Past IACH AGMs and gatherings
Our AGMs with dinner were originally held on a Saturday evening on the Cutty Sark at Greenwich in London prior to its restoration. Although popular, attendance seldom reached 60. Capacity was about 80.
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.
We then moved to HMS Warrior in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2005.
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 our 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.
In 2018 we moved venues again, staying in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard but moving round to adjacent to HMS Victory.
2017/2018 Spring Reunion Lunch
The delayed 2017 Reunion Lunch was held on Sunday 25th March,2018 in the Princess Royal Gallery,
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Dockyard, England
Captain Adrian Small, our President. He is the only remaining Brit to hold a Master's ticket with square rig endorsement. He probably has experience of more different types of sailing vessels than anyone else still living.
The tickets to the lunch also gave free access to all the major attractions in the
Royal Naval Historical Dockyard.
HMS Victory - alongside our function room
HMS Vanguard - The last, biggest and fastest battleship built by any nation in the world. De-commissioned on the 7th June 1960. This model was in our function room.
A few weeks before, your Webmaster had lunch on board as a naval cadet. I was going to claim that I would be the only person at the IACH lunch who had also had lunch on HMS Vanguard.
However, my claim was trumped by John Giblett, who was sitting next door to me, who was on Adventure on the second Whitbread race, as he had actually been serving on-board as a Petty Officer when I visited.
HMS Queen Elizabeth
3 June, 2019