Year 2008

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  I started this season in May with a trip to Newport on what was a very  wet weekend. Even that didn’t stop us as they had live jazz on the green.  We moored this time on the wall as the pontoons were full. No  problem here as there are Barge Boards at the rear of the Harbour  Masters office which is also the Facilities Block and with some long ropes both ADAT and Galatea being bilge made it. It did stop raining eventually and indeed the sun came out so we all could be entertained in  style.


Alongside the wall in Newport  in the rain

Adat entertains when the sun came out

Alex, Doug, Chris and myself enjoying the live jazz

Live jazz band

  In June we attended YOSC’s annual event in Island Harbour marina, a BBQ (or eat in the onsite restaurant), Funny Hats, Games, Blind Rowing and Scrap Heap Challenge competitions plus local walks to places of interest, etc. This event is usually held on a Bank Holiday weekend as there is always so much to do and this year we were blessed with good weather.

Island Harbour BBQ

Funny Hats competition this time with a nautical theme

Blind Rowing competition

Designing and making our own Scrap Heap sailing boats

All the “bits” ready for building

ADAT’s Scrap Heap Cataraman

Overall winners

On route to St Vaast passing Barfluer Lighthouses

  This year saw one ambition realised and that was a dedicated trip to the Pegasus Museum just 15 minutes South of the Ouistreham Marina in the Caen canal. I always seemed to pass through on my way to Caen but this time I made it.  The original bridge is now mounted within the Museum and a new wider bridge in its place over the canal. The Museum is very well worth a visit not forgetting the surrounding area where the Horsa gliders landed (and how close).  Keep an eye out for the very moving written  sentiments of the Old Soldiers to their dead comrades posted on the original bridge (and bring a tissue). It was something rather difficult to believe that on 5/6th June 1944 Major John Howard in his Horsa glider landed just 50 yards from a German 50 mm Canon guarding the east side of the bridge.  Being a glider it was so quiet and they just didn’t hear any noise it until it was too late.  After viewing the new bridge and touring all the different area in the museum we visited the cafe Gondree and lunched outside. For me it was most enjoyable and one ticked off my Bucket List. We then sailed to St Vaast before heading home.

Sailing to St Vaast checking the course

July, Alderney, Mike Higgins, Harry Williams and myself with refreshment at the Yacht Club

St Vaast, the transport to Isle de Tatihou is the 'Tatthou II', an aluminium Duck (drives in water and on land in between the mussel beds)

Ouistreham, Pegasus Museum with Mike Higgins in the cockpit and Harry with a beer

Pegasus Museum, The Original Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge next to the Gondree cafe

One Glider lands just 50 yards from a German 50mm canon

The Gondree cafe

Harry pondering inside the cafe

Steve, Harry and myself lunch outside the Gondree Cafe soaking up the atmosphere

September, YOSC East Cowes & Osborne House

October, Hauling out at Hayling Yacht for our
Winter Refit

  November 2008 I had to undergo a Micro Decompression operation on my lower spine incapacitating me for some 6 months. This meant a very slow recovery  missing much of what I wanted to do in our Maintenance. However what I  managed to complete became my best form of physiotherapy I have had and by the start of the 2009 Sailing season I was ready from the start.