.