Yachting in Greenwich

love-opera-victoria-bakerBoat aficionados will be pleased to learn the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich is offering a cruise package to show attendees the beauties of the Greenwich coast.

Guests will be taken on a sunset cruise aboard the hotel yacht “Whisper” to enjoy a scenic tour of Greenwich. It’s perfect for anniversaries, special occasions and even if you don’t have a milestone to celebrate you can still enjoy it. It’s a great way to rediscover the town you live in, but to see it from a fresh perspective/

The word “yacht” means a lot of different things to different people, but let’s be honest, it usually conjures up images of glamour, opulence and joie de vivre. There are many famous yachts out there but perhaps the one that tops them all is the Queen of England’s Royal Brittania which sadly, was decommissioned in 1997.

It was one of the few times the Queen shed tears publicly, as she bid farewell to the ship that had served her family as a royal residence at sea and a haven for royal honeymoons for 40 years. So, just what was a typical day aboard Brittania like?

In 1960 when Princess Margret spent her honeymoon on board the couple had intimate dinners for two dressed in full evening regalia. When the Queen herself was on board she spent the greater part of the day working on official paperwork and dinners were eaten with full royal protocol although some fun after dinner family games were on the program.

To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee her son, Prince Charles, recently aired home videos of his mother- many of which were filmed onboard Brittania. We saw a never before glimpse of the Queen playing with her children, running around the decks and letting her royal hair down so to speak.

The Queen’s father, King George VI commissioned Brittania in 1952. Sadly, he died two days later and the Queen remained to oversee the project.

Brittania’s famous smooth hull was created by painstakingly applying multiple layers of paint. The Queen and Prince Philip’s inspiration for choosing the ship’s signature blue paint was inspired by one of their wedding gifts: the Racing Yacht “Bluebottle”.

Of course, working on board Brittania was no easy task. Sailors wore white soft soled plimsols to minimize noise on deck and if they ran into any of the Royal family on board they were instructed to stand still and look straight ahead until they had passed.

So, what can you expect onboard the Delamar’s yacht? Well, the Queen may not be hosting but that shouldn’t deter you. It’s an opportunity to explore your hometown or just step onboard a yacht and pretend it’s yours for the day.

 

Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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