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NormanKlipspringer 10:05am, 6 March 2012
I have been approached by Jeff Ace about next year (2013, May/June) being the 75th anniversary of MYC. He has suggested ('since Swansea Bay is the spiritual home of the Achilles') that it might be a good idea to organise a rally of Achilles boats. I think this is an excellent idea and I would suggest all Achilles types. He believes the club would lay on a race series and social so we perhaps might be able to combine it with another meet for Achilles owners. Hopefully we might get Chris Butler to come along.
If you are interested please record your thoughts and what participation you might have (i.e. boat, race boat, in person only etc)on this discsussion. Any ideas etc.
It would be lovely to see a fleet of Achilles out on the water.
Norman
Super Snoopy 050 7 years ago
Sounds great to me. Put Super Snoopy on the list for attendance. Don't know about racing though. One; I'm lazy and prefer to do things with a cup or glass in my hand and Two; Super Snoopy's spinnaker has a huge English Rose on it and I'm sure that wouldn't go down well with the Jacks or the Turks! Great idea though - count me in.
Red Marlin 7 years ago
Could tie in with our plans and would be something Jan and I would look forward to. I have raced but only against inferior boats - racing other Achilles now that is scary !!
Amrum 9171Y 7 years ago
Sounds a great idea to me. and good to have lots of time to plan it!
There are 4 A24s in Thornbury and 2 840s, 3 A24s (I think) at Lydney, Little Plum and a couple of others at Portishead. We ought to be able to get a turnout.
I'll definitely get there one way or another. Very happy to race. After weeks of light wind we finally had a blow on Sunday for the latest Frostbite race, and a steady 6 with gusts of 7. Heavily reefed main and a couple of reefs in the genoa upwind, and Snifter took it really well. Having said that 'the glass in hand' of Super Snoopy after racing is much appreciated!
Alyson Morgan Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Alyson Morgan (member) 7 years ago
We'd be happy to host racing and a rally at MYC. And, as a newcomer to Achilles sailing I'm looking forward to picking up tips from you guys on the water and over a beverage or two in the bar...
Little_Plum 7 years ago
Count Little Plum in...

Cheers

Gee
Red Marlin 7 years ago
As I am sailing from Cesme, Turkey back to the UK this summer I will be looking for somewhere to winter. I will reach Le Havre about August. Makes sense to head Swansea way to be ready for this meet. Any suggestions ? Home is in the Midlands, Hinckley so well away from the coast but equally convenient to many places.
blueachilles 7 years ago
Can't guarantee that we will get Blue there, but Di and I would like to be on hand as extra crew if required, and can also be in the bar!
Fleur064 7 years ago
Can't say for sure yet, but we'll come if we can.
Amrum 9171Y 7 years ago
I asked the BCYA if they'd be interested in sponsoring this event, and I'm told that in principle they'd be delighted! They discussed it at their last meeting at the end of March. When we get more details regarding what is proposed, I'll take it up further. Not sure what sponsorship will be on offer, and whether it'll be for MYC's 75th or the Achilles rally/races, or both, but it's good there's support already.
LeonardoMaro 7 years ago
If the dated don't conflict with what I have already planned Dutch Courage A 24 is in
LeonardoMaro 7 years ago
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Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Hi Norman,
I've got 25th to 27th in the diary for Mumbles, but I've just noticed that Ilfracombe are intending to run the Lundy Race on 26th May, which would be an unfortunate clash. I had hoped they would be on successive weekends, so that I could do both! Any chance of influencing the date of Mumbles forward or back a week? The following weekend is the RTIOW, and I don't intend to do that this year (selfishly thinking only of myself, I know!!)
Regards, Rob
Alyson Morgan 6 years ago
Hello all. We are planning a number of events, celebrations etc at MYC to which all are welcome. MYC was formed on 30th May and so using the weekends either side seems fitting.

The Bank Holiday weekend i.e. 25, 26 & 27 May will include off the water re-union type activities, a champagne reception etc. On the water is more difficult due to the tides so we are looking at some evening racing. This weekend also clashes with the round Lundy race. Having said that - all are welcome.

However, we are proposing the following weekend i.e. 1st and 2nd June for a Rally/regatta. We are completely open to formats - suggestions welcome. One day we could do something more Achilles focused and possibly a pursuit race on the other, involving those with less sophisticated taste in boats :) Let me know your thoughts.

Needless to say there will also be suitable "clubhouse carnage" planned in the form of food and music.

