End of Season Sail to the Yealm

Last weekend 16-17 September, six of our cruisers and one guest yacht, a Moody 42 named “Seize The Day” made their way to the upper pontoon on the Yealm River for the club’s End of Season Cruise.

The weather was really rather wet so, instead of setting off for our customary meal ashore, this time we gathered in two of the larger yachts to share supper together – made up from contributions from all the boats.

It was a very enjoyable evening and great to be out on the water together for one of the last cruises this year.

This is Tom Lamerton’s boat “Goyescas” the smallest of our merry bunch!

We gathered again for a lengthy breakfast and coffee together on “Seize The Day” before setting off home in a lively E wind for a sunny arrival back at Weir Quay.

Mooring Barge Ashore for her Autumn Refit

The club’s mooring maintenance barge has come ashore and been transported to the Hub Club boat park to have her own annual maintenance carried out.

For the first time, she was brought ashore and washed down at Weir Quay Boatyard.

She was then carefully driven along the shore road at Weir Quay, taking up quite a bit of space as she went!

This is one of her hulls before the mass of marine life and mud had been washed off.

What an Evening for the Dinghy Sailors!

Last Friday, 1st September, there was such an incredible sunset on the river as the club dinghies were being towed back to the slipway in the last of the evening light.

These photos were taken by Jack Hendry who had posted them on the Bere Alston and Peninsula General Info Facebook page. Jack has kindly given us permission to post his wonderful photos on our website.

A Great Day Out at The Sound

Yesterday, the club’s Dinghy Sailors were invited aboard our Cruisers to enjoy a trip to Plymouth Sound and anchor at Cawsand for lunch together.

The weather was sunny and the calm conditions allowed us to raft up and have a very sociable time. Most of us even braved the waters for a refreshing swim!

This was a rare and rewarding opportunity for all parts of the club to come together and share each other’s company.

Tony Walne is giving away his Family 14 Dinghy

Tony Walne would like to give away his sailing dinghy to any club member for a donation to club funds of £20.

It’s a Family 14 dinghy, a bit like a GP14. 14 feet long, fibreglass and gaff rigged. It rows well and has a bracket for an outboard.

Tony reports that it sails well and he has had lots of fun with it the Sound but it’s too heavy now for him to pull up the slipway on his own. So he would like someone else to enjoy it.

He says “It’s currently at the Hub Club boat park, upside down on the right-hand side at the top. There’s a launching trolley with it, some oars and 2 old scruffy covers. If someone wants it, they are welcome to turn it over and have a look (it’s heavy so you’ll need 2 or 3 people to do this). The trolley is collapsible, underneath the dinghy and you’ll need to re-assemble it. I have some of the bits here (sails, tiller, rudder).”

Go to the For Sale & Wanted page on the club website for more information.

Sparta 22 For Sale

Murray Sherrell is selling his 4 berth fin keel sailing yacht

Draught = 1.2 metres

Dolphin 2 stroke petrol engine driving a two blade propeller

Two jib sails, one main sail

Sea toilet

Optimus two ring cooker

Outboard motor bracket mounted on transom

The boat has not been in the water for at least 10 years but has been stored under cover and the topsides paint will need some attention.

This is an ideal starter boat.

Price £ 850.00.
If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact Murray by email at admin@sherrellscape.co.uk

A Great Day Out On Lynher

On Sunday 11th June, 10 of our younger members boarded the last surviving operational Tamar Barge, Lynher, for a day sail along the River Tamar. They were greeted at Mayflower Marina by Lynher’s crew including the ship’s dog “Tazio”.

The mainsail was hoisted before we left the pontoon.

Hoisting the headsails.

Approaching the two bridges.

Dancing a jig and singing a pirate song to entertain the onlookers at Saltash.

Helming Lynher under the watchful eye of skipper, Dom.

Anchored for lunch off Landulph.

Preparing lunch.

Time for a swim afterwards – young people only, as adults not so keen!

We sailed home ready for a pick-up back at the marina at 5pm.

Coiling the ropes tidily onto the deck.

Our seadog, Ralph enjoying being crew for the day!

Big BBQ Postponed

We are sad to have to report that the Big BBQ on 23rd June 2023 has had to be postponed.

This is because we have not found enough volunteers to help out and also one of the up-river clubs are not able to attend this year.

If enough support can be found, this previously well attended event will return next year!

Westerly Pageant – Lonely Cloud is FOR SALE

Our moorings officer, Matthew Newton is selling his yacht “Lonely Cloud”.

Full details can be found on the club website For Sale & Wanted page.

Twin Keel, 23’, 4 to 5 Berth with good headroom, Bermudan Sloop

Date of Build: 1973

Sail Number: 325

Laurent Giles Design

Roomy small sailing cruiser with good sailing performance, shallow draft and capable of taking the ground. GRP hull and deck with GRP spade rudder and self-draining cockpit.

Cost £1,999

If you are interested, contact Matthew by email at Moorings.wqsc@gmail.com

Our First Dinghy Evening of 2023!

The club’s sailing year got off to a good start with fine weather and plenty of sailors at our First Friday Evening Dinghy Session on 7th April.

The allocation of boats and crews being checked by Alan.

Friday 7th April was also the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Tamar and Tavy Gig Club, so we had to share the road and slipway space for launching and recovery as they also took groups out for some evening rowing sessions.

But soon enough, our crews were ready to go out on the water and listening to the evening’s briefing from Steve.

The wind strength was a kindly Force 3 but the temperature was steadily dropping to remind us that this is still early in the season!