An advert in our local Manx paper prompted us to consider Whitehaven as the first destination of our passage plan. So, we set sail from Douglas IOM in frisky conditions for the welcoming sight of the Sea Lock, almost on free flow. Directed to an ideal berth bearing in mind we had wheelchair users on board, we settled down for an evening meal.
Deteriorating weather forecasted for the next few days, confirmed our choice of Whitehaven, where at least there were coffee shops and the town in close range. What started as a 'stopover' rapidly became a 'base' as the first better weather forecast was in four days' time!
With the help of the Marina team we were able to access four wheeled transport and toured the surrounding lakes for two halve days, making a benefit out of what was more than a strong breeze. Everyone really enjoyed our stay (and want to return!) made possible by the Marina team who went way beyond 'normal service' to a level we really appreciated.
Many thanks to Whitehaven Marina for enabling us to snatch success from the jaws of poor weather!
Thank you all the team on Saturday's bag pack adventure! - Peter, the two Sarahs (Sarah Spencer with Rocky and Samantha and Sarah Cowell) Carole, Ann, Margaret and son James, Issie and Frank. And thank you for counting the lolly, Stuart.
We collected £549.00 which includes £25.00 for the sale of 5 of our magnificent shopping bags.
Many thanks also goes to the Port Erin Shoprite store for their continuing support. Please extend our thanks to the staff at the store, always so friendly and helpful, making the time spent there a most pleasant experience for all.
Thinking ahead, the committee would like to know what your thoughts are regarding our current boat Pride of Mann III and what you think could be improved when we would purchase a new boat. Please make some time to fill in this questionnaire as your opinion is very important to us.
Volunteers are needed to help with this Bag Pack in Shoprite, Peel on Saturday 18 May!
As well as raising funds to keep our fantastic yacht Pride of Mann III sailing, bag packs also help to raise awareness of the charity.
Please contact Adrienne on 833497 or mobile 466514 if you could possibly spare an hour or two to help with bag packing or talking to customers and give information about SFTD.
Many thanks to Shoprite for letting us use their store.
All of you tech-savvy members reading this will be familiar with WhatsApp, the free messaging app which is very widely used.
Currently our Skippers & Mates have a WhatsApp group which is used successfully to communicate between them. One of the group, Bobby Moore skipper & Boat Manager, has suggested that SFTD starts a new group for all members who would like to join in order to improve communication about boat/sailing -related messages, news of social events etc.
If you are interested and would like to be part of the group, email YES to firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is enough support for the idea we could get a group up and running fairly soon.