April 8-9, Coniston Water, Lake District. David Bone
April 9, DCA Annual General Meeting, Maldon Little Ship Club, Essex.
Border Reivers Rally. Bill Haylock
May 5-8, Keilder Water, Northumberland.
May 8-11, Loch Lomond.
May 13-14, Derwentwater, Lake District. Frank and Margaret Dearden.
IMPORTANT: This rally coincides with a music festival in Keswick, therefore book early to secure accommodation.
May 26-29, Holy Island, Northumberland. David Spensley
June 3-4, Hilbre and Dee estuary, Wirral. John Hughes.
Launch/recover Dove Point, Meols, north Wirral coast, within an hour
of HW. HW: Sat Jun 3, 07h00, 19h50; Sun Jun 4, 08h15, 20h50. Either
day-sail, Sat or Sun, out morning, return on evening tide, or sleep
aboard overnight at anchor at Hilbre.
June 17-18, Windermere, Lake District. John Sharpe.
Lauch Low Wray National Trust campsite.
June 24-Jul 1, Carrick Roads, Cornwall. Brian McClellan 01630 654781
Camp at Tretham Mill Touring Park, St Just in Roseland, TR2 5JF, (01872 580504, http://www.trethem.com/, grid ref OS 204/859366). Launching recommended at Pasco's Boatyard in St Just Creek (www.pascosboatyard.co.uk, phone Craig Douglas 01326 270269).
July 5-16 Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, N Ireland. Keith Muscott
Based at Lough Erne Yacht Club. See following post (above) re: "Irish Rally".
July 8-9 (or possible alternative July 15-16), Lune estuary, Lancs. Brian Hill
Launch Glasson SC with mind possibly to sail to Peel Island Sat, stay overnight, then return Sunday (weather dependent).
August 5-6, Menai Strait, Gwynedd. Colin Holt.
Launch Saturday morning within 3 h of HW at Y Felinheli (Port Dinorwic) at public slip (free) for light dinghies, or at Dinas Boatyard (chargeable) with secure car/trailer parking, OS Grid Ref SH520672. Sail in the beautiful Menai Strait; sleep aboard or camp wild at Abermenai Point, Angelsey; BBQ/camp fire Sat eve; recover within 3 h of HW Sunday.
HW Y Felinheli: Fri 4th Aug 21h09, Sat 5th Aug; 09h35 & 21h51. Sun 6th Aug; 10h15 & 22h29.
Launch Port Dinorwic, sail to and camp overnight at Abermenai Point, Angelsey.
August 19-20, Bala Lake/Llyn Tegid, Merioneth. Mike Hinsley & Lyn Bodger
September 9-10, Traeth Bach, Dwyryd estuary, Gwynedd. John Hughes.
Camp at Llechollwyn (grid ref SH596358), beautifully scenic location on the south shore of the estuary opposite Portmeirion (phone Mark Brookes 07966 463988 or Lee Mart 07595 279439). Launch by farm gate over slate beach. Either sail out of the estuary with the morning ebb and return with the evening flood, or 3h sailing in the upper estuary around HW in shallow draught boats. HW (Porthmadog) Sat 9, 11h07, 23h27; Sun 10, 11h49.
September 23-24, Ullswater, Lake District. Mike and Anne-Marie Harrington.
Camp and launch at Ullswater Yacht Club on east shore of the lake south of Pooley Bridge (grid ref NY457226).
September 30-October 1, Derwent Water. Lake District. Frank and Margaret Dearden
October 7-8, Keilder Water, Northumberland (to be confirmed). Bill Haylock.
Launch and camp at Kielder Water SC.
October 22, River Dee, Chester. John Hughes.
Meet 10h00 at Sandy Lane (grid ref SJ420660), Chester. Sail & oar only (license fee due for engines). HW (Chester) 14h40.
November 4-5, Softies' rally, Coniston Water, Lake District. Keith Muscott