I'd forgotten all about it until I glanced at my diary this morning. And then it became one of those mad list-making, running around mornings in order to get out to Howth for 11am and a trip on the Boat for Hope, organised by the Variety charity for children with special needs and their families.
Some very friendly pirates met us at the gates of Howth Yacht Club, helped us on with our life jackets, and steered us to the boat where my lucky daughter was lifted on board by a posse of firemen, envied by most of the rest of us!
And so we set off on our adventure on the high seas, well the seas around Ireland's Eye anyway. But there were more pirates, and even a pitched battle with the water balloons and cannons we found in our goody bags!