24th August – this morning Vic Matthews – our Commodore – received a call from the Coastguard to tell him there was a boat on the move, dragging its mooring, in the river near Wardleys. Sure enough it was one of ours, Lady J. The rescue squad, Vic and Mike Smith went out in the workboat and managed to catch up with it. It was travelling at some speed on the incoming tide and would have ended up at Shard bridge if they hadn’t got to it in time. They returned it to a spare mooring and got in touch with its owner.
Members with river moorings are reminded to check them regularly. Chains have a very short life on a drying mooring, and swivels and shackles are also subject to rapid wear.
A work party took place on Saturday 16th August, starting at 10:30.
Many thanks to all who took part:
First, John Bacon because he was missed off the first version of this list – sorry John – and Bill Halliwell, Kevin Longworth, Brian and Katrina Rees, John Frubin, Mike and Rob Burke, Bob Andrews, Jack Tomlinson, ( who unfortunately hurt his foot and had a trip to A & E but he’s on the mend now), Norman Ingham, Mike Smith, Tom Bradley, Barry Williams, John English, Pablo Barrs, Vic and Linda Matthews, Pete Bresnahan, Alan Hughes, Roger Walkington, Peter Mosley, Bill Blenkinship, Erika Shacklady, Mike Morris and last but not least Dave Emmess.
A good turnout. Thank you everybody – if you couldn’t make it, don’t worry there will be another chance!
Work carried out included:
Painting of container doors
Painting of ‘A’ Frame
Scrubbing of Tide Gauges
Laying cable (if trench dug by mini-digger in advance)
Strimming of undergrowth
Pressure Washing of Guttering on Clubhouse, prior to painting
Let’s face it, the forecast wasn’t exactly brilliant. Tropical storm Bertha was still blowing hard and possibly coming our way – but neither the met office nor any of the other weather sites seemed to know exactly which way the storm would go.
Thanks to the skippers of Kirsti, Moonshine, Raven, Rivendell, Sika, Weaverbird and Alcudia (that’ll be me) who all showed some enthusiasm for the trip.
On Saturday morning we agreed that staying over at Piel for the night was not an option, but an out-and-back in a day looked possible. Eventually just two boats set out around HW – Moonshine and Alcudia – and hoisted well-reefed sails for the initial leg to Fleetwood. The rain stopped almost as we left Wardleys, and we enjoyed an exhilarating sail, wondering what the sea state be like in open water.
Beyond the Lifeboat Station we soon found out, and with some wind over tide effects, let’s say it was quite lumpy. No doubt it would have been better further out, but we decided to have an easy day, and decided to turn around after watching the lifeboat towing a rudderless yacht in from the Wyre Light.
We anchored on sand just south of the marina channel, dried out and had a relaxing afternoon wandering around the nearby wrecks and doing a few odd jobs. What a good spot for a club BBQ!
As the flood tide lifted us from the bottom, we were swung around and waited around 20 minutes before our keels escaped from the holes scoured on the ebb, wondering which way we would be set and if there was any risk of Moonshine and Alcudia ‘coming together’. All was well, and with the wind dropping as the sun set, we motored back to Wardleys on the last of the flood tide.
We’d had a good day. Why not give it a try before too long?
Fleetwood Tide Times are available here courtesy of Tide Times.
Alternatively, Tidal Predictions for Fleetwood (and about 6,000 other places) for the current day and the next consecutive 6 are provided free of charge by the UK Hydrographic Office. Whether you’re in the sea, on the sea or near the sea, Admiralty EasyTide will quickly provide you with valuable tidal information to help you make the most of your time.
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