Spring Cup 2018 SR-2 WSBA

April 20, 2018

Another good sailing day, great participation once again, 9 boats and 31 people on the water. Well done everybody.

The Officer of the day was Nick Morgans. This was Nick’s first race as OD and he devised an exciting short course using our inflatable race buoys. With the help of Howard Weeks, a cruising member, and his boat Patsy Ann we were able to deploy the large inflatable mark in Saltom Bay on the morning of the race.

The course consisted 3 laps of a sausage shaped course around the Saltom Bay Buoy and Whitey Rock Buoy.

The boats set off through the start finish line from North to South towards the windward mark in Saltom Bay. Kitty got off to a flying start leading the early running. Kon Tiki was first round Saltom followed closely by Sandpiper.

The racing was close and fast at times. Unfortunately Kitty suffered rig failure during Lap 2 and was forced to retire. Thankfully no one was injured. Sandpiper also retired in order to give assistance to Kitty and standby until help arrived. A big thank you to the RNLI  crew of the Dorothy May from Workington who came to rescue.

Derek & Sarah O’Reilly won the race with their boat Kon Tiki and Laurie Clark took line honours with his boat Honey.

As Sandpiper volunteered to go to the aid of Kitty; Sandpiper will be awarded Championship points equivalent to finishing 3rd. The position they were in when they retired. Well done Tanya, Gary and Nick. Good job!






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WSBA – May Events

Saturday 5th May – Shepley Race

The Shepley will be the third of a series of 10 points races which make up the Championship.
Briefing at 11:30 outside the facilities block
Start at 13:00

Sunday 6th May – Prize Race

This is a fun race which is not part of the Championship and a prize will be presented to the winner after the race.
Briefing at 12:00
Start 13:30

Monday 7th May – Radio Workshop

Bill Hurst will be running a radio workshop, details to follow but it will consist of a practical demo on board a yacht, a short period of revision and then some practical work on other boats.

Saturday 19th May and Sunday 20th May – Club Open Day and RYA Push the Boat Out

Whitehaven Sailing and Boating Association will be holding their annual Open Day and RYA Push the Boat out weekend on 19th and 20th May, 10am till 4pm. If you would like to find out more about the sailing club and its events this would be an ideal opportunity as some of its members will be available to answer questions you may have. There will also be an opportunity to view some of the boats and even get out onto the water. For more information contact David Fletcher davidwsba@outlook.com or simply turn up on the day.

Saturday 26th May to Monday 28th May Maiden Marine 3 Race Series – BBQ on 26th May

Registration on Friday/Saturday at Maiden Marine
Race Officer: David Fletcher
A presentation to winners will be made after the last race on 28th May

Wednesday 30th May – Cruise with Phoenix

Phoenix will be cruising via Northern Ireland to the West Coast or Clyde
They are offering the opportunity for any boats wishing to join them in a cruise in company for some or part of the trip.


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Prologue Race Report – WSBA

Congratulations to Bill Hurst and the crew of Crackerjack who won the Prologue 2018. The first race of the season.

A big thank you to everyone who took part. 8 boats, 25 people on the water. Well done everybody. A fantastic start to the season.

The race got off to flying start with Ancylus and Wild Theme leading the early running. Kon-Tiki rounded the South Workington Cardinal first followed closely by Phoenix and Sandpiper.

The wind died down to nothing towards the end which lead to a very close finish. Sandpiper took line honours with Crackerjack being the race winner on handicap.

1st Crackerjack
2nd Erytheia
3rd Ancylus

Full results can be found on the WSBA website;


Derek O’Reilly
Sailing Secretary

Photos below taken on the day





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WSBA Events 31st March to 14th April

March 19, 2018

See WSBA Facebook page the Club notice board outside the facilities block or email Sarah O’Reilly birddyke@googlemail.com for more info.

Saturday 31st March
Prologue Race
The Prologue will be the first of a series of 10 points races which will make up the Championship
Briefing at 9:00 outside the facilities block
Officer of the Day: Derek O’Reilly 

Sunday 1st April
Cruiser day – St Bees day sail
The intention is to keep the itinerary of the day flexible and use it as an opportunity for those of us interested in cruising to meet up and if the weather allows, go out on the water.  Everyone is welcome and I am sure there will be opportunities for crewing members to find a boat. If the weather is bad the intention is still to meet up as the day would be an ideal opportunity for members to discuss how WSBA could further it’s cruising itinerary and have a general chin wag about our cruising plans.  We will meet outside the facilities block at 9am on Sunday 1st April and take it from there.

