The lift in this year was achieved with the usual slickness thanks to the hard work of the club harbour staff and member volunteers.
(Photos by Liz Tulloch [Copyright] and Adrian Shield)
The weather was good, with plenty of sunny periods, little wind and the rain held off. Due to the change of date from the Easter weekend, we had to deal with a late tide, but in the event that did not cause real problems.
As usual, the work started early with club members clearing the yard of trailers to give room for the mobile crane. And although it happens every year, it is quite fascinating to see the crane lift on its own counterweights at the start.
The first boat to be lifted was Arctic Gold, the very large Fisher 37, which was lifted onto the slip out of the way to wait for the tide.
Next to go was Tequila, which was lifted to clear space for the crane to swing it’s tail
Then after Sonsie was placed on the slip, it was time to stand down and head for the club house for bacon rolls and hot coffee, whilst we waited for the tide.
In the intervening period, Arctic Gold’s masts were stepped and rigged.
It was well into lunchtime before the rest of the boats could start to go into the water, but then they were dropped in in quick succession, every 5 to 10 minutes.
And at the end of a long day, the largest boat, Simandy, and then Dernier Sou take to the water: