West Country

Branch Chairman: Dave Penn
Contact: sadlerwcb@googlemail.com

Three visiting Sadler yachts met at the Royal Dart YC in 1984 from which gathering the branch was initially formed. The laying up lunch held on 19th October 2008 was the 24th and celebrated the retirement of Graham Jones who had been branch chairman from the beginning.  He and Audrey were awarded the seamanship Salver and the association’s thanks for their contribution over the years.  Dave Penn has now taken the helm for the branch and has been sailing since his teens.  As a senior RYA instructor he keeps his hand in by teaching juniors at Topsham sailing Club.  He now sails a Starlight 35.


West Country Branch Programme for 2017

I have made arrangements for our Fitting Out Lunch at Exe Sailing Club. We have been there before some years ago. They have a great view of the estuary. On our selected day Sunday 9th April, it will be low water and the vast sandbanks will be clearly visible. These should not put you off visiting the Exe as it is a wonderful river and estuary. Please let me know if you would like be to reserve you a seat – Exe have advised a cost of £13.50/head for a Sunday roast with desert and coffee. Please advise me of any special dietary requirements to enable me to advise their chef.

I’ve responded to members requests for a rally afloat rather than just meeting up on a given day. This means some members may just like to meet up for one, two or three days – leaving it very flexible to copy in or out as you wish.

Bruce Carter, show is the proud new owner of a 29 called Elektra, has started to arrange a Rally in Fowey over the bank holiday at the end of May. He tells me he has 4 boats signed up to date, why not join in and make this a great event. Please let me know if you want to attend, so he can warn the harbour them of the Sadler invasion….

Fitting Out – Sunday 9th April in Exmouth (Exe Sailing Club) 1200hrs
Fowey Rally – Friday 26th- Monday 29th May
Summer BBQ – Saturday 17th June in Realm
West Country Cruise – Saturday 22nd -Saturday 29th July – meet in Darmouth and head West (Realm, Fowey, Falmouth, Helford)
Laying up Lunch – Sunday 22nd October venue tba. Royal Plymouth Corinthian YC (suggestions always welcome) or maybe a member could host us at their home as has been done in the past??

Sally and I wish you fair winds for the season, please let me know if you wish to join us at Exe SC for the fitting out lunch.