Tuesday 3rd April
St. Bees Lifeboat Cheque Presentation & Meal
Come and join us for our annual RNLI cheque presentation at the St. Bees Lifeboat Station on Tuesday 3rd April.  The money has been raised by WSBA members, through our funding events and presentation night in 2017. The RNLI volunteers will show us around the station, talk to us about what they do and weather permitting allow us to witness them launch the St. Bees lifeboat as part of their weekly training drill.  We will then adjourn to The Manor hostelry in St. Bees village for an evening meal. If you would like to join us for the meal, email Sarah O’Reilly at birddyke@googlemail.com for a copy of the menu so she can forward your order on to The Manor. Payment for the meals will be taken by the Manor staff on the night.  Meeting at St Bees Lifeboat Station at 6pm for cheque presentation and lifeboat launch.  Meal at the Manor, 11-12 Main Street for 7:30pm

Saturday 7th April to Sunday 8th April
Kirkcudbright Cruise
Going on Saturday 7th April, Start at 08:00 (please bear in mind we are on a falling tide and everyone should aim to be locked out of the harbour by 08:00)
Returning on Sunday 8th April, starting at 06:30 from Kirkcudbright
Given the early tides, waiting for suitable weather windows and wishing to have more time in Kirkcudbright, Members may wish to allow more days for a Kirkcudbright Cruise e.g. going on Friday coming back on Monday but the overall plan is to meet up on Saturday evening at Kirkcudbright. If you are interested in this trip let Sarah know, so we know numbers and what your thoughts / plans are.  We will provide further updates on this trip nearer the time.

Saturday 14th April
Spring Cup
The Spring Cup will be the second of a series of 10 points races which make up the Championship.
Briefing at 08:00 outside the facilities block
Start at 09:30
Officer of the Day: Nick Morgans

 By Sarah O’Reilly club Secretary




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The good, the bad and the ‘buggly’

February 9, 2018

Written By Paul Flint – Jeremy Fisher  

The Isle of Man is an intriguing and sometimes elusive destination. At times, from Whitehaven, it feels within touching distance. At others, it can be hidden in mist at the flick of a finger – that of the Manx sea god Manannan.

Kirkcudbright Bay, followed by Douglas were to be our destinations on a three night ‘expedition’. This term is not an exaggeration. A trip in Jeremy Fisher, a 44 year-old, Fisher 30 motor-sailer can be unpredictable. Perhaps that is the attraction. If getting from A to B was too easy, would the journey be memorable?

My previous trip to Kirkcudbright had been plain sailing, but the boat came with a history. I had bought it in Carrick Fergus, from where a friend and I had made brisk progress to Whitehaven, but one mile short of the breakwaters the wind and the engine had failed and we were towed ignominiously into the marina. I soon found that the fuel tank was riddled with diesel bug. This started a frustrating relationship with black sludge and emulsified fuel. I drained the tank, moved the fuel vent from just above the waterline, added liberal doses of chemicals and now make frequent filter changes. Bug still lingers at the back of my mind and, like my thoughts, it has never entirely gone away.

After scrutinising charts and pilot books we sailed with a good supply of fresh fuel, a box of primary filters and me, discretely, touching wood. Our departure was delayed, however, when we found that although the engine turned beautifully, the boat barely moved. Through the murky water we could see the propeller encrusted with a grey growth. I now carry a hoe, not for a wheelhouse roof garden, but to clear problems.

We sailed, the wind veered to the north, and so we headed, instead, for Douglas to arrive at about midnight. Night sailing is fun and easier than it might look. Blurry daytime headlands, that defy easy fixes, can be seen 20 or 30 miles away as lighthouses betray their position. Ships’ lights indicate relative courses, and useful apps help fill in gaps. 

We arrived in Douglas amidst a sea of lights. I use the word ‘in’ advisedly as I had forgotten to radio the harbour staff of what was, at that time of night, a very sleepy port. I am sure it was only coincidence that, after the need to seek permission before entering was explained, we were told to use the most distant berth from marina facilities. It’s amazing what you can fit into 36 hours, including a trip to Castletown on a steam train, where we uncovered a sailor’s gem, the Nautical Museum. We were too early, however, for the annual tin bath race across the harbour.

Our journey north took us within shouting distance of the Point of Ayre, to anchor in Kirkcudbright Bay in the dark, amidst showers and the eerie flicker of flares on the firing range. A safety boat hogged the only available mooring, but ensured that we did not become a naval target. Little Ross Island was for sale (did the price reflect the fact that a lighthouse keeper was once murdered there?).

When work deadlines are pressing, these need not stand in the way of an enjoyable mini expedition. We had fitted a lot into four days, except seeing a Manx cat!


