Return of the Queen Mary

An account by David Craig, volunteer crew member.

On Sunday, guests onboard Jenny Rose were delighted to witness the return of the Queen Mary to the River Clyde

The day began with a leisurely cruise around the Savills Kip Regatta yacht race, we slowly proceeded past the race in awe of the speed and close proximity of the racing yachts. Thereafter we continued onto Cumbrae to rendezvous with able2sail’s other vessel, a fantastic 46ft sailing yacht which had already taken up a prime position for lunch, anchoring within Millport Bay.
Following lunch we emerged from the bay to an impressive sight, the Queen Mary! The vessel has been saved from the scrapyard by Friends Of The Queen Mary (http://www.tsqueenmary.org.uk/) who intend to restore the vessel to its former glory, serving as an entertainment vessel in Glasgow City Centre. To achieve this, the organisation were towing the ship from London to Greenock. We were honoured to join the trip for the final homeward leg! Jenny Rose was brought alongside the Queen Mary and her tug, allowing our guests some fantastic photo opportunities. We were clearly first to the party – as within 30 minutes we had been joined by a flotilla of local boats also escorting the Queen Mary home. It was quite a sight to proceed upriver with not only such a historic vessel, but to be part of a large flotilla of boats.
Every day out with able2sail is bound to give our guests a day to remember – however on Sunday we were very lucky to be in the right place at the right time! It certainly gave our guests a unique story to share the following day!