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Summer Cruise 2018

9th June 2018 - 21st June 2018

In 2017 the Association Committee decided that the destination for the 2018 Summer Cruise would be the West Country. John Alker, South West Group chairman, was asked if the South West Group would be prepared to organise the event involving several members each being responsible for part of the cruise organisation.

Andy and Liz Truscott agreed to oversee / co-ordinate the event. Over the winter the SWG members were busy planning berthing, meals and activities arrangements.

George Pickburn kindly agreed to lead the feeder group from Yarmouth to Dartmouth. This small fleet slowly collected more boats and crews as it progressed putting into Torquay as the last stopover before reaching Dartmouth. Torquay arrangements were made by Paul Morehouse and two locally based boats sailed to Torquay to greet fellow members on their arrival.

Boats then moved on to Dartmouth and were joined on the reserved pontoon by others. John Alker was there to greet them, take their berthing fees, arrange the pontoon party and finalise arrangements for the Cruise dinner including a free yacht taxi.

24 boats were on the pontoon at Dartmouth and another 7 on their own berths. On Saturday June 9th a pontoon party took place. On Sunday 54 members enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Alf Rescos, a quirky, rustic venue. On Monday John and Gwendolyn led groups on a wonderful guided tour around Dartmouth, 2 groups in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Promptly on Tuesday morning boats set sail west, many stopping overnight at the Yealm on their way to the Mayflower Marina at Plymouth. Berthing fees here are charged with a 50% discount for up to 5 nights for WOA members. Berths were arranged by Bob Shapland and activities by Charles and Jane Patchett. 27 boats berthed at Mayflower plus 2 boats in other marinas. Whist at Plymouth members had the opportunity to visit Cotehele involving bus, train and walking to get there, all arranged with precision timing by Jane and Charles. Other members had a guided tour of the Barbican led by a blue badge guide. This was arranged by Andy Truscott.

Charles and Jane arranged a very popular fish and chip supper and the final total of meals served was 67. We were expecting fish and chips in cardboard boxes but it arrived on china pates complete with salad garnish.

On Friday boats set sail for Fowey. Berths and meals were organised by Barbara Box. 32 boats berthed on two pontoons. A pontoon party had been planned but not everybody had inflated tenders. Bob Shapland devised an ingenious ferry system whereby a tender was rowed across attached to a line and retrieved after the passengers had landed, was hauled back and was ready for the next group! Next day was a free day to explore Fowey and the surrounding walks. On the Monday, as we were now in Cornwall, we had a Cornish pasty supper at the Gallants Sailing Club.

On Tuesday we sailed to Port Pendennis Marina, Falmouth where George Curnow was on the pontoon to greet the 30 arriving boats and direct them to their allocated berths.

Gillian Davis had helped us to negotiate a special group rate admission for the Maritime Museum. Members could visit the museum in their own time and many of us took up this offer. Crews stocked up on supplies in preparation for proceeding up river for the BBQ

The next day boats set off early morning for the trip up river to the Ruan pontoon and a BBQ at Roundwood Quay. 30 boats tied up on the pontoon and set off in dinghies for the quay complete with all the food, drink, portable BBQs and the rugs/groundsheets that would be needed. At the quay we met Phillip Stevens who was presented with a pair of binoculars by Commodore Mary. This was in recognition of his many years’ service overseeing and moderating the email discussion group.

Following this very pleasant lunchtime, we returned to our boats on the pontoon ready for the final night pontoon party. At this the prizes were awarded for the treasure hunt and the paper based competition. These competitions had been taking place throughout the cruise. Phil and Sally Loynes organised the Treasure Hunt and Chris and Marguerite Strang the paper based competition. Entries could be either an artwork, poem or prose. Many members had submitted entries and the entries were amazing.

Throughout the cruise members had been preparing small sketches of their boats to be printed on a T-towel as a memory of the Cruise. This was organised by Viv Sullivan

Various thank you presentations were made to John and Gwendolyn Alker (Dartmouth), Charles and Jane Patchett (Plymouth), Barbara Box (Fowey), George Curnow (Falmouth) and Andy and Liz Truscott (final night).

Most of the boats departed the next morning for various destinations, many to the East, but a few of us further to the West and onward to the Isles of Scilly. A good time had been had by all.

41 boats with 88 sailors took part. As this was an ‘On Off’ cruise some boats stayed for the whole cruise, others joined or left at various ports.

Liz Truscott


9th June 2018
21st June 2018
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Port Pendennis Marina
Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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Andy Truscott