Our First Winter Talk – 50°S to 50°N or Falklands to Blighty!

John and Sue Chadwick will be giving our first Winter Talk on Monday 14th February at Bere Alston Bowling Club starting at 7:30pm.  Bar open from 7:00pm.  Entry fee £2.

This is the return leg of the voyage, begun in 2016 from the Tamar, that took John and Sue and Dandelion down to Spain and Portugal, through the Atlantic islands and on to Brazil and ultimately into the Beagle Channel at the very bottom of South America and the stormy waters of Tierra del Fuego.

This leg will take us from Stanley back up to Brazil, French Guyana, Suriname and on to the Caribbean, the Turks and Caicos, Cuba and the Azores before making finally landfall off the Lizard in 2019.

We shall hear about the usual cocktail of: bad weather, awkward authorities and gear breakages with one or two startling encounters with local fauna!

Please Note that as a fundraiser for our Junior Sailors’ Tall Ships voyage we will be selling snacks and cakes before and after the talk.  So please bring your spare change to support this life changing voyage.  £3 a plate of snacks + 50p a cake.  There will also be raffle tickets for sale.

Come along and join us if you can!



Our Late 2021 Award Winners!

These awards have just been presented, following their engraving.

Commodore’s Cup (awarded at the discretion of the Commodore) – Katherine Duncan

Varley Trophy (Awarded by the committee for behind-the-scenes contribution) – Steve Kirby

Cruising Cup – (Awarded by the committee for a cruise of note) – Andy, Jane and Thomas Morton

Cruiser Narrative Award – (For the best adult Bulletin entry) – Martin Hunter

Well Done for a Successful Work Party!

A number of jobs were successfully completed at the Hub Club by the Work Party volunteers on Sunday 10th October.

The weather was perfect as many people turned out to help with the trimming, strimming, painting, weeding, table mending and general maintenance of the Hub Club site.

The club dinghies were also de-rigged ready for the Winter.

It was great to see so many people helping out – and a big thankyou to all!

Jelly & Ice-creams for the Dinghy Sailors

Leo, Ben Watt and Ralph are given their prizes by the Commodore Doug Hinge

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

Best over 18: Leo

Most improved junior: Ralph

Best attendance: Ben

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.

Late Season Weekend Party on the River Yealm

On Saturday 25th September, a dozen cruisers from the club made their way to the upper pontoon on the River Yealm for a last get-together before the end of the season.

The weather was kind to us and we had a very sociable time on each other’s boats before a group went ashore for a fine meal in the Dolphin Pub at Newton Ferrers.

It was a great way to round off the season and we had a lovely sail home the next day with mostly fine weather and fair winds.

Last Friday Evening Dinghy Training

Friday 24th September was our final evening this year for dinghy training, as the nights are getting darker.

There was not a lot of wind but that was made up for by the enthusiasm of all the young sailors. They had lots of fun swimming and messing about on the water!

Another Successful Dinghy Sailing Camp at Cotehele!

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.

Mid-Summer BBQ at Cellar Bay

The weather was kind to us on Saturday 26th June when a convoy of club members sailed over to Cellar Bay at the mouth of the River Yealm for our annual Mid-Summer BBQ on the beach.

It was the height of Springs, so some of us had to choose our anchoring places rather carefully to find enough depth of water!

Mike Tucker and crew, Annie Turner with Christine and Mike Poole plus seadog, Leila

It was just so nice to be able to spend time together and to have this opportunity to socialise once again after the cancellation of so many club events due to COVID over the past year.

Mike Parkin joined the crew of Rapport with Rosie and Doug Hinge
Andy and Thomas Morton with Sue Coomber, coming ashore in their canoe tender

Dinghy Sailors Upriver Quest for Ice-Cream!

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!