Updates for 2018
Spring has sort of sprung and we are ready for another sailing season! All very difficult without Egremont. We do not expect her to be back in the near future and there isn’t really any further news to share at this stage. That said, the funding package for the whole refit is in place. It now remains for a serious and unexpected complication to be resolved and work on the ship will re-start and run through to completion.
There are currently 382 full members of ICC as we start this season, a total which is similar to last year. I spoke to a long time member yesterday who I thanked for his ongoing support without which the club would not survive. When I mentioned we have nearly 400 members he commented “I’m not alone then!” He certainly isn’t.
There is only a small band of local members who work hard to keep the club going on the water and ashore - on behalf of us all I extend our grateful thanks.
Island Spirit has already departed on her first cruise for this year and there’s quite a varied and interesting cruise programme for 2018.
With Egremont away we will be using Island Spirit as a base at the weekends. The plan should work well because the majority of cruises start on a Sunday afternoon and end on a Friday. We also plan to use the Rivermaid (Kingsbridge /Salcombe) passenger ferry as a base for bigger club gatherings.
This ferry has been taken on by a separate independent trading company (The Egremont Ferry Company Ltd) to keep the local ferry service going and also to provide the main ferry for Egremont when she returns. The ferry operation will start on Sunday 06 May. The cost of taking on the ferry has been met by the local Egremont team and operations are being managed by a very well known local hero.
The club’s sailing programme and info on keelboat training is on the website . The club’s soling and squib fleet have been antifouled in readiness for the first keelboat training weekend which started last Saturday.
There are a few places left on the RYA three weekend level 1&2 course and the club is using a member legacy to provide very low cost training. This is a special opportunity for low cost entry into the sport of sailing.
If you live locally and know of anyone who you think would be a keen sailor if only they could find an affordable way to get on the water by sharing a club boat then please ask them to ring me (07967597527).
The basic cost is £150 in total for 3 weekends of RYA training but is conditional to signing up for unlimited sailing for the season in a keelboat for £10 per week spread over 40 weeks. The plan also includes use of Duncan for members competent or qualified to use her.
All the details are on the keelboat page of the website along with details of Saturday afternoon and re-starting Thursday evening sailing.
Recently a club member very kindly donated a small tender with outboard for members to use to get out to “The Bag”. We have named the tender “Kiwi” in memory of our old houseboat which along with “Westward” were the club boats for training and accommodation before Egremont took their place.
I hope you are all well and manage to find time for some sailing this year. As always thank you for continuing your support by way of your membership subscription, gifts/donations, loan of boats and really appreciated calls and emails of support.
Please let me know if you haven’t sailed or been afloat for a long time and would like to go out and about in the harbour for “old times” sake. We’d be very happy to welcome you and take you out for a sail or a trip in a launch.
Island Cruising Club 2018 Program
|DAY||DATE||AFTERNOON SAIL||EVENING SAIL||SPECIAL EVENT||
ON OR NOT?
ON OR NOT?
|THURS||14/6||√||FLOTILLA SAIL TO CRABSHELL INN||YES||YES|
|SAT||21/7||√||PONTOON BBQ AFTER SAILING||YES||YES|
|SAT||11/8||√||FLOTILLA SAIL TO HOPE COVE||YES||YES|
Club Launches for Saturday afternoon sails depart Batson slip at 1330 and return from Egremont pontoon at 1730
Club Launches for Thursday evening sails depart Batson slip at 1730 and return from Egremont pontoon at 2100
VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE CHECK THIS WEB PAGE TO SEE IF SAILING/LAUNCHES ARE ON OR NOT IN CASE WEATHER OR OTHER REASONS MEAN A CHANGE TO THE PROGRAMME
ALSO- please check this programme for updates on “what’s on”
DUTY OFFICER OF THE DAY + TELEPHONE NO. WILL BE PUBLISHED WHEN COMPLETED!
IF IN DOUBT RING RICHARD MARTIN ON 07967597527