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!
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 http://coxengineering.sharepoint.com/
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 http://www.davidmossboatbuilders.com/
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.
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
A friendly base for Yacht Cruising on Morecambe Bay