An 80th Birthday Celebration with a Difference

‘In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years’. Abraham Lincoln’s words are certainly a powerful lesson for each and every one of us. But for 80 year-old married couple Roger and Mavis, it’s a quote that resonates quite literally – especially when it comes to milestone birthdays.

Far from being written off as ‘old age’, our 80s are a decade to embrace and enjoy as much as any other. As an ode to their youthful outlook,

Roger and Mavis decided to kick-off their 80s in style by doing something a little different. Cue an unforgettable sailing adventure with a little help from us!

With the help of one of their daughters, Roger and Mavis decided to hire two boats from us: Viking Blue, our luxury 52ft sailing yacht, and a RIB as an extra exclusive hire for the day. They invited the entire family along to join in the fun – and at fourteen people spanning three generations, that meant one big party!

Setting off along the River Orwell in Suffolk, the trip began with hot sunshine: perfect for a day of sailing. In true British style, the hot rays soon vanished and turned into a torrential downpour of rain, but even that failed to dampen their spirits. At this point the passengers of the RIB deserve a special mention – they all got drenched but kept on smiling!

Roger and family

The entire party – including six grandchildren aged 14-25 years – enjoyed the gutsy fun of the RIB, and the luxurious facilities of Viking Blue. But no-one enjoyed it more than 80 year old Roger, who not only took to the helm of the sailing yacht but enjoyed a blast on the RIB too! And to top it all off, he also took a dip in the river. According to the family, they were all soaked by the rain anyway, so a swim didn’t make too much difference. We are impressed, regardless! Well done all.

After a delicious buffet lunch served onboard followed by an afternoon cream team, the celebrations eventually came to a close. Roger and Mavis; we are so pleased to have been a part of your big day. We raise a glass to you and toast many more adventures to come!

To find out more about our sailing day-hires including the Viking Blue fast cruiser, please get in touch on 01394 421209


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