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Swallows & Amazons and Hunt the Pirates

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Swallows & Amazons is a very popular weekend camping trip to Newtown in early May, organised by a team of volunteers headed by Liz Mead.

Here is the report of this year's event:

SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS 11th/12th May 2019

About 20 children, 20 adults and 9 boats ventured up to Newtown Creek for the third time this popular event has taken place. Once again the weather prophets were kind and the sun shone throughout the weekend with a favourable breeze on Saturday fortunately veering to the North East on the Sunday morning.

Colin and Elizabeth Campbell kindly gave the club permission to use their field overlooking the creek, a beautiful venue that would surely have been approved of by Arthur Ransome's heroes John, Susan, Titty, Roger, Nancy and Peggy.

The fleet arrived on the Saturday afternoon having had a brisk sail and after tents had been pitched, games and tugs of war were enjoyed by both children and adults alike. A barbecue was lit and everyone enjoyed conviviality well into the evening.

Due to the tides, an early start was required and the camp was astir by 0700 for bacon rolls and sausages for breakfast ready for the briefing at 0745. Shortly after this the fleet rigged their vessels and set off back to Yarmouth.

The fleet of the 2 Quests, a Wayfarer, a Wanderer, a Pico, a Feva and three Scows all made it safely back to Yarmouth kindly supported by two Yarmouth sailing Club Patrol boats.

A huge thank you goes to Heather Appleton for her hard work in organising this event plus valuable assistance from JoJo Minchin, Tom Gregory, André Usborne, John Tribe and our Commodore Liz Mead.

We as parents revelled in the fact that our offspring had discarded computer games and all the paraphernalia of modern life and reverted to being traditional children. There was scarcely an iPad or iPhone in sight. The original Swallows and Amazons would have been proud. Roll on next year. Matt Power


Hunt the Pirates

In early September there is an expedition to Hunt the Pirates on the river Yar. This is what it was like in 2018:

Despite an overcast day, the wind was perfect to take 16 young YSC sailors (spies) up to King's Manor pontoon. They had been tasked with tracking down the marauding pirates who were planning an invasion of Yarmouth Town! The pirates' hideouts were scattered amongst the small inlets, creeks and rushes of the Upper Yar.
In order to track them down the young spies had to transfer to paddle boards and kayaks, courtesy of Rob and Helen of the I.O.W. Canoe Club. S&A1 It took the young spies about an hour and a half to locate all 17 pirate hideouts. They had great fun doing this – choosing many different methods, sometimes abandoning their stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) and kayaks to run through the rushes or swimming to them – most children finished up getting wet!
Then it was back to King's Manor pontoon for a picnic lunch, helping to put the equipment away and then sailing back to the Spy HQ (YSC). Once all the dinghies had been de-rigged and put away a wonderful tea, including the now legendary cannon ball cake, provided by the parents was enjoyed outside on the picnic tables. S&A2Prizes were given to the children who had located all 17 Pirate HQs and all children who took part received some chocolate gold coins.Huge thanks to Jamie and Susie Sheldon for allowing us to use their pontoon and to Rob and Helen from the I.O.W. Canoe Club for making this a fantastic day for children and parents alike. 640296_1224x 640298_1224x 640300_1224x 640304_1224x

Last updated 12:00 on 3 July 2019

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