CAs savour spectacular Thames sailing

The Waverley
By Michael McGlinchey

29 September 2015

Members and guests join ICAS President Jim Pettigrew CA and Anton Colella for a memorable moonlit Thames trip on the paddle steamer Waverley.

ICAS members and their guests have been treated to a spectacular cruise down the Thames on the paddle steamer Waverley in the company of President Jim Pettigrew CA and CEO Anton Colella.

More than 600 CAs, friends and family enjoyed an exclusive moonlit trip on the world's last seagoing paddle steamer on its journey from Tower Pier and past iconic sites including the Canary wharf skyline and the 02 arena.

The two-hour sailing included a special opening of Tower Bridge, entertainment from a modern jazz band, a forties photo booth and traditional hot food.

City veteran Jim, who has been a long-standing supporter of the PS Waverley's preservation, came up with the idea of the trip as a way of showing his appreciation to ICAS members and all those involved in keeping the Waverley operational. 

Welcoming guests on Monday evening, he said: "Waverley and ICAS have a lot in common, including tradition and history. Waverley is the last in the line of long paddle steamers, launched in 1947 and ICAS is the world's first and oldest professional body of accountants. 

"The most important thing is lots of people working very hard for Waverley and for ICAS. There are so many members here tonight who are great ambassadors for the CA 'badge' and who have the support of their family and friends. 

"So the idea of chartering Waverley came about as a way of saying 'thank you'." 

Jim's thanks were echoed by Anton, who also showed his appreciation to the ICAS president for organising the "fantastic and memorable event". 

This is the second ICAS Waverley event this year. Last month, more than 500 CAs and guests joined Jim and Anton aboard Waverley as it sailed along the Clyde.

This event was kindly sponsored by Close Brothers.

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