** PLEASE NOTE – CRUISE CANCELLED! **
[This was to have been] a gentle introduction to multi-location cruising:
- boat tents
- working with the tide
… and simply the enjoyment of being on and around tidal waters in an area with a fabulous maritime history. Weather permitting we should be able to spend at least one night (not the first night) anchored up the river Tamar or one of its tributaries. I must emphasise that boat tents are a key part of this cruise.
Because of the driving distance (for most of us) and to avoid the worst of the weekend traffic, we’re adding a day onto either side of the weekend. Launching Friday afternoon, recovering around mid-day on Monday.
We’ll all be sleeping aboard our Wayfarers, so I’ll make all the UKWA boat tents available for hire for the weekend (£15) – first come first served. If you have recently been sent and completed a form then your initials will be listed against one of the tents in the booking confirmation calendar on the tents page. (If more tents are required it may be possible to borrow from other members). We wouldn’t be able to get more than half a day’s sail from our launch site without the use of boat tents.
Here’s an approximate illustration of how we hope the itinerary may work out:-
Day 1 (Fri) – Rig, launch, park cars & trailers. There may be time to sail, depending on your travel day/time. Make our way to the adjacent marina, sort out moorings, rearrange gear, set up tents and bedding, then perhaps take short evening ferry ride into Plymouth for fish & chips. Overnight on pontoons, with access to marina facilities (toilets, showers).
Day 2 (Sat) – After breakfast, pack up tents and bedding, sail within the Sound, picnic lunch either anchored or on the beach. Afternoon take the rising tide up the Tamar as conditions permit. Aim to be afloat overnight, depending on progress. (Perhaps access to shore facilities evening and morning, but likely not overnight).
Day 3 (Sun) – Depending on our location, a late start, dropping a little way back down the river in order to sail up an alternate branch on the afternoon tide. Possibly anchored overnight, but within range of our finishing point tomorrow. Alternatively (due to weather etc) return to one of the Plymouth marinas.
Day 4 (Mon) – A falling tide all morning, which helps us back down the river, if appropriate, ideally arriving before the slipway becomes temporarily inaccessible. Recover boats and load vehicles for home.
What you will need to bring (not an exhaustive list):
- Clothing (in drybag), including waterproofs
- Bedding (in drybag)
- Sleeping mat and/or self-inflating mattress
- Bivvy bag
- Hat & sunscreen
- Head torch or other torch
- Buoyancy aid
- Food – potentially for 3 days in total
- Stove & fuel, if required
- Water carrier – about 5 litres is enough
- Anchor (ideally Bruce, Danforth, CQR type, 2kg or more) + chain & warp
- At least one fender (I may be able to lend you one)
- Mooring lines, plus spare rope/string
- Compass (handheld is OK)
- Chart or OS map (108 ‘Active’ version is good)
- Engine & fuel (only if you have one)
- VHF (if you have one)
- GPS (optional)
- Boat tent (hire available)
- Optionally trailer hitch lock/bike chain
Cost – allow for one or two nights marina fee (typically £15 – £20 per boat per night), plus spending money. No parking fees, launch fees or cruise fees.
Dave Barker – [email protected] (note: e-mail address different from that listed in winter edition of Wayfarer News)