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RYA North West Cruising Conference – Report

 14 March 2015
Warrington

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 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​.

Crane Out – Wednesday 8th October

The day went well – see Vic’s comments on the home page.

Here are a few pictures:

The forecast was looking good - so the crane driver was given the go-ahead for 8th October.
The forecast was looking good – so the crane driver was given the go-ahead for 8th October.
Inspecting the bank: some doubt as to whether the crane jack will sink in so close to the mud berth on a big lift.
Inspecting the bank: some doubt as to whether the crane jack will sink in so close to the mud berth on a big lift.
There was always some doubt - would the crane be able to lift this large vessel?  In the end, the crane wasn't the problem - the ground close to the mud berth just couldn't take the pressure.  So this was as far as it went - just enough to inspect the prop!
There was always some doubt – would the crane be able to lift this large vessel? In the end, the crane wasn’t the problem – the ground close to the mud berth just couldn’t take the pressure. So this was as far as it went – just enough to inspect the prop!
The main mast from Nigel's vessel took some time to remove - it was the first time the vessel had been moved for some time.  After an interesting passage down the Creek, mudberth number 1 was used for this operation.  We look forward to seeing the results of David Moss's work on the mast next season!
The main mast from Nigel’s vessel took some time to remove – it was the first time the vessel had been moved for some time. After an interesting passage down the Creek, mudberth number 1 was used for this operation. We look forward to seeing the results of David Moss’s work on the mast next season!
Barry - dressed for the part - made sure we didn't go hungry.  Thanks for carrying on the tradition, Barry!
Barry – dressed for the part – made sure we didn’t go hungry. Thanks for carrying on the tradition, Barry!

 

 

 

Crane In Photos

Crane in took place on Monday 31st March, when around 15 vessel lifts were made.  One boat, Brendan, was craned onto the hard standing, all the other lifts were to launch boats for the upcoming sailing season.

Photos can be seen here.

Thanks to all who helped on the day and in the preparations beforehand, especially to Roger Walkington.