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Piel Island and RNLI action, May 2019

 

About five Wardley’s boat sailed over to Piel Island off Walney Island during the recent bank holiday weekend, some  on differing days. Everyone reported having a great time and feeling exhilarated to be back on the open seas.

The weather was absolute great. The winds were fair and the sun was out for most of the time.

(Comments at work during the following week: ‘Now what exotic place did you fly off to during the bank holiday Simon’?).

The title photo above is a telephoto image, from the jetty, of Kyle 2 (Snapdragon 24) approaching the island. For all intents and purposes it looks like Andy Sargent is about to be gobbled-up by an angry orange monster,  but rest assured, the windfarm service boat was some distance behind.

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(Note: all are hi-definition photos, so feel free to double-click on any to zoom in )

RNLI rescue

Later on that evening, we witnessed a late night rescue! The first we realize something was going on was when the RNLI station suddenly lit up like Piccadilly Circus, then the big boat came splashing down the long slip like a giant Log flume ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The smaller inflatable rescue boat also was launched. Then for several hour we were treated to the spectacle of boats rushing up and down the channel with eye dazzling spotlights panning in all directions. At regular intervals, serious firework style rescue flares hissed up into the sky with a loud pop, lighting up the water below and creating a feeling  excitement and trepidation. We learnt the following day that a tender had got loose from a moored yacht with no oars or outboard. The poor chap on board got whisked off into Morecambe Bay in the dead of night on a powerful tide. He/she must have been terrified.

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RNLI report

 

RNLI donation and Crane-in April 2019

(Above: our Commodore Steve Adams handing over to the  RNLI the money raised at our Christmas dinner)

The  Wardley’s Marine Yacht Club 2019 crane-in day was a massive success! Everything went according to plan.

Hats off to everyone!

 

Crew members waiting for the action to start.

 

Plenty of members came, and there was no protesting going on! Formidable looking ‘Les Gillets Jaunes’ characters were everywhere, but in the case of WMYC it was all a magnificent effort laid on to shift boats around a yard and to put boats in Morecambe Bay.

 

It was a tight fit, our crane driver for the day was the boss  Mr. Daley  himself.  He confidently drove his big vehicle in and amongst our boats. As can be seen, he struggled to find space such was the crammed nature of our boat yard!

 

Crane assisted flying boats were soon seen hovering over head.

 

Higher and higher they got! 

 

Jamila is next. No bumps and damage to the mast this time around.

 

Yo ho the drunken sailor! Well, not really, unfortunately the new mooring was laid too close to a big hump, which threatens the rudder.

 

A WMY crew member, early on good Friday, enjoying the last drop of sleepiness before the fun begins.

 

Two Wardley’s boats safely tucked away in the  Fleetwood marina.

 

And  finally a  big thanks to all who lent a hand in any shape or form. And in particular, to our banks-man Michael Morris (directing the crane movements). And also to the wonderful ladies in the club house who supplied us with food and drink throughout the morning.

Job well done!