OK, so this is a bit different! Putting the dark days of lockdown behind us, TYC joined local arts group Kinetika in a colourful and joyous celebration of flags, stories, music, and of course ....boats!
This year's T100 festival was a convergence of two events.
The Beach of Dreams was a 500 mile coastal walk from Lowestoft to Tilbury with the penultimate day being a trek along the waterfront from Purfleet to Grays, taking in local sites such as the locally famous graffiti wall, the world famous St Clements Church, and the infamous underside of the Queen Elizabeth Bridge. TYC contributed a waterborne escort for the walkers, with the crews of Mojo, High Spirits, and Gypsy braving an early start and a mid-ebb tide to position themselves the Purfleet beacon just in time for the walk to start. All boats were decked out in bunting and sporting a selection of the 500 flags that Kinetika created to represent each mile of the walk
The second event was a parade of flags from the Thameside Theatre to Grays Beach. As a partner organisation, a special flag had been created for us and it was proudly carried by 3 generations of the Munday family.
The final part of the day saw us compete the Mayors Trophy Race in front of the festival crowd. The race fleet paraded past Grays Beach in line astern - one brave boat doing it under sail. Once again we had flags flying, and the complement was returned from the shore with the Kinetika Bloco band providing a virtuoso brass and tin drum performance that could be heard all the way from the clubhouse.
What a day! We are so proud to have been part of it as part of our own 75th anniversary celebrations and dare we dream we might do it again some time?