Nick Watts dispels some myths in Nowhere Near The Edge of Fear
I have just spent an interesting three days at Beale Park talking to people about dinghy cruising when they visited our pontoon. ‘What is dinghy cruising?’ was the most common question, along with the statement ‘We thought people just raced in dinghies.’ Those who had some idea usually had a mental image of bearded middle-aged men battling the elements on epic voyages ... ‘We’ve read about Frank Dye ...’
Liz Baker started cruising in her 12'9" Mayfly dinghy back in the 1980s. In these two articles she describes how she organised the dinghy for cruising and then tells the story of an adventurous trip she made with a friend around the Isle of Mull in Scotland.
Cruising in a Mayfly Mayfly round Mull
DCA President, Roger Barnes gives us another taste of dinghy cruising in this video:
John Hughes is Going With The Flow.
On a clear summer's Friday evening after a week at work in a grimy city, the need to get out on the water becomes urgent. After a couple of days exploring the Dee estuary I felt recharged, ready to face another week at work.
You can see more of John's photos here: Cruises, jaunts and escapades
Keith Muscott tells the tale of how The DCA Discovers the Baltic.
While the most popular events in the DCA calendar are the rallies organized by our five regional groups, some of us like to spread our wings occasionally and range a little more widely.
Nick Watts reflects on a dinghy cruiser stereotype in Are we a solitary breed?
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.
Ken Duxbury's excellent book Seamanship in Small Open Boats is essential reading for the dinghy cruising novice. The contents include tides, weather forecasting, navigation, rule of the road, knots and splices and tips on boat handling when things begin to go wrong. As he says in his preface:
"Whether you gingerly lower yourself into a twelve foot kayak on the rippled edge of a beach, or point the proud bows of a luxury cruiser seaward, you OUGHT to know something about the game. Experience itself cannot of course be passed on... it literally must happen to you before you count it experience... but the knowledge of what might happen, and how to set about avoiding it, or coping with it when it does happen, CAN be passed on."
You can borrow it from the DCA Library.
Pilotage Notes by DCA Members