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Much loved members cross the bar…

This year has been a particularly difficult year for WMYC,  since we have sadly lost two stalwarts who have put a lot into the running of the club, and indeed, who were both hard working committee-members at the beginning of this season.

Here are a few words I’ve put together: –

Both Pablo Bars and Bob Hoath have recently sailed away from us

No doubt they have arrived at a better and ever eternal landing ground,

Of sparkling waters, sun kissed beaches and rich muddy Morecambe-Bay-esque estuaries,

And where billowing white sail cloth hoisted aloft traverse blue skies, by long summer days,

And where harbour side inns filled with good company that beckon,  by short summer nights,

God bless them both, and those of their families left in their wake.

The following is a set of happy images celebrating our dearly departed Bob on his last sail to Piel 2019: –

Bob Hoath sailing past the tip of Walney Island in May 2019. The seal colony is not far up the beach to the left.
The same photo as above but this time with a club member and some of the top sides of the seaworthy and roomy ‘Janvier Six’ Westerly Centaur.
An all time classic WMYC photo with a WMYC member hook in hand on the bows. Bob  in the cockpit navigating ‘Janvier Six’ safely in to Piel harbour.


It wasn’t all plain sailing, with Bob in the middle of the trio. Steadfast at the helm, he had to contend with fast moving wind farm support vessel comings and goings. The sail of  Wardley’s boat ‘Sika’ can be seen bringing up the rear.


With ‘Black Combe’ the western most hill of the Lake District rising high above the town of Barrow, Bob looks out for a mooring close to the Ship Inn.  The Black Combe, correct me if I’m wrong, features in the lyrics of Bob’s, ‘Wardleys Sailor’s ballad.
The same photo as above, but zoomed out a little. The crew have been well briefed and know what to do. Buoys can be seen ahead and to port can be seen the long Piel Island jetty that drops down thirty six feet to cope with all states of the tide.
Bob in the Ship Inn surround by friends.


Bob looks up at the photographer. I leave the reader of this blog to fill in the caption of what was said :).
Bob in front the the WMYC club house on St. Georges day.


I’ve searched high and low for pictures of Pabs but cannot find any. Please, anyone, send me some if you can. I will include them here along with Bob’s.


The Grand Flotilla, May 2019

(above, our club secretary approaches the anchorage)

The first big event of 2019. Seven Wardleys Marine Yacht Club boats meet at the Ship Inn before heading up the coast to Ravenglass and beyond.

The weather was great with a soldier’s wind  across Morecambe Bay. We all creamed across in double quick order. Some boat moored up, some anchored. All sailors made it the pub for drinks, followed by a slap up  meal prepared by King Steven of Piel Island.

The flotilla is still on going as this post is being edited. It is currently  at Kippford up in Scotland.

Please enjoy the photographs with fun captions. The photos speak for the themselves given the happiness writ large on our member’s faces.

Kangie heading out on yet another great adventure
Jay with the Wardley’s MYC mascot
FE FI FO thumb I smell the blood of a Wadley’s Yachtsman”
Janvier Six (6th January) getting ready to catch a buoy.
Janvier Six’s anchor man
Wardley’s MYC senior yachtsman survey the anchorage.
Rivendel cracking-on up the coast of Cumbria.
Rivendel closing in on a safe haven.
The mighty SIKA flying her colours, goes into battle with the monster
SIKA pausing in Bass Pool before heading in to find a mooring.
Fantastic work done to SIKA is back from Skippool looking every bit a new boat.
Super glossy Nimrod hoves into view. John G. would love the engine on, but Skipper Nick is all for saving the planet.
Happy days out on Morecambe Bay. Nimrod heading in to find a mooring.
Jamila keeps an eye on the flotilla as it arrives at Piel. This is the first stop before heading up the Kippford via Ravenglass and Whitehaven.
Wardley’s boat are in fierce competition for available buoys. Kyle 2 and Sika are amongst the first to settle down for a night at the Ship Inn.
WMYC members toast the start of the Grand Flotilla outside the Ship Inn.
Outside the Ship Inn about for go in for dinner. Beautiful weather all day. It’s always the same at Piel — Bloody Mavellous!
Dinner is served in the dinning room out looking the garden.
A view down the river to Barrow in Furness. An amazing photograph of the submarine sheds ,with the shipping docks and some moor yachts in the foreground.
The sea chart showing the way up to Whitehaven, and then across to Ramsey on the Isle of Man.

Take a look at some of the original photos on Microsoft’s Onedrive. 

Click on the link below: –

The Grand Flotilla’s photographs

Hambleton Flood Risk Management Question & Answers

As you will probably  know by now, the authorities are worried about  the possibility of serious flooding  in the vicinity of our yacht club.

In brief, they have done some computer modelling, and can now confidently predict that 600 houses could be flooded-out when the next mega storm comes along. That is to say, when, an astronomical high tide,  a very low pressure front, and a strong westerly gale come hurtling up the river Wyre together!

Further more, from recent similar events around the country, they’ve worked out how much the average  claimant needs to spend to repair the resulting damage and cover temporary relocation costs. It all amounts to quite a lot! They believe, therefore,  the effort and resources put into the Scheme will be money well spent.

That said, it doesn’t appear that they are particularly worried about the Wardley’s Marine Yacht Club. We will of course be on the wrong side of their magnificent scheme. Still, that is probably where we would want to be anyway, if we want to retain unfettered access to the river. The main blight envisaged at this stage, is possibly the inconvenience caused during the works and maybe reduced access to our land at the upper reaches of the creek. At the recent public meeting we voiced these concerns, and as you will read in the document, they have affirmed that the scheme’s designer/planners will consult with WMYC during the planning.

Please read the attached document to gen up on the finer details. Questions 1 and 11 are of particular interest to us.


Hambleton suburbs expected to flood if the worst comes to the worst.