Wardleys to Piel Island April 2018,
Not a lot going on this clip, or was there? As it happened, a thunder storm passed by just beyond Piel Castle. We saw quite a number of lightning strikes. Some were the classic bolts you see in the horror movies, and some were like the one caught on this clip at the 8 second mark. All were followed by deafening thunder claps that had the three Wardley’s sailors laughing unconvincingly at each other. Our sudden bout of gallows humour eventually died away as the storm moved on further up the Cumbrian coast. Still, fair-do’s to our innate sense of self preservation, we did have the tallest lighting conductor in the harbour right over our heads!
That’s all folks, the end of another great sail by three Wardley’s Marine Yacht Club members.
At Wardleys Marine Yacht Club, not everyday is a Piel Island or an IOM day.
That is, sometimes, Wardleys Marina Yacht Club sailors stay closer to home.
Sailors John and Simon thought it might be nice to have a ‘Wind in the Willows’ river jaunt, visiting the delightful and quite magical sailing environs of Skippool. Big skies, pastoral English countryside, and a squadron of very capable racing dinghies.
This is how it goes. Drop the mooring, tack up to Skippool and don’t go aground, enjoy the spectacle of racing yachties employing their clever tactics, head down to Stannar to check out the Jet Ski excitement, eat sandwiches, drink hot thermos coffee, sail along side other club members swapping banter, and finally ferry glide back to the mooring. By now of course, the tide is ebbing fast.
Ready steady lets go! ‘Matrona Maris’ kindly loaned us her tender.
Mustn’t go aground tacking up to Skipool!
Click on this. At Skipool, see clever tactics and a clever yachtsmen in action. And I believe his plan did work!
River Wyre Jet Skier in action
The young John Gorse rushing around hauling-up and setting sails.
Doing coffee and Split Selfies. Old and new technology functioning well on Jamila!
The helm in John’s safe hands. Wires ropes galore, which still baffle the skipper somewhat. In the back ground the River Wyre luxury apartment complexes, beloved by twitchers, over looking the lush River Wyre bird habitat (wink).
A movie when Mike and Erika buzzed by in their fast motor boat.
Odds and sods, mid season July 2017
Ship Inn, watching a boat sailing by. In the distance: Morecambe, Lancashire.
Tom and Simon heading to the slipway to off-load Jamila’s CQR anchor