Welcome to edition 19/2013 of the Halyard
The spirit of Algoa Bay Week seems to have inspired our readers into bursting forth with submissions for “View From The Deck”. Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep this enthusiasm going through the end of the season and winter and into the next sailing season?
ABYC has so much to offer and so much potential. Keep the momentum going, get involved. Whatever it is you like to do, do it at ABYC!
Reminders and Special Notices
- Club Fees: All members will be invoiced shortly for their club fees running from 1 June 2013 to 31 May 2014.
- Tuesday 14th May: On the 14th of May this month’s Ambiton draw will be held. As usual there will be lots of prizes up for grabs in addition to the cash draw. Thanks once again to Ambiton for your continued support.
- Sunday 19th May: Live music on the deck
- Sunday 19th May: NOTICE OF RACE – NOORDEHOEK. SKIPPERS: 0900. Race is subject to weather, and whether a turning mark can be dropped in front of the Noordehoek ski-boat club. Please consult the relevant chart(s) to re-familiarize yourself regarding the waters to be sailed!
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View From the Deck
Your chance to voice your opinion and contribute to the Halyard.
Dwyer Weather Station
Recently ‘The Tyneside’ donated free of charge 50 graph paper sheets for our 1910 vintage barograph. Robbie Gwynn is the custodian of this extremely valuable piece of equipment and and I am his ‘appy’. Should any member wish to know more about this instrument, its workings and how to interpret the meanings of the graph as drawn over the week please speak to Robbie or Warwick. We have a little knowledge, but not that little for it to be dangerous!
How did this all come to pass? I sent Gavin a pic of our Dwyer Weather Station and he ‘was so impressed’ that when I ordered more paper, he said I could have it as a gift, all FOC, courier fees included (see his mail below).
I would appreciate it if you could give Tyneside a punt in the Halyard extolling their virtues as a top notch ships chandler.
Incidentally ‘The Dwyer’ was sponsored by;
- Cape Wire [Aubs Cullum] and
- TV Doctor [Jerome Putter]
and ‘base’ gauge installed/erected and calibrated by the ‘TINKERS’*, as part of their support for the Due North Rum Club’s ‘GIVING SOMETHING BACK’ [to sailing] project.
LOOK FORWARD TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to;
- The Sponsors, without who’s sponsorship this event would have been a sad shadow if itself.
- The Bridge boat, Bridge Crew and the owner of the bridge boat, who despite their advancing years, endeavoured to set courses and run the bridge under at time trying and very windy times well done!!
- To the Organiser and admin people, without you there would be no event and so I am forever indebted to you, as I really enjoyed every minute of it.
- To our Vice Commodore sailing who cajoled begged, threatened, spoke to, and at times even smiled!! We did listen to you!!! Thank you!
- To all the competitors, boat owners and skippers who took part and sailed, without you I would have not had anyone to sail against/lose to! Or at times you only saw my transom! OK most time you only saw my transom but that’s sailing!
To one and all a big thank you!!
I’ll be there again next year!!
2013 ABYC Week Images
Over ABYC Week I took a total 978 photographs totalling 2.6 gigabytes.
I have sorted them into daily images and each daily image folder is further sorted into 505, Fleet 1, Fleet 2 and Workers sub folders. The images are all the original high res versions and are printable.
The image totals for each fleet are:
- 505′s: 228
- Fleet 1: 460
- Fleet 2: 228
- Workers and Stuff: 62
If you want all the images from ABYC week 2013 please leave an empty Memory Stick (at least 4 gigabytes in size) in an envelope in the bar marked for my attention (Alan W. Straton) and with your name and e-mail address on it.
I will transfer all the high res photos onto your Memory Stick for you, confirm via e-mail and return it to the bar for collection.
The payment cost is up to you and you can either:
- Slip some cash into the envelope or
- Dump some cash into my ABYC bar account or
- Not pay at all.
Your choice entirely.
Alan W. Straton
Three Decades of Fun, Foolishness and Firstmates
The town of Chipping in southwest England is over nine miles from the closest water, yet that has not hastened (sic) Chipping Sodbury Yacht Club from celebrating its 30 year anniversary.
A yacht club famed for the fact none of its members actually own a boat is celebrating sailing its way through three decades. Chipping Sodbury Yacht Club, one of the original parody clubs of its kind, first set sail on April 1, 1983 – the irony of April Fool’s Day not being lost on its founder members.
Although lacking in any navigable waters, Chipping Sodbury has provided the joke-loving club many an opportunity to celebrate its birthday each year with a watery attempt at an April Fool. “One of our best was when we said we were going to build a marina at Nibley,” said secretary Bunny Groves. “We put up a giant sign saying we had acquired the land and it resulted in receiving phone calls from developers.
“Another year we made a 25-feet long yellow submarine which got stuck under the Wickwar Road bridge on the River Frome. We put in a planning application for a lighthouse at Yate Rocks, and on another occasion we said the yacht club was called in to Tanhouse Lake to sort out shark problems.
“It is a lot of good fun,” said Bunny. “We have a lot of very sociable people in our group and we hold an annual weekend away to other yacht clubs in the country where we have earned a kind of begrudging respect for our dogged determination to stick around.
“The fact we don’t actually sail has not impaired our progress at all.”
Have a great sailing week ahead.
More submissions for “View from the deck” are always welcome
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