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gorgeous new year’s day+3 at wardleys Creek 2021

Winter days can be bleak and miserable, but when high pressure comes to dominate there is not a better time of the year for great quirky English scenery, and the best is surely to be found right in our WMYC boat yard. And don’t’ take my word for it, check out the number of people parked at the top of our Creek carrying expensive Nikons, Olympus OM1s’ and the like.

Note: the following photos are auto-sized so should be explorable by zooming-in.

Above: Norman Igrams’s Sika. One of many Wardley’s boats that have been all over the Irish sea and some. Norman was on his boat today making all and sundry cups of tea, and keeping everyone at a good 2 meters safe distance.

Looking down the creek toward the Wyre. Galadriel can be seen floating and showing off her sea kindly curves. Today the tide crept in at 13:36, lifting most boats but not all boats, and then crept away again whence it came.

Above: John Jacques’ ‘Barn Dancer’. She’s a supremely capable Marcon Sabre 27 that will take you anywhere you want. John is also a keen Drascombe Dabber sailor whose vanished mast can be seen rising yonder from a nearby mud berth.

Above: A closer look at ‘Barn Dancer’s well organised but simple cockpit. A nice generous centrally positioned ladder makes her easy to get on and off when dried out at Piel. Let’s hope that she gets a good run of sea miles in 2021, with her top notch Skipper at the helm.

Above: Barry’s de facto country cottage’s derriere. The most magnificent of all derrieres at the club. This great boat can be often seen in Douglas Harbour IoM, sometimes perched against the wall, affording her long standing WMYC skipper a better location-location-location ascetic than most country cottages you will see around.

This is Tom’s slim and sleek ‘Thunderball’. A Westerly 25 triple keeler. She’s a shallow daft go anywhere boat that is just as happy sailing out in an F7 wind as she is plonked on the mud a short distance from a waterside pub awaiting the return of her WMYC skipper. There are some good YouTube video clips of ‘Thunderball’ out in Morecambe Bay revelling in choppy seas. She is a solid a boat to be sure.

Above: ‘Peter Duck‘ is a WMYC modified Sailfish 18 with additional glassed in concrete ballast and a keel suspended from an open steel frame as opposed to the original enclosed glass fibre moulding. She’s amassed a record of fifty four Morecambe Bay crossings in all weather, and has explored the upper reaches of Morecambe Bay like no other boat in the yard.

WMYC member Billy’s Annabelle. And what a boat! She has a classic semi-planning hull. And a classic sea going boat’s bow for punching safely though seas at displacement speeds and a wide flat stern enabling her to rise up on the plane at 20knots when sea conditions permit. And all from a super economical 45hp Honda outboard. You could say she has the best of both worlds. And as for the comfort afforded by her superstructure, need I say more…

Above: ‘Wispering Wind’ Is a forty foot, go anywhere in the world, deep keel, ocean yacht. She is still under construction, requiring her two junk rig masts erecting and her cabin interior fitting out. After that she will be heading straight off to warm exotic places, such that are not obtainable in our beloved Morecambe Bay. And in doing so, long sought after sailing dreams will become a reality, and I dare say by proxy, also enjoyed by the greater WMYC community. Good luck on ya John, and do keep in touch once you’re gone.

Above: Here’s a eclectic photo of a the happy band of WMYC club boats across the creek.

There is just a little bit of telephoto to squash together all what we like.

And that is, comfortably inland where life is pastural and song birds sing, but not far from seaborn adventure where the waves crash and the seabirds shriek.

Above: And finally a photo of Steve Adams, Norman Igram, and Jim Preston all in covid-19 camouflage. As can be seen, WMYC sailors are as safety conscious on land as they are on the sea.

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