Category Archives: News and Reports

Updates and reports on events

Stills and Video from the 2015 Silver Jubilee Piel Island Flotilla

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The Route

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Janet May

Approaching the sea and waves.

Peter Duck

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Janet May hard pressed

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Peter Duck taking stick

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Ship Inn towards South Lakes

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Barn Owl on Piel Island

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Ship Inn towards Blackpool

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Entering Wardley Creek

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Thunderball finding mooring

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Raven arriving at Piel

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Darren still fast asleep in his bunk.

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Bunting for the Silver Jubilee

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‘Lythe Lady’ leading the pack.

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Wind against tide over shoal waters

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‘Lythe Lady’ looking for an anchorage.


‘Janvier Six’ taking a bow.

Silver Jubilee Video Part 1

Silver Jubilee Video Part 2

Silver Jubilee Video Part 3

Work Party – Saturday 8th August

Lots of jobs completed in spite of a disappointing turnout!

THANK YOU to those members who turned up for the work party on August 8th.  In spite of low numbers, the yard looks much tidier, thanks to the hard work of the members who helped:

Richard Anthony, Jack Tomlinson, Roger Walkington, Neil MacSween, Sandra Jepson (and Caitlin),  Mike Smith, Dave Emmess. Tom Bradley, Bill Blenkinship, Pablo Barrs, John Bacon, John Gorse, Vic Matthews and Linda Matthews.

Well done and if your name isn’t here there will be plenty of jobs for next time.



Crane In – Sat 18th April

Crane in dates rely on the combination of spring tides and good weather – there are a series of possible days starting on Saturday 18th April through to Tuesday 21st April.

The crane is booked for Saturday 18th April, so let’s hope for good weather and low winds.  HW 11:23 BST, 9.7m.  Members involved need to be on site early!

The craning plan is on the Clubhouse notice board – if your details are incorrect or missing, please contact a Committee Member as soon as possible.


AGM & Crane-in Dates

Wardley’s Marine Yacht Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 29th March 2015 at 10:30am.  The venue is the Wyre Villa Football Club, Stalmine, FY6 0LA.

All member should have received notice of the AGM by post.  Annual subscriptions of £45 (due on April 1st) can be paid to the Membership Secretary at the end of the AGM.

Any subs not paid by 31st May will incur a rejoining fee of £75.

Crane in dates rely on the combination of spring tides and good weather – there are a series of possible days starting on Saturday 18th April through to Tuesday 21st April.  The Committee is checking on crane availability, and further details will be made available as soon as possible.

As usual, there is likely to be a work party before crane in and it would be good to see a strong turnout!

RYA North West Cruising Conference – Report

 14 March 2015

A lively, informative and entertaining day with
This was an interesting and informative day, attended by about 90 sailors based in or around the North West, but sailing over a much wider area.
Broadcaster PAUL HEINEY decided in 2011 that he was going to set sail for Cape Horn. By the time he returned he had completed a voyage of 18,000 miles, and 11,000 of those were single-handed. This made a fascinating talk, and will soon be available to read in his new book ‘One Wild Song’.
Engineer and magazine contributor VYV COX spoke on Anchors and Anchoring, hinting at the inadequacy of CQR anchors ‘ like an Austin 7’, and also making a good case that weight of chain alone does little to improve holding power.  See
Boat-builder DAVID MOSS was interviewed about his 50 years in wooden boat-building, restoration and repair.  40 of these have been spent running his boatyard just up the river from Wardleys. See
There were also talks from IAN LOFFHAGEN of Rowlands Marine on developments in electronics and the 
RYA’s GUS LEWIS and STUART CARRUTHERS with updates on cruising and legal affairs​.