Spring Cruising Conference 2018 – cancelled

Spring Cruising Conference 2018 – cancelled


Event Details


“Dear All

“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.

“A decision had to be made this morning which was the latest the caterer could do her shopping (and the food accounts for nearly 70% of the cost of the event) thus committing your money.“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.” 


Issued Saturday:


WindGuru – GFS (27km) model:


Met Office yellow warning, E Midlands, for period between 00:05 Sat 17th and 23:55 Sat 17th (issued Thursday):

“A band of rain will turn more widely to snow early Saturday morning followed by scattered snow showers through the remainder of the day. These showers may become more prolonged, particularly during the evening. Any melting of lying snow will lead to an ice risk on untreated surfaces on Saturday morning and night. Travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel is possible. Some rural communities could become cut off and power cuts may occur. Some injuries from slips and falls are possible on icy surfaces.”

P.S. – this was upgraded to an amber warning on Friday.


Met Office yellow warning, E Midlands, for period between 00:05 Sun 18th and 23:55 Sun 18th (issued Thursday):

“Snow showers are likely to continue throughout Sunday, and where these converge some snow may well accumulate and could then prove disruptive. There is a small chance that snow may fall for a longer period across southern, and particularly south eastern regions for a time on Sunday. There is a chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel. There is a chance that power cuts will occur and services, such as mobile phone, may be affected. There is a small chance that some rural communities could become cut off.”

P.S. – this was upgraded to an amber warning on Friday.


The 2018 UKWA Cruising Conference is due to be held on the weekend of 16th – 18th March at Notts County SC; 48 hours packed with wit, wisdom and practical guidance on how to cruise your Wayfarer safely and enjoyably. New cruising members are particularly welcome.

This year’s focus will be on living, sleeping, eating and keeping dry on board your Wayfarer.

Accommodation: camping on-site or local B&B. Recent note – at the time of writing (15th March) the ground is still very wet following several days of prolonged rainfall on top of the snow-melt last week…

** Booking forms and accompanying instructions and information can be downloaded via the links below (login is required to see the links):-

For further details contact Boris – [email protected]

Finding the Venue:-

This video (shot in 2017) may help you identify some of the twists and turns in the last mile or so of your journey to the club. The signage has actually been improved slightly since last year.