Unfortunately although the water level has dropped some way, vehicular access is marginal so racing needs to be cancelled. Hopefully it may fall enough during the week to make it possible next week.
Drive down in a 4 x 4 only if the ground clearance is high.
At the club, it’s still waterlogged in places but not too bad.The jetties and launching ramps have not surfaced yet. The place is a bit of a mess now, but once the sun comes out it will look fine, I don’t think we will see any sailing for another week or so.
The tap water at the Club is at present NOT suitable for drinking and will remain so until further notice. Please bring your own drinking water to the Club.
Large containers of bottled water will be provided for the making of hot drinks. If we need extra please contact the Bosun.
Brian, Louise and I also got to the club on Saturday. Newton is quite right, there is a lot of debris along the track.
Tektona was floating very low indeed, maybe 4 inches of freeboard at the bow, a little more at the Stern. We managed to tow her back to the clubhouse and pumped her out.
She is now back on a mooring buoy. We have some pictures of the operation.
The red shed will need a good scrub out. There are seven or eight boats in the car park. The Pirates log is beached near the river. most boats have moved around to some degree. Some, including one of mine went for quite a long walk. A couple have come off their trollies and capsized. The floating jetty is almost certainly beached.
The good news is that there is no evidence of water getting into the clubhouse.
and from Newton
I waded down yesterday (Sat 18th) with Roland and Ryan. It was up to my thighs about 70cm and a bit over young Ryan’s waist. At the time the EA web site had the UPSTREAM level as 0.60 metres, this is more representative of the level at the club so you can use this as a point of reference.
There was a slight cross current in the lane of maybe 1-2 knots. The bigger risk is tripping over obstacles under the water particularly tree branches.
You really need dry/wet suits and buoyancy aids, the water is cold! There is a lot of carnage with boats having moved and blown into each other. I took some photos, mostly beyond the red shed.
Report and Photo’s from Mike C.
The club is in a bit of a sorry state with boats all over the place and debris everywhere. A few are upside down or on their side. I think most are contained in the club grounds somewhere. I went round and tied a number up.