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CLUB EVENT: Let’s go Anchor on 3rd August 2019.

HOLY MACKERAL, The season still feels like it has just started, but we’re already at the halfway mark.  I know, it does not seem like last week since we were all CRANING IN, and proving emphatically to the WMYC’s HR department that we fully understand the word ‘TEAMWORK’.

Still, a sailing club would not be a sailing club without the odd SAILING EVENT, finding its way into the club lounge calendar (Linda, it’s the 3rd August).

Steve Adam’s our brilliant new Commodore decided that after my 52, often hair brained, crossings of Morecambe Bay in my Sailfish 18 in a matter of three years, I deserved bestowed upon me the title of ‘Sailing Captain’ . This honour did not come without obligation, and so here is the  pay-back in the form of a PLAN for a  forthcoming club event.

Great holding power the ‘Silvikrin’ anchoring location in the Furness Peninsula.

On quite a number of occasions when going to PIEL ISLAND, I and some other most excellent members of the club have eschewed the easy (Ronald McDonald’s Burger and Fries ) option of grabbing a mooring close to the jetty.

Instead we have sailed into BASS POOL and dropped anchor on the south side of the Island.

All I can say at this point is that it’s a JEWEL of a location that needs to be shared amongst us all

What I propose is to get out on our boats on the 3rd August 2019, cross the bay (it’s not that far really), and drop our anchors in the said narrow strip of water, and have a barbeque on the side of the Castle over looking our ANCHORAGE for the night.

For a bit of fun and to enter in the spirit of the occasion, we all get ourselves sailor’s hat, with an ANCHOR on the forehead band, and there shall be a PRIZE for the most authentic/comic look. See the Captain below, but it could also be the Jack Sparrow,  or other. Our Commodore has offered to sponsor a prize.

 

For those who have not anchored for the night before, this is a great location. The bottom is good heavy sand and has a ‘Silvikrin’ max hold.  Just let out enough chain and dig the anchor in with plenty of REVERSE THRUST. If your engine cannot shift your boat then the wind has no chance.

And if there is time, you can paddle to the south side (much closer to the boat). Check out the photo’s below of  a walk to the lighthouse last year (the day before the 2018 CRANE OUT): –

Members are encouraged to participate if they can. Cruising in company is a great way to boost confidence, and we will aim to stay in radio contact at all times.
Skippers are often in need of crews: if you haven’t got your own boat, it’s likely that another club member  would welcome you on board.  Just ask around!
Note: times are GMT. Add an hour!
On the other side: –
Piel Castle in the distance looking back across Light House Bay. Jamila moored in Bass Pool at the bottom.
Andy Sargent on Walney Island looking back towards the castle and the lake district hills

The Grand Flotilla, May 2019

(above, our club secretary approaches the anchorage)

The first big event of 2019. Seven Wardleys Marine Yacht Club boats meet at the Ship Inn before heading up the coast to Ravenglass and beyond.

The weather was great with a soldier’s wind  across Morecambe Bay. We all creamed across in double quick order. Some boat moored up, some anchored. All sailors made it the pub for drinks, followed by a slap up  meal prepared by King Steven of Piel Island.

The flotilla is still on going as this post is being edited. It is currently  at Kippford up in Scotland.

Please enjoy the photographs with fun captions. The photos speak for the themselves given the happiness writ large on our member’s faces.

Kangie heading out on yet another great adventure
Jay with the Wardley’s MYC mascot
FE FI FO thumb I smell the blood of a Wadley’s Yachtsman”
Janvier Six (6th January) getting ready to catch a buoy.
Janvier Six’s anchor man
Wardley’s MYC senior yachtsman survey the anchorage.
Rivendel cracking-on up the coast of Cumbria.
Rivendel closing in on a safe haven.
The mighty SIKA flying her colours, goes into battle with the monster
SIKA pausing in Bass Pool before heading in to find a mooring.
Fantastic work done to SIKA is back from Skippool looking every bit a new boat.
Super glossy Nimrod hoves into view. John G. would love the engine on, but Skipper Nick is all for saving the planet.
Happy days out on Morecambe Bay. Nimrod heading in to find a mooring.
Jamila keeps an eye on the flotilla as it arrives at Piel. This is the first stop before heading up the Kippford via Ravenglass and Whitehaven.
Wardley’s boat are in fierce competition for available buoys. Kyle 2 and Sika are amongst the first to settle down for a night at the Ship Inn.
WMYC members toast the start of the Grand Flotilla outside the Ship Inn.
Outside the Ship Inn about for go in for dinner. Beautiful weather all day. It’s always the same at Piel — Bloody Mavellous!
Dinner is served in the dinning room out looking the garden.
A view down the river to Barrow in Furness. An amazing photograph of the submarine sheds ,with the shipping docks and some moor yachts in the foreground.
The sea chart showing the way up to Whitehaven, and then across to Ramsey on the Isle of Man.

Take a look at some of the original photos on Microsoft’s Onedrive. 

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The Grand Flotilla’s photographs

Piel Island and RNLI action, May 2019

 

About five Wardley’s boat sailed over to Piel Island off Walney Island during the recent bank holiday weekend, some  on differing days. Everyone reported having a great time and feeling exhilarated to be back on the open seas.

The weather was absolute great. The winds were fair and the sun was out for most of the time.

(Comments at work during the following week: ‘Now what exotic place did you fly off to during the bank holiday Simon’?).

The title photo above is a telephoto image, from the jetty, of Kyle 2 (Snapdragon 24) approaching the island. For all intents and purposes it looks like Andy Sargent is about to be gobbled-up by an angry orange monster,  but rest assured, the windfarm service boat was some distance behind.

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(Note: all are hi-definition photos, so feel free to double-click on any to zoom in )

RNLI rescue

Later on that evening, we witnessed a late night rescue! The first we realize something was going on was when the RNLI station suddenly lit up like Piccadilly Circus, then the big boat came splashing down the long slip like a giant Log flume ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The smaller inflatable rescue boat also was launched. Then for several hour we were treated to the spectacle of boats rushing up and down the channel with eye dazzling spotlights panning in all directions. At regular intervals, serious firework style rescue flares hissed up into the sky with a loud pop, lighting up the water below and creating a feeling  excitement and trepidation. We learnt the following day that a tender had got loose from a moored yacht with no oars or outboard. The poor chap on board got whisked off into Morecambe Bay in the dead of night on a powerful tide. He/she must have been terrified.

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RNLI report

 

Late August 2018 sail to Piel Island

A flurry of texts were sent out mid week. The usual sailors were up for an over night cruise to Piel. The weather was generally dull and uninspiring, where the wind didn’t blow hard enough to sail until the final hours on Sunday afternoon. A guest sailor from Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club crewed on Jamila. A good weekend was had all by all.