Woodbridge Cruising Club

Woodbridge Cruising Club is looking forward to the new sailing season and to being out on river and sea again. If you are a boat owner, why not join a thriving club and make 2021 a great year?

The club reintroduced Sunday bar openings (with a substantial meal) and Thursday walks In December and hopes to resume them soon again. The December walks were enjoyed by members and dogs, with walks around Sutton and Great Glemham led by Neil and William.

The enjoyable ramble around Sutton Heath had great tracks over heathland and through trees. As it was the first walk since October, there was considerable interest and enthusiasm from members to get out into the countryside once again. Sutton Heath abounds with local names such as Gyb Hill plantation, Frog’s Hole, Sewer Plantation, Oak Hill Covert, Gobblecock Cottage, and Sutton Common itself. The weather was dry, and members enjoyed the two-hour stroll in the fresh air.

The Glemham walk saw brilliant sunshine and blue skies for this last WCC walk of 2020, researched and led by William. It started from the village church, a fascinating building with a plaque commemorating an earlier campanology prolonged peal of 5040 variations.

The churchyard cemetery is also a Commonwealth War Gravesite. The walk progressed along a varied selection of rural footpaths, passed the now defunct classic Red BT telephone box, currently used as a library swap shop, through a short, wooded section (the Rookyard Belt), passed White House Farm and the Sweffling Road, before returning to the church and a meal at The Crown for some.

The club magazine, On Watch, offers a chance for members to share sailing stories and memories of past voyages, as well as recipes and even poems, and is available online to all members. It’s a wonderful way to maintain contact and to support fellow members when it’s not possible to meet up in real life.

On Watch stories include the renovation of the Golden Hind (a Maurice Griffiths 31) which was sailed around the Solent and to Alderney; a ship called Wanda (a Cheverton Caravelle Mk II), which was damaged by the 1987 hurricane – ending up on Horse Sands, and adventures in Greece during the Medicane (the Mediterranean Hurricane).

If you want to join a club with an active social life and you have a boat (whether power or sail), the cruising club is for you. The club runs a programme of events throughout the year and members keep in touch in a variety of ways, from the club magazine to social media and the excellent club website. If you’re tempted, visit the website for details. New members are always welcome. Visit www.woodbridgecruisingclub.org for more information.

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