Members at work and play
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Whilst many other clubs were experiencing unsailable waters due to ice, the openess ofour water meant that the wind kept the ice away.
Hewe we can see a die-hard member (Geoff Hudson) braving what ice was there for an afternoon on the water.
A couple of new photos from the other week showing Geoff Hudsons "Castanet" and the latest from Ray Sabiston in the harbour,
as well at more boats enjoying the weather.
Another slow update but an update is still an update.
Our working lighthouse developed a fault (it wouldnt turn around) so Bob Fowler jumped to the challenge and donned the clubs waiders and made his way into the water to deal with the issue, now we are not saying Bob is vertically challenged but i am sure the pond is not that deep.
So well done Bob, and are you available to do the same again when we fit the rechargable battery back in.
Wow has it been that long since i updated this section, well 2+ years have passed so best show you some od what we have been doing.
One of our members Peter Shipley who built a MTB wanted some photos of his boat in action, and of course i obliged and was given a soaking with the wash, cheers Pete.
Still vave to compete with the yachts for space.
Coming in for a fast run.
And a few seconds later i would feel the wash as Pete made the turn, thank you Peter.
Spring has finally arived , although last week you wouldnt have thought so . But today the sun came out and so did the boats , we had a number of yachts on the water but they found it hard with the gusting wind knocking them about , so it was time for the springers, MTBs, pilot boats and fast electrics.
The warm weather has also sparked the growth of the grass , and with the mowers now serviced and ready for action (thanks going to Teds son Mathew) , work will also be starting on tidying up the site with painting of the doors and other areas of the site.
Welcome to a new year , which started quite well , bit it was not long before the ice and snow came with avengance. But this did not stop members enjoying the ice and snow , attempts were made to break up the ice but it froze over fast, so Geoff Hudson came with his RC buggy and became all artistic.
The first of the month was a cold one with ice on the pond , but this did not deter the yachties from having a go once the ice had been broken and my tug had pushed it with the help of the wind away ,leaving an area big enough for an informal race.
I was also down pond side mid week to find members having a sail, with the pond now clear of ice but a stiff breeze blowing .
This was great for the yachties, But unfortunately Ray Wright noticed that one of his crew had gone overboard ,and had spotted it drifting in to shore. Just as he was about to recover it , the little feller decided to dive to the bottom and of course Ray not wanting to loose it stuck his hand in not realising just how cold the water was .
We are not sure if the recovery opperation was a success but Ray now knows just how cold the water is.
Although it was a beautifull afternood there was only a few members pond side , and only one incident which was when Pete Shipley's fast gun ship (i will probably be corrected) made a direct broadside with Bob Pitts motor yacht. Even though the sound of the impact could be heard across the pond and made me cringe the damage was almost none existant on Bobs boat , with a few fittings dislodged from Peter's deck's.
No pics as the dammage was minimal but a couple of the day
I suppose we could play Spot the boat !
Gareth brought his fishing trawler down for a sail and a photo oppotunity,
here she is pushing a realistic bow wave .
This evening myself and members Tony Dave Harold and Brian set about removing the old roofing material from the pond side shelter , and replacing with new box profile steel sheeting . We can now enjoy all weather sailing from the comfort of a dry area , i would have had some pics but as the light was fading i would have not been able to do it justice.
Tony Smith brought his fast electric twin hull to the pond this morning and before i had chance to get some photos in action he managed to get it attached to one of the marker buoy's , and after a brief rocking it came away but with some damage.
let's play spot the difference!
So it was waders on and into the pond to see where it was ,which is a bit easier that ordering a spare from the states.
After all the rain of late it was nice to have a sail in the sunshine, so it was nice to see members sailing on the water.
Members demonstrate the latest winter fashions on a bright and frosty February afternoon - note only Bob Lomas seems to be sailing anything, everyone else is watching his yacht breaking the ice.
Harold discovers a new and exciting way to keep warm in winter
GMBC members rescue the Humber keel Sobriety after a minor argument with Whitley Bridge lock gates
I see no ships
Suitable captions wanted, nothing too rude please
Herbie the trainee hearing dog for deaf people steals a blind man's sandwiches
Harold enjoys watering the grass in preparation for the open day
Pete leaves in a huff because he is not allowed to join in Darran and Harold's argument
Wolf checks to see if Darran is hitting it in the right place
Ah but if it sinks it proves she's a witch