I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Christmas, and on behalf of the committee would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.
The initial optimism we all shared approaching the Christmas break has been somewhat dampened as once again we enter a full national lockdown, this for the third time. In compliance with the lockdown requirements the club facilities and grounds have been closed until such time as the lockdown requirements are eased or fully lifted.
The good news is that some club members have had their initial vaccine injection and I would urge all members that are offered the vaccine to get inoculated at the earliest opportunity, as this is our best chance of getting back to some sort of normality.
Given the lockdown conditions I am aware that some of our club members live alone and I am sure feel more cut off and isolated than others. I would urge all club members to stay in touch with each other, be it by email, phone or the club Whatsapp group, especially If you know of any members who live alone, please give them a call and say hello, I am sure this will help lift their spirits.
Your committee will continue to monitor the current situation and any announcements will be communicated at the earliest opportunity.
As ever take care, stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all in better times, under better circumstances.
Dear WMYC Members,
Apologies for having to write to you all so soon after my last email, but, as you will probably be aware, the national rules regarding Covid-19 have changed, and we have now entered our third national lockdown in England.
This means that the club and grounds must now close to members and visitors with immediate effect.
The lockdown is likely to continue until at least the middle of February, but I will let you know immediately there is any change in circumstances affecting the club.
Please take care, and stay safe.
Andy Sargent (WMYC honorary secretary, on behalf of the committee).
Winter days can be bleak and miserable, but when high pressure comes to dominate there is not a better time of the year for great quirky English scenery, and the best is surely to be found right in our WMYC boat yard. And don’t’ take my word for it, check out the number of people parked at the top of our Creek carrying expensive Nikons, Olympus OM1s’ and the like.
Note: the following photos are auto-sized so should be explorable by zooming-in.
Above: Norman Igrams’s Sika. One of many Wardley’s boats that have been all over the Irish sea and some. Norman was on his boat today making all and sundry cups of tea, and keeping everyone at a good 2 meters safe distance.
Looking down the creek toward the Wyre. Galadriel can be seen floating and showing off her sea kindly curves. Today the tide crept in at 13:36, lifting most boats but not all boats, and then crept away again whence it came.
Above: John Jacques’ ‘Barn Dancer’. She’s a supremely capable Marcon Sabre 27 that will take you anywhere you want. John is also a keen Drascombe Dabber sailor whose vanished mast can be seen rising yonder from a nearby mud berth.
Above: A closer look at ‘Barn Dancer’s well organised but simple cockpit. A nice generous centrally positioned ladder makes her easy to get on and off when dried out at Piel. Let’s hope that she gets a good run of sea miles in 2021, with her top notch Skipper at the helm.
Above: Barry’s de facto country cottage’s derriere. The most magnificent of all derrieres at the club. This great boat can be often seen in Douglas Harbour IoM, sometimes perched against the wall, affording her long standing WMYC skipper a better location-location-location ascetic than most country cottages you will see around.
This is Tom’s slim and sleek ‘Thunderball’. A Westerly 25 triple keeler. She’s a shallow daft go anywhere boat that is just as happy sailing out in an F7 wind as she is plonked on the mud a short distance from a waterside pub awaiting the return of her WMYC skipper. There are some good YouTube video clips of ‘Thunderball’ out in Morecambe Bay revelling in choppy seas. She is a solid a boat to be sure.
Above: ‘Peter Duck‘ is a WMYC modified Sailfish 18 with additional glassed in concrete ballast and a keel suspended from an open steel frame as opposed to the original enclosed glass fibre moulding. She’s amassed a record of fifty four Morecambe Bay crossings in all weather, and has explored the upper reaches of Morecambe Bay like no other boat in the yard.
WMYC member Billy’s Annabelle. And what a boat! She has a classic semi-planning hull. And a classic sea going boat’s bow for punching safely though seas at displacement speeds and a wide flat stern enabling her to rise up on the plane at 20knots when sea conditions permit. And all from a super economical 45hp Honda outboard. You could say she has the best of both worlds. And as for the comfort afforded by her superstructure, need I say more…
Above: ‘Wispering Wind’ Is a forty foot, go anywhere in the world, deep keel, ocean yacht. She is still under construction, requiring her two junk rig masts erecting and her cabin interior fitting out. After that she will be heading straight off to warm exotic places, such that are not obtainable in our beloved Morecambe Bay. And in doing so, long sought after sailing dreams will become a reality, and I dare say by proxy, also enjoyed by the greater WMYC community. Good luck on ya John, and do keep in touch once you’re gone.
Above: Here’s a eclectic photo of a the happy band of WMYC club boats across the creek.
There is just a little bit of telephoto to squash together all what we like.
And that is, comfortably inland where life is pastural and song birds sing, but not far from seaborn adventure where the waves crash and the seabirds shriek.
Above: And finally a photo of Steve Adams, Norman Igram, and Jim Preston all in covid-19 camouflage. As can be seen, WMYC sailors are as safety conscious on land as they are on the sea.
This has been a year that none of us could have imagined and one that has caused so much pain to so many families, I am sure that next year is going to be equally as difficult but let us hope that as the days start to get brighter so does the future. On behalf of the committee I would like to thank all club members for their continued support.
I hope every body has a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.