We had one of those red letter days in July; one that all sailors know, but which come so seldom, writes Nick Watts. A run down the Cleddau from Lawrenny, then a reach and beat from Neyland to Dale in a gusting northerly with an exhilarating final board across Dale Roads. A brief leg stretch on the moored pontoon was followed by a dead run back to Stack Rocks Fort then a beat back up to Neyland, dodging an incoming gas tanker.
As I watched my boys on the jib sheets, I wondered idly why it seemed that the majority of dinghy cruisers seemed to be a solitary breed – when the pastime was manifestly such fun when shared with others.
The thought stuck and I decided to do a bit of research through the pages of the Dinghy Cruising Association's quarterly newsletter, the Bulletin [now Dinghy Cruising].