On Friday 1st October, the dinghy sailors held their traditional End-Of-Season “Jelly & Ice-creams Party” at Bere Ferrers Village Hall.
The evening started off with a quiz with some edible prizes that were very popular amongst the younger members. This was followed by a meal with pasties and then the jelly and ice-creams (other deserts were available!).
There was much laughter and frivolity for all ages and the event was capped off by the awarding of prizes as follows:
Best junior sailor: Ben Watt
Best over 18: Leo Hildyard
Most improved junior: Ralph Haydn-Davies
Best attendance: Ben Watt
It’s been a great year for the Dinghy Sailors with many new members joining their Friday evening training sessions and taking part in the sailing events up and down river.
This years Dinghy Sailing Camp at Cotehele from 17-19th August was a huge success with two nights away proving to be very popular.
Day One – sail to Calstock for lunch and back down to camp at Cotehele for an evening BBQ.
Day Two – sail up to Morwelham Quay for a special order of home-made pasties at the Ship Inn and then a motor up to the weir at Gunnislake in the dory and an outboard equipped Wayfarer. This was followed by “Mud Games” back at camp with an inflatable shark and then a BBQ and camp fire to round off the day.
Day Three – “Weir Quay Olympics” organised by Alan and Katherine Duncan followed by a gentle sail home.
Thanks to Sue Coomber for organising the camp and to Matt Newton for coming over on the train on Thursday to make up the Safety Boat crew.
Also to note is that Morwelham Quay is now welcoming visiting boaters if they come to the Ship Inn for refreshments.
Last Saturday, 5 of the larger club dinghies set off with the tide and a reasonable wind at about 10am to navigate the twists and turns of the River Tamar on a voyage to Calstock.
The trip was a great success and several young sailors and their parents joined the group, along with some older sailors!
The weather was great, not too hot and no rain. However, the winds were quite challenging, as they varied in strength and direction depending on where you were on the river.
Caroline and Katherine Duncan arrived with sandwiches to help feed the hungry crews when they arrived at Calstock and of course the much awaited ice creams made a welcome break before the return journey.
All were safely back at Weir Quay by 5pm.
The boats were shadowed the whole way by Steve Kirby and Matt Newton along with Matt’s Dalmatian dog, Dappy, in the safety boat. It’s clear that the trip couldn’t have gone ahead without them, so a big vote of thanks is due to the three of them!
To protect the beds whilst they are establishing, mariners are requested not to anchor, lay marks or pots in the southern part of Jennycliff Bay within the area outlined by the orange polygon on the chart extract at Annex A.
These photos were taken by our Social Secretary, Steve Hipsey from his yacht at Weir Quay yesterday. Steve and a number of others in the Tamar Safety WhatsApp group observed 3 jet-skis travelling along the river at speeds far in excess of the 10 knots allowed, swerving in and out of the moorings and endangering both kayakers and swimmers. The incident was reported to the MOD Police by several members of the group along with photo and video evidence they had gathered from Cargreen, Weir Quay and Calstock. The MOD police intercepted the 3 jet-skiers when they returned down-river and were very glad to have received the statements and evidence. This was a great example of teamwork from those who want to ensure the safety of all who enjoy waterborne activities on the River Tamar.
In an attempt to reduce this type of anti-social behaviour, the Port of Plymouth have asked all jet-ski (also known as Personal Water Craft) owners to join their registration scheme before using their PWCs on any waterway under their jurisdiction. Prior to registering, owners must have read and understood the PWC code of conduct and other local legislation. It is hoped that the majority of PWC owners will take part in this scheme. In the meantime, Tamar Safety will continue to monitor the situation and report dangerous activity when it is observed.