Superb weekend at the 2017 CDYC Regatta.
The Weather was just perfect, perhaps a little bit too much sun for some on the Saturday.
The Friday work party went well, the grass had been cut during the week by Russell and enough members turned up to get everything else ready, particularly the marquee.
Sue and her beautiful catering team did a superb job of organising the food and the wonderful selection of sweets, and then running the barbeque.
I was looking forward to some of that banoffee pie in the time it took to take a photo of it, it had all disappeared.
Thanks to Ed’s Kingstone Brewery in Tintern for the beer.
Only two visiting boats turned up this year form Portishead, which was a shame as the mud was just perfect for rafting up lots of boats.
However, the newly laid track allowed many of the visitors to arrive by car.
And many of them camped over nigh in the numerous tents, fortunately there were no cows in the field.
We even had a flypast by the Red Arrows just to get the party going.
Three of our boats set off on a race to Clone Pill and back.
There was an emergency rescue mission at Clone, a boating hook had gone overboard but Hugh managed to retrieve it.
The sail back was a bit rough and slow as the head wind picked up against the ebbing tide, the boats just making it back into the Pill in time to get in before the tide dropped too much.
Unfortunately, for Gordon, there wasn’t quite enough water left to allow him to get back on his mooring, he didn’t quite make it and got stuck on a mud bank, near enough to be able to get shore but at an unfortunate angle.
After having enjoyed the barbeque it was down to the bonfire for the evening.
Where, thanks to Will, from Portishead, and his ukulele band we were kept entertained.
It wasn’t until the early hours of Sunday morning that the last stragglers staggered off to their bunks.
Sunday dawned another fine day, fortunately for some of us, it wasn’t too sunny.
Just two of our boats set off on a race aggress the estuary, up to the Wye and back to the Pill.
While we were out those still on shore did a fine job of clearing up.
Thanks to everyone who turned up, helped out and just joined in to make it a very memorable weekend.
Here she is "Tokoloshi"
8 hour trip from Swansea to Cardiff in lumpy state of sea.took the long way round as it was a shakedown sail to see how she went!
No issues apart from wrong diameter line on Furling gear.
Left Cardiff Barrage with 1.8 mtrs waterso high banks of mud showing all around to outer bouy off Monkstone erred on the side of safety!
9.5 kn over the ground in parts. took the inside trackt at Charston without any problem.
Got into the Pill 2.5 hours before High water, not bad for an old plodder the yacht not me!
Put on old mooring.
Sail Training Opportunities on 'Driac'
There is an opportunity to experience sailing on 'Driac' for the weekend 17-18th June.
This is an introductory weekend which could count towards RYA Competent Crew or could just be for a bit of fun.
Starts 1730 on the Friday evening and we'll finish about 1600 Sunday.
The weather looks promising so I hope we'll get out of the Haven to a good anchorage on Saturday evening.
The normal rate would be £250 but for CDYC club members that is reduced by your £28 membership and I'll give a further discount so it would be £170.
This includes all your food and a drink with dinner; there are two free places currently.
Let me know if you're interested.
I'm running 5 more 5-day RYA courses this year for Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster preparation in case anyone is interested.
At present, there is one space for 19th-23rd August and three for 4th-8th September.
These courses are £500 all in and again I'd give a 20% discount to CDYC club members.
Sail to the Boat Inn
Photos courtesy of Gordon Mason and Darrell Holland
Photos courtesy of Darrell Holland
On my return from the Pill yesterday evening (8th July) I took the attached shots which confirm work has indeed commenced to the club approaches.
The road from farmhouse to the corner of the farm materials storage (where we often park) has been graded and there is now an absence of deep potholes.
Also, what I assume to be a road materials storage area at the farm corner is being levelled, our main area of interest has yet to be addressed
By Mac Obermaier
Sail to the Counts Buoy Sat 29th
The fleet of 3 set out for the Counts with 2 of us doing a shakedown sail.
Hugh on board "Marimba" and James with Gordon,
Pete was away a bit too early but it looked as though he made to go across to the other side of the River, sort of a self imposed penalty!
Very sportsmanlike gesture!
Got to Counts and we managed to stem the drift better than Gordon and Pete they looked as though they might make Lydney!
Got into the Pill to see that Mac was on his Mooring so, the Lift in went OK.
The 3 yachts and crews enjoyed a pleasant dry weather sail with the sun making a brief appearance as we sailed into the Pill.
So for the next event we hope to see more of the members on the water with their yachts, after all that`s what they are for!..........................aren`t they?
By Darrell Holland
25th March 2017
Thanks to James, Russell, Martin, Mac, Darrell, Jacquie, Rhys, Cristiaan, Chris and one other bloke, we had an excellent work party on Saturday.
Lots of tidying up, painting, repairing, cleaning and other sundry jobs completed.
There are still a few jobs on the “To Do List” for anyone wishing to make up their hours.
The next major work party will be the Chain Inspection on the 6th of May, see below.