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Topic : Doom Bar Salcombe Merlin Rocket Week

I have had a few people asking about socials during the week and when they should book meals in town.

I have now published the hectic social programme on the SYC website on the Merlin results page.

Also I am aware that finding somewhere to 'dump' trailers during the week is increasingly differcult especially as the Park and Ride won't let trailers be left there, however I have twisted the arm of the 'Powers that be' in the Town Council and they are prepared to waive the ban this year in exchange for a donation of £5.00 per trailer / week which will go towards a local charity. The trailers must be left at the bottom end of the P&R (where they can't be seen from the road for security) and I will issue anyone who wants to use this facility with a token and ziptie at the Registeration on Saturday evening to be attach to the trailer to show that is 'legally parked'!!!!!

http://www.salcombeyc.org.uk/content/racing-results/merlin-rocket/

Posted: 06/07/2009 14:02:59
By: John Murrell
Hi John

Do you know how much it is to keep the boat in Batson (including the trailer in the same space)?

Thanks, Ross


Posted: 06/07/2009 15:30:52
By: Ross
Hi Ross, booked my boat/trailer in at Batson a few weeks ago, £53 for the week.


Posted: 06/07/2009 16:03:31
By: Matt Biggs
Ross, I believe that Batson is fully booked. Give the Harbour Office a call though - 01548 843791, they will be able to give you all the gen............


Posted: 06/07/2009 16:39:12
By: John Murrell
Hardly worth going if you're not going to launch from the beach...


Posted: 06/07/2009 17:00:54
By: Traditionalist
I think it costs a £10 more if you book. There was a ten pounds difference 2 years ago.


Posted: 06/07/2009 20:28:49
By: broz
But since Ross appeared on the front cover he doesn't want to mix with rest of you !!

Two points on that picture ;

must have been taken with a very fast lense to catch Ross sitting out ,and

my grandchildren were both frightened when they saw it -should have been put inside the mag !


Posted: 07/07/2009 09:18:14
By: former whitstable pro
The number you really need to ring is the Batson boat park office direct: 01548 844010

The harbour office weren't loving me attempting to place a reservation against them!

£54.75 Bargain!!!

Plus side: Avoid the sand...........waaaaaahooooo!!!


Posted: 07/07/2009 09:28:56
By: Glen Truswell
So do we need to book a spot at Batson?
I didnt book last year, and im sure the most the fleet were there due to the weather.


Posted: 07/07/2009 09:38:46
By: David
Really not sure how the supply and demend situation looks but you'll certainly get an spacer closer to the slip if you take the plunge sooner rather than later!


Posted: 07/07/2009 10:30:37
By: Glen Truswell
Glen, I guess I won't even get a rest from you rigging and packing up the boat then, never mind the racing!!!!


Posted: 07/07/2009 11:24:42
By: matt biggs
Rang Batson's this morning.  They said no need to book and 12 cheaper if you don't.


Posted: 07/07/2009 11:28:28
By: JC
Well i just rang them, they advised:

If you planning to arrive on Friday - no need to book.
If you are arriving on Saturday with the masses, it might be a good idea to book ahead.


Posted: 07/07/2009 11:40:42
By: David
Unfortunately if you play rounders at Batson, you will

a) spend a lot of time trying to retrieve the ball from under a boat
b) have a very strange shaped base set up
c) most likely get run over by a reversing power boat trailer
d) if the ball goes in the water it will be a right palava getting it out
e) get in a lot of trouble from the man
f) many more reasons not to play rounders at Batson

So....

Batson is clearly the place to be for the week to play rounders and fortunately they let us keep our boats there too.

I don't know what you are all thinking. Glen - have you consulted Olly about this, I have him down as being on the Blue Fleet team, you will just have to drop him off.....

So - Mill Bay is undoubtably the place to be....

I may even start a new thread regarding the interfleet rounders competition....I hope there are some big hitters in blue.....


Posted: 07/07/2009 12:07:50
By: Frances Gifford
Mill Bay Mill Bay Mill Bay - I meant Mill Bay not Batson in the sentence in the middle.  

