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Spring Cruise May 2014

This was held from 15th-19th May this year. There were 7 boats and 8 Vi’s on this cruise, and we were very pleased that not only did we have some new volunteer crew, one of our VI sailors came as a direct result of the “Three blind men in a boat” event at Lowestoft in April, this was a particularly pleasing result.
The first evening was our usual social get together in the EWCC to share a meal, a drink or two, and to introduce the boat crews to each other, and our plan for the weekend, by our Admiral for the weekend, Martin Ward!
He gave each boat crew a couple of sea shanties to put a tune to over the weekend, then the sing off would take place at Shotley!
The plan for Friday was a race to Brightlingsea, starting at Pye end buoy, we all gathered then headed off! After about 3 hours a call from Samphire came over the radio, to say they were not racing anymore as they had no wind! I guess they didn’t like being the Shepherd coming up the rear, trying to gather their flock, so decided to motor sail!! As the admiral was on board I guess he felt he couldn’t win anyway!! By the time we got to the River Colne, I think there were only 2 boats left racing, and Rosabella claimed victory, by 3 mins or so, or so I was told by the skipper of the 2nd boat!!
When we all arrived in Brightlingsea, after a very pleasant day, some just relaxed, some had throttle cables to fix, some went for a walk, then after dinner on board, a few gathered on Pied Beauty in the evening for a good old sing song!
On Saturday we didn’t have too earlier start thankfully, and headed back to Shotley Marina, despite light winds, we had a very pleasant and warm days sail, and of course sea shanties to practise for later!
After we were all berthed in Shotley, we had a crew member who decided that it was a lovely place to have a swim, despite reservations from others!! We then all gathered on Samphire for drinks, and singing competition! Boysterous came up with a great sea shantie, relevant to the fun they had with throttle cables etc!!
For winning words See below!!
We then all headed to the Shipwreck for a group meal, which was very nice, then headed back to the boats, where Pied Beauty had some visitors again for a good old sing song!!
Sunday brought another race up and down the Stour, then into the Orwell to Pin mill, that honour went to Rosabella and her crew again!! Well done Rosabella.
We then all rafted up for lunch, before heading back to SYH for the crews to disembark early afternoon.
Another very successful weekend indeed!
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Winning words by Boytorous
Sang to the tune of What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor!
What shall we do with the broken throttle cable?
What shall we do with the broken throttle cable?
What shall we do with the broken throttle cable?
In Brightlingsea Marina!
Wheres the hole the cable goes through?
Wheres the hole the cable goes through?
Wheres the hole the cable goes through?
Early in the evening!
Bit by bit we take the boat to pieces!
Bit by bit we take the boat to pieces!
Bit by bit we take the boat to pieces!
Early in the evening!
Theres the hole, push the cable down it!
Theres the hole, push the cable down it!
Theres the hole, push the cable down it!
Later in the evening!
Lots of attempts but it wont go down there!
Lots of attempts but it wont go down there!
Lots of attempts but it wont go down there!
Later in the evening!
Don’t even offer words of encouragement!
Don’t even offer words of encouragement!
Don’t even offer words of encouragement!
Later in the evening!
Female voice says shove it up the bottom!
Female voice says shove it up the bottom!
Female voice says shove it up the bottom!
Later in the evening!
Wow, its gone up said the Captain!
Wow, its gone up said the Captain!
Wow, its gone up said the Captain!
Later in the evening!
Urmm went the engine nice and sweetly!
Urmm went the engine nice and sweetly!
Urmm went the engine nice and sweetly!
Later in the evening!
That’s what we did with the broken throttle!
That’s what we did with the broken throttle!
That’s what we did with the broken throttle!
In Brightlingsea Marina!
Then we could start with the blocked up toilet!
Then we could start with the blocked up toilet!
Then we could start with the blocked up toilet!
Early in the morning!!!