Our Trip on THE LARGEST FULLY-RIGGED SAILING SHIP IN THE WORLD – Royal Clipper!
Imagine this: gentle waves lapping rhythmically against a wind-driven hull, the scent of the salty sea spray on the freshening breeze, taut sails towering majestically overhead, a pod of young dolphins dancing in the bow wave of the azure waters– all against a backdrop of some of Europe’s most breath-taking coastlines. This was the lure of what was promised to be the voyage of a lifetime for Paul and Helen Nicholls.
Monday 22nd July, saw us enjoying another fabulous CBYA Cruising Day, aboard the good ship TrickyD. Great weather, great winds and great company.
Participants were Peter Steenhuis, Jane Dye, Inga Schreiner, John Beavis, Elaine Goddard-Tame, Sian & Glynne Williams, plus myself and Richard Jones (the boat owner).
Meeting at Marina de Dénia at 10am, for a quick coffee and introductions. We then boarded TrickyD, where Richard allocated jobs for everyone, and explained the Do’s and Don’ts.
We departed at 10.45am, experiencing a rather hazy sun, with clouds hugging the Montgó, when leaving Dénia port, but we soon found ourselves in good steady winds from the North, varying from 14-18 knots, with a fairly choppy sea, – waves at times reaching approximately 2 mtrs.
NEW: Enjoy CBYA Hobie Cat sailing this summer every Tuesday afternoon!!
Hobie Cats are fast, responsive boats, – a real joy for sport-loving sailors. Click HERE for a taster!!!
Since we are unable to sail the CBYA dinghies at El Portet during July & August, and after the excellent Hobie Cat Day on July 3rd (click HERE for details), we decided to sail on the Cats more often. So why not come along and join us on Tuesday afternoons at Las Antipodas Watersports in Les Basetes?
Julie Benneworth mooted the idea of this excursion and, together with CBYA Vice-Chairman Neil Robertson, and partner, Vicki Dryden-Wyatt, organised a super four-night CBYA trip to the Isle of Wight for the Round the Island Race. Eleven of us lodged at the Royal London Yacht Club, thanks to Neil/Vicki’s membership there.
On the first day we had lunch at the RORC, and in the evening Neil/Vicki invited us to their lovely house for cocktails, together with some of their local friends, prior to all going for fish and chip dinner at the Island Sailing Club.