Franny G


Posted: 07/07/2009 12:10:17
By: Frances Gifford
For those of you contemplating launching from Batson shame on you!! Surely the reason for going to Salcombe is to play on Mill Bay; extreme sand castle building, rounders, french cricket and the all important ice cream van. Alternatively you can launch from a car park surrounded by mud and smelly fisherman for the bargain price of £53.


Posted: 07/07/2009 12:13:16
By: Anti-Grinch
2 visits to Batson in a week is more than enough for me.......


Posted: 07/07/2009 12:50:12
By: WP
Millbay = Sail straight off a nice beach onto the starting line. 

Millbay = Ferry takes you straight to the Ferry pub....

Millbay = There is usually loads of crumpet bronzing on the beach.

Batson = Long walk back to Salcombe + tricky sail in / out and launching. Warning ~ Transom pain.

Batson = Potential to be late. Re 2009 open meeting.

Batson = £50 extra

I think I know what we'll be doing.


Posted: 07/07/2009 14:19:25
By: Murtle
Top tip, always use a lifting rudder at Salcombe to avoid transom pain!

Millbay costs £10, plus £5 trailer.

Money not the main point however. Not having a rib (£200-300 for the week), catching the ferry or lifts has been a pain in the .... over the years. I thought last year was very easy sailing from Batson. You can always go over to the beech when not sailing to join in the beech games Fran is planning!


Posted: 07/07/2009 15:06:17
By: Ross
Millbay = holes dug by wild children
Millbay = Soft sand for the wheels to dig in, and chew up bearing
Millbay = pain getting boat and trolley over there
Millbay = non sailing people useing boat to rest sandy beach gear on
Millbay = Sand in the boat cutting into paint, and fittings

Batson = Nice slipway with pontoon
Batson = Hose at top of slipway to clean boat after each race
Batson = Ice cream shops on the way back to town
Batson = no queing for Ferry or costs.
Batson = keeping boat strapped down on trailer over night to protect from blowing over if windy.
Batson = Closer to PUBS

I know which is best.


Posted: 07/07/2009 15:09:31
By: Dont do Sand
Do not worry Fran I see that you have a beach rounders legend in the Blue Fleet


Posted: 07/07/2009 15:28:59
By: Traditionalist
Ross, we're (hopefully) taking the Mirror for chugging across as it costs us a small fortune every day to get our tribe over there and back and you can bet the ferry will have increased in price again this summer. You are welcome to a lift  in lieu of child entertainment!
Don't I remember the days when, as part of your entry, you got free 'travel' on the ferry? Or am I imagining that?


Posted: 07/07/2009 15:40:42
By: Mrs T
I have to admit I like the look of the blue team for rounders - I'm sure there are lots more but the combination of William, Chris, Bruce, Olly, Rob, a couple of Giffords and my big hitting left handed crew looks pretty good to me....I am very confident that all the other blue flighters are excellent at rounders too, just need to organise it....

I don't actually know who the legend is but I'm sure they will ultimately reveal themselves....


Posted: 07/07/2009 15:43:07
By: Frances Gifford
Black is chock a block with Salcombe beach veterans with many years of beach rounders practice, sledging and other dirty tricks. Can't really see how they could lose...


Posted: 07/07/2009 15:54:33
By: WP
Traditionlist,
I suspect as usual you will be more of a liability than a "Legend"


Posted: 07/07/2009 15:56:48
By: WP
Remember that Long John Silver was a nautical leg end but in his condition not a wow at rounders I fear!!


Posted: 07/07/2009 16:06:08
By: Heave ho me hearties!
At least he always had a substitute bat to hand  (or leg as the case maybe)


Posted: 07/07/2009 16:33:59
By: :-)
Yes, recently joined the BRV League and tennis elbow a bit bothersome...


Posted: 07/07/2009 16:35:02
By: Traditionalist
does a Batson vs Mill Bay rounders competition count as a worlds?


Posted: 07/07/2009 17:36:26
By: Chris M
Mill Bay, There wasn't any crumpet there last year-just white horses!

P.S Dont worry Biggsy, I've made sure Glen and I are berthed next to you!!


Posted: 07/07/2009 17:49:42
By: Olly Turner
Good luck trying to wash down your boat then biggie. By the time Olly has finished Glenns the pubs will be shut too!!


Posted: 07/07/2009 20:10:35
By: Dandy the Highwayman

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