Cruise in Company – Sunday 19 June 2016

Capt’n Christine of the good ship ‘Polka’ enjoying a cuppa

Capt’n Christine of the good ship ‘Polka’ enjoying a cuppa

Errant passing Inchmickery

Errant passing Inchmickery

RFYC Cruise in Company No 2 – Sunday 19 June 2016 – a.k.a. Father’s Day

A motley crew of matelots, and a couple of well groomed pedigreed pooches, gathered in the lounge to listen intently on the words of RFYC’s resident King Neptune (a.k.a. Patrick Angier, he of the “seaweed forecasts”). As the eleventh hour approached and after much debate, a “management decision” was reached when, Neptune, ably assisted by his double pedigreed pooch Nandi*, decreed that a small bay on the west side of Cramond Island would be the destination for todays cruise.

A fleet of 8 boats, their crews and the aforementioned ‘sea dogs’ departed Granton Harbour under slightly overcast but dry skies and a gentle east/south easterly breeze. The forecasts ranged from sunny through to Force 6. In the end only one forecast proved accurate, namely “rain later”. Spirits were high in anticipation of a days sailing.

The majority of the boats initially made for Oxcars before altering course for Cramond Island where shortly after 1pm anchors were dropped – in a couple of cases boats rafted up. Cookers were brought into action as cups of tea and coffee were prepared before packed lunches were opened and consumed.

The small bay on the west side of Cramond Island offered a sheltered anchorage from the prevailing breeze and swell and was by all accounts a previously unexplored destination but one that received universal support.

Errant lying alongside Pemva whilst at anchor off Cramond Island

Errant lying alongside Pemva whilst at anchor off Cramond Island

After lunch anchors were weighed as the boats prepared to head back to Granton. The breeze had eased and a number of boats opted to motor-sail back, but not before Mother Nature intervened and deposited quantities of H2O on everyone. Clothing may have been dampened but not spirits.

Having secured our boats on their moorings and returned safely to ‘terra firma’, there was unanimous agreement that Neptune had “done well”.

Here’s to the next Cruise in Company. Come along and enjoy the banter, friendship and sailing – you won’t regret it.

Note (a.k.a. A piece of totally useless information):- Nandi’s owner advises that she is a Labrador/Bavarian Mountain Hound ‘cross’ which accounts for her a slightly snooty attitude (his words, not the writers!). For those of us old enough to remember, Nandi was Chaka Zulu’s Mother who caused Michael Caine a few problems at the Battle of Rourke’s Drift – some of us may even have been there (on holiday).

The following boats/crews participated:-

Aziana – Seamaster 925 – Brian Robertson and Dannie Coupar

Border Maid – Folkboat – Patrick Angier and Daughter Kate plus Nandi

Errant – Alfred Milne Bermudan Sloop – Alastair and Gregor Wight

Myrine – Sabre 27 – Stephen Pavis and Family

Pemva – Westerly Corsair – Ken Dougall and Daughter Robin plus DAWG

Polka – Pandora International 22 – Christine Page and David Penny

Solveig – Seamaster 925 – Stuart Fowler and Neil Moffatt

Starspinner – Trapper 501 – Graham Prince

Starspinner at anchor off Cramond Island

Starspinner at anchor off Cramond Island

Aziana en route to Cramond Island

Aziana en route to Cramond Island

Solveig at anchor off Cramond Island

Solveig at anchor off Cramond Island

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