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Operation Drake - 40th Year Anniversary Reunion Party

Tickets are now available to purchase via EVENTBRITE for the Operation Drake party, the headline event of the Operation Drake 40th Anniversary Reunion celebrations in London.

The event will be taking place at HMS President from 5.30pm until 11.00pm on the evening of Wednesday 23rd May 2018 in the presence of honorary guest and expedition leader, Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE.

(Photo: view of Thames from HMS President)

The evening will consist of the opportunity to come aboard the Eye of the Wind whilst docked at the adjacent jetty, followed by a gathering of over 100 Operation Drake participants, friends and family members. Many have arranged to meet with old friends and fellow explorers from the expedition at this event. Some have booked trips aboard the Eye of the Wind during the time that she returns to UK shores as part of these celebrations.

(Photo: Eye of the Wind)

The price of the ticket for the Anniversary Reunion party is £45 (plus booking fee) and includes a glass of sparkling wine or fruit juice to toast the expedition, followed by a hot buffet and dessert. There will be a paying bar and the opportunity to participate in an auction of framed first day covers issued during the two-year circumnavigation of the globe.

Raffle prizes, memorabilia and Operation Drake Books will be available on the night with proceeds going towards the funds of the SES to enable a new generation of scientists and conservationists to carry on the work spearheaded by Operation Drake four decades ago. Specially commissioned T-shirts and Sweatshirts will also be available for purchase/order.

3pm to 3.30pm - Eye of the Wind sails under a raised Tower Bridge

5.30pm to 7pm - Welcome aboard the Eye of the Wind at the Jetty of HMS President

7pm - Welcome speech by Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE in the Officers’ Ward Room of HMS President

8pm onwards - Reunion gathering including Buffet and Dessert

11pm - Depart HMS President


In the evening of Tuesday 22nd May 2018, the SES Explorer Awards will take place at Imperial College and there are limited remaining sailing opportunities aboard the Eye of the Wind on this date.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to catering requirements, tickets are on sale up to 6th May 2018, and are strictly NON-RETURNABLE after that date.

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Story by Henrietta Thorpe