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Sailing / Re: Shannon Earne Waterway
« Last post by dave_cawston on February 15, 2018, 04:41:49 PM »
Getting the hang of this, some more photos
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Sailing / Re: Shannon Earne Waterway
« Last post by dave_cawston on February 15, 2018, 04:26:21 PM »
Hopefully, here are some pictures from our trip to Lower Lough Erne
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Sailing / Re: Shannon Earne Waterway
« Last post by dave_cawston on February 15, 2018, 04:09:04 PM »
I think it is about time I reported back on our trip to Lower Lough Erne.  The road and ferry journey over went very smoothly, no problems at all.  Manor House Marine is a superb base for exploring Lower Lough Erne but because the weather was so (unusually) unpleasant, it was great that we were staying in a chalet overlooking the lough and we day sailed if the weather allowed.  Some days it was blowing a gale and/or pouring with rain but there is plenty for landlubbers to see and do in the local area.  Enniskillen is a lovely town, but a bit of a pain to drive through in the rush hour.
The facilities at Manor House Marine are near enough perfect, an excellent slipway that goes down in to the marina main basin, so well sheltered, plenty of parking for cars and trailers with/without boats on-board.  And we had our own private floating jetty, a little tight for getting in when it is blowing a gale, but we managed it (a few attempts needed on one occasion).  To top it all we did not have to pay a single penny for any of the marina services used (as we were staying in one of their chalets), fantastic.
As for sailing on Lower Lough Erne, it is paradise for a Winkle Brig, lots of islands with (deserted at that time of year) jetties to visit and open water sailing to the north.  A lot of fetch built up one day but we motored through it and found very quiet overnight moorings at Castle Archdale and up the River Kesh.  You do need a good chart as it is very easy to mistake one island for another and there are some areas with a lot of rocks but they are mostly well marked with buoys and markers.  Only once was I worried and decided to retrace my tracks and take the long route round.  But it was great fun navigating through the channels and going ashore and exploring.
There are a few public slipways with parking and facilities that are available free of charge and water is available at a lot of jetties.  If you want to do some serious inland sailing, or just potter around some islands, Lower Lough Erne is perfect, well worth making the trip.
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Miscellaneous / WINKLE ONE FOR SALE
« Last post by jimhr6 on February 11, 2018, 02:59:24 PM »
Sadly, "Winkle One" will be moving on. There has been some discussion about whether she is the first Winkle Brig, but she proudly carries the sail designation WB1.

She is in good condition, ready for sea and pretty much stock with a gaff rig, a Mariner 4 outboard and inflatable tender. She has the original highly serviceable gas cooker, ample fenders, two anchors (a Fluke and a Bruce), VHF, depth gauge  and is on a Roller Coaster trailer. Two adult life jackets and a child's are included as is a custom made cockpit tent and a heavy duty cover.

She has spent almost all of her life based on Loch Torridon, a sea-loch in the Western Highlands of Scotland, the previous owner having bought her direct from the builders. She is at present in Torridon village and may be inspected there.

Yours for 6,000.
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Miscellaneous / Re: The Winklebrig Book
« Last post by Martin on February 05, 2018, 08:40:55 PM »
That's great Barend. Many thanks.
How about the rest of you ?!
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Miscellaneous / Re: The Winklebrig Book
« Last post by Barend Nieuwendijk on February 05, 2018, 07:57:09 PM »
Hi Martin,
great idea!
I will post about our sailing experiences in Holland.
Also we went to the Broads with our WB 122 in 2016 an had an very nice trip!
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Miscellaneous / The Winklebrig Book
« Last post by Martin on February 05, 2018, 08:38:42 AM »
I am currently thinking of updating and revising 'The Winklebrig Book' and would like to add a bigger section  on cruising grounds. I will be giving some information on my knowledge of the UK's south east coast (Ipswich-Southwold), the Norfolk Borads, and the festivals at Venice, Morbihan, Brest and Douarnanez, but it would be really good to include some of your favourite haunts. As well as the sailing attractions, I will be incorporating things like where to launch, where to park, where to anchor, good pubs and anything else of peripheral interest (eg places to visit nearby).

If any of you would like to make a contribution to the book, if you post your pieces in the sailing section of the website I will pick them up there. I would love to hear about  David Cawston's visits to Ireland and his canal voyages. It would be great to hear from our Dutch friends about sailing in Holland. The UK's south coast and Scotland would also be fascinating.

Look forward to reading your postings if you are interested.
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Sailing / Anything Happening in 2018?
« Last post by RogerH on January 28, 2018, 09:12:42 AM »
Hi All,

We're Roger and Suzy, new owners of Jenyatan, Colin and Jayne Firth's boat before us. We got her in late 2016 but bad health struck and she's been laid up since.

With on operation scheduled for the end of Feb, we're looking forward to recovery and the opportunity to sail in 2018.

Anyone organising anything later in the year? Any meets or raids bring attended?

Failing that, how about organising one of our own?

Best,

Roger.

P. S. Hi to the Firths if still reading.
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Sailing / Re: Norfolk Broads
« Last post by rosswaddams on December 24, 2017, 04:44:25 PM »
Matthew

Yes, I shall definitely be going back to the Broads in 2018, probably for two separate weeks (it's a long haul from the West Midlands so I'm thinking of leaving Rogue over there in-between visits).

A visit to Swallowtail Boatyard (as recommended by Dave Cawston) could be part of one of those weeks - it's just around the corner and would allow a trip along the River Bure without the hassle of shooting (and hopefully, missing) Potter Heigham bridge. A few days on Horsey and Hickling Broads and a few on the Bure would make for a very pleasant outing, I'm sure.

I'd be very happy to spend some time cruising in company. We could get in touch in the Spring.

As I say, the guys at Whispering Reeds are very laid back but it would obviously be best to speak with them about over-nighting in the car park.
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Sailing / Re: Norfolk Broads
« Last post by dave_cawston on December 22, 2017, 03:32:32 PM »
We are hoping that we will be able to visit the broads next year, possibly over the first May bank holiday.  We would again use Swallowtail Boatyard for launching etc., plenty of space to rig, so easy to launch, long straight run down the slipway and secure parking.  Colin who owns the yard might allow overnighting in the van or on board ashore or there is a touring caravan park opposite the boatyard.  For overnighting on the water, Hunters Yard is next door but not on a Friday when the fleet is in.
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