East Coast Summer Cruise Update

There is still plenty of room on the East Coast Summer Cruise and all members are asked to consider their availability to participate either as skipper or crew.

The plan is to use Woolverstone Marina on the River Orwell as the base for the some of the hand-overs. Woolverstone is a 15 minute bus ride (Number 202) from Ipswich main line railway station and so easy to access by public transport. There are also full facilities at the marina there whether you arrive on foot or by car.

The trip up from Haslar will have Peter Clare as skipper, starting Sunday 28th June and reaching Woolverstone by the end of that week. There is still one crew space available.

Judith Hankey, the cruise organiser, will then skipper the boat for the second week, assisted by the boat’s bosun, Richard Ash, and an Club Offshore Skipper, Bob Cousins, who covered more sea miles (plus a few on the canals) than anyone else in the Club on last year’s summer cruise. They plan to arrive back at Woolverstone by Saturday 11th July, after a relaxed cruise around the east coast backwaters, possibly including Walton, Southwold, Orford, Debden, Brightlingsea, Pyefleet or West Mercea. There is room for another crew member—or two, if they are on cabin sharing terms with each other. Remember, Quartette has the advantage of having two “en-suite” cabins as well as the spacious central cabin/lounge.

The third week has Roy Cook as skipper; he needs crew and has indicated great flexibility on where he might sail and finish up.

The fourth week beginning Saturday 18th July has Club stalwarts and Offshore Skippers, Ted Sankey and Mike Thompson running the boat. Where will they go? The North Sea is their oyster so to speak. Ostend is a likely destination. They are offering their experience to one other crew member (or two on a cabin sharing basis).

The fifth and sixth weeks starting Saturday 25th July and 1st August respectively are an opportunity for Club members to get involved. Quartette is currently unbooked for both those weeks, so we, the Club, need to do something about it. Should we open up the booking to weekends and mid-week as if she is lying unloved alongside the berth at Haslar? It would of course be far better for the Club if she could be claimed for each of the two full weeks by skippers and crew but, if some of you can only do a few days, please let Judith know. Also, if there are any non-skippers out there who are available for those weeks, it would be good to know so that a skipper might be found.

The seventh week has Dave and Wendy Carless plus Colin and Julie Fields aboard. They may head off to Holland but are, of course, masters and mistresses of their own destiny, provided that they can get the boat back to Woolverstone by Saturday 15th August for Robert Homan, Vice Commodore-Sailing, to take over for the first half of the eighth week. Robert has assembled a full boat of Steve & Sally Perks, Simon & Marie Hawkins plus Jenny Coles for the trip to Ramsgate..

The second half of the eighth week from Wednesday 19th August sees Mike Thompson once again on board, skippering the boat from Ramsgate back to Haslar. Paul Carlin and his teenage grandsons are the crew. Another adult is needed to crew the boat.

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