Hope this helps Rob (my selfish reasons are that I am away on the Bank Hol weekend too so need another option).

Cheers

Alyson (MYC)
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NormanKlipspringer Posted 6 years ago. Edited by NormanKlipspringer (admin) 6 years ago
Thanks Alyson.
So it looks like the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of June. I would probably bring my boat around during the previous week since the tides are more suitable. Personally I am not bothered about racing but would love to get a fleet of Achilles out on the water. I suggest that a cruise together on the Sat morning and early afternoon (HW is about noon), weather permitting follwed by an Achilles owners get together in the club and then a general mix in with all the club members in the later evening. I have spoken to Chris Butler and I am sure he would come if I can organise transport, but with me possibly being on my boat this might be a problem. I understand from Jeff Ace that there may well be some other well known Butler Mouldings employees present. If owners are staying over then participation in any event on the Sun would also be possible. Any ideas for a focused discussion/presentaion along the lines of the talk by William Garnier, would be welcome. Please speak up if you have any ideas for this event.
Norman
pjbharrison 6 years ago
Hi Norman
can you post some details regarding tides, polotage, moorings ets, please?
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NormanKlipspringer Posted 6 years ago. Edited by NormanKlipspringer (admin) 6 years ago
Pilotage notes for getting to Swansea Bay are included in the Swansea Marina handbook. Tides are also printed in this guide.
www.swanseamarina.org.uk/
As to the moorings at Mumbles, I am not the best person to provide information. I have anchored but only for a few hours. There is an anchorage sign on the chart jsut North of the pier but perhaps Alyson can provide more information on this. I know that moorings at Mumbles are exposed to the east so I would plan to go into the Marina if the wind is from the east. HW on on the 1st June is about 13.00. Up to date timings and depths will be published in the marina guide.
Hope this is of some use.
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Thanks, Alyson - much appreciated.
I've now started planning on Ilfracombe for the 25th/26th, coming over to Mumbles on the 27th, and staying either at anchor off Mumbles or in Swansea marina till after the festivities finish on the 2nd. Now all we need is some decent weather! It would be typical if we had easterlies!
If it doesn't look promising for the Lundy Race (and the last 2 years have not been good for sailing down from our end of the channel), I may come down to Mumbles early. At least then the boat is in the right place, and I can pop over to Ilfracombe if it looks ok, or enjoy the 'carnage' if not!
I'll probably be in the 840 so not too worried about racing, although a pursuit race would be good, and a cruise in company round to Oxwich or Port Eynon bays would be fun, or just round the bay with lots of Achilles.
Where are you coming from, Paul? The BCYA Blue book is due to be published again shortly, and that has lots of info on ports and anchorages in the Bristol channel.
It would be good if we could get a speaker like William Garnier. Does anyone know Roger Taylor of MingMing 2?
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NormanKlipspringer 6 years ago
I have been in touch with Roger and he has provisionally agreed to come and give us a talk.
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Wonderful! Well done, Norman.
This is going to be a great event, so hopefully as many Achilles owners as possible will be getting this in their diaries now. Even if you can't get down to Mumbles by Achilles, try and get there by road!
rothwell_neil 6 years ago
Assume ex Achilles owners still welcomed?
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Achilles owners, crews, enthusiasts, ex owners etc etc welcome in my book, although I guess MYC as hosts should be the judges! You, Farmerboy and Skykornish to name but 3 have had a massive impact on my enjoyment of the boats.
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NormanKlipspringer 6 years ago
Alyson Morgan of MYC says above that ALL are welcome and I echo Rob's (Snifter534) sentiments.
rothwell_neil 6 years ago
Would like to make the trip and would be delighted to crew if there are any events and anything available!
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
You'll be very welcome, Neil!
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
I went to Excel today, and found MingMing and Roger Taylor in the cruising section on a stand of their own. I had a long chat with him, and he seemed very keen to get to Mumbles, and hopefully have a first sail on an A24! I took the opportunity to buy an autographed copy of his first book (Voyages of a simple sailor), and have read 4 chapters already - a cracking read, and I'm looking forward to reading all his books now. MingMing has no engine, but 2 oars permanently alongside the cockpit for rowing while facing forward, and 2 long 15ft oars attached either side from the bow back, which can be used for sculling, emergency steering, an emergency rig, or for getting the mast down. I think Chille has a sculling row lock on his latest boat, and I think I'll fit one to Amrum. I now need to find a long oar! He is thinking of carrying a Torqueedo electric outboard to use in the cockpit well to get in and out of ports where they don't like people rowing. Roger has made the sail for the new boat, and his next big task is the rudder. He's aware of the recent discussion on the subject, and could be in the market if anyone gets any manufactured. A very pleasant man, and a great addition to the A24 fleet. He will hopefully show the world just what these boats are still capable of doing!
Super Snoopy 050 6 years ago
Bought Roger Taylor's Mingming trilogy. Will be interested in the Mingming 2 books when they come out. When we approached his stand, he was talking to someone who we recognised as a guy that bought our Lysander just after we purchased Snoopy463. He's now a Charter skipper in the Med. When we were chatting, it transpired that Roger come to view Snoopy when she was on sale (thought he looked familiar). Small world. (Even thought I saw Snifter in the distance - but there were lots of beared blokes of a certain age wandering about and couldn't be sure).
Amrum 9171Y Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Amrum 9171Y (member) 6 years ago
The BCYA AGM was today, and I logged MYC in their programme of Channel events for 2013. I said the 75th Anniversary celebrations are over both weekends at end of May and beginning of June, but the Achilles gathering is planned for the June weekend. BCYA is still very happy to provide some sponsorship for either or both events. Alyson - can you or Paul keep in touch with them, or let me know what the plans are, and what form some sponsorship could take, and I'll liaise?
The new version of the Bristol Channel Blue Book guide to anchorages, clubs etc was launched today and is very good value at £10 incl p and p.
www.bcya.org.uk/
digger.rigger 6 years ago
Would like to attend any event in patroclus an achilles 840 with a novice owner based barry/cardiff regards Digger
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Hi digger.rigger, and welcome!
I'll be interested to hear about Patroclus, and see any photos you have., and hopefully we can meet up in Mumbles, if not before in Barry or Cardiff. I'm hoping to get Amrum (triple keeled A840) back in the water in April.
Alyson Morgan 6 years ago
Hello all
Norman and few of us from MYC got together this evening - very productive me thinks. We'll compile a programme in the next day or so and publish it here. In brief though, Saturday sailing followed by food and a get together/talk or two with a band in the evening. Sunday will see more sailing and plenty more opportunity to talk, mingle etc in the clubhouse over a refreshment or five.

