EYC sail to Greenhithe

 

On Sunday 9th of June, a cloudy day with a gentle force 2 wind emanating from the South, several EYC members sailed to Greenhithe. The lower Thames presented itself with a certain stark beauty, enthralling the sailors as they navigated downstream around the corner and made their way close hauled towards the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, putting in the occasional tack, always trying to find those patches of the river with the strongest wind. A fairly large bird flew overhead, mildly curious as to why the members were there, but largely ignored them to search for something edible that might be floating on the outgoing tide. The bird ejected a streamer of pungent grey mass from its posterior, gradually falling through the sky to land on Scott at the helm of the safety boat: a somewhat sticky omen of good luck for himself and EYC.

Finally, the members reached the long slipway of the Pier Hotel in Greenhithe. Edd, Jerry, John, Bob, Dave, Adrian, Sara, Scott, Wass, Oliver, and David were among those who were there. They bonded over a hearty lunch and a few drinks, while exchanging stories of seafaring or more of a land based nature, a conversation ranging from crude to erudite; concise to circuitous. Fortified by the wholesome provisions afforded by this most friendly establishment, they waited for the tide to turn before reembarking and racing back to Erith Yacht Club, a race won by Edd and Jerry. Many thanks to Scott who volunteered in the Safety Boat, one of two new additions to our growing roster of qualified and valuable safety boat drivers.

P.S. I wasn't there and have used a degree of artistic licence. I pieced together the story from the photos below and some guesswork ... so if anyone sends me a better version with extra photos I will post it :)

 

DIAMOND Yacht Series

 

Starting soon. Correct dates are below. All races to start at 630pm to give time for racing and then be ashore for food and the bar. If you need crew then let us know here or ask about....

June:
FRI 14 LW 1612 Diamond 1
FRI 28 LW 1618 Diamond 2


July:
FRI 12 LW 1625 Diamond 3
FRI 26 HW 2018 Diamond 4


August:
FRI 9 LW 1437 Diamond 5
FRI 23 HW 1847 Diamond 6


Sept:
FRI 6 LW 1917 Diamond 7

Cruiser Expedition to Tower Bridge

 

Our members regularly sail to other parts of the River Thames. Sometimes they sail up the East coast of the UK, or along the North Kent coast, but they also visit France and Belgium. There are some boats at EYC that have even made Atlantic crossings over to the Caribbean!

In March, Don, a member of EYC, visited Tower Bridge twice the same weekend. The first time he took two new members, and the second time he took three family members. Here are the photos from his first visit:

 

 

...... and the photos from the second visit .....

     

 

Moorings Complete and Allocated (2019)

 


All EYC members should have received this message, following successful completion of the moorings maintenance. We are hugely grateful to the Moorings Team who completed the moorings despite the barge This'll Do sinking!

I redacted the names and email addresses for use in the public domain.

You can find the 2019 Provisional Moorings Allocation here


Good Morning Everyone,
Many thanks to your Moorings Team who have worked so hard to get the
moorings ready for this season after the 'great sinking'. Well done
everyone.
Please read the list with care and contact <EMAIL ADDRESS REDACTED> if you
have any questions and queries.  Xxxx REDACTED.

-----Original Message-----
From: REDACTED [mailto:<EMAIL ADDRESS REDACTED>]
Sent: 20 May 2019 20:06
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..uk; <EMAIL ADDRESS REDACTED>
Subject: Moorings

Hi REDACTED, could you please put out the provisional mooring list that I hope is
attached to this e.mail. It is only provisional so there may be some slight
changes when the final list goes out. We will allow about a week or so for
people to come back to me with any issues before sending the final list out.
When we know the depth of water at low springs, we may be able to move
another couple of boats over to the inner trot from the lower middle but we
dont want to do that until we're sure they won't go aground.
Thanks, REDACTED xxxx


This is fantastic news, since it truly marks the beginning of the EYC sailing season for cruisers.

Happy sailing everybody! cool

Push The Boat Out - big thank you to all the members who turned up today to help out. It made our lives easier to have so many at the Club and it was a pretty smooth process.

The people who came had a lovely time on and off the water, despite the odd rain squall. It was great to see such a mix of people come along to enjoy what we have to offer at the Club

If you're reading this and you tried sailing at EYC on Saturday, then thankyou as well for coming along. It would be great to see you again this coming Friday or any other time we're sailing.

 

 

 

   
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