Around the Isle of Wight
“The wind was – unusually – from the East; not the Beast from the East for a nice planing run, but a dying breeze, and only Puddle Duck managed to get the most from the favourable tide so as to avoid using their motor.
“We had 9 boats in all, with several going around for the first time. All four Tyler children (well, adults now) took part in different boats. It’s ten years since they were all sailing at a Wayfarer event – the 2008 50th anniversary year celebrations at Parkstone.
“The event won’t be held next year, as numbers were on the low side, and in two years time perhaps the up-and-coming cruising Wayfarers will want to join in.
“Alas we couldn’t find the dolphin that had been spotted by Hurst Castle – just plenty of large ships to keep us busy. A great day out!”
Chris – W28 ‘Chreselen’
CRUISING CONFERENCE POSTPONED
(Posted Thursday 15th Mar, 09:00)
“I have had to juggle three main factors in my decision here. The first is the risk of snowfall with certainty of high winds on Sunday, the second the certainty of a grey weekend with strong winds and temperature maxima of 1 degree, and lastly waterlogged ground and a flood alert on the River Trent with further rain forecast for the next 2 days. To put the cherry on the top of this the river level data for that stretch of the Trent has not been updated since last night (and it usually is). We have also been unable to find an alternative venue nearby at this short notice....read more
“The equivalent safe passage planning decision would be “find an alternative passage or stay ashore!”
“Whilst I appreciate this will be a disappointment for many it looks very likely indeed that we could hold the event in on the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October, at NCSC, instead. Once I have dates I will be emailing you all to see if you could make it on the available date. Obviously if you can’t manage then you will be refunded as soon as you confirm that.
“with all very best wishes
“Boris – Cruising Secretary.”
“Where did that cork land?”
“60th anniversary celebration of our Wayfarer on the Hartley Boats stand at the RYA Dinghy Show.
“Roger Proctor, son of the late Ian Proctor, whose centenary was also being celebrated, popped the cork, and I had the honour of cutting the cake, beautifully crafted in the shape of 60, with perfect ‘W’s all over, by the wonderful Sarah Burgess, our UKWA Secretary and her son.
“As I cut the cake I made a traditional wish – and it’s no secret that I hope the Wayfarer will continue to provide happy family sailing, amazing cruising adventures, training for all beginners, and high-powered racing, for the next 60 years. Thank you Ian Proctor for designing the most versatile dinghy ever. Long Live the Wayfarer!”
– Liz Feibusch (W11000)
Brancaster Weekend – Summary
“The weekend of 24th/25th February saw 8 hardy (foolhardy?) boatloads of Wayfarer sailors brave the icy blasts from the east for some sailing at Brancaster on the North Norfolk coast. All survived to tell the tale and in fact enjoyed the brilliant sunshine and superb sailing.
“Accommodation for the weekend was the ‘bunkhouse’ at Burnham Deepdale, where hearty meals and celebratory drinks were consumed amid tales of tides, shallow water and waves.
“Winds of 20 knots and gusting showed how efficient reefing systems and a seaworthy boat really came into their own.” – Matt Sharman W773 (organiser)
International Rally, 7th – 13th September
Separately there are now also full details of the proposed itinerary, as well as a detailed breakdown of the costs of various types of accommodation and a description of what is included in the price. This is all accessed via the ‘Cruising’ section of the menu, also linked here.
Ralph has arranged a fantastic array of enticing activities, visits and events – do take a look at what is on offer!
NORMANDY RALLY 2018 – UPDATE
There’s a description of the event linked from the diary pages here on the website, including Thierry’s contact details.
Calshot Cruise September 2017
DASH, SPLASH & BACK!
“Yet another entertaining weekend thanks to John Norman, a rogue thunder cloud and some errant wake from an unseen vessel.
Very calm trip to Newtown, but this cloud was building on the way back but I hadn’t see the flash of lightning. Then an almighty thunder clap – shook me witless for a moment or two! That was it – no more storm!
Then on the slipway back at Calshot, while I was off fetching the launch trolley the wake from nowhere threw the boat against Adrian, knocking him off his feet into the water. Quick thinking from the others on the slipway prevented any injury or damage to the boat.
Thanks to everyone. Next trip around the island?
DASH, SPLASH & BACK…. dash from all corners of the country, quick sail then back home.”
-Simon & Adrian – W8796 “and the little pigs dance” ...read more
… and here’s another participant’s feedback:-
“A most enjoyable weekend organised by John and Matt. Unusually the weather was kind with plenty of sun, almost enough wind and no rain!”
-Nick Giles W9922
There will be a full write-up in the next edition of Wayfarer News.