Big Bang Boating Day

How can your guests come to Central London, return home on their usual transportation and in between, see the Thames, have a sail, shoot some clay pigeons and party? Where else but a shooting day on the Lady Daphne! Perhaps the highest-impact event (sic) you can have out of Central London is to take your guests for a clay pigeon shoot, with full training and coaching. For experienced shots it may not be their most challenging venue (we have to shoot away from the boat, naturally), but it has its compensations - seeing the shot on the water and the use of classic pieces such as flintlocks, 8 gauges or blunderbusses. With two traps, twenty-five guests get about fifteen shots apiece, sometimes much more if time permits. The suggested programme is:

10:00 - 10:30 Meet at City Pier

    • continental breakfast, teas and coffees
    • voyage briefing

10:30 - 12:30 Sailing to the Shoot

    • Tower Bridge opens for you
    • Greenwich and the O2 Arena
    • Thames Barrier and Barkingside

12:30 - 15:00 Anchored for Shooting

    • history and safety briefing
    • two traps, for each guest fifteen to twenty shots
    • introduction to some unique, old shotguns, blunderbusses and waterfowling guns
    • hot buffet lunch
    • light-hearted competition, typically twelve shots

15:00 - 17:30 Return to London

    • beer (now the shooting's over) guests take the helm, tea and cakes
    • sail (wind and weather permitting)
    • awards
    • reception

The number of guests who seem to need to make an urgent mobile telephone call with the guns going off demonstrates the impact ("yes, I am out sailing - we just happen to be shooting clay pigeons here on the Thames"). Make a bang with your guests.



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