All welcome - those sailing (Achilles or other), watching and ex-Achilles owners.

Will keep you posted

Alyson
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NormanKlipspringer 6 years ago
Yes a very productive meeting. I am looking forward to the event. MYC should be good hosts. Alyson will keep you all posted through this discussion.
Red Marlin 6 years ago
Really tempting. But I will be single handing RM between Turkey and Athens at that time. Would love the opportunity to sail a 24 again some time.
Tony
Daddsie 6 years ago
Round the island race on the 1st...........bugger!
SlimRick 6 years ago
Count me in, I'm based in Portishead with an Achilles 840.
Little_Plum 6 years ago
Hi, I am going to try to get down to Portishead for at least part of the weekend. I won't be able to do the sail around the Holms though - Doctors orders for another 4 weeks :(

Rob I will give you a call when I know what I am doing !!
Alyson Morgan Posted 6 years ago. Edited by NormanKlipspringer (admin) 6 years ago
Hello all
Below is the suggested schedule for the Achilles (and other inferior boats lol) 75th Anniversary Rally at Mumbles YC. I've also created an online registration form just to have an idea of who's likely to come, to watch, to sail and to eat and drink. As it's our birthday, a couple of kind members have sponsored the event so I envisage no charge for food. The link to the registration form is: docs.google.com/forms/d/1NA-8LNFd5rqvYU567dvDXSOFjmkb0EFB...

Looking forward to seeing you there

Alyson

Mumbles Yacht Club
“Sailing for 75 Years”
Rally & Regatta
Featuring the Achilles Fleet coming home to Swansea
1st & 2nd June 2013

Saturday
11:00 - 13:30 Sailing in the Bay accompanied by observing from the Bar
12:00 - 16:00 The archives of Mumbles YC with Mike Kirby on hand
16:00 Meal
17:00 Presentation by Roger Taylor entitled: SHIPWRECK, SMALL BOATS, HIGH LATITUDES
In this talk illustrated with superb slides and some extraordinary video sequences, Roger Taylor tells how shipwreck on a square-rigger lead him to a lifetime of small-boat singlehanded ocean sailing. Roger has sailed 19’ and 20’ engineless yachts from the Roaring Forties to the Arctic Circle. In 2011 he sailed to 80°North.
20:30 Band


Sunday
11:00 – 13:30 Small Cruiser Gower Run
Dinghy and Cat racing in the Bay
15:00 BBQ on the Roof (in the sunshine!!!)

