Diamond in the rough
Last Saturday evening Williams partner Randstad invited media members to an evening of fun and food aboard the Stad Amsterdam, a 19th century schooner the internal staffing agency had commissioned in 2000, together with the Dutch city where it is headquartered.
The evening was to all intents and purposes a repeat of similar function held during last year's Monaco Grand Prix weekend, with fine food and drink abounding. Not even the ebbing and swaying of the 76m vessel in aggressive weather patterns which abounded from Wednesday through Monday could destroy the atmosphere.
Like last year, the guests crowded the top deck of the full-rigged clipper to take in the magnificent landward sights of Monte Carlo, and beautiful they were, too. The big screen above the harbour chicane showed reruns of qualifying, whilst the drizzly weather gave Prince Albert's home on the hill an eerie facade.