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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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June 2016, trip to Piel then Ulverston.

Club members Simon and Joe Browning, Darren Griffiths, and Simon Ellis, sailing in their respective boats,  enjoyed a trip to Piel Island in glorious weather. After drinks at the Ship Inn and the obligatory walk around the island, they returned to ‘Rivendell’ for a barbecue hosted by Simon and Joe. The food was excellent as usual. Next day, instead of sailing home with the others, Simon Ellis in ‘Peter Duck’ hitched a ride on the morning tide flooding into Morecambe Bay to explore the shallow channels up as far as Ulverston. Contact was made with the natives — a friendly Drascombe Dabber crewed by local residents. All went to plan and all made it back to Wardleys Creek safely.

Ordinance Survey Map shows just how little water there is at low tide.
Ordinance Survey Map shows just how little water there is at low tide.

The following photographs are shown roughly in chronological order.

High Speed Ferry takes bikers to the Isle of Man
In the Lune Deeps of Fleetwood, a high Speed Ferry takes bikers to the Isle of Man. Note the damage to the port side bow. It must have hit something very hard. Recently, a similar vessel chopped a 30′ fishing boat clean in-half off the coast of France.
Yacht Rivendell
Yacht Rivendel with Joe on the bow and Simon B. at the helm. Looking for an over night anchorage at Piel Harbour.

Video taken from ‘Thunderball’ as ‘Peter Duck’ arrived at Piel Harbour, Saturday tea time..

Background: Peter Duck and power boat on mud, Foreground: flag and skipper (Simon E.) with great uncle’s WW2 binoculars.
Fell Walker aka Darren G. flying the flag.
Fell Walker aka Darren G. flying the flag.
Chapel Island guarding the approaches to Ulverston.
Chapel Island guarding the approaches to Ulverston. A holy order of monks once lived there, and as well as worship to the Lord Almighty, they offered refreshment to travellers crossing the Morecambe Bay sands.
Peter Duck at Canal Foot.
Peter Duck at Canal Foot (See map above). The tide needs to rise a little higher to match the level in the canal behind the lock gates. As any canal boater knows, its only when the levels are equal that the gates will open.
Safe and Sound behind the wall
Safe and Sound behind the wall. Now at slack water. There was quite a surge of water past the wall-end when the tide was flooding.
Haven Bay, Ulverston.
Plumpton Bight at slack water – a bay NW of Canal Foot provides a welcome haven from the surging 8 knot tide. It looks so calm now!
Canal running from Morecambe Bay to Ulverston.
The Ulverston canal running from the lock gates into the centre of town. (Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame, came from this small town)
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Pinched from Google Maps. Gives a good perspective of: Canal meets Morcambe Bay.
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And another one.
A prospecting drilling rig with the west end of Morecambe in the background
A prospecting drilling rig, with West End of Morecambe beyond.
Malcolm working hard hauling warps, whilst Mike takes a leisurely trip up the river with radio switched off.
Malcolm working hard hauling warps, whilst Mike takes a leisurely trip up the river with his VHF radio switched off 🙂

Stills and Video from the 2015 Silver Jubilee Piel Island Flotilla

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The Route

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Janet May

Approaching the sea and waves.

Peter Duck

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Janet May hard pressed

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Peter Duck taking stick

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Ship Inn towards South Lakes

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Barn Owl on Piel Island

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Ship Inn towards Blackpool

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Entering Wardley Creek

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Thunderball finding mooring

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Raven arriving at Piel

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Darren still fast asleep in his bunk.

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Bunting for the Silver Jubilee

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‘Lythe Lady’ leading the pack.

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Wind against tide over shoal waters

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‘Lythe Lady’ looking for an anchorage.


‘Janvier Six’ taking a bow.

Silver Jubilee Video Part 1

Silver Jubilee Video Part 2

Silver Jubilee Video Part 3