For October's Fast Cruise Ronhilda had a reduced crew and his skipper was still suffering from, and had not recovered from, his appendix operation in July. So it was decided the journey from his Gulag located in the far east in Chichesterstan would be taken easily and the actual cruise would be with a small sail plan.
A message from Sylvia, an LSC member participating in the Clipper Round the World Race 2016:
As some of you will know I am taking part in the Clipper race on GREAT Britain and Northern Ireland boat. UNICEF is the official charity for the race and each boat is aiming to raise £20,000.
I have set up a JustGiving page and this is the link:
Please make a donation, however small.
If you wish to read about some of the work that UNICEF is doing around the world and with Clipper, you can start here:
On the recent LSC Shannon Rally in Ireland, it was an occasion that several HPOs had the opportunity to meet together - Larry Blount - Annapoli; Bill Thomas - Philadelphia; Caroline Sedgwick - Portsmouth and Tim and Gabbie Ryan - Waterford.
After the Rally had finished, Tim and Anne visited Dun Laoghaire to meet up with HPO Ronan Beirne who had been unable to join the Rally. They had a lovely lunch at the National Yacht Club and a tour of the Maritime Museum which houses many historical memorabilia from over the years and the very elegant Library followed by a short tour down the coast and up to The Stones which are above Dun Laoghaire to get an overall picture of the vast Dublin Bay.
If you want to write a blog about the 2016 joint Channel Islands Cruise, sign up now.
The details are in the On The Water page.
If you are wondering why we are recruiting so early, it is because this rally is bigger and longer than most. There are more boats, more people, more parties, more Fast Cruises, more fun, more organized visits and dinners.
We are a team of 6 and we are already busy so that our guests from our sister Club, the American Corinthians, can arrange their holiday flights in good time. Twenty of them have already signed and more are planning to.
If you want to join in, do so now.
Details are at the bottom of the rally page in On the Water.
Thursday 20th August 2015 - Goes
The day was spend with visits to museums, a steam train ride through pear orchards and the Goes Yacht Club. Beer at the club was served from the cellar by lifting the hatch in the floor then putting money into the honesty box. It was a perfect evening to sit in the cockpit with a selection of fish dishes followed by Fish and Chips ending with Strawberry Pie and ice cream purchased from a quayside shop..
19th August 2015 Antwerp to Goes
Leaving Antwerp from the Willemdok we all agreed that a re-visit to this wonderful city was a must. We joined the parade of yachts motoring in an orderly BRITISH fashion into the Lock ready for our passage to Goes.
Motor sailing towards Goes was very pleasant and we entered the Kanaal door Zuid Beverland at about low water. Having passed along the canal and through two lifing bridges with little waiting we entered the Oosterschelde briefly before locking into the Goes canal. At last we saw the beautiful open countryside dotted with traditional Dutch buildings, green fields and people cycling along the canal.
Tuesday 18th August 2015 - Antwerp, the City of Art
History, Architecture, Diamonds, Design, Art and Fashion. From the Willemdok to the city centre was about a five minute walk. The MAS Museum is one of Antwerp’s new buildings which overlooks the Willemdok marina and provided panoramic views over the city and the extensive docks.
A free day in Antwerp enabled some crew to visit a number of the museums, galleries, historic churches and the Cathedral. Others spent the day exploring the numerous bars selling the finest Belgian beers. We had dinner at KathedraalCafe, otherwise known as The Eleventh Commandment There were more than 400 religious statues in the restaurant, more than in most churches! and almost as many the number of Belgian beers available.
Monday 17th August 2015 - Breskens to Antwerp
Leaving Breskens to catch the tide we had bacon butties en route. The river Schelde was very busy. Huge container ships, and barges along with a number of yachts gathered in close proximity to take the flood tide to Antwerp. In these sort of conditions it is important to make sure that a good lookout is maintained at all times. Arriving at Antwerp we were lucky to find the lock gate open and the bridge over the Kattendijksluis was opened for us as we approached. Once inside we went into the Willemdok where we were to spend two nights. For the first time since leaving Ramsgate it rained. Always something to spoil a beautiful day.