A few challenges to tax us at the start of our training session!
First, another vehicle blocks Picos…..Harbourmaster responds and gets it moved.
Then the Harbourmaster is approached again, to leave us room to launch the Rib….
But we find the dredging pipes being brought in to the slipway and loaded ….
We managed to squeeze between the Dutch lorry and the fencing, buddies needed!
Looks like a space between the JCB and the pipes….Dave watches from LymeRib, Harry waits for Issy to return, Ariana gives Louis a safe send off, Harvey sorts a problem with Alex….
Issy wades in to get Harry’s rudder down…Jim and Lorcan wait …..
Ferdy checks Freddie, Harvey fixes Alex’ rudder..
Time for Berenice to catch up the other Ints….
Paul with boots, Ferdy and the E/Hs are back for their own dinghies..
Jack keeps an eye on the last to launch, Mark watches the top of his boots….
Elliot has discharged his duties and can take off…
Dave picks up Jack who seems confused about which way to get into his life jacket?? All like slow motion as no wind, but enough breeze by the cardinal to do roll tacks if not all the 5 Essentials! Jack was impressed by Issy, ‘a super little sailor’. She usually sails her Topper in the SW zone squad but is taking to a Pico with this group. Jim and Lorcan went south beyond the beacon rocks and the group moved well on all points of sailing. Close sailing while they waited outside the harbour was good practice too!
Coming ashore was interesting as the flotation part of the dredging pipes was being coiled onto the slipway, no room at all. Jo kept watch and contact with Jim while Sally persuaded the helpful Dutchman to pause the craning and move the lorry a few feet, nearly squashing a gig crew’s kit, so the sailors could be sent in in a trickle and hustled off the slipway via the club gate entrance.
Great teamwork and we made it, no incidents beyond a stuck plate, buddies were in demand and Jane’s slipway crew were great!
Sally returned the next morning to see the flotation pipes curled onto the lorry and give an extra wave and thanks to the amazing Dutch driver/operator.
Next week looks like it will be windy, will be in touch as usual..
Sally and Team
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