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The ‘Big Six’ did mean to go to sea!

Report on last week’s club Cruise to Piel

There was plenty of wind for our sailing trip to Piel Island this weekend. Saturday saw 20 knots, and that was just in the river! Varied conditions encountered on the way across, including SE and SW winds, usually 15 – 20 knots, but also spells of little wind which made things challenging with a fast springs ebb tide. Also some showers and thunder. The boats from Wardleys at Piel Island were Kjersti, Jamila, Rivendel, Kyle 2, Janvier Six and Moonshine. Coming back on Sunday I encountered a wind gust of 33 knots off Walney Island, but we mostly had 15 – 20 knots North-Westerly, which gave a fast trip back under sail!

The Big Six:

  1. Rivendel
Rivendel. (Darran’s doing a very good impression of “Don’t you know who I am”! Simon B, with a brilliant life like cut-out of Jo)
Darren: The veritable ‘Captain John Walker’ aboard Rivendale. And keeping up a steady stream of posts on Facebook!

2. Janvier Six

Alan, Bill, and Pablo on Janvier Six. She surged in to Piel under engine and likewise surged out the following morning. Nothing done by halves. No duffers here, and a capable boat for sure.

3. Kjersti

Skippered by Tom. Kjersti is a rare and fine example of a Westerly Chieftain. With a roomy stern cabin, is where Tom keeps his treasure chest – manuscripts and all.

4. Kyle 2

Andy Sargent’s indomitable yacht Kyle 2 moored off Wild Cat Island. With the only functioning outboard engine amongst the Big Six, Andy assumed the role of ferry man.

5. Moonshine

Moonshine (left) aground with Alcudia and still in the river! “Chump-headed galoots” Nancy Blackett might ask? Well, no, it’s an archive photo! This time, Steve in Moonshine was the first of us sailors to arrive at the Ship and was indeed the last to leave.

6. Jamila

With ‘Peter Duck’ resting back at Wardleys, the more roomy ‘Jamila’ is now taking her place. Sailing at large near Fleetwood. Soon to head out to sea in company with Rivendel.

Jamila’s First Cruise 2017

Jamila waiting of the tide

 

Jamila sailing close hauled into a Morecambe Bay chop. Blowing F4- F5. Easy going for a Mirage 2700

 

Out on the bow with the camera. Middle of the afternoon on the outward leg to Piel Island. Wind F3-F4 at this point. All canvas is aloft.

 

Dramatic photo captures RNLI lifeboat crashing into a wave at 28kts. So said the AIS as it approached. A group of sea canoeists had put out a MayDay on the other side of Walney Island.

 

The RNLI lifeboat speeding past the Castle on Piel Island.

 

 

Working Party needed Saturday 20th May

Dear WMYC members,

Just to let you know that a Working Party day is planned for Saturday 20th May, and members are invited to attend and help with maintenance of the clubhouse, premises and equipment. Some of the tasks identified so far are:-

Paint the JCB
Stain the clubhouse decking
Refurbish the noticeboard facing the lane
Fix the padlocks on the bottom gates and trim the thorn hedge
Improve the yard surface with road planings
Paint the outside of the clubhouse

There is plenty to do, so please come along and help if you can!

Regards,

Andy Sargent (Club secretary)

Crane-in Photographs 2017

The crane in day was a triumph.   We had the perfect weather  –  blue sky,  sun,  sea, and a blooming big crane.

All boats went in the water according to plan.

Club members played their part like in a big orchestra.  Our crane-in conductor was Mike Morris — Wardley’s own version of ‘Sir Simon Rattle’ .

But instead of welding a baton, he dazzled on-lookers with a stream of two fingered gestures towards the sharp eye of a crane driver who had boats hopping off the hard, flying into the air, and splashing back into the water with perfect precision.

Other members played their part too, organised into gangs, they hopped on and off boats, fitted and released strops, hooked and unhooked boats, and with long ropes and a man on each corner, guided them safely to their designated berths.

Thanks also goes to the ladies who with smiles and good humour served delicious sustenance in the form of tea, coffee, and bacon butties.

All in all it was a great day, please see the photos below.