The GOSSIP

Number 223 / September 2010

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Published by the Open Canoe Sailing Group

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and Creinch but soon gave that up and went back through the gap north of Torrinch, where they were met by Jeff and Ellen following their walk, and also RolandD and DaveM, who had launched from Cashel a little after the main crowd.

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Left. Looking east as the fleet returns from singing a few choruses of Mama Mia and Waterloo near Abba Aber Isle.

The overall plan, to see as much of the loch and its islands as possible in such favourable conditions, continued with a long broad reach down through the Geggles, the local name for the narrow and often shallow gap between Inchmoan and Inchcruin. After that the breeze diminished somewhat in the lee of those islands, but to minimise this effect Inchconnachan was given a wide berth and the fleet steadily closed on Luss, inevitably attracted by the chance and lure of refreshment.

By the time a landing was made it was just after 5pm and we feared catastrophe as at this time the choice of teashops becomes limited! Nevertheless disaster was averted by DaveS who was able to utilise his experience and finely tuned senses to locate a suitable vendor, where a great cruising day was celebrated in the time honoured style of tea and cake.

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The enlarged fleet heads off NW towards the Geggles, Luss and refreshments.

Right. Jan with Robin, her chauffeur for the day, who is re-enthused about canoe-sailing after a layoff due to a dodgy back.

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Setting sail again at around 6pm we feared the potential of a long paddle back to the campsites, as the evening wind often dies off in these settled summer conditions. But we were treated to a delightful one-tack reach the whole width of the loch to get back to base.

We had been able to make the most of the scale and width of Loch Lomond with long sailing legs avoiding the need for many tacks or much beating, a factor that in particular assisted Graham and his shunting proa, which made very respectable progress alongside the more commonly used Bermudan rigs.

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Left. The route of the Monday cruise - the markers are miles, to give a sense of scale.

Touring over 12 glorious miles with 8 little boats for 8 leisurely hours in sunshine - what's not to like?

 

Queen Vick (Simon Whitney)

We recently received an email:
I thought you might be interested in a charity trip I did in July this year in the Queen Vick - have a look on my web site and see what you think. I'm sure it would be of interest to your members.

Here's a taste of what Simon did - which is quite impressive! There are lots more pics and narrative on the site, together with a link to his fundraising page for a worthy cause.

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On the 30th June 2010 I left Bristol dock on the morning tide out into the Severn estuary, round the south coast to end up (via the River Yare) in Norwich. A trip of about 850 miles, which I finished on the 31st of July. Unfortunately the weather was not the best July could offer and parts of the

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