Cruise in Company – Sunday 17th September 2017
A sizeable group of members and guests gathered at the clubhouse on Sunday 17th September for the last of this season’s Cruise in Company events. Light winds from the north were predicted but (not surprisingly) didn’t materialise and, in fact, the fleet enjoyed a cracking sail back to Granton at the end of the day in a good south easterly breeze!
Anyway, with HW arriving at 13:27 hrs, BR announced at the briefing that today’s destination was going to involve a leisurely and ‘stress free’ sail, to Aberdour Harbour.
The group made their way on to their respective craft and all were gone from Granton by 11am, being helped on their way by a gentle westerly breeze which held constant for the next hour or so, only dropping away when we were within a short distance of the Fife shore.
Aberdour harbour was in its usual ‘picture postcard’ state and with plenty of water in the harbour the fleet made an orderly entry and moored alongside the harbour wall, some boats rafting alongside others in a friendly style.
The boats in today’s fleet were (alphabetical order) Aziana, Eriskay, Errant, Hoodlum, Idothea, K-Mar, Myrene, Peak Flow and Solveig. It was nice to see Eriskay back on the water, crewed today by Donald Cameron and Mark Primrose.
A very pleasant couple of hours was had in the harbour with members mingling on the boats and on the jetty. The highlight of the afternoon however was the birthday celebration for Stuart Fowler (Solveig); unable to hide his embarrassment as he was presented with a birthday cake and serenaded by the fleet with a chorus of ‘happy birthday’. Stuart was unwilling to discuss his age but suggestions that he was in his early 50’s were quickly dismissed by those who know better (ME) !!
The fleet then enjoyed a beautiful sail back to Granton, eagerly helped with a lovely south easterly breeze. Surely a fitting end to the final C in C of the season.
The view from Peak Flow:
Eleven boats set set off from Granton and nine tied up at Aberdour. Errant and Inkwazi decided that close manoeuvring in an unfamiliar harbour was not necessary to enjoy the day.
On the way out, we had a gentle westerly wind, and the boats ghosted close-hauled, the heavier boats lagging. After a sociable lunch, the wind went round to the east and strengthened to 12 knots. Peak Flow took a direct line home at five knots, the rest of the fleet going towards Inchmickery for a while before hardening up to a beat towards home. After a brief heavy shower, the sun came out for a beautiful end to the cruise in company series.
Thanks to Brian Robertson for his excellent organisation.