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Posted: 04†June†2004 at 8:23pm | IP Logged Quote Andy Freeman

How was Derwent today? C-Island was fair to middling with 7.5 being the accepted dress code. Tony C, Adrian, Dave, Gavin and I were present although I think Gavin left a bit early and Adrian arrived a bit late for the best of the wind. It was quite lumpy out to the left of the island and my ankle is throbbing as a consequence. But the sun shone and all was well with life.

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Posted: 04†June†2004 at 9:30pm | IP Logged Quote Martin H

Will let Paul tell the full story, but I was max'd out at times on a 5.8 and Barnsey & Boydy whooped and hollered all afternoon!

Not bad for a pond?
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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 9:00am | IP Logged Quote Gavin Duthie

bah humbug ! ... ( grumpy old man mode warning )... Bugger bolx, I hate drift net fishermen especially when setting up on your fave sailing beach , choosing the wrong sail size when time is limited, rushing of early to an appointment only to have it cancel and having to work at weekends ! DOH !

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Well Gavin at least you've got soon hair!
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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 10:23am | IP Logged Quote Stephen Boyd

well ha ha ha me barnesy and martin h had all the pies on friday afternoon at derwent ( who now may do a half day ticket for £7.50 after 2.00pm) i was maxed ona 5.8m and barnesy grossly overpowered on a 6.6, but we both felt we could have been on 5.3/5.4 and been well powered all day. atleast a dozen people out on sails ranging from 4.5 to 6.6 (barnesy) and all well powered and grinning from ear to ear, i wore my summer suit for the first time and found the water temp very pleasant. Now if you will excuse me i have some pies to eat. Now i say to all the boys who wish to sail at the coast on a spring high tide with 6.5 to 7.5m sails on gusty offshore winds i have to say being able to sail on smaller than you really makes me smile and i say my gain your loss, and mr freeman, well what can i say? hee hee hee hee you knew we were going there. IM THE MAN ! IM THE MAN ! hee hee hee hee hee hee pie hee hee hee more pie hee hee. 

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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 10:34am | IP Logged Quote Tim

  That's the best report I've read for a while - in the News section

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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 11:26am | IP Logged Quote Andy Freeman

Steve,

I know i should have come to Derwent but I was running a bit late and what with Friday afternoon traffic and such like i thought the trip up to the coast an easier option. That is good news about the half day ticket as £15 is a little rich for me for a sail. I swore i would never pay that again after sailing the Queen Mary in London.

If that is true then I will sail there in a Westerly. Im glad you had a good sail. See you all soon.



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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 12:31pm | IP Logged Quote Tim

15 Feckin quid for a sail???????????

Is the pond heated or something? 



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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 12:41pm | IP Logged Quote Peter Amos

No but the showers are

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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 1:59pm | IP Logged Quote Tony Champion

I knew you were into big boards Andy; but the Queen Mary?
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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 2:23pm | IP Logged Quote Stephen Boyd

tim- 15quid for powered up small sail sailing or big kit waddle down the beach - no contest!

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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 4:04pm | IP Logged Quote Gavin Duthie

Given the choice, I have to say, it's proper salty FREE healthy pies for me, and then a waddle down the beach. A pond is a pond, and your lucky if you have much water at all at Derwent, it's usually a waddle down a slippy clarty bank into a dark hole in the ground. It's not that good mate, and for £15 to rub shoulders with yachties, I'd probably take my chances on the sea most occasions. Having said that, I may give it a go again if they introduce a half day ticket. .... nice pie themed report though Steve.

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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 5:26pm | IP Logged Quote Ross

Stevie Boyd, an epic report and an epic pond day by all accounts, you lucky buggers!
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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 6:10pm | IP Logged Quote PaulB

So does this mean that the Boyd and are banished from the MBON and are now pond club?
On the point of rubbing shoulders with the yachties, there were none the lat few days. It was too windy for 'em! Bunch of tarts!

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Posted: 05†June†2004 at 7:08pm | IP Logged Quote John C

Looks like you had similar conditions those which I enjoyed at Grimwith Res. I sailed from 4-6pm on a 4.5m. Were there any decent ramps and air time to be had?

Personaly speaking if it was'nt for places like Derwent I would'nt be half the sailor I am today. It makes progressing so much easier having consistent conditions. Anoying the Yatchies adds to the fun!!
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Posted: 06†June†2004 at 10:07am | IP Logged Quote Stephen Boyd

in answer to you gavin i would say it depends on what sort of sailing you prefer. i prefer balls out blasting and gybing in cross shore conditions as opposed to offshore high tide big rig big board gusty wind combinations any real mbons would be in agreement. cross-shore as opposed to offshore? no contest.

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Posted: 06†June†2004 at 11:55am | IP Logged Quote Ross

Must say I agree. I love the wonderful feeling of space and freedom you get on the sea but I've had some great days sailing on lakes including Derwent and Kielder. A fix is a fix. And a wasted trip to a beach is a wasted trip to the beach, and I've had many many of them so I should know. If I haven't had a fix in a while I'll proudly say I'm still a pond sailor. John C waxes lyrical about Grimwith.   
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Is the sea not just a big pond with a bit seasoning? after all it must be surrounded by land or it would just drain away!?
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Posted: 06†June†2004 at 1:21pm | IP Logged Quote Phil Jerry

Sea, pond..........its irrelevant really you've got to go where the wind is best.  Being a tight wad though 15 quid is a lot for a days sailing so ill only pay that if i havent been out for a while. 

ten sails at derwent = one flight to tenerife!

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Posted: 06†June†2004 at 2:07pm | IP Logged Quote Tim

That's the math I worked on as well mate!  I'd pay it if necessary but can't work out how they can justify charging that - the winds free, there must be pretty much zero maintainance, the water falls from the sky, etc etc.... But then I guess it is private land.

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Posted: 06†June†2004 at 3:10pm | IP Logged Quote Phil Jerry

well Derwent reservoir sailing club will rent the land of Northumbrian Water, they have maintenance of safety boats, comittee boats and the clubhouse and proabably huge insurance premiums but its still a lot of cash. I think the day membership is high to try to persuade people to take annual membership. What used to bug me about the place was a windsurfer paid the same membership as a dinghy sailor, the dinghy sailor got a bit of land to park their boat and the windurfer got nowhere to store their kit. Don't know if thats the same situation now.
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Posted: 06†June†2004 at 4:41pm | IP Logged Quote stevecarragher

Pies, ponds, funnelling winds. What a lot of hot air! Fifteen quid! Thats half a board!! I'll stick to the salty stuff thanks very much.
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Posted: 06†June†2004 at 8:51pm | IP Logged Quote Andy Freeman

Half a board Steve, round these parts it would seem perfectly good wave boards go for free. All thats required is a few hours work.

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A salient point, and well made.
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