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  • #3584
    Anonymous
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    Last Saturday, Morris and I packed Naomi and a couple of pork pies and set off for Poole Harbour.

    Little did we know then what a fantastic day lay ahead of us. The chill Autumnal morning made me a little sceptical. Had the forecasters got it wrong again?

    By 1130am, we were ready to set sail from Baiter Park. After agreeing to take part in a survey with a pretty RNLI lady, we were off.

    The light Northerly wind took us across to Pottery Pier and alongside Furzey Island. With the wind now behind us, we pushed on past Green island and Ower bay. The sun broke out and warmed our necks.

    Past Newton Bay and into Brands Bay, we dropped the hook at Jerrys Point. The beautiful sandy beach welcomed us and Morris decided upon a swim. I just laid there and watched, drinking it all in with my eyes.

    After a while, we motored across to Brownsea Island and dropped the hook again. This time Morris dropped a few fishing hooks too. I sipped Earl Grey tea and basked in the now hot sun. The last thirty minutes of ebbing tide, so I decided to slip into the water. Now I know just how strong even the last thirty minutes of a tide can be! Six Parkstone Wayfarers went gliding past into Brands Bay, kites a flying!

    After an hour, we set sail for the South Deep again, towing mackerel feathers behind! How many times did I try to tack too far as we made progress up the Rams Horn Lake?

    Past Pottery Pier, we again anchored up and Morris was off again in his shreddies! I looked across to the mainland from the sand and shingle beach, The Abbey burgee and red ensign fluttered in the foreground.

    It was 6.30pm before we dropped the sails at Baiter.

    The Wayfarer is not just a dinghy, it is a Pleasure Deck. If God made Poole Harbour, he designed it for the Wayfarer!!! 8)

    Do you ever sail at poole? drop me a line.

    #5923
    Sea Lancer
    Member

    Jim
    Glad you enjoyed your day out. I sail regularly in the harbour and was one of the Parkstone boats flyng spinnakers. (Unfortunately probably one of the last ones) I’ve also spoken to you as I walked my dog around one morning whilst you were preparing for a trip in Baiter car park. I’m just off for a sail now and could’nt think of a better way of spending my time.

    If you ever think about racing your boat give us a call at Parkstone.

    Glynne

    #5927
    Anonymous
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    Glynne,

    It was good to hear from you, I am struggling to remember you (its an age thing you know).

    I am not much of a racer I must confess, but would like th eopportunity to join you all some time.

    Most of my friends here at the Abbey Sailing Club are racers. We sail on the River Thames, which is a bit restrictive. I have to beg them to come along and join me at Poole.

    Naomi has a certificate, but it is lost. I am not good with rules either, if ever you know of anyone who needs a crew for the day, please let me know, it would be an experience i would enjoy.

    Maybe we could join one of your pleasure sails sometime, that is my big thing. Your local knowledge of the water would be very welcome indeed.

    Please keep in touch

    Regards
    Jim

    #5934
    Anonymous
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    Does anyone else day sail / cruise at Poole Harbour?

    It would be nice to exchange ideas. ❓

    #5935
    Dave Barker
    Keymaster

    I had a lovely sail in Poole Harbour with my wife last year in our other boat, an Enterprise.

    We launched from a slip just down from Wareham, leaving our teenaged children to walk into the town for a few hours of independence. We sailed down between the reeds, dodging yachts, canoes etc, until emerging into a decent breeze from the NW. Having discovered the need to stay within the marked channel 😳 we made our way briskly round the Arne peninsula and caught sight of Brownsea Island. Progress had been so good we decided to land on Brownsea, approaching via the western end of the island and landing as recommended on the south side, dropping the hook just off the beach in about 18″ of water, just too late to catch the ice cream boat.

    After a short walk to stretch our legs we continued round the island, temporarily losing the wind, before working back via the deeper waters off the northern shore. We successfully located the Wareham channel and short-tacked back to our launch site after a very satisfying sail of around 20 miles.

    I would happily go back to Poole Harbour. Perhaps we will get to sail together there sometime, Jim?

    P.S. – we were on holiday in the area for a few days, Jim – I’m not that keen.

    #5942
    Anonymous
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    Dave,

    You must have had quite a journey from Nottingham!

    It is worth the effort though, such a lovely spot to sail.

    We must have the same luck, I missed the ice cream boat that day with Morris too!

    If you ever plan another day there, please let me know, it would be good to meet up and take our boats out together.

    I am hoping to join the Parkstone Wayfarers one of these days, there is quite a fleet of them!

    I was actually considering making the Wareham Channel my next venture, I am not sure if I shall namge another trip this year though.

    Keep in touch, perhaps we can arrange something

    Regards

    #5960
    Anonymous
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    Dave,

    After a pleasant evening with friends last night, we decided to squeeze another jaunt in on Sunday 30th September……..yippeee!

    I realise this is short notice, but if you are available, we shall launch from Baiter Park around 11am I guess.

    No specific agenda, just a bit of a sail around and a pork pie or two!

    Anyone else?

    #6002
    Anonymous
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    After the disapointment of missing a sail with Ketchup yesterday, The Blakeys and I are hoping for a sail at Poole this coming Sunday

    We should be on Neap Tides and hopefully the weather will be favourable as well.

    If all goes to plan, we should be there for about 9.30am.

    Should anyone care to join us, you would be most welcome.

    Ketchup tells me he had a good sail along the Wareham channel with a Spring tide and easterly wind pushing him along.

    Pleased you enjoyed it Paul, hopefully we shall sail there together someday soon 🙄

    #6004
    Dave Barker
    Keymaster

    Hi Jim,

    I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to make it yesterday, and won’t be free next week either I’m afraid. I hope all goes well. Are you still thinking of going to the Tidal Training next month?

    #6009
    Anonymous
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    Hi Dave,

    No problems, time is tight for me too just lately.

    Mum has been ill and the boss leans hard on the old ones!

    I am thinking of trying to get to the tidal training. it is a long way to tow a boat from here however.

    Are you going along?

    I must get myself sorted with this, it would be very valuable input and the opportunity to meet like minded sailors from other parts.

    Regards

    #6015
    Dave Barker
    Keymaster

    Yes, I’m going, Jim. Hope to see you there.

    #6032

    Jim

    Are you still intending to sail this Sunday? I might be able to make it but am crew-less this weekend (careless -perhaps). I might be interested with or without boat – depending on whether there is any spare crew out there.

    #6036
    RayS
    Member

    ….. watch this space – there could be a cruising rally in Poole Harbour next year in August as part of the 50th celebrations – more details over the next couple of months.

    #6044
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Adrian,

    Just got this message, it is Friday evening.

    Poole is defenately on for Sunday, we shall be setting sail around 11am from Baiter Park.

    It would be great to have you along.

    Regards

    Jim

    #6045
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Bluejay,

    Now you are talking!

    Please let me know as soon as things are sorted, I will certainly be there with you.

    This is indeed good news.

    I shall be at Baiter Park this Sunday at 11am if you are around

    Regards

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