Milford Haven Rendezvous

The Milford Haven rendezvous was held as planned on 4th August with drinks
on Sweet Surrender followed by an excellent dinner at The Charthouse
Restaurant. Of the original boats Den Njord has left the rally after
Stromness as planned for an extensive cruise in the Hebrides. Cloudberry
was delayed in Ireland as Alan had to attend a funeral. Scarba’s crew
were away dealing with family illness. Bonaventure had gone on ahead to
Plymouth. Insieme had planned to leave after Howth but a change of
circumstances has allowed them to stay with us. Tulameen who had joined
the rally at Peterhead had diverted, again as planned, through the
Caledonian Canal and back to Limehouse. Present at the dinner were

Dream Catcher
Rainbow Catcher
Sweet Surrender

We were particularly pleased that amongst the crew of Sweet Surrender were
Mike and Greta Bell who had been able to join at Howth.
At the time of writing on 6th Rainbow Catcher and Dorran are moored on Lundy
and most of the rest of the fleet is planning to go direct to Padstow today.

Friday 6th May 2005

After a certain amount of turbulence at home caused by the theft of Heather’s car last weekend we were ready to leave by 1415.     Only about 40 of the 165 jobs on the list had not been done – including the Income Tax Return (sorry Gordon Brown) but the grass was cut, the hair was cut, the beard trimmed and the weeds Weedolled.     We already knew that some boats were on the move.     Cloudberry (Alan Emmett) has left the Solent while Dorran (Chris Potarzycka) was already mothballed in Port Edgar Marina at Edinburgh.    We had a trailer full of bikes and pushchairs while the car was full with food and clothes, shelves and new bottom board for the dinghy.     In case you are wondering, the booze had already been taken to the boat the previous week.
Setting out.jpg

Ready! ??


We reached the boat at 1645 having collected a new fan belt, a cylinder of gas, a plastic footsep for the helmsman to replace the rusty metal one and an extra portable water carrier.     Unloading was heavy work and we began to pack away, doubting that it would all go in.    By 1930 we were ready to eat so we had David’s beef strips in pepper sauce at the Club.     Then Iain left to take the car and trailer home while Penny continued packing away, which she continued until midnight.     Reaching home at 2215 Iain did the last few bits of tidying up and fell into bed at the same time.