PCC Cruising report 2014

PCC Summer Cruising Report to General Committee

Ken Kincaid has sold his boat Merlot and after extensive improvements she is back on the water with her new owner.

For Portishead Cruising club, as last year Southern Ireland has been the focus of holiday cruising this summer. From the Saltees in the East to Baltimore in the West and around the corner to Bantry Bay all have been visited by PCC boats.

Some yachts have been away for months, the retired or nearly retired is a recent phenomenon.

Even the workers got away for a while. Paul (Tikety Boo) was spotted in Padstow. Ann and Julians’ Sophie B was on a mooring in Milford Haven extending their Welsh cruising.

Misty Lady with Chris and Tess cruised to Ireland as did Kerry and Judy on Sarapat. Derrek with Socotra, Gerry & crew on Rosetta & Geoff on Fly also made the crossing of the Irish Sea.

Bob Crane with Indecision cruised around the Bristol Channel, as did Rod and Margaret on Kindred Spirit II who did a circumnavigation anti clockwise. Dave Randell on White Spirit made it ‘around the corner’ to Solva and returned safely despite engine problems.

The Cardiff Yacht Club as ever has been visited regularly by lots of boats, Ray Williams squeezed Apalusa into the visitors moorings along with John Hoskins on Tortue, John Champion on Taranto, Louise & crew with Shamal. Fiona & Will on Isis Tres also turned up on their way back from
Down Channel. Their sailing holiday earlier in the year was spent in NW France. Derek on Socotra has also made some mid-week trips down Channel in company with others who do not have to go to work.

Pete Bundell took Drama Queen around to Dartmouth for Regatta Week, as the family floating holiday cottage whilst he raced on Florence.

Lots of yachts visited Lydney Yacht Club regatta earlier in the year, the harbour was filled to capacity. Gareth on Saphira, Gareth & Rachael with Best Endeavour and Celia Dring & Julia Filer on Sabrina were amongst the many PCC yachts attending.

Cardiff Bay Yacht Club may make a small charge for mooring on their visitor pontoon but can supply water and electricity at the pontoon and meals in the clubhouse we discovered this year. And you don’t get electric shocks, but you do get bounced more by the joy ride RIBs in the bay.

The Summer has seen a lot of Northerly direction winds with some Easterly as well. These caused troubled heavy seas and required extra thoughts of shelter, the North Devon coast with no shelter after Ilfracombe and Watermouth in North West wind if sailing home up channel.
We are not used to finding the Welsh coast an exposed coast, most experience is of looking for shelter from the South West.