Friday 20th September to Saturday 21st September
This is now becoming an annual event, but this year we delayed the date to coincide with the closure of Upper Tamar Lake for a fishing competition on this weekend. Unfortunately, quite a few of our regulars had also booked holidays for this period, so were unable to join us.
The forecast was for wind – and lots of it! And so it turned out, especially on the Friday.
The reservoir water level was so low that it precluded use of the launch ramp, so all launching had to be done off the adjacent beach. With a nearly on-shore and very strong wind, this provoked quite a bit of discussion about the best way to achieve a safe departure from the beach. Toby solved it for his Tiz Widdy by simply using his outboard to motor off, picking up his crew on the pontoon. The others just launched and hoped!
Friday saw 8 of us, sailing on John Buckett’s Bass boat, Toby’s Lugger and John Dabbs’ Bosun. Geoff had brought his Solo, but decided not to launch it this time. In deference to the wind strength, The Bass and Lugger both opted for just a jib and mizzen rig, and the Bosun hoisted Otter sails. All crossed the lake to lunch at the Cafe. As promised, the wind increased even more in the afternoon, resulting in a rather spray-soaked sail for the Bosun crew, with the Lugger and Bass both showing impressive turns of speed, even under their reduced rig.
7 of us spent a pleasant evening at the Bratton Clovelly Inn.
On Saturday, we were joined by Mandy, James and Nathan. Less wind, but still plenty of it. James had brought his Blaze and soon put it through its paces. Geoff launched his Solo and was soon flying round the lake. Mandy put her trust in Toby and his Lugger again (now with reefed main hoisted) and almost enjoyed the experience. The Club’s Wayfarer was launched, sporting the same Otter sails, leaving the Bosun on the beach. The forecast was for rain to come in during the afternoon, so it was decided to lengthen the morning sail time, recover the boats and close with a delayed picnic lunch on the beach tables before preparing the boats for their respective trips to their home bases.
Lots of laughter, some strong-wind sailing lessons learned, no accidents. What more could we wish for?
Lawn Bowls at Stratton Bowling Club
Saturday 13th July
A very smart set of members of Stratton Bowling Club hosted a bowling event for a rag-bag of dinghy sailors on Saturday 13th July.
Bruce Peardon welcomed everyone, saying that they were visiting a club that was now 90 years old and tell us a bit about the club. Four teams of five players were then introduced to their coach and assistant who proceeded to give them six weeks of training in an hour! Following a delicious tea the competition began. Each player competed to represent their team in the grand final. The final was hotly contested and there was a three way tie. An extra end was needed before Cilla Gilbert became the eventual winner.
It was a great afternoon, everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.
Many thanks to Stratton Bowling Club.
Cycling Trip to Padstow
The cycling trip took place on the 4th May from Wadebridge to Padstow. 10 UTLSC members attended, which was a very good attendance looking at the fact that the trip had to be postponed for one week from the originally scheduled 27th of April (due to weather – forecasted wind gusts up to 55 mph). However none of the scheduling troubles deterred members to attend. While the weather in Devon was wet, Cornwall greeted us with a good amount of sunshine and some cold wind making the air very fresh and crisp. The wind direction was from the east.
The cycling party departed Wadebridge about 10:30 AM and we had a good cycle ride on the trail. We stopped for some coffee, as there is a new coffee booth in the middle of the trail. Some members took the opportunity for having a cup of coffee or tea. As the trail is not long, it took us only another 30 mins to arrive to Padstow. Padstow was getting busy, the car park in the harbour was almost full, but it was unusual for Padstow to see few empty spaces in the car park. And so we marched to the pre-booked pub called the Harbour Inn, which is near by the entrance to the harbour. It is a traditional English harbour pub. They had seated us around 2 tables in the middle of the pub. We had some cold and hot drinks and some us have enjoyed the fact that the tea served was brewed from loose tea leafs, which is unusual these days. The food order and preparation took some short time, as they were serving food to both tables at once, so I can imagine that the kitchen got busy for a while. The selection of meals on the daily special board offered good selection including chicken curry and mussels, which Pavol decided to taste. The large portion was really large, more like for 2 people to share as for one. But it was a delicious meal. All the other food was also very good.
The group decided to cycle back at 1:30. The way back was good with a short stop in the middle to repair John’s saddle which was tilting to the back. Fortunately a spanner has been around to tighten the seat, nevertheless the problem repeated in the next mile. However we all had a good time and Mandy took some pictures to memorize the trip. It is great to be in the company of like-minded people and I look forward to the next social event with UTLSC.