On this year's Summer Solstice HMS Ramsey visited Alnmouth to take on
The 53m Sandown class minehunter was returning from a NATO exercise in the Baltic where she removed historic ordnance from the depths off the coast of Estonia. After stopping for a training dive off Coquet Island she anchored in Alnmouth Bay.
RABC member Jane Spedding had arranged for Don Hall of Northumberland Street Food, Alnmouth to create a tasty menu of crab cakes, chicken dishes and seafood snacks as lunch for the crew of 40. Ramsey sent 2 men ashore in an inflatable, one of them her son, Lt Joe Spedding, HMS Ramsey's Operations Officer, to collect it.
Observing social distancing and watched by a crowd of locals, he and a colleague loaded the lunch in the dinghy and headed off to the ship which departed for Berwick, the captain's home town, before returning to their base at HMNB Clyde at Faslane on the Gare Loch.
6 July 2019
RABC held its annual charity Volcano Night event on Saturday 6th July 2019.
48 teams (a record) took part with some great team names (Lavalouts,
Hipsburn Heatwave, Eyjafjallajökull, You Magma Me Crazy). Overall, it was a great success. An estimated 500 people attended and a good time was had by all with no reported injuries.
16 RABC members volunteered and David Denton performed a sail past.
The winning team was Crazy Kids. They won the trophy and a team round of
drinks donated by the Red Lion, Alnmouth. The award was presented by Martin Swinbank.
New this year was a wood disposal bonfire and BBQ party for volunteers.
This was in addition to the usual beach clear up the next morning.
We raised £984.84 (also a record) in aid of coastal charities. This was
donated to RNLI Amble and Coquet Shorebase Trust.
The plan next year is to require organic firelighters to support the
Easter Shakedown Cruise
21 April 2019
"The Club's Easter Shakedown Cruise around Coquet Island took place on
Saturday 20th April as planned.
A 'shakedown' cruise is a nautical term
for a trip in which the boat is tested. It is traditionally performed at the start of the season. For the first time dinghies were invited along with the usual cruisers. The weather was very warm for April and half a dozen boats started but unfortunately the wind was against us and only Oliver's Wayfarer actually made it around the island.
George Ternent, single-handed in Christina, made it to Amble where Pete Hammond and crew in Tina Louise came out to meet him. Chris Tate and Trevor Brooks in Imagine suffered from gearbox problems and couldn't start. John Taylor and Des Kelly in Piepowder were still without a mainsail and the jib alone was no good to windward so they instead reverted to testing a new fuel system
upwind and a new Gennaker downwind.
So, the shakedown mission was
accomplished but the Coquet Island one was not so successful. However, the
concept was proven and a start-of-season shakedown may become an annual Club event.