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3RD 4TH 5TH June 2011
Weymouth and Hooke, Dorset UK

'The time has come', the walrus said, 'to speak of many things
of ships and sails and holy stones,
of friends and gatherings
and why the sea is in our blood
and whether fish have wings'

(apologies to Lewis Carroll)

The time has indeed come to plan a gathering in Weymouth and Hooke to renew old friendships, meet other people whose lives have been touched by the 'Eye' and celebrate the old girl attaining her century!!


Fri 3 June 2011 16:00 The ship arrives alongside in Weymouth Harbour
Sat 4 June 2011 09:00 Four hour day sail
Sat 4 June 2011 14:30 Ship open to friends for the next 3 hours
Sat 4 June 2011 18:00 Party at Gill and Guy's farm at Hooke
Sun 5 June 2011 08:00 Breakfast at the farm
Sun 5 June 2011 10:00 Ship open to friends for the next 4 hours


We were hoping to be able to offer a day sail to all comers, but due to the Danish regulations, she is not permitted to carry more than 12 voyage crew. The only way we can make it fair to all is that everyone who would like to go will have to register their interest, and all names will be placed in a hat, and 12 chosen. You would have to be prepared to be in Weymouth by 9:00 for the departure. We will advise the names to everyone by early May.
The cost will be 50 per person.


The party will officially commence at Gill and Guy's at 18:00, but you are welcome to gather there at any time during the day. Food, refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Anyone who would like to contribute to the night's entertainment would be welcome.

A limited amount of complimentary wine and beer will be available, but feel free to bring additional supplies should you wish.


Basic breakfast will be provided on the Sunday morning, as well as a sausage sizzle lunch.


People are welcome to camp for the weekend (from Friday night) at the farm, for a cost of 10 per family. This will cover the cost of porta loos etc. or Make your own arrangements at the local B&B's - (see below for links)


The area around Hooke abounds in great walks and places of interest to visit. We are planning some family activities for the Sunday morning for anyone who would like to participate.

Feel free to wear your old Eye of the Wind T shirts.


The cost per adult will be 50 for the weekend and kids under 15 are free. (15 yrs - 18 yrs 20)


We would like everyone to let us know by the end of February (hm - as soon as possible! ;-) Ina) if they will be able to attend.
This is obviously for catering and organizational reasons. Gill would also like to know how many families will be camping. We would appreciate payment being finalized by the end of April, and payment details will be sent when you have registered your interest (along with detailed instructions on how to get to the farm)
Everyone will receive 2 complimentary DVD's covering the history of the ship.
If you are not able to come but would like a copy of the DVD's please let us know, and for a charge to cover the costs, we will post them to you.

We can be contacted

via Ina's webform
By phone (61) 7 5545 4639
By post 55 Siganto Road
Mt Tamborine
Queensland 4272

Please pass this information on to anyone you know who has been on the ship, particularly Op Drake (not-so-young) Explorers Looking forward to catching up in June.

Hello Everyone.

Thank you for showing your interest in joining the 100 year party weekend at Weymouth and Hooke from Friday 3 June 2011 to Sunday 5 June 2011 (the party is on Saturday evening, but campers are welcome at Gill's from Friday evening onwards)

As the time is fast approaching, am now sending some details so people can finalize their arrangements.
Please find attached a map showing directions to Guy and Gill's farm, and also a sheet with some written instructions to help you get there. All the locals in the village know of the party, so if you get lost, just ask! There will also be signs to point you in the right direction.
Eye of the Wind will be alongside in Weymouth port from Friday evening until Monday morning (except for when she is out for the day sail on Saturday morning between 09:00 and 13:00) We have arranged open times on Saturday afternoon, and Sunday.

Hopefully you have been able to find some accommodation (unless you are camping at the farm). If not, perhaps try contacting the Weymouth Tourist Board on 01305 785747 Below is a link that will get you to hotels in the Weymouth area or else do a Google search on B&B Hooke area Dorset which should be helpful.
If possible, we would appreciate payment by the end of April, but if you need longer, then that is fine.

The bank details are: Royal Bank of Scotland - Isle of Man branch in the name of Anthony R Timbs Sort code: 16-5880 Account No: 10155840

If you are paying by internet, please put your name, so we can keep track of payments.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please make it payable to A R Timbs, and post to Gill Allen at: 'Chelwood'. Hooke. Beaminster. Dorset. DT8 3PA

Anyone that is coming from overseas and does not have a UK account is welcome to pay on the day (to save international transfer costs), but could you please reconfirm your commitment, so we can keep track of numbers for catering purposes. Any family that is camping can please give Gill the Stg10 on the day.

If anyone does not have transport from Weymouth to Hooke, please let us know and we will see what we can organize.

Please be advised that Deb and I will be travelling from 27 April, and will not be able to access the computer daily, so please bear with us if you need a response.

See you in June.



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If you are coming from Weymouth on the A356, turn left after the arials - sign posted 'Hooke' and 'Hooke Court' (extra signs will be erected)
Follow down the hill, bear right at T junction.
'Chelwood' is on the left, between the Church and the post box.

If you are coming from Beaminster, take the B3163, climb the hill.
Look out for the sign to 'Hooke' on the left, as you are climbing.
Follow the small lane for 2 miles. There is a big wooded area on the right - one entrance to the wood has 2 circular sculptures, just past these on the left is the turning to Hooke.
Follow the road until you see the Church on the left. 'Chelwood is between the Church and the post box.


PS... Anyone who has any Op Drake photos, could they please send them as we would like to combine them with Chris Sainsbury's shots to make a montage of each phase. Thanks.

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