This edition is a Dunkirk special, and we hope you'll enjoy it.
We are delighted to be able to bring you longer versions of the Dunkirk reports from the newsletter.
The report of the Ostend voyage, and Colin Sains' diary of events, will appear in the next newsletter which we hope to distribute along with the AGM papers at the beginning of October. The next newsletter will include reports on the Leigh Society Open Day, Leigh Maritime Festival, Sea Scout Cubs on board and St Clement’s Pilgrims on board.
May we also draw your attention to our new Facebook page, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/EndeavourTrustLeigh. There's very little on there yet, but please do 'Like' the page and we'll start putting stuff on there soon. It's not intended as a replacement for the website, but more somewhere to interact with the wider world and promote the Trust - we'll be redirecting people to the website, a lot of the time. It also gives us an excellent place to put our photographs!
The Endeavour’s voyages never disappoint and this latest one was no different. We left Leigh around 13.30 on Tuesday the 19th of May and as usual the wind was fresh from the west blowing at around force 6. We had already decided that although it was windy we would be running with the wind and the waves, setting the large balloon sail to give us more power and to steady the boat, but little did we know how much power that sail would produce.
It was back in March that members of the Thames Sailing Barge Trust were invited to bid for places on Pudge, on the Operation Dynamo memorial voyage to Dunkirk and I put my name forward. As a new member, it came as no surprise to be told that the actual Ramsgate to Dunkirk and back to Ramsgate part of the trip was fully allocated to long serving members, but that the Maldon to Ramsgate outward leg was available. I grabbed this opportunity as I had always intended to go to Ramsgate on the Wednesday of Dynamo Week to see the Dunkirk little ships gathered.
One hundred members and guests attended our third reception, held this year at Osborne Bros. on Billet Wharf in the Old Town. The weather was wonderful and very favourable comments have been received from many of those that attended, on the food and choice of venue. Mick and his catering staff did us proud.