Come and join us. All welcome – Cruisers, Dinghies, Catamarans, Windsurfers, former MYC members, sailors and visitors etc

More information including how to register at www.mumblesyachtclub.co.uk.
Enquiries can be directed to the Hon Secretary at mumblesyc@googlemail.com
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A printable poster for your noticeboards can be found at www.mumblesyachtclub.co.uk/admin/wp-content/uploads/2013/... - Norman
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NormanKlipspringer 6 years ago
Thanks Alyson that looks just great.
SlimRick 6 years ago
Hi Snifter, sorry I missed your post about Portishead at Easter. As luck would have it I haven't been down there this weekend but next time you're that way give me a shout and I'll get the kettle on.
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NormanKlipspringer 6 years ago
I have spoken to Chris and he has confirmed that he would like to attend on the Sat. As I am hoping to be out on the water in my boat I will have to get Chris to MYC very early about 8.30 to give me enough time to get to the marina and out through the locks etc. Hope the club is open at this time. If anyone is planning to be at MYC but not on the water perhaps they could be with Chris. Plenty of opportunity to pick his brains. This is what you asked for at the last meeting of Achilles Owners. Please let me know if you are going to be there or indeed if you could pick Chris up a bit later than me and of course take him back. He lives in Llwynhendy near Llanelli about 30mins from MYC. I have not planned anything formally for Chris to do. He much prefers to be informal and is happy to chat etc.
Alyson Morgan 6 years ago
I'll make sure the club is open with a brew waiting - unless there is a later lift for Chris.
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NormanKlipspringer Posted 6 years ago. Edited by NormanKlipspringer (admin) 6 years ago
Thanks Alyson. I will be in touch nearer the time to discuss arrangements.
Alyson Morgan 6 years ago
Thanks to some very kind people (details to follow) there will be no charge to attend the rally - woo hoo! Food and entertainment all included. Would be good if you could add your details here docs.google.com/forms/d/1NA-8LNFd5rqvYU567dvDXSOFjmkb0EFB... if you plan on joining in - so that we have an idea of numbers for catering etc.
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Hi Alyson,
How are things progressing? I leave for Ilfracombe via Barry tomorrow evening. There's a northerly wind for once, which will help us down channel. The Lundy race is on Sunday, and I fancy going back to Lundy on Monday for a couple of nights before coming over to Swansea/Mumbles. I may have to then go home for a couple of days, but hope to be back in Swansea on the Friday night ready for the fun.
If there are any moorings I can borrow in Mumbles, please let me know.
Thanks.
Ps Gee/Slim Rick/Digger Rigger/ Super Snoopy (and all other Achilles fans) looking forward to seeing you there, and possibly cruising back together with the first four!
Super Snoopy 050 6 years ago
Super Snoopy is hoping to make the trip to Swansea (via Barry) next Wednesday. Intend holing up in Swansea marina until the weekend, but we'll have to see what the elements bring. Fingers crossed.
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NormanKlipspringer 6 years ago
I plan to bring Klipspringer round sometime between Sunday and Thursday looking for the best weather window. I will be in Swansea marina but not staying permanently on board.
Amrum 9171Y 5 years ago
Reached Ilfracombe at 0715 today. 13.5 hours from Oldbury. Amrum went better than I had dared hope, and everything is working well. We were going to stop in Barry for a tide overnight, but the forecast is not too good for later today, so we kept going, and it was very windy for the last 3hrs.
On the way!
Little_Plum 5 years ago
Due to pressing work commitments I am not going to be able to take the time off work to take Little Plum over to the Mumbles regatta after all. Bitterly disappointing, but let's face it my employer does pay the bills, including Little Plums. The rest of you guys have a great time!!
Amrum 9171Y 5 years ago
Gee, I'll send you a mail on Flickr. We can sort something out.
Rob
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NormanKlipspringer 5 years ago
Klipspringer now in Swansea Marina. Came around from Burry Port yeserday (Sunday). Had to motor the first half - very light winds most of the time on the nose and otherwise punching tide. Then wind got up on stern and had spinnaker run upto Mumbles Head. Took about an hour to get into my berth with the heavy boat traffic through the lock - bank holiday weekend. Hope the weather improves for the weekend.
RJRopes 5 years ago
Archimedes is now moored just opposite mumbles yacht club, ready for the weekend. Alas I won't be able to sail her, but the sailing captain of MYC is borrowing her to have her sailing. He used to have an Achilles so is well versed with them.

