As you will have read in this year’s Windsor Yacht Club Program we are planning a tidal cruise to Dunkirk in May.
2015 is the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk rescue; for many years the association
of Dunkirk little ships (ADLS) have made the crossing to France every fifth year, as a mark of remembrance.
It has become customary for other private vessels to make the crossing during the same period to support the ADLS.
TWYC has made this pilgrimage many times in the past and it is our intention to take part (weather permitting) in 2015.
Potentially there could be in excess of 100 small craft crossing the channel from Ramsgate to Dunkirk on the 21st May returning on the 25th May.
Having taken part in the past it is our intention to beat the rush if we can by making the crossing early and returning slightly later.
Whilst we will try to remain as flexible as possible we are planning for our cruise to start and end at TWYC between 16th - 31st May.
The outlying plan for discussion is to spread the trip over a two week period.
I am aware that there will be some members who would like to join the returning fleet and continue on to the East Coast as well as others who would want to return up the Thames earlier.
I am happy to discuss these possibilities and the logistics surrounding them once we have an idea of the numbers involved.
I will place a list on the club notice board this weekend for those interested skippers and crew.
1. For those going to Dunkirk there will be a £60 deposit required. This will cover administration, Dunkirk burgee, and a mooring deposit for Dunkirk.
2. It is recommended that all participants also take part in the West India Dock cruise at Easter. Those skippers will be asked to take a trip (in company) out of West India on the Sunday down river to the QE2 Bridge and back in order to put them and their vessels through their paces. We will return to West India later in the day
a. This is important, we need to know that our boats are properly serviced and capable of running for an extended period under pressure.
b. It is also important that those skippers who have not crossed the channel before gain some tidal experience before we cross the English Channel in company to Dunkirk.
3. The speed of your vessel is not an issue, we can deal with different cruising speeds in the planning.
4. The seaworthiness of your vessel and your crew is extremely important!
Once we have an understanding of the numbers and the logistical requirements we will call a discussion meeting in the clubhouse to iron out the details of our planned cruises.
With an agreed schedule we will then provide a series of workshops leading up to the final briefing planned for 10th May 2015.
If you have any queries please contact me on 07747455888