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Poole 2022 report from Richard

During Seavets Poole week 10 of us did the annual cruise round the harbour, those sailing this year were Dave R, Maurice, Simon, James, Nick R, Owen, John E, Joe, Bill and myself. The forecast was a bit patchy but the sun was a bit stronger than the wind, so after a delayed start we decided to shorten the course and head from our base at Lake Pier to Rockley for a coffee rather than the long haul down to Giggers island. As we left Rockley the wind picked up nicely and we enjoyed a nice beat in the straps up to our lunch stop at Shipstal Point. Here we took shelter under a tree from the strong sunshine, managing to upset some local ramblers by cluttering up the beach with our kit which was a shame as there seemed to be plenty of room for everyone to enjoy this lovely spot on a sunny day.

After lunch we set sail in lighter winds to round Long and Round Islands, then Green and Furzey Islands before reaching Shell bay. The Cafe here is very much fine dining these days, so we had to make do with a water stop while we waited for the back markers to catch up. As they were making slow progress against the incoming tide, as last year we decided to launch and intercept them before heading back between Furzey and Brownsea islands. It was a gentle sail back with the help of the tide so we rewarded ourselves with an ice cream stop at Hamworthy on the way back to Lake Pier, arriving back right on schedule.

The following day and in much stronger winds James, Simon, Owen, Joe and myself who had stayed on longer at the campsite decided to complete the cruise by sailing up to and around Giggers Island after another coffee stop at Rockley. We had an even beat up in a fairly strong wind, rounding the island without grounding and then enjoyed a downwind blast back to base, it rounded the week off nicely, and we managed to sail 33miles over the two days, with a top recorded speed of 19.6mph on Thurs and 26.6mph on Friday

It would have been nice to have more wind for the main cruise on Thursday but Friday would have been challenging for the full cruise. On the plus side we enjoyed very warm weather, the camping at Huntick farm was good with a BBQ on one night and two trips to the good local pub, also our sailing base at Lake Pier is still as good as ever with a new toilet block and still only £2 a day parking.


Thursday Morning

Friday Morning

Friday Afternoon

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We have just received the above report from the BSRA which summaries their 2023 activities and mentions Seavets support, Steve

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Well done all. The smiling faces say it all, and I wish I was able to join in. Down here near Barnstaple we have the fantastic Taw /Torridge estuary, sailing from Crow point or Instow, but it’s a lonely on my own and unsafe due to angina and a new hip making it troublesome to get vertical even in the bedroom. At 82 the family are pressing me to give it all up, but i intend having a sail on the lake at Dulverton before I do so. Eventually I’ll have an IMCO plus Demon 7.5 and 5.4 for disposal, plus various shorter boards and a W/S trailer.. Anyone interested? Alan Rowlands

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