Some easing of lockdown activities on the water
Published 14:44 on 2 Jun 2020
With so many of us out on the water it was inevitable and brilliant to get some stories from the water, as well as lots of pictures!
Thanks to Jerry White for the action packed on-the-water pictures and to Celia Lynch for this picture of a group of ESC members on a kayak trip to Thorney Island last weekend, demonstrating social distancing!
Also, thanks for the note that is reproduced underneath from Maggie Gebbett about the Club members and other harbour boaters who came to their rescue. Not an easy article to write but heartfelt and a very good reminder of the kindness of harbour users, community spirit and also for us all to "Stay Alert" as stuff happens.
Rescued by heroes
Wednesday May 27th was a good day for sailing and we two OAPs set off for a regular sail in our Wanderer dinghy round the Emsworth harbour area but managed to end up with an unexpected capsize within sight of the ESC. It was totally terrifying and unexpected. But thanks to members of ESC and others, we came through the experience thanks to the help of fellow sailors.
We had not capsized that dinghy before but managed on this occasion to go over and jam the top of the mast in the mud. Although we were shortly putting weight on the centreboard, we were grateful to a have help from a passing canoeist a young helpful guy called Leon.
Even with his youthful strength and help we were still stuck, but we were offered help by three sailors passing by. These three were Sophie and Tim Pitman (ESC) and Clare Jones (HISC). We will always be enormously appreciative in the way they swung into action and took control of moving the Wanderer so that the mast was loosened, helping the righting of it then towing us to the nearby floating jetty. By that time we were pretty cold and past our best, so the heroes on the job took over the situation. One took over the bailing, another found warm towels for us to wrap in on the jetty and the team generally took over keeping us OK and sorting out our boat. Certainly this wonderful, helpful heroism was much appreciated.
Later the team hailed help from another rib, driven by Clare's husband, Martin Jones (HISC), and he kindly tied our Wanderer to his vessel and sat us in the back of his rib, then got us to our dinghy park in W Emsworth all before the tide went out. We pass on huge thanks to those who kindly took on the situation, managed it brilliantly and got us home safely.
Martin and Maggie Gebbett