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More Barge People – Steve Norris on Greta

As we seem to have started an end-of-the-season trend in photos of barge people, here’s one posted today of Steve Norris on board Greta.

(Photo from Greta’s Facebook page)

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End of Summer round-up on some of the barges

A round-up from some of the barges as the season draws nearer to its close.

Peter Phillips records that Thalatta’s last day sail of the season was on 3rd September.    She then went to St Osyth, and then on to Heybridge.   He says:  “thanks for everything Cyril and Roger, and let’s look forward to next season.”   Meanwhile he tells us:  “Thalatta has a new book, Thalatta, Spirit of the Sea;  I suppose you could call it her biography.”

Thistle had a Public Open Day in Ipswich Dock last Sunday.   As well as free entry, she was offering a competition for two free places on a barge cruise.

Edith May was wondering how it could be that the last week of her summer season was approaching.   She reports that the Tea Room will be re-opening on Thursday 25th October, 1030 to 1600.

Cambria finished her extended charter to the Sea Change Sailing Trust, and is now doing several short charters for young carers, who are sponsored by the Rotary Club, which pays for replacement carers while the young people are away.   The professional crew members at the moment are Ian Ruffles (Skipper) and Denis Johnson and Ryan Dale (Mates).   On Sunday Ryan posted this photograph, which shows Cambria’s GPS recording a speed of 14.2 knots.   He goes on to say they “Maxed out at 15.9 knots not long after.   I know the tide accounted for a lot of it, but still find this incredible!!”

Kitty has been working really hard.   Annie Meadows tells us: “Lovely two hour sail on the Blackwater this evening;  back as the sun was about to set  –  pair of egrets by our mooring and four cormorants diving for their dinner.”   The next day she says: “Third day out in a row;  we had Topsail, Mainsail, Staysail and Mizzen set and engine off for over an hour.   The barge was full to capacity with lots of smiling faces.”   And there was more the next day: “Out on the Blackwater with a full barge again today.   Sunshine for most of the day, with Lyndon March doing a great job as Acting Skipper.”   And Annie’s latest report is: “Another lovely but slightly chilly sail on sb Kitty, this time with JP Lodge as Acting Skipper, and Kevin Burtonshaw and Lyndon March wandering about, dazed and unsure what to do once control had been handed over to someone else.   It was funny to watch.”   Not to be outdone, JP Lodge joins in: “I had a good day yesterday on sb Kitty.   It was my turn as Acting Skipper!   Learnt a lot, didn’t break anything.   I still reckon my approach alongside Hydrogen was smooth.   Thanks to Kevin, Lyndon and Annie.   Refreshments afterwards in the Queens, then later that evening to Curry Nights for a really good meal.” 

And finally to Greta, where Steve Norris has posted two pictures of Greta’s van in its splendid new livery.   He’s very proud of the signs.

 

 

Greta at Faversham

Sorry for the absence  of new posts, (I see the last one was September 5), but I do surprisingly have other interests including running two medieval events.   One was last Friday, and was a huge success once again.   So now I have a brief interlude before the next one gets to be extremely heavy work.

What could be better to show now than this really nice picture of Greta which has been posted to her Facebook page today.   She is at the Albion, Faversham.

The barges are beginning to wind down at the end of the season, but some still have sailing dates available.   Well worth checking.

Swale Match – closely fought and exciting

The general opinion seems to be that this year’s Swale Match,

Swale Barge Match fleet 2012

held last Saturday, was the best race of the season.   And it had a “newcomer” in that Niagara took part, less than a week after she returned to the active barge fleet.

Hugh Perks sent us this very welcome Match report:-

“The Match started in light airs east, soon getting up SE and just up to Force 6 for the run home.

Cabby made the fastest start, 20 seconds after the gun.  There were some thrilling finishes. 

Mirosa and Marjorie taking it right down to the wire

In the bowsprit class Mirosa beat Marjorie by the tip of her bowsprit, (half a second between them).  3rd was Lady of the Lea, (the only other bowsprit barge), which incurred a 5 hour penalty for starting 15 minutes early with the staysail barges, and was banned from entering public houses for the next two years. 

In the Staysail Class Niagara and Repertor were neck and neck at the finish, with Repertor one second ahead.  After a protest on the matter of something earlier in the match, Repertor was given a 5 minute time penalty, giving Niagara the victory.   Decima was 3rd, getting the Percy Wildish Cup which was fittingly presented by “Beefy” Wildish’s son.

Repertor and Niagara fighting for the line

Restricted Staysails went to Cabby, (in spite of also incurring a time penalty).  There was a close finish for 2nd place between Phoenician and Orinoco, (27 seconds), but it was given to Orinoco as Phoenician had failed to go round one of the marks.   3rd was Greta and 4th Pudge.

The fastest smack was Alberta, but on handicap went to Emeline.

Around 70 vessels took part in the match.”

(Photos by Dave Brooks)

 

Greta back at Whitstable tomorrow

sb Greta will be returning to Whitstable Harbour tomorrow, and as they comment “Summer is on its way”.

Let’s hope someone tells the weather!

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