Preparing to leave Whitehaven


Leaving Whitehaven


En route


Paul and Cecilia - Photo by Richard Flint


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Odyssey to Whitehaven

Written by Simon Harrison – Ulysses II

The decision, finally to buy a yacht, was not so much born of a mid-life crisis (how could it be if I don’t expect to live to be 122?), but rather the realisation that yacht ownership would probably be now or never.  Of course, you should never buy the first boat you see, especially if that boat is in Lymington and you live in Wakefield, but, there again, Ulysses II is a bit of a gem!

Having taken the plunge, and had the boat on-shore for a re-fit over the winter, there was the question of where to keep it?  West Yorkshire isn’t an ideal base for yacht ownership and it boiled down to a choice of the Humber or the North-West Coast.  A long-standing love of the Lake District made it easy to choose Whitehaven as a sailing base.  So far, so good, it was now just a question of getting Ulysses from Southampton to Cumbria – not bad for a first outing!

Departure from the boatyard on the Itchen in early May was, inevitably, an hour later than planned, meaning the fuel pontoon had closed before we arrived.  Another hour disappeared while trying to work out how to get the number one jib to work with the roller reefing system – no luck, so back to the genoa and off towards Southampton Water and the Solent.  Cruise liners and container ships dwarfed the yachts that were out as the tide carried us, in the gathering gloom, to Yarmouth where we moored up in the dark.

The following days saw Ulysses II making good progress down the Channel, with the good fortune of having a spell of easterly winds.  Weymouth, Dartmouth, Falmouth and Newlyn were successive overnight stops as the miles were eaten up, tidal overfalls dodged and landmarks ticked off – the Needles, Portland Bill, Start Point, Eddystone rocks, the Lizard.

The final leg of that week was from Newlyn to Milford Haven.  Rounding Land’s End, broad reaching along the inshore channel in a steady force four was a spectacular highlight.  The wind died as night fell, leaving a long, moonlit motor sail across the Celtic Sea and an arrival into Milford just before dawn.

Six weeks later, Ulysses II, with new crewmates, set off from Milford Marina – after another tousle with the roller reefing, involving a trip up the mast for Felix (a German philosopher with no feline characteristics, other than a propensity to sleep for hours on end)!  As we headed North, we had overnight stops at Fishguard, Pwllheli, Holyhead and Douglas and memorable moments that included experiencing swirling, chaotic water in Ramsey Sound – despite timing the passage at slack tide, a horrible swell developing overnight in our Fishguard anchorage, porpoises in Cardigan Bay, entering Pwllheli just in time to catch a late pub dinner, the Holyhead cliff scenery and a brilliant whistle-stop bus tour of the Isle of Man.

This Ulysses’ odyssey concluded with a night crossing from Douglas to journey’s end at Whitehaven.  A wonderful last passage, lit up by neon-brilliant phosphorescence on the bow wave, and finishing with a warm welcome from the sea-lock team.


Ulysses in Weymouth


Fixing a forestay problem in Milford Marina


Westward down the channel


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Marina Supervisor Tony Taylor rescues dog from the harbour

January 8, 2018

Boots, a 15-year-old dog, was rescued from Whitehaven harbour after falling in the choppy waters


The relieved owners of an elderly dog have thanked the courageous man who pulled their terrified pet from the harbour.

Boots, a 15-year-old border collie, was blown into the choppy waters at Whitehaven last night.

His owners, Kirsten Turner and her mum Melissa, frantically searched for Boots, who is losing his eyesight, before spotting him struggling in the waters below.

As they stood shouting and shining torches into the pitch black water, marina supervisor Tony Taylor who was locking up for the night, spotted what was going on and jumped into action.

Tony, who has worked for Whitehaven Marina Ltd for nine years, said: “A lady came running up to me and asked if I could help.

“I rushed off down to the pontoons, it was pitch black so I jumped on one of the boats and just caught sight of the dog.

“It’s really cold in the harbour and my main worry was that once he goes under, he hasn’t got a chance so I was preparing myself to jump in.

“I shouted up to ask his owners his name and called him, and he swam straight to me – he did really well.”

Tony hung from the pontoon and pulled the shattered dog to safety –admitting that he feared the worst.

“He wasn’t in a good way,” he said. “I managed to pull him out of the water and he just collapsed. I gave him a bit of a rub and picked him up and ran up the pontoon and sprinted up the ramp to the toilet block. He was exhausted and freezing cold and quite scared.”

Tony and Boots’ owners put the freezing dog in the shower before taking him to the nearby Preston Street vets.

Tony said it was “pure chance” that he was there as he was just leaving the office and was a little later than usual.

Kirsten and her mum Melissa, who lives at Whitehaven town centre, were out walking around the harbour with Boots and think he was blown into the water by a gust of wind, around 6pm.