May be able to make an appearance Sunday afternoon, but alas two weddings in one weekend is going to take its toll on me!

Richard
RJRopes 5 years ago
Any visitors arriving in the week feel free to contact me on my normal email (don't normally look too much at Flickr alas) Richard @ Woffinden . Org . Uk if you want to be shown around etc, want to meet up, or just have a chat. I'm planning an evening sail on Wednesday evening around 6pm from mumbles around the bay or perhaps around the corner, feel free to join me.

I will try to find out if there are any spare moorings around in mumbles, but they are all personal ones.

Richard
RJRopes 5 years ago
Saw a blue Achilles that we didn't recognise moored up in mumbles over the weekend. Another visitor? Didn't catch the name
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NormanKlipspringer Posted 5 years ago. Edited by NormanKlipspringer (admin) 5 years ago
After sailing out in Swansea Bay today and getting wet and cold with hailstones I bumped into Ed and Lou from Portishead in their boat Shamal also in the marina. They have come down for the weekend. Well done to them.
RJRopes 5 years ago
Amrum 9171Y:

Hi Rob,

We've had a chat in the club, and our committee boat is currently been taken out of the water, so her mooring is free.

The mooring is what we refer to as Kestrels mooring, and is a large, redish oil drum type mooring with pick up buoy along side it.

It's in between the green channel marker and the large round flat RNLI lifeboat mooring, and is directly off of the long slip near the inshore RNLI lifeboat house (about position 51 degrees 34'.27N 3 degrees 58'.61E roughly, that's a guess from my chart, but it's pretty obvious which one it is)

Feel free to use it, and if you don't want to use it can you post up here so that someone else can?

The tides are nice and neapy over the weekend, I doubt that you will touch the floor. It's at about chart datum, and it's a 2.5m low tide at the weekend.

Thanks

Richard
Alyson Morgan 5 years ago
Just a reminder about this weekend's rally. For those who are sailing we would like to incorporate a "sail by" of the Clubhouse and an on the water Achilles group photograph. We will be using Channel 37 / M1 to help co-ordination. If you are intending to stay in the Marina, I will be arranging transport between the Marina and MYC (and back at the end of the day/evening) - so would be useful if you could let me know if you're staying there and how many people will require a lift - mumblesyc@googlemail.com

For those not sailing, the clubhouse will be open by 9am and you will be most welcome to watch the sailing from the bar or roof terrace.

Food is scheduled for about 4pm - cold meat, salad and potatoes. Please let me know if you have any food allergies, special requirements etc.

Thanks to donations from Mr and Mrs Hudson, Simon Jenkins, Steve Hickson and Sheila Bedwell the event and all associated entertainment will run free of charge.

I look forward to seeing you on the water and in the clubhouse.
Super Snoopy 050 5 years ago
Bu99er! After looking forward to this for ages, I've been let down by my delivery crew (well he has slipped a disc) and Rhys can't get time off at short notice, so we won't be able to get Super Snoopy to Swansea. Managed to book a hotel in The Mumbles so we will be able to attend on shore but sadly not afloat.
blueachilles 5 years ago
We will be attending on land on Saturday. What time do you expect the "sail past" to be?
RJRopes Posted 5 years ago. Edited by RJRopes (member) 5 years ago
Super Snoopy 050:

Super snoopy - where are you, and when would you need crew? You never know, may be able to arrange something ...
RJRopes 5 years ago
Here's the latest schedule

Saturday

11:00 - 13:30

Sailing in the bay accompanied by observing from the bar! Sailing will take the form of a rally. As well as the Achilles', all classes are welcome including day boats, cruisers, dinghies of all sizes including oppies and cats. There will be a prize for the best dressed boat!

Sailing starts at 11am with a sail by of the clubhouse at 12 o'clock.

This will be a fun event to acknowledge 75 years of sailing at MYC. if you have a boat, please do consider joining in. Use of clubs boats is free this weekend.

12:00 - 16:00

The archives of Mumbles YC with Mike Kirby on hand.

