On the 30th June at Anstey’s Cove, Torquay, over 200 guests joined the Trinity Sailing Foundation for the 2012 Sea Picnic, in aid of the Brixham-based charity.
The Sea Picnics were instigated by Ranulf Rayner, Vice-President of Trinity, to raise funds for the many hundreds of disadvantaged young people who benefit from sail training on Trinity’s historic vessels each year. The Sea Picnics have turned into a major date in the maritime calendar, and for 2012 Trinity teamed up with Sunseeker Torquay to deliver what is considered by many to be the best so far.
Guests were treated to a three course seafood lunch, with a jazz band and shanty singers, culminating in an air and sea ‘James Bond’ themed spectacular. As the crowds looked on from the cove, the villain ‘Blofeld’ arrived on a Sunseeker with an assortment of villains in support, who then captured the Trinity sailing trawlers moored in the cove. James Bond 007 arrived by helicopter to recapture the trawlers and see off Blofeld who, and after a number of bombing raids, was eventually captured and brought to land to be paraded in front of the cheering onlookers.
The Sea Picnic auction, which included an array of maritime art and excellent opportunities, helped bring the total raised from the day to just over £27,000.
Toby Russell, Development Manager at Trinity said: ‚ÄúThe 2012 Sea Picnic has been a tremendous success, our guests have had a fantastic day in Anstey’s Cove, enjoying the fine food and wine and of course getting to see James Bond defeat Blofeld and save our trawlers.
We are delighted with the funds that have been raised, and our thanks go to everyone that donated such generous items for the auction. Thanks also to Mr Philip Gibbs, Mr Mark Yallop, Vondeling Wines (South Africa), Pussers Rum, Sunseeker Torquay and the Teign Valley Sea Cadets and all the other supporters who have made the 2012 Sea Picnic such a success‚Äù.
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