It seems that despite the restraints on Covid there continues a strong turn out most sailing days at Neangar.


Today has 10 and thanks once again to Carole, and her Pro Photographer Hans, we can have a newsletter, finally.

Here’s what Carole had to say.

Beautiful weather and a medium breeze, this morning there were ten 95’s on the water everyone enjoying the breeze. With several leaving at lunchtime a smaller group enjoying a slightly stronger breeze. Russell tried out his 65 with yet another new set of sails, he says he is happy with this one.

There is a lost Marble Head keel sitting on the bottom of the lake down past the eagle near the bouy.

Terrence had two attempts to retrieve his keel today from the Marble Head.

Hope you all enjoy the photos today, it was a change from just boats.

Thanks, Hans for the interesting photos.

Everyone keep  Covid safe.

Big thanks also to Hans for providing the images.

 


I’ve always paid my respects to Hans for being the most immersed in his sailing of all of us. But it seems he has been well truly eclipsed by Terence who got right into it up to his eyes. Fortunately too early yet for Snappin’ turtles.

Mainly because Crusoe reservoir stays weed-free through the cooler months and to some degree, earlier Covid restrictions to only three to a group, Greg, Eric and I began using Crusoe as our sailing spot. The big plus to Crusoe for our big wooden boats is the general consistency of whatever breeze/wind there is, the much heavier boats need that to fill the sails. Being only three of us to consider we wait for the best conditions rather than going on a specific day of the week.

The old launching spot where that amazingly kind  Ranger installed those concrete steps is no longer usable as water plants and rocks make it untenable. We use West Beach as it is more open and with care, easier to launch our very large and heavy wooden boats.  The downside is that it’s a rather long walk from the car parking to the beach, and with no shelter at all, not a good place to be if showery. Those that have experienced sailing there (prior to being weeded out and relocating to Tom Thumb, then Neangar) will appreciate that it is not ideal for small boats and the absence of any permanent markers would be a big downer for all who enjoy the more accommodating comforts of Neangar.

We now have eleven boats and soon three of those will be Cutters, much like the others but 5 sails operated by two separate winches. We have been building them all over winter and as soon as Eric’s is ready we will have a trio. It was always our intention to debut them at Neangar, and will as soon as the weather improves and as long as the water level stays up.

These two videos were taken recently

 

Hope this newsletter finds you all well, and while I do miss doing it regularly so far that has not been on the cards. We’ll see.

I did make a flying visit on a Monday recently and caught up with those that I could. One of the things I was told was that Neangar now has an additional inflow of water from the Eaglehawk area. Seems to flows in over near the toilets (aptly, I guess). If so then maybe the days of having a beach in front of the boardwalk may be over.


I don’t know if the weekly program has changed at all. Here’s an update for now, let me know if it needs correction.

 

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