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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.

 

 

Heavy weather pint at the Ship Inn – July 2016.

On a windy day, Wardley’s Member Simon Ellis had the mad-cap idea of sailing over to the Ship Inn in his Sailfish 18 “Peter Duck”

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Can you find the Ship Inn?

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Blowy return on the Sunday.

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John Gorse rightly worried by such a folly, kindly offered the services of his much larger and more able Westerly 25.

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Tidal Chart for Saturday 9 July 2016.

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So off they set for a not so quick pint at the Ship.

John at the helm.

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Simon (adding way-points into John’s GPS).

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The sea state was rough.

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Big waves everywhere. The Lancashire coast just a distant memory.

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It was a scary couple of days to say the least.

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They made it to the Ship Inn, but the weather was nothing like this photo!

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Yacht Matonas Marris on the mud outside the pub.

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Westerly 25: –

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