We hope to be able to re-open the clubhouse on June 21st, which is the date on the government’s roadmap when lockdown restrictions are planned to be lifted. It has been suggested that we could refresh the interior of the clubhouse ready for the re-opening. If you have any ideas for colour schemes or improvements which we could achieve by that date, please let us know. Also, if any member can offer assistance, advice or skills in the areas of furnishing, flooring and decoration, please get in touch.
Just a reminder that our provisional date for craning in this year is Thursday 27th May. Will any member wishing to use the crane please let us know ASAP, if you haven’t already done so. Please also take note that the majority of the yard will be taped off on the day, and not accessible for activities not connected with craning. The yard will be a hard-hat area during craning. Food and refreshment will be provided by a Covide-19 compliant team operating from in the club house. Note that club house is still out of bounds for general navigation, and the toilet round the back remains uni-sex for the time being.
The crane has been booked, so let’s hope for good weather and low winds. HW 10:55 GMT (clocks go back the night before!), 10.1m. Members involved need to be on site early before 8am.
The craning plan is on the Clubhouse notice board – if your details are incorrect or missing, please contact a Committee Member as soon as possible.
Prepare in advance by slackening all guard rail wires and with two lengths of rope around the hull, one forward and on aft on the desired lifting points, so that the strops can be pulled into position in a timely manor. Please ask if unsure.
New Jetty in Progress. Thirteen photographs
Starting a the bottom of the slip and working back towards the club house:
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.
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!
Its free of charge and starts at 6pm. Must put your name down at the club – space is limited. Bring your own Gin & Tonic and quality wines. (beer/fruity or otherwise cider if you must – Darren), or what ever takes your fancy.
Here’s a short video to remind you of the great 2018 season we’ve had with loads of excellent sailing. God bless you all!
With a special thanks to the Piel Island Crew: Tony, Ash and Alan, who helped ‘Jamila’ out with a diesel filter problem on a lovely sunny morning at Piel Island.
A friendly base for Yacht Cruising on Morecambe Bay