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Costa Blanca 41 Club
​​A place in the sun for the Ex-Round Tabler​​

National Conference Torquay 2019

Following the AGM at Restaurante Montevideo Past Chairman Gordon, David McAulay , Elaine and Morag make their way to Alicante Airport to catch a late flight to Exeter arriving on schedule just after midnight with an onward taxi ride through the rain to their conference hotels in Torquay.

On Thursday morning we met up with Peter and Ethna Williamson and their friends from Fleetwood 41, Lester and Angie Banks, who joined the Costa Blanca team along with our own Tangent National President Jill Harris.  Not the best of days weather-wise with a cold wind keeping the rain at bay!!  Registration opened in the Riviera International Convention Centre in the afternoon when Table and 41 friendships were renewed and an excellent Welcome Party was enjoyed in the evening.
​​Heavy rain was the order of the day on Friday while some delegates joined various tours of the area the less adventurous found shelter in local pubs and coffee shops.  At the International Banner Exchange IRO Peter Good remembered that he had forgotten his banner when visiting Costa Blanca in March but made amends by publicly thanking the club for our hospitality at our Charter Dinner.  The Joint Presidents’ Banquet followed in the RICC with an excellent meal although the entertainment was a little too loud for many of the delegates with the band aimed at a younger audience! Proceedings were halted for just short of an hour when everyone had to exit the building following activation of the fire alarm.  Fortunately it was nothing too serious although rumours suggested that there was a problem in the kitchen. 

On Saturday morning the ‘boys’ assembled at 09.00 for the Annual General Meeting of The Association which was uneventful with nothing contentious on

Torquay Harbour in the rain on Friday
​Convension Centre gardens in the sun on Sunday​
the agenda.  The successful candidates for the various elections were as follows: -
Vice President                               Peter Good                                                                                     Communications & IT Officer        Donal Mullane                                                                               IRO                                                Andy Ventress                                                                              Candidate for 41 Int VP                Barry Durman

Meanwhile at the Tangent Annual General Meeting, also held in a function suit at the IRCC, Elaine Macnab was honoured to be invited by National President Jill to light the Candle of Friendship at the commencement of the meeting.
The evening saw us back at the Convention Centre for the Fancy Dress Party where the theme was ‘The Pirate Party. ’ We enjoyed another excellent meal although the same has to be said about the entertainment.  There was an alternative venue in an adjoining function room where the music was more in line with what the ‘older’ 41ers were looking for and that is where the Costa Blanca disc jockeys from Pirate Radio CB 41 FM spent the rest of the evening.

The CB 41 FM DJ's
Sorry Peter our photographer just managed to catch you arm!
Sunday morning dawned all too soon when it was time for the usual farewells and promises to meet up in Cardiff at the National Conference 2020.

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National Conference Cardiff 2nd - 5thApril 2020