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The Best Day of the year this Saturday!

Jonathan Waddington (Junior Fleet Captain)

Hi Everyone,

The excitement is building in the Waddington household as we inch nearer to this Saturday’s Commodore’s cruise. This is, for me, one of the highlights of the year and one I can’t recommend highly enough.
So what is it?
On Saturday morning at 10am, just after high tide we set off from the beach and head down the estuary to the West of Hilbre. As we sail and the tide flows out, what can only be described as ‘paradise’ in the form of a huge sand bar appears from beneath the water. This island sanctuary then becomes our base for the whole day: Well us and a hundred seals or so!
There will be everything from single handed dinghies to cruisers, not to mention ribs with the all important BBQ, Bar, cricket bats, rounders etc etc on board. We spend the whole day sun bathing, sailing on various boats and generally having fun until we sail back on the rising tide in the evening.
This really is a day not to be missed so lets get everyone down there.
For those members of the family that can’t get onto a boat, first of all, let me know and we’ll try and find you a crewing opportunity. Failing that if you can walk to Hilbre and give me call we’ll look to get one of our ribs across to pick you up.
So pack a bag with some sun cream, a hat, a few drinks, a little food and maybe a bucket and spade and get your self down: Give me a call if you need help with logistics or need to borrow a boat.
Before I go, just in case you haven’t seen, there’s also racing starting at 1830 on the river on Thursday night which along with Saturday promises to be gorgeous sailing weather.
See you Saturday
Jonathan
07771 841334

Terrified couple rescued from tide by off-duty lifeguard

Liverpool Echo

Pair became stranded in the Dee Estuary when exceptionally high tide quickly surged past their waists

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A terrified Liverpool couple trapped in a fast rising tide were rescued thanks to the quick-thinking of an off-duty lifeguard.

The two adults became stranded in the Dee Estuary yesterday as water from an exceptionally high tide quickly surged past their waists.

They had been attempting to walk across to Hilbre Island but “misjudged” the incoming spring tide, HM Coastguard said.

An off-duty lifeguard from Wirral beach patrol spotted the couple in trouble and raised the alarm in a 999 call, five minutes before the couple themselves made an emergency call just before midday.

A spokeswoman for the Coastguard today said that the lifeguard’s actions “probably saved their lives”.

She said: “He gave us a good five minutes head start before the call came in from the casualties – it was vital.”

After making the call, the vigilant lifeguard had considered swimming out to save the couple after becoming increasingly worried.

But he was relieved to see the West Kirby RNLI lifeboat speeding across the estuary to pluck them from the water, near to Middle Eye Island.

The survivors were then taken to the West Kirby slipway. An ambulance was requested but not required.

RNLI lifeboat operations manager Dave Henshaw today warned visitors to Hilbre Island to check the tide times before setting off.

He said: “The tide can rise faster than walking speed, particularly on the spring tides that occur on a twice monthly cycle.

“Furthermore, the incoming tide doesn’t fill the beach in a uniform manner and it will cut off people from the shore and in yesterday’s case, from the Islands too, leaving the people on the beach at the mercy of the incoming sea.”

Junior Sailing Sunday 30th 1545 – Fun and maybe even sun off the beach !

Jonathan Waddington (Junior Fleet Captain)

This Sunday looks like a potentially great afternoon for some family fun down on the beach along with some great sailing on the tide.

Plan is to get down to the club and onto the beach for 1545. We’ll look to get some of the Oppies out so that everyone has lots of opportunity. There’s club racing too so it should be a great afternoon for the whole club.

See you all then hopefully.

Jonathan

 

 

Dee SC and WKSC Regatta Courses and SIs

Simon Moruzzi (Commodore)

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Please find the SIs and courses for this weekends regattas.

Regatta SAILING INSTRUCTIONS 2013 V2.3

dinghy course card 2013 v1

Dee Estuary Regattas Tidal Course Card 2013 v3

Entry form and NOR can be found in my previous post.

Good Sailing.

Simon Moruzzi.