16:00

Meal.

17:00

Presentation by Roger Taylor entitled: SHIPWRECK, SMALL BOATS, HIGH LATITUDES.

In this talk illustrated with superb slides and some extraordinary video sequences, Roger Taylor tells how shipwreck on a square-rigger lead him to a lifetime of small-boat single-handed ocean sailing. Roger has sailed 19’ and 20’ engineless yachts from the Roaring Forties to the Arctic Circle. In 2011 he sailed to 80°North.

20:30

Live music.

Sunday

11:00 – 13:30

Small cruiser Gower run. Dinghy and cat racing in the bay. Start time 1200. Roof start.

15:00

BBQ on the roof in the sunshine!!!
Amrum 9171Y 5 years ago
Hi all,
Well, we arrived in the marina at Swansea at 9.30pm having sailed and motored from Lundy. We sailed from Oldbury to Ilfracombe last Wed night, did the Lundy Race on Sunday (finishing 17th out of 32), and sailed back to Lundy on Tuesday, as I hadn't landed there for about 55 years. Still spectacular both from the sea and on the land. Force 8 overnight in the anchorage, and horrible slop next morning, so pleased to get away.
However, a problem with the saildrive is going to prevent me venturing into the bay over the weekend, so

RICHARD - thanks very much for the offer of the mooring. I really appreciate it, but it will be available for someone else, and I will be available to crew any Achilles of any description on either day of the weekend.

CMG have already done an emergency job on the sail drive to try and get me back to Cardiff on Tuesday to lift Amrum and see what the problem is, but I'll save the repair and not risk it over the weekend.
Amrum is on H8, and I look forward to seeing any other owners in the marina when I get back on Friday night.
I've already met Bob, ex Butler's, who remembered working on Amrum and taking her to the Boat Show where she was on the Butler stand. He said he'd seen Klipspringer and another A24 in phase 3.
Looking forward to the weekend!
RJRopes 5 years ago
Oh no, gutting. Would a small outboard be any use to get you back on the water? I've got a 2.5hp one that pushes the boat ok on an outboard bracket on archimedes.

Anyone else, there's a free mooring at the club if anyone wants

Richard
Amrum 9171Y 5 years ago
I have got an outboard on board as an emergency and to use on the tender, but it's not easy to operate over the stern. If the weather is very fair I might risk it, but we'll see. I have at least got the boat to Swansea, and I will be in Mumbles over the weekend, by land or sea!!
Any news from Super Snoopy? I might be able to help Alan as crew as well. Depends on whether my wife can now be persuaded to come down for the weekend, in which case I'll have a car.
Alan - when would you leave if you had crew?!
Super Snoopy 050 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Super Snoopy 050 (member) 5 years ago
Rob / Richard, we would have had to leave 4 hours ago! It's a two day trip to Swansea from Newport unless you like travelling at night - which I don't. This was just about the time that we lifted Super Snoopy back out of the water. As we were not going to be able to get to Swansea, I took the opportunity of getting her back on dry land to fit a new Deep Sea Seal. The one fitted has been a little troublesome since we launched in April. The little drip was becoming a bit too much to live with. The bilge would fill between Newport and Cardiff. I'll strip her down tomorrow and send for a new one that I can hopefully fit next week. I'm not sure why this seal has failed; anno domini, racing in F6 or the new 2 blade prop we fitted over the winter.
sailing bye1 5 years ago
Richard, Sailing Bye of Mumbles (9m+) would like to return home and visit this week end from Watchet leaving tomorrow morning (friday) 10.30 and see how we get on!!. The crew will be 2 1/2 (mike, pauline and holly the dog) and we will moor in Swansea marina fri and sat but will be returning to Watchet early sunday am.
Sorry for the late request but have been watching the forecast.
Mike
RJRopes 5 years ago
Sailing bye is welcome, feel free to come across and join in the festivities. Will pass your details to the galley
Amrum 9171Y 5 years ago
No problems, Alan. The offer was in the hopes of a sail on a 9m again, and to save the train fare back to Swansea!
My wife has agreed to come down tomorrow night (which saves the train fare!), but if I scrounge a sail on an Achilles for Saturday she'll go home. Difficult one that - sail in the Achilles sail-by and my wife goes home, or watch it from the clubhouse, and she might stay! We'll see what happens.
Looking forward to seeing you all again.
pjbharrison 5 years ago
Hope you all have a great weekend.

