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Torquay Meet Afloat

June 14 - June 16


The weather during the week prior to the event was appalling. It was wet, windy and cold. The original number of booked boats was 9 but due to the weather and some mechanical problems this reduced to 3. Unfortunately, those planning to travel some distance made the sensible decision to cancel well in advance.

Despite all this we managed 3 boats manned by 5 sailors. Some came by wheels for the whole event, others just for the Saturday meal.

Drongo (Liz and Andy Truscott), Blue Star (John & Gwendolyn Alker) and Firebird (Paul Moorhouse). Congratulations for being the shortest boat journey Paul – perhaps a new WOA trophy for the best completed LOG (or should that be twig?).

These intrepid mariners were joined by 2 landlubbers – Gerry & Cherrill Ware, who moor their Konsort (Breeze) on the Dart. The pontoon party was relocated to the warmth and hospitality (wine and nibbles) of Drongo’s spacious saloon. Photographic evidence will show how the magnificent 7 proceeded to put the world to rights. Had we been outside, then the nibbles would have blown away and we would all have frozen, so the cabin party was a far better option.

Thereafter, crews broke up for evening meals, some finding the nearest Rockfish where they were not disappointed.

Saturday dawned damp but quickly improved to become a fine breezy day. We visited Torre Abbey with its extensive museum, gallery and gardens by land train, plus The BFG drawings exhibition. This was a splendid choice and their café did us proud with snacks and ice cream – served inside or out, in delightful gardens with views of the bay and Torre Abbey Meadows.

All too soon, it was time to leave and take the land train back to the boats, to admire and record “The Bunting” (there had been plans to dress over-all, but the gusting winds and fear of losses, reduced our offering to “WOA Rally Pennants”), visit the chandlers and take tea and cake with the Truscotts.

John Alker’s banner halyard parted company owing to the wind and he had to be hoisted up the mast to retrieve it.

Later we regrouped for the organized evening meal at Amici’s, where Paul was joined by his wife Deborah, and Kathy and Chris Taylor (who moor their Griffin, Aurora, on the Dart) arrived. Sadly, Kathy was suffering with her leg, but was unable to tell us why – seems it was on a knee-to-know basis!  Amicis did us proud and produced an excellent meal in a typically noisy and atmospheric Italian family run restaurant.

Our thanks go to Paul for organizing the moorings with the deputy harbourmaster and the subsequent events. Although the weather was still not playing ball on Sunday, all boats and mariner-peds found their way safely home, having enjoyed a truly sociable and memorable event.

Gerry Ware


June 14
June 16
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