Gay Venture

Annual Veterans Cruise; Kingston on Thames to Weybridge Mariners

The Annual Veterans Cruise is one of the most important events in the ADLS calendar. Originally conceived as an opportunity to reunite participants in Operation Dynamo with the Little Ships, the event now includes Veterans from D-Day and other operations of WWII.

13. September 2009 - 9:30 - 18:00

Thames Traditional Boat Rally

The Thames Traditional Boat Rally is, simply put, a huge 2-day display of the very finest-looking traditional boats one can see. It was the dream, back in 1977, of a few keen boaters. Most of these were members of the River Thames Society, others were members of the Inland Waterways Association or Thames boat clubs. Their idea was to encourage owners of traditional craft to cherish and restore them to all their former glory, as well as to continue to use them upon the river.

18. July 2009 (All day) - 19. July 2009 (All day)

Gay Venture

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Gay Venture
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
45 ft
Boat Beam: 
12 ft
Boat Draft: 
4 ft
Boat Displacement: 
23 tons
Boat Engine: 
2x BMC Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Pitch pine on oak
Boat Builder: 
Watercraft of Molesey
Boat Year: 

In the 1920s and '30s when boats and often motor car bodies were hand-built, private yacht designs were often based on ships' tenders and life-boats. The Gay Venture, a 45ft Watercraft cruiser was built for ex-Brooklands racing driver, Douglas Briault. He took up the more leisurely sport of yachting and wanted a boat that he could use as a floating home.

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