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it there as Boomerang is still in Wicklow. Hoping to sail her to Skerries on Saturday.
Amrum 9171Y 5 years ago
Thanks, Norman, for the offer of a place on Klipspringer tomorrow. I'll be on the port side of the lock at about 8.55am tomorrow, ready to take your warps.
sailing bye1 5 years ago
Richard,
Unfortunatelly Sailing Bye failed in her attempt to get to Swansea on friday, we left Watchet at 10.45 and sailed N until noon when we went about hoping on a westerly course, the wind had slightly veered but we continued on 230 for 45 minutes before going about onto 330. By now the wind had increased to 5 and a few white horses but carried on until 13.15 when it was decided to return to Watchet.
The return trip on a broad reach took 45 minutes with the log registering 6-7.4 Knots. Got back in before the sill was raised.
It was a wise decision as the wind yesterday pm was 5/6 and again this am.
Hope it didn't cause too much disruption, hope all present have a good time.
Mike
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NormanKlipspringer Posted 5 years ago. Edited by NormanKlipspringer (admin) 5 years ago
Great weekend. Thanks to all who helped make it so. Mumbles YC good hosts. Chris Butler for his attendance and knowledge. Roger Taylor for an excellent presentattion. Whoever organised the weather desereved a real pat on the back. The only dissappointment was a low turnout both from Achilles owners and others. However those there had a fantastic time. Rob's (Amrun) misfortune with the leg on the boat turned out to be to my advantage. To aquire a crew of Rob's calibre at such short notice was fantastic. We had a great sail on the Saturday - thanks Rob. On the Sunday, Rob joined me again, together with Jeff Ace, who had kindly stepped in to deputise for me on Sat - many thanks Jeff, and with Bob one of my regular crew we set of with Achilles 24 Optimist on a Gower cruise. Yes only two Achilles. Favourable winds meant that we were able to have a great sail and get to Pwll Du and back to end up back at the club for some more food and good company.
Have alook at Alan and Rhys' (Supper Snoopy) and Rod and Di's (Blue) photos in this group. I am sure that many more pictures and comments will arrive but to be going on with also have a look at Simon Jenkins (MYC) www.flickr.com/photos/jinxsi/sets/72157633862375977/.
I will post more when I have had a chance to digest it all. In the mean time I hope to continue sailing in Swansea for most of the week to make the most of the fine weather.
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NormanKlipspringer 5 years ago
Simon Jenkins photos with others on Mumbles YC web site. mumblesyachtclub.co.uk/?menu=photos
Klipspringer now back in Burry Port. Had a great 10days - fabulous sailing and great company and what weather!
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NormanKlipspringer 5 years ago
If you want to see who and what boats turned up have a look at the news on the main site.
www.achillesyachts.co.uk/page10.html
Thanks to all who turned up. The hard luck prize goes to Rob Hudson. managed to get to Swansea but then had gear problems so Amrum missed the on water activity.
Amrum 9171Y 5 years ago
Ah, but thanks to you, Norman, I had a fantastic time sailing on Klipspringer, so at least I didn't miss anything.
Amrum got back to Cardiff with no problems, and was lifted out there by Cardiff Marine Group, and the faulty seal in the saildrive was replaced very efficiently. Great service from them, and I had a lovely beat back to Oldbury on Wednesday. Touch wood, all seems well now.
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NormanKlipspringer 5 years ago
Great news. It's lovely when things get sorted - like my engine!
SHAMAL411 5 years ago
I have added a few more photos from the Mumbles regatta.
www.flickr.com/photos/20408739@N02/ . Here we have Norman
introducing Roger Taylor who described his extraordinary recreation
of an A24 triple . Its a cross between a life-boat and a cocoon . Sea trials
this autumn maybe.
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NormanKlipspringer 5 years ago
Only photo in your photostream is your rudder?
SHAMAL411 5 years ago
Hi Norman,
Try again- photos should now be public !
Louis
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NormanKlipspringer Posted 5 years ago. Edited by NormanKlipspringer (admin) 5 years ago
Louis,
Yes now in your photostream. Great shots - thanks. Why not copy them to the Achilles group for all members to pickup. I'm sure Malcolm would like to see me in his T shirt! You have only one shot in the group of your rudder.
Norman
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NormanKlipspringer 5 years ago
More photos on Flickr from Simon Edwards

www.flickr.com/photos/diasimo/sets/72157633871059231/
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