After searching for 20 minutes, Kirsten heard a yelp and spotted him in the water.

“I was ready to jump in myself as I wasn’t going to let him go that way,” she said.

Speaking about Tony, 20-year-old Kirsten said: “I’ve never saw anybody run so fast, he was up on all the boats and shouting him over before pulling him out.

“He was amazing, we wouldn’t have got him back if it wasn’t for Tony. We can’t thank him enough and I can’t believe how lucky we were. To find a black dog in black water is a miracle.”

Kirsten has also thanked the vets and nurses at Preston Street vets who opened late to care for Boots.

“He was at the vets for about two hours then we took him home and gave him some warm porridge.

“He’s okay, you wouldn’t know anything had happened to him, he’s an absolute trooper. I know some people will say it’s just a dog, but he’s part of our family.”

Courtesy of CN Media

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Design our 2018 Free Flow Flag

December 14, 2017


We are running an exciting competition again this year for all children aged between 7-11 years old to design a flag for our company.

In partnership with Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners last spring we installed a flagpole located at the sealock gates. Beth Houghton of Jericho Primary School was the lucky winner of our competition during 2016, her fabulous design was made into a flag and is raised everyday by our lockkeeper during freeflow, (when the gates are open.)

We often have visitors/ local residents/ dog walkers etc… who like to walk around the harbour, when they reach the lock and find the gates open they are disappointed there is no access to cross and have to turn around, this way with the new flag it can be identified from all around the harbour.

Free flow is extremely important to the harbour as it allows a period of ingress of salt water which helps marine life and minimises the algae that grows in stagnant fresh water, cleansing the water held inside and making the inner harbour cleaner. In addition it also allows us to control the inner water level and provide a flood defence to the town, we can let water out on a falling tide to lower the inner level from rainfall pouring down the 3 fresh water culverts that run directly into the harbour from in and around Whitehaven.

We are offering children the opportunity to enter this competition and the winner will have their unique design printed by us and used as our free flow flag for the entire 2018 sailing season. We will be inviting the lucky winner down to the harbour to winch up their flag along with the President of the Harbour Commissioners and photographed by the Whitehaven News. We will also be presenting them with a trophy as the 2018 flag design winner.

We would like the entries sent to Whitehaven Marina office before the end of January 2018, the winning design will be chosen, printed and ready to be winched up by 1st April. If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Marina office.

Wishing good luck to all the children!


Current free flow flag


Last years lucky winner


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Saltire former RNLI

November 13, 2017

One of the older boats berthed in the marina is back in the water after spending much of the summer in the boatyard. Saltire, the former RNLB City of Edinburgh 802, has now been repainted to acknowledge her lifeboat heritage. She was designed by G.L.Watson & Co and built in 1938 at Alexander Robertson’s on Clydebank at a cost of just under £9000 the equivalent of about £500,000 today.  She went into service at Wick that year with the naming ceremony taking place in August the following year just before the outbreak of World War Two.

In the thirty years she was stationed at Wick she was launched 134 times and saved 204 lives.  Her first call out was early on September 2nd 1939 to go to the aid of the Grimsby trawler Washington which had run aground. Having managed to refloat the vessel and get it back to Wick, City of Edinburgh was then called out again in the evening to the fishing boat Navarre which had run onto rocks and rescued its crew of nine. Her first wartime call out was on October 23rd to look for a missing RAF plane which the crew were unable to trace. The following year, in March 1940, she went to the rescue of survivors from two Danish fishing boats that had been torpedoed. It wasn’t just submarines that posed a risk in the waters off Wick. A newspaper report of the time said the Coxswain, Neil Stewart, would order the engines stopped if he heard a plane overhead as enemy pilots were known to drop bombs on moving ships using the phosphorescence of the wake to locate their target.

City of Edinburgh was one of 28 Watson 46 class lifeboats built and put into service with two further incomplete boats destroyed in an air raid on the Isle of Wight. In 1966 she was re-engined with 65hp Ford Parsons Barracudas and in 1968 assigned to the reserve fleet, a period of service which included a spell at Workington in 1974 when the coxswain, Albert Brown, won the RNLI’s Bronze Medal following the rescue of seven crew from the fishing boat Kia-Ora. She was eventually sold off in 1974 and converted to a cruiser, although many of the original deck fittings remain as do a number of features below decks.

After lying on the Caledonian Canal and then the Crinan Canal for a number of years she was brought down to Whitehaven in 2014. Her current custodian is researching her history in greater detail and plans to produce a modest publication next year.

Written by owner Will Tillotson



Saltire 1965 - photo from RNLI


Saltire berthed at Whitehaven 2014


Saltire after her repaint 2017



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Winter Boatyard Offers

